Personal Growth Books by Women
Personal Growth Books by Women
When I was growing up these books were called Self Help Books. If you’re anything like me and my generation Self Help is a dirty word. Who needs Self Help? Admitting you need ‘help’ is admitting weakness. Well, middle finger to that, I say! And, I also say that calling it Self Help is not quite accurate either. I mean, yes you are helping yourself, but it’s more Self Development than ‘help’.
Reading these books sets you apart from those that settle for life as it is! Reading these books means you know your worth and you know you deserve more. To me, reading Self Help Books means you’ve got your head screwed on right, so good on you! And these books are Personal Growth for women and by women, the best kind of ‘self help’ you can ask for!
So, I have chosen 3 books that I simply have to share with you. They are impactful and a must read in my eyes. Here goes:
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
This book blew me away. There are many books that are written with plenty of helpful, practical tips for personal growth but this book was personal. When I say personal I mean from the authors perspective, with personal anecdotes, and personal as in it touched on topics that hit home. She tells about her experience of hitting rock bottom from stress and being over worked. And, she tells us how our definition of success is all wrong! Her story highlights how having a skewed perspective on success can have the opposite effect on your life than what you were going for.
In Thrive the author lays out what really matters, how we need to find a balance in our lives before we chase ‘success’ and what areas we need to bring back into alignment in our lives before we can be truly happy or successful. True success is made up of more than just our preconceived idea of working hard and climbing the ladder.
She breaks down the 3 areas of life that need to be in balance in order to thrive. These areas include Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder. She goes into depth on each one and their role in our overall happiness. Ultimately the message is to find balance is key and that true success cannot be measured without it. I highly recommend this read!
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
If you enjoy more of a no-nonsense, best-friend approach to Self Help this book is for you!
In this book, Rachel Hollis lays it bare in a raw and real way that resonates with her readers because, really, all we want is honesty! She tells painful personal stories and addresses the lies that we all tell ourselves that are holding us back. This book is so good I read it like I was talking to a friend.
It is so relatable and covers all our confronting un-truths that we live with each day. The ‘stories’ we are told (and tell ourselves) that keep us from living our best, brave and self confident life.
As the title suggests this is an in-your-face, pick-yourself-up-and-start-again approach. These hard truths will make you sit up and realize nothing is as bad as you thought and you are capable and equipped for anything life has to throw at you. If you want a best friend kind of tough-love pep talk read this book!
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
How do I review a book that is so impactful, that touches you in a way that cannot be explained, like reaching into your soul and connecting with a part of you that no normal words can reach. This book is profound in it’s real and raw way. We all live through moments that impact us, and in this book the author taps into those emotions that we experience in these important life experiences. She is sharing her own stories but somehow they become our own.
I wanted to review these personal growth books because they really impacted me. The reason I chose books written by women is that I believe women are a force to be reckoned with. They are proving themselves to be a powerhouse of strength, resilience and intuition in this world. Women are starting to realize that they can do and be anything and it’s so exciting! If you are looking to be inspired by some incredible women, these books are just about the best starting point you can find.
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I agree with you about the term self-help, so outdated and not accurate! Okay, so you’ve totally sold me on these books. I love any reading to inspire my growth, and these sound powerful. Thanks for the recommendations and these detailed summaries.
Thanks for reading, Martha! You cannot go wrong with these books, so well written, with such sincerity!
Thank you for your recos! I will be using them. My teen and I just finished a few self help books and I find them motivational
You are welcome, I hope you enjoy them!
Really great list. I have read Girl , wash your face by Rachel Hollis . This book is Rachel Hollis’ personal mantra of success. She structures her advice as “things that helped me”, suggesting that these were the things that helped her, and she is sharing it to readers in hope that they might find them useful too. Looking forward to read the other books . Thank you for sharing the detailed information.
You are welcome, Rashmi, let me know what you think!
Thank you for finding these books for us and your recommendation.I would love to try all three of them,just because of your inthusiasm.
Then my job here is done 🙂 In all honesty I really believe these books have a message that needs to be shared!
Those are some great books! A personal suggestion for the list: feel the fear and do it anyway by Susan Jeffers. Definitely a must read in my opinion!
Thanks for the recommendation, Joep, I will definitely check it out!
This is a great set of books you have reviewed, I have already Girl Wash Your Face but look forward to reading the other two.
I’d love to hear what you thought of them!
Self help books are one of my favorite genres so going to check some of these out!
You won’t be disappointed! 🙂
I’ve been wanting to read Untamed for such a long time. I think it’s about time that I get to reading it. Sounds like such a great book.
It really is! A must read in my opinion!
Ooh! You got me excited about these books. I really want to read untamed now. It sounds like exactly what I need to read. Thank you!
I’m glad I got you excited! I really do want you to read them, there is so much to take from these books 🙂