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Lewis Carroll in his very prominent writing- Alice in the Wonderland has mentioned about identity, “Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.” And it is true to a great extent as we do all the things in our life to make ourselves satisfied but we miss the most important thing only and that is knowing and understanding ourselves as to quote Aristotle, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” So, here is the list of some books, which may help one to achieve success in self-discovery.


The alchemist

This is the novel by Paulo Coelho written in 1987 in just two weeks. When he was asked about his inexplicable pace of writing, he answered very politely, “I’m able to write at this speed because this story was already written in my soul.” It is an allegorical novel of genres like fantasy, quest, adventure and drama that talks about a young Andalusian shepherd named Santiago in his journey to Egypt after having a recurring dream of finding treasure there. After reading this book one can understand the importance of finding his or her own destiny. This novel has been remarked as ‘more self-help than literature’. It talks all about the indispensable need of strong desire for the thing we want.


Life of pie

This novel of Canadian fantasy written by Yann Martel was published in 2001. Who knew that after facing rejection from five London Publishing Houses, this very book gained worldwide appreciation with winning various prizes and awards. According to Yann martel, Life of pie can be summarized into three statements, “Life is a story… You can choose your story… A story with God is the better story.” It explores the meaning of life in various circumstances. It also talks about the adventure of life that we unwillingly, sometimes get in our pocket. “Survival of the fittest”- the theory proposed by Darwin very aptly suits here with protagonist- Pi Patel, an adult Canadian


Get off your but: how to end self-sabotage and stand up for yourself

This novel is the debut of Stean Stephenson which is no doubt very much powerful and practical through its words. It is very inspirational and in addition to its motivating features it is also so easy to read it. It may sound incredible but one can really listen its audible version while driving or jogging as the way author has portrayed his professional view on the life is really in a very easy to go manner. This book aptly teaches us how to enhance our positivity and mitigate the negativities of our life.

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The power of now: A guide to spiritual enlightenment

Eckhart Tolle in this writing of his has created a sense of experience among the readers through his easy writing and question and answer format. It is a form of spiritual reading and confronts the readers with the importance of “now”. It also talks about the importance of living in present and avoiding the thoughts of past and future. As, it is well said that past is neither good nor bad, it is just dead. So, this book will surely help one a lot to come out from the dark well of past and also to avoid the tension of upcoming future.


Your soul’s plan

This novel is by Robert Schwartz who has tried his level best to make the readers explore about the pre-birth planning of physical illness, deafness, blindness, drug addiction, alcoholism, the death of loved ones and accidents. It is all about the planning we make or the important decisions and choices, which we take in our lifetime. Well, it is all the thought of our soul only that we do or want to do so, it is very necessary for us to know more and more about our life or about our soul because it is the only thing for which we are moving hither and thither just to make ourselves content.


The color of water: a black man’s tribute to his white mother

It is an autobiography of James McBride. Though this autobiography is basically on the theme of Racism but it also very smoothly deals with the themes like self-motivation or doing the things that we like to do. It also deals with past vs. present.


The authentic career: following the path of self-discovery to professional fulfillment

It is very difficult for us to decide what we want from our life and what we are told to do in our life or what “should” we do. When we are able to understand the difference between these two, is the stage when we are aware of our choices. Doing jobs just for money is not something which can motivate anyone to work for any particular office or firm for 30-35 years. Frustrated from the jobs or depressed from the career is something which is very harsh to accept and very difficult to avoid. So, this is really one of the rare books written by Maggie Craddock in which she outlines a therapeutic approach to the readers through which they can differentiate between the needs and the wishes of theirs in their lie. It also contains exercises, examples and inspirational quotes to make it a vivid read.




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  1. Life of Pi was a total inspiration to me and is now one of my favorite books of all time. Thanks for sharing these great recommendations with your readers. I recently read a book I would like to recommend called “The Bible of Mithra: A Book of Clarity” by Andre Atabaki ( At a time in my life when I felt very lost I was recommended this book by a friend and it truly helped me. It is amazing the hurdles we set up for ourselves on the journey to peace and enlightenment, and this book helped me understand my own “road blocks” and overcome them. I feel closer to myself and my soul feels more at peace after finishing this book. Highly recommended.

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