Top 10 Inspirational Books – December 2014

TopTenLogoWelcome to this month’s Aspire Magazine Top 10 Inspiring Books list! You’ll discover inspirational and empowering books, written by women and for women, each dedicated to sharing a universal message of love, hope and self-empowerment. Through their wisdom-filled books, these visionary female authors are illuminating the path for women on the journey of healing and self-discovery. Add these transformational books to your inspired living resource library.

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Make Your Own Rules Diet
by Tara Stiles

taraIn Make Your Own Rules Diet, Tara Stiles introduces readers to easy and fun ways to bring yoga, meditation, and healthy food into their lives. As the designer and face of Reebok’s first yoga lifestyle line, author of Yoga Cures and Slim, Calm, Sexy Yoga, and the founder of Strala—the movement-based system that ignites freedom, known for its laid-back and unpretentious vibe—Tara has long been a proponent of creating a tension-free healthy life by tapping into the unique needs of her clients. In this new book, she teaches readers how to apply this inward-looking philosophy to themselves. When people understand what they need for true well-being, they can make their own rules—rules that will help them become their best selves.

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Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message
by Tara Mohr

bigIn the tradition of Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly, Playing Big provides real, practical tools to help women quiet self-doubt, identify their callings, “unhook” from praise and criticism, unlearn counterproductive good girl habits, and begin taking bold action.

While not all women aspire to end up in the corner office, every woman aspires to something. Playing Big fills a major gap among women’s career books; it isn’t just for corporate women. The book offers tools to help every woman play bigger—whether she’s an executive, community volunteer, artist, or stay-at-home mom.

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Tapping Into Wealth: How Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Can Help You Clear the Path to Making More Money
by Margaret M. Lynch and Daylle Deanna Schwartz M.S.

tappingDiscover how Tapping can help you release your negative beliefs about money and open the door to more wealth than you ever imagined. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also known as Tapping, has become a popular tool for realizing goals. For many of us, one of our main aspirations is to flourish in our careers and, by extension, in our finances. Yet limiting beliefs and fears keep people stuck in their current financial states. Margaret M. Lynch teaches people how to harness the power of Tapping to identify and clear the blocks to prosperity. This book also features QR codes and URLs linking to video demonstrations of Tapping exercises.

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Discover Your Nutritional Style: Your Seasonal Plan to a Healthy, Happy and Delicious Life
by Holli Thompson CHHC, CNHP

nutritionalDo you want to feel good again, have abundant energy, and finally take control of your own health? Wouldn’t it be nice to effortlessly release excess weight and return to your natural vibrancy and glow? It’s time you make the connection between what’s on your plate and how you feel. Discover Your Nutritional Style shows you the way.

Holli Thompson, CHHP, CNHP, gives you the information you need to understand how to nourish yourself in a way that’s best for you, based on your individual needs and preferences. Learn what’s right for you – and how what’s right for you changes with the seasons and with your needs.

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Hop, Skip, Jump: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life
by Marney K. Makridakis

jumpMost of us view work and play as mutually exclusive opposites, but now you can blend them together in your new route to joy-filled success. The 75 techniques in this book will guide you to be more playful and productive as you move through three vital phases of the manifestation process: dreaming (Hop), experimenting (Skip), and taking action (Jump). Discover your Play Personality and learn how to use it to create more experiences in which work feels like play, and struggle gives way to momentum, ease, and joy. Includes a FREE downloadable Productivity Pack

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Warrior Goddess Training: Become the Woman You Are Meant to Be
by HeatherAsh Amara

warriorThe Path to Your Inner Warrior Goddess. It’s no secret that women today are juggling a lot. Many of us have learned to be our own worst critic rather than our own best friend. In Warrior Goddess Training, bestselling author HeatherAsh Amara provides the antidote to the flawed idea that you are not enough. If you don’t love and honor yourself with every fiber of your being, if you struggle with owning your power and passion, if you could use more joyful play and simple presence in your life, then it is time for an inner revolution. It is time to claim your Warrior Goddess energy.

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Imagine the Life You’d Love to Live, Then Live It: 52 Inspired Habits and Playful Prompts
by Peg Conley

imaginePeg Conley has made it her business to make sure we don’t let life pass us by, and offers us both baby steps and giant leaps to living the life we’ve always dreamed of. The 52 aha! moments in this book will inspire you to develop new habits and discipline, with guidance that ranges from unplugging to recharge, to doodling up your deepest dreams, and learning to go where your heart leads you. Both practical and profound, this is a week-by-week guide to regaining your own creativity, trusting that your dream will unfold, and daring to reclaim your life.

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The Wholehearted Life: Big Changes and Greater Happiness Week by Week
by Susyn Reeve

wholeThe Wholehearted Life is the culmination of Susyn Reeve’s lifelong work. Comprised of 365 days of change-your-life ideas that can be executed in just a few minutes each day, this is a guide to a life of contentment and community, where you give and receive love, including the oft-missing self-love and compassion. Reeve is a scholar of the human soul and is on a mission to help everyone live a wholehearted life, one of inner serenity, esteem toward self, shared joy, and limitless love. Reeve’s warm and wise encouragement offers readers 52 week’s worth of ways to pray, play, and passionately pursue a life lived utterly and fully from the heart.

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The Grateful Life: The Secret to Happiness, and the Science of Contentment
by Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons

gratefulThe Grateful Life is a guide to discovering — and achieving — one’s dreams by harnessing the power of a positive attitude. In years of research and practice, authors Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons have discovered that grateful living can transform lives. Grateful people are happier people. They are healthier and less stressed. They report much higher levels of satisfaction with their relationships and are less likely to credit luck with the good fortune of others. Filled with motivational quotes, resources, and exercises, The Grateful Life helps readers on their journey to creating the life they’ve always wanted.

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Lead With Your Heart: Creating a Life of Love, Compassion, and Purpose
by Regina Cates

reginaIn Lead with Your Heart, author Regina Cates asks us to question our notion of what success and happiness really mean. Through the sharing of her own personal stories as well as providing helpful meditations, questions, and exercises, Regina offers a combination of wise advice, compelling anecdotes, and practical strategies for living a life that is authentic, fulfilling, and healing. Regina shows us that if we choose to act from a place of love instead of a place of fear, we make our lives and the lives of those around us better in the process.

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  • Leslie Hoff

    Awesome list of recommendations! I am so happy I came across this post 🙂 I am always looking for books to inspire and motivate me. I think a book that needs to be added to this list is ” Social Wealth” by author Jason Treu ( It was recommended to me by a friend and I truly feel like it has helped improve my life. Sometimes in life turning things around for yourself can be as simple as developing a strategy and sticking to it. This book has the tools and resources necessary to tailor a personal plan, as well as the insight to teach you how to actually use it in your everyday life. This book really spoke to me as I have always felt personal connections and relationships were the keys to success in all things. The author has gone above and beyond to educate and inform the reader with solid strategies to get them where they need in life. I love the way he gave me real world tools to put into action the plans outlined in his book. A great read that stresses the point that a personal transformation can be simple!