With the summer winding down, it's the perfect time to pick up one last book while we're still in summer vacation mode. But pick up something inspiring, life-changing, and you'll start your fall off on the right foot. For this post, we sourced from the YBC Yoga Forum, where we asked the YBC Community what books have changed their lives. The forum is a supportive little corner of the internet where you can go to chat with likeminded people about everything from travel to trikonasana. Hope you'll join in the convo!
1. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. A laugh out loud, cry your eyes out, heart warming memoir that's exceptionally well written.
2. Momo by Michael Ende - Thanks to YBC Community member YogaBliss, who said: Ever since I read it years and years ago, it has really stuck with me has taught me to see everyday in a different way , really great novel.) This is about a homeless girl called Momo who has a special talent she uses to help all her friends. Then, the men in grey come to her city and silently begin taking over. Only Momo can help.
3. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand - Thanks to YBC Community member LarryD517! This is a suspenseful novel featuring Dagny Taggart, a VP of Operations for the largest railroad in the world and she is a brilliant business woman intent on maintaining the success of her railroad. But there are two problems - one, the government keeps getting int he way, and two, the men in the industry keep disappearing one by one and know one knows where they go.
4. Freakonomics by Steven D Levitt - Thanks, to YBC Community member FShliz09! She says, the movie is great too, but there's more in the book). It's a very basic intro to Game Theory which is a branch of economics and I'm a total geek. I find that whenever I pick it up it reminds me to think a different way - I recommend it to everyone.
5. Think on These Things by J. Krishnamurti - Thanks to YBC Community member KristiSmithYoga! She says, "I read that book in 1999, and it inspired me to live in a manner that was in absolute sync with my core values."
6. The Gratitude Diaries: How a year looking on the bright side can transform your life by Janice Kaplan. Ok this is my contribution! I read this book just a few weeks ago and it came at the perfect time. I was dealing with a tremendous amount of stress and the book offered ideas for how to implement gratitude in real life situations and explained the science behind why it's beneficial to do so. Life changer!
7. Water: The ultimate cure by Steve Meyerowitz. This book came recently recommended by a friend because it talks about how vital hydration is to our health. The book teaches what type of water is best and how we can use it for optimal health.
8. Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Health, Wealth, Peace & More by Joe Vitale & Ihaleakala Hew Lew, PhD. This is a book that came highly recommended by my friend Hayley. This book reveals four little phrases that have the power to completely transform your life.
9. Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield. If you're needing a little push to take the jump from amateur to pro, this is the book that'll help. It offers a lesson in self-examination to let go of fears and live your best possible life.
10. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. This is a great read that'll impact your all aspects of your life. The book explains the seven habits and then teaches how to put them into practice.
11. The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. A fantastic book for every entrepreneur out there, this quick read will explain how to work less and live more.
12. Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural treatment for autism, dyspraxia, A.D.D., dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia by Natasha Campbell-McBride. - Thanks, FairyGutMother! She says, "The GAPS book completely changed the way I thought about health and food. I realized how many illnesses were directly related to gut health and by changing the diet, we can change the status of our health simply by healing the gut with nourishing food."
Let's talk Any books you would add that've had a major impact on your life?