Ever since I was a little girl, I loved to read. I loved (still do) the idea of reading in bed, or somewhere in the garden, next to a giant tree. My grandma used to stay with me and teach me how to spell and read stories, and that’s the short version of how I ended in loving to read mostly love, adventure, drama or action novels. As the years passed, I have also started to enjoy another type of books, not just novels, and classic stories. The books I’m talking about are those regarding self-development and how to grow as a person, how to think in other directions, not just one, how to be more creative, how to find your inner peace and become zen, how to be confident, how to love and live life, etc. I call these books to be “inspirational”, therefore, the perfect inspiring books for women.

When I started writing this article, women all over the world were celebrating the 8th of March, International Women’s Day – a day filled with love, joy, beautiful and inspiring quotes dedicated especially to women, flowers, chocolate, cake, colors, music, sun. So, what better reason if not to present you the most interesting inspiring books  for women, as a gift, in honor of that special day? You might end up buying one or two.

Inspiring Books For Women

I have gathered here, in no particular order, some of the coolest inspiring books for women for you to read about and see if they match your personality or if they surprise you in one way or another. Have a look!

#1 You Can Heal Your Life – Louise Hay

Louise Hay is a best-selling author and one of the leaders regarding the self-help field. Obviously, she has experience and firsthand information when it comes to healing. She healed herself after being diagnosed with cancer. As she so honestly says, “If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed”.

The message of the book is that each and every one of us is responsible for our own life and “dis-ease”. The author thinks that the source of our illness is our own thoughts of self-hatred. For each illness, she provides ailments and emotional causes that relate to the problem, in order to overcome it.

#2 Learning To Dance In The Rain – Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher

This book is considered a classic on the power of gratitude. The book was inspired by Vivian Greene‘s famous quote: “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain!” They say that, when facing tough times, we often spend too much time feeling sorry for ourselves, so, why not learn to dance in the rain?

The authors think that gratitude can change first, your attitude, and then, your whole life, forever. “Learning to dance in the rain” is a beautifully designed book, with wonderful stories and quotes. It is said to be a lovely empowering and inspiring book.

#3 Inspired Faith – Mark Gilroy

Mark Gilroy is a veteran publishing executive who has written and sold books in hundreds of thousands of copies. The basis of this book is that true health is provided in daily doses. You have to constantly work out or eat healthy in order to see the results.

This inspiring book for women is a book for your spirit. It has simple writings, it contains selections from great devotional writers from history, it includes a Scripture verse, inspirational quotes, and prayer starters. “The most important things in life—a healthy marriage, child rearing, your career—require daily attention. Your spiritual life is no different. No wonder the power of daily habits is woven throughout God’s Word.”

#4 The Dash: Making A Difference With Your Life – Linda Ellis and Marc Anderson

This book is all about how we choose to live, given the fact that we did not choose our parents, we did not choose to be born, we do not choose to die.  The dash represents those years in between and what you do with them. If you do not know what’s important in life and you need encouragement, then this is the book for you. It represents the very essence of life.

After all, at the end of it, how we will be remembered―whether our dash represents a full, joyous life of seeking God’s glory, or simply the space between birth and death―will be entirely up to the people we’ve left behind, the lives we’ve changed.

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#5 Oil For Your Lamp – BJ Gallagher and Lisa Hammond

Another book that, in my opinion, starts with a famous quote is this one. Mother Teresa used to say  “To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it”. Because women spend too much time and energy in taking care of their children and husbands, at work or at home, with friends, they often neglect themselves. That’s why their lamps run low on, they fill the lamps of others.

This is a book dedicated to women who want to learn to take care of themselves first, who want to glow, shine and light up the world. It is important to first acknowledge the problem and understand its reasons. It begins with the feminist period, when women were lead to believe they can have it all, and then explores the myth of women being able to do it all. With this book, you will learn simple values such as how to play, how to ask for help, how to become more inner-directed.

#6 Unchain The Elephant – Erik Wahl

Erik Wahl is a recognized graffiti artist, a bestselling author, and an entrepreneur. His inspiring book has a simple message, which is to experience to the fullest what life has to offer, to rediscover your inner creativity and passion. No matter your workplace, you possess an inner creativity that might not have been discovered and unleashed since your were little. You can express it through paint, music, words, ideas. It is a book that challenges you “to get out of our own way, face our self-limiting beliefs, and embrace our hidden creativity. This book is a much-needed kick in the pants!”

#7 212: The Extra Degree – Sam Parker and Mac Andrson

Want to know how to achieve results beyond your wildest expectations? “212: The Extra Degree” is a must-have when it comes to personal and business libraries. The analogy of hot water (211 degrees) and boiling water (212 degrees) is the fact that a single degree can make a great difference. It reflects the ultimate definitions of excellence.

An extra degree in both personal life and business can make the difference between good and great. The book presents powerful stories that have the role to motivate you to take things to the next level, the level of success. It is one of the inspiring books for women, that can help them attain their goals.

#8 Attitude Is Everything – Vicki Hitzges

How often do you hear the phrase “it’s all about your attitude”? I can say that I hear it almost weekly. Being surrounded by positive people can make you feel better and more productive. Vicki Hitzges is used to speaking to large corporations around the world and teaches her audience how to build better relationships, how to avoid stress and how to conquer change. Her lessons are applicable everywhere.

This is one of the inspiring books for women that you have to read. Your success or failure is not about how you dress, how you look or what you think. It’s all about the attitude and if you want to keep yourself at a positive level, read it. It has great stories and inspirational quotes.

#9 Leap – Tess Vigeland

Is it possible to leave a job without having any plan B in order to find the career and life you truly want? Yes. And it is also encouraged. You want to live a happy life, don’t you? The book is based on the author’s personal life. Tess was a longtime host with public radio’s Marketplace and she was very good at her job. Without any definite, clear sense of what she wanted to do next, she walked away from her dream job and into a vast unknown. She leaped without a net.

The book is also about finding a new definition of success. It offers a funny, thoughtful, and provocative look at how to find satisfaction and success when pursuing a career less ordinary. An inspiring choice of book, I might say.

 #10 Are You Fully Charged? – Tom Rath

Tom Rath‘s latest international bestseller reveals which are the most important three keys that energize your life and work. It is based on changes we can make in order to create better days for ourselves and others. This book challenges you to stop following the pursuit of happiness and just be happy by creating meaningful interactions and putting your own health first.

“Seeking your own happiness and nothing else results in feelings of futility. But if you spend as much time creating meaningful interactions as you do in pursuing happiness, you will be better off in both areas.”

#11 Clay Water Brick – Jessica Lackley

In Clay Water Brick”, Jackley challenges readers to embrace entrepreneurship as a powerful force for change in the world. She shares her own story of founding Kiva with little more than a laptop and a dream, and the stories and the lessons she has learned from those across the globe who are doing the most with the least. She wants to motivate her readers into appreciating the entrepreneurial potential that exists in everybody.

“My goal […] is a simple one: to inspire you to live a more entrepreneurial life. I believe we can all achieve a more hopeful, more creative, and more positive existence together by realizing the incredible entrepreneurial potential that exists in every human being on this planet.”

#12 The Achievement Habit – Bernard Roth

Another book from our inspiring books for women’s top choices is this one. Bernard Roth introduces the power of design thinking in order to help us achieve goals. This book provides a series of discussions, stories, recommendations, and exercises designed to help us create a different experience in our lives. “Achievement can be learned. It’s a muscle, and once you learn how to flex it, you’ll be able to meet life’s challenges and fulfill your goals”.

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#13 Great Quotes From Great Women – Peggy Anderson

Last but not least, for the inspiring books for women, I chose this quotes book. It is a book inspired by women who contributed to large changes around the world. They changed it for the better. It’ s like a book filled with advice from wise women, all together. The following great women are included in this volume: Abigail Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Mary Kay Ash, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Mother Teresa, Clara Barton, Emily Dickinson, Florence Nightingale, Amelia Earhart, and many others.

The book presents pictures of every woman and a few words about them, then, it presents hundreds of quotes and words of wisdom in a beautiful format.

Hopefully, you will happen to like some of this books, just as I did when I started reading about them. I hope you will find them inspiring, empowering, motivational and worth reading.

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