Sometimes it’s easy to forget that, wherever you are in your life and whatever challenges you’re currently facing, you’re not alone. Even better, there’s probably a whole book written on the subject you’re working through.
The following is a list of books that have changed my life. You’ll find that most of them are about creativity: unlocking it, overcoming resistance around it, and exploring your own version of it.
I’m a strong believer that we’re all here on Earth to express our creativity in some way, shape or form.
If you have a dream or desire, it’s time to get started! People need what you have to offer. If you’re feeling blocked or insecure about sharing your creative ideas with others, or struggle to find time to devote to your dreams, you’re not alone. I’ve been there, too.
These books helped me during some of the most difficult and transformative periods of my life. And if you’re currently going through a rough time, remember to lighten up and not be so hard on yourself. Invite more PLAYFULNESS into your projects. Play makes all the difference.
The Law of Attraction states that if you expect great things for yourself, great things WILL show up. But if you’re looking for more, check out the list below.
1. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Are you creatively blocked? Do you resist giving into your creative desires or struggle to follow through on projects? This book gives an encouraging kick in the pants to overcome fears while providing examples and personal anecdotes about how and why you should follow through with your dreams and desires now.
Perfect for you if: You’re resisting your talent or creative ideas, or are allowing your ego to run the show.
2. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
I love this book. It’s short, to the point and full of genius wisdom for overcoming resistance. Your ego will come up with endless ideas to talk you out of moving forward, taking the next step, writing that book, sending that email, or whatever your next step may be. This book is like the world’s greatest pep talk for people who feel stuck. Keep it by your desk and refer to it when you need to get over yourself.
Perfect for you if: You’re in your head and in need of a pocketbook coach to help keep you motivated.
3. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
This book fundamentally changed my morning routine. The art and healing process of journaling, making time to date yourself and other life-changing tips are all wrapped up in the pages of this book. It’s a great book to work through on your own, or with a group.
Perfect for you if: You’re in a funk, questioning your career or elements of your life and seeking clarity.
4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is a beautiful story illustrating the bigger picture of life. The story follows a man through the journey of finding his true love. If you haven’t read this book already, it’s a must-read. I relate the character’s story to my own and it’s a comfort to know that my journey isn’t unique. We’re all in this together.
Perfect for you if: You’re looking for an uplifting story that will bring hope and meaning to your life.
5. Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch
This book initiated a long love affair with self-help books for me. It was introduced to me by my mom after a breakup. I was home for the holidays, moping in my room, and she brought the book to me and said, “Here, read a few pages of this book. If you like it great, if not great.” We’re not a religious family, and this isn’t a religious text, but the words in this book opened my world to a place of possibility. It confirmed many of the thoughts and feelings I’d already had about life and made me feel like I wasn’t alone. It was a supportive light when I was struggling.
Perfect for you if: You’re in need of hope, answers or a general sense of peace.
6. Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss
If you’ve ever wondered about past lives or your life’s purpose, this book could provide some answers. It follows a woman through several past lives, helping her to better understand many of her phobias in present-day life and heal them at the same time. A fascinating read that gets you thinking about your own experiences.
Perfect for you if: You’re interested in learning more about energy work, your life’s purpose, and past lives.
7. Sark's New Creative Companion: Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit by SARK
If you’re in search of a happy, playful, encouraging workbook, look no further. I read through this book one night while sitting on my couch, listening to music. I was trying to get out of my habit of turning on the TV and zoning out for an hour or two and this book was the perfect, playful replacement. The messages, activities, and art inside this book helped me connect with my inner, fearless, creative child that’s been dying to come out and explore. The morning after working with this book I felt like my creativity was exploding! So many ideas and inspirations were flowing through me.
Perfect for you if: You’re ready to get your creative juices flowing and let your inner child come out to draw and play.
What books have inspired you? I’d love to add more books to my fall reading list! Please let me know what you’re reading in the comments.