December 21

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6 Inspiring Books for When You Are Feeling Down

We all have those days when we feel down and just want to curl up with a good book. This is why it’s essential to find inspiring books that can help you get out of your funk. In this article, we will give you some books that will help motivate you or inspire you during tough times. All of these are fantastic reads for anyone who needs some encouragement, hope, happiness, or inspiration in their lives!

6 Inspiring Books for When You Are Feeling Down

#1 Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed 

“What if I forgave myself? I thought. What if I forgave myself even though I’d done something I shouldn’t have? What if I was a liar and a cheat and there was no excuse for what I’d done other than because it was what I wanted and needed to do? What if I was sorry, but if I could go back in time I wouldn’t do anything differently than I had done? What if I’d actually wanted to fuck every one of those men? What if heroin taught me something? What if yes was the right answer instead of no? What if what made me do all those things everyone thought I shouldn’t have done was what also had got me here? What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?” 

― Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

In Wild, author and poet Cheryl Strayed shares her experiences about hiking over a thousand miles of wilderness alone. The book is a very moving account of how she overcame many obstacles in her life, including her mother’s death, heroin addiction, and divorce. This is an excellent read for anyone looking for inspiration to face their own challenges.

All in all, Wild by Cheryl Strayed is a story that took me by surprise and exceeded expectations by far. It’s an inspiring tale that will both make you want to stay at home and hold your loved ones close but also run into the wild with nothing but a few essentials on your back.

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#2 The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” 

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

This is such an inspiring book—it’s very touching and is one of those books that kind of sticks with you forever.

The Little Prince is a children’s book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, first published in 1943. The story follows the friendship between an aviator who crashes his plane on an uncharted desert island and a little prince from another planet. This charming, heartwarming tale will inspire you to live your life with passion and purpose.

“I’ve read a lot of books in my time, and the number that have stayed in my mind and consciousness forever are very few. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint Exupery is one that has never left me. The story is touching in its beauty and the innocence of both the author and his tiny protagaonist. It is filled with wit and wisdom as well as words and concepts so touching that you don’t know whether to laugh or cry.”

– Chris Ellis, Lifehack.org

#3 The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama

“A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” 

― Dalai Lama, The Art of Happiness

This book is a great read for anyone who wants to learn how to find happiness in their life. Written by the Dalai Lama, this book is a collection of essays that offer readers guidance on achieving lasting happiness and peace. If you are looking for some advice on living a happier life, then this is the perfect book for you.

“At a time when Western spiritual seekers are flocking to books telling them that all they really need to be happy and good is to enter into a blissful meditative communion with the now, it is provocative and moving to be urged to think and to know oneself by the man who is arguably the greatest living symbol of the developed spirit in action. And what may be most moving is this: if the Dalai Lama is right, and if people do as he suggests—if they learn to see themselves impartially and to analyze their work in light of how many people it touches—they will begin to see, whether they are picking oranges or writing a novel, that the highest purpose of work and, indeed, of life is the helping of others.”

– Publishers Weekly

#4 The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

“Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally… Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.” 

― Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements

In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. The four agreements:

  1. Be impeccable with your word.
  2. Don’t take anything personally.
  3. Don’t make assumptions.
  4. Always do your best.

A fantastic read for anyone who wants to learn how to live more freely and happily.

“Don Miguel Ruiz’s book is a roadmap to enlightenment and freedom.”

— Deepak Chopra, 

#5 Untamed by Glennon Doyle  

“When a woman finally learns that pleasing the world is impossible, she becomes free to learn how to please herself.” 

― Glennon Doyle, Untamed

Untamed was written by Glennon Doyle and documents her lifelong journey of self-discovery and uses personal experiences to encourage women on their own respective journeys towards freedom. Through the intersections of gender, sexuality, religion, and race, Doyle unpacks the social conditioning that affects the lives of all humans, particularly women. Ultimately, Doyle offers a reflective guide to navigating life by looking internally and honoring one’s unique instinct, which she deems the “Knowing.”

“Filled with hopeful messages . . . encourag[ing] women to reject the status quo and follow their intuition . . . This testament to female empowerment and self-love, with an endearing coming-out story at the center, will delight readers.”

—Publishers Weekly

#6Man’s Search for Meaning byViktor E. Frankl

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” 

― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

This book is deeply inspiring. How can one endure and even thrive after experiencing such profound suffering? Viktor Frankl suggests that our quality of life is dependent on how we choose to see purpose and meaning in any situation. You may not be into his ideas on logotherapy. Still, his personal story will change how you view and respond to life’s challenges.

This book was written by Viktor Frankl and is a memoir about his experiences in concentration camps during World War II. The book discusses the importance of finding meaning in life, even in the worst of circumstances. This is an inspiring read for anyone who wants to learn more about finding purpose in their lives, even during difficult times.

“Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl is a memoir that should be read by everyone at least once, it’s a classic must-read, and one of the most influential books written in America. With its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps, it’s certainly a difficult & painful read; but the lessons for spiritual survival are deeply profound which you can apply to your life.”

– The Bookish Elf

BONUS: Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke  

“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” 

― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

If you are a creative person who wants to pursue your passion, this is the book for you. Letters to a Young Poet was written by Rainer Maria Rilke and first published in 1903 as a series of nine letters that he wrote between 1902-1908. The purpose of these letters was designed to inspire poet a young, would-be poet with advice and encouragement to develop his own creative voice. This book is an excellent source of inspiration for anyone who feels discouraged or lost in their creative pursuits.

“This fresh translation of Rilke’s famous letters reminds us anew that Rilke is addressing not just his young correspondent but everyone, and that his advice is not only about how to write poems but how to live a deliberate, meaningful life. In these overly excited times, it is inspiring to listen to the patient counsel of this meditative man, this champion of solitude.”

—Billy Collins

So there you have it! Six inspiring books that will help get you through tough times. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did. 🙂

Jess & Kara


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