18 Uplifting Books About Personal Growth

Personal growth is so important: Are you an over-thinker? Are you afraid to step out of your comfort zone? Do you feel like you’re stuck in life? Do you feel burnt out?

18 Growth and Fulfillment Books

Time for some change! Time to change your mindset. Time to learn how to find meaning, to lead, to be bold, to be truly happy. It’s time to grow. We’ve found 18 powerful books about personal growth that will help with self-image, stress, life transitions, and many more!

1. Get Out of Your Head

By Jennie Allen

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Are your thoughts holding you captive? I’ll never be good enough. Other people have better lives than I do. God couldn’t really love me. Jennie Allen knows what it’s like to swirl in a spiral of destructive thoughts, but she also knows we don’t have to stay stuck in toxic thinking patterns.

In Get Out of Your Head, Jennie inspires and equips us to transform our emotions, our outlook, and even our circumstances by taking control of our thoughts. Our enemy is determined to get in our heads to make us feel helpless, overwhelmed, and incapable of making a difference for the kingdom of God. But when we submit our minds to Christ, the promises and goodness of God flood our lives in remarkable ways.

2. Daring Greatly

By Brene Brown

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Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes: “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.”

Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena—whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.

3. The Four Agreements

By Don Miguel Ruiz

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In The Four Agreements, bestselling author 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.

4. How to Win Friends & Influence People

By Dale Carnegie

You can go after the job you want—and get it!

You can take the job you have—and improve it!

You can take any situation—and make it work for you!

Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. One of the most groundbreaking and timeless bestsellers of all time, How to Win Friends & Influence People will teach you:

  • Six ways to make people like you
  • Twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking
  • Nine ways to change people without arousing resentment

And much more! Achieve your maximum potential—a must-read for the twenty-first century with more than 15 million copies sold!

5. Untamed

By Glennon Doyle

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There is a voice of longing inside each woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good partners, daughters, mothers, employees, and friends. We hope all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this? We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful, hiding our discontent—even from ourselves.

6. The Gifts of Imperfection

by Brene Brown

7. Mindsight

by Daniel J. Siegel

8. Dare to Lead

by Brene Brown

9. Rising Strong

by Brene Brown

10. Anatomy of Peace

by The Arbinger Institute

11. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

by Gabor Mate

12. I Thought it Was Just Me (But It Isn’t)

by Brene Brown

13. Braving the Wilderness

by Brene Brown

14. Man’s Search for Meaning

by Viktor E. Frankl

15. The Self Esteem Workbook

by Glenn R. Schiraldi

16. Final Gifts

by Maggie Callanan

17. Finding Meaning

by David Kessler

18. The Art of Forgiving

by Lewis B. Smedes

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