9 Inspirational Books That Will Change Your Life

I’ve been in a funk all week and I know it 100% has everything to do with what is going on around me. I had all sorts of different posts planned for this week, but during times of chaos, I always reach for a few of my favorite books, so today I wanted to share them with all of you. Maybe you are also struggling with finding inspiration these days, maybe you need a pick me up and some motivation or perhaps you just want to escape into a book to take a break from your life (hi hello, I am all of these). Wherever you fall, I hope that some of these brighten up your life like they have mine!

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1. Carry On, Warrior

“Glennon’s writing invites us to believe in ourselves, to be brave and kind, to let go of the idea of perfection, and to stop making motherhood, marriage, and friendship harder by pretending they’re not hard. In this one woman’s trying to love herself and others, readers will find a wise and witty friend who shows that we can build better lives in our hearts, homes, and communities.”

2. Present Over Perfect

“Written in Shauna’s warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection.”

3. BIG MAGIC (**full disclosure: I’m not typically an Elizabeth Gilbert fan, but this is a can’t miss)

“Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.”

4. Tuesdays With Morrie

“Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live.”

5. Tiny Beautiful Things

“Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills—and it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice.”

6. Choosing Real

“In Choosing REAL, author Bekah Pogue walks with us into life’s unplanned circumstances–specifically frantic schedules, pain, transition, feelings of unworthiness, loneliness, and tension–and reminds us it is in these.very.moments where God invites us to notice, respond, and even celebrate an authentic relationship with Him through every.little.detail despite our own efforts or work. The result? A connection between real life and faith so that they are one and the same.”

7. It’s Not Fair

“Sometimes when life falls apart the only acceptable response is hysterical laughter. When things get so far gone, so spectacularly a world away from any plans you made or dreams you dreamed, you feel it bubbling up inside of you and you scream, “It’s not fair!” And it isn’t. Fair is an illusion, and life is weird.”

8. Falling Free

Falling Free charts a pilgrimage from the self-focused wisdom of the world to the topsy-turvy life of God’s more being found in less. Martin’s practical, sweetly subversive book invites us to rethink assumptions about faith and the good life, push past insecurity and fear, and look beyond comfortable, middle-class Christianity toward a deeper, richer, and ultimately more fulfilling life.”

9. The Gifts of Imperfection

“Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, “What if I can’t keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn’t everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?”


Have you read any of these? Or better yet – do you have any recommendations I can pick up?

October 3, 2017


  • You MUST read You Are a Badass.

    • Kait

      It’s still en route! Why is it taking so long to get into my hands?!!? 🙁

  • Jen

    I’m adding these to my list! You always share the best recommendations.

    • Kait

      Aw thank you! My friend Chelsea also recommended “You are a BADASS” and that’s on its way to my house!

  • How have I read zero of these? It takes something really enticing to pull me away from my fiction habit… But these recommendations just might work 🙂 I have been intrigued by Big Magic, Present Over Perfect, and Carry On, Warrior. Might be time!

    • Kait

      None of them!? Okay well, start with Carry On, Warrior. Be sure you have your highlighter out when you read, because you’ll be wanting to record things to memory alllll over that book! Then move on to Present Over Perfect. Make room for that one on your nightstand 🙂

  • I read Falling Free and Tuesdays with Morrie and LOVED them! I wasn’t a huge fan of Big Magic! Such an unpopular opinion, I know. I’m going to the library tomorrow so I’ll have to check out some of these others!

    • Kait

      I’m not a huge Elizabeth Gilbert fan overall, so I definitely had to push myself through that one a bit more than the rest, but overall I did like it. Ah, I would recommend Carry on Warrior first – there’s a reason it’s number 1 on my list. I love, love, love it! Then Present Over Perfect – those are my two faves!