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Top 20 Life Changing Books

Top 20 Life Changing Books

Get inspired to explore and live your optimal way of life with our international list of mind blowing books.


Books and story telling have the power to change lives. Reading can be a way to connect to ideas, people, philosophies and new perspectives. Whether fictional or factual, stories transport you. They take you into someone else’s world whilst helping you better understand your own. Here, at Rosemary, we have all been inspired, motivated and challenged by a variety of different books.

I asked some of Rosemary’s Dream Team what one book has most influenced the way that they live. This is what they said, so get ready to be inspired by our list of top 20 life changing books!

The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard
Described by our coach Arun, as “The Rosemary Bible”, this book is all about claiming your personal power.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A Singer
This book delves into human identity and the development of consciousness in order to live in the present moment.

Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
Shonda shows how one simple action can change your whole life by sharing her account of deciding to say yes more.

Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa
The story of the greatest samurai in Japan, which can offer guidance for how to live life with self-discipline, focus and skill.

Women Who Run With The Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
Estes is a natural storyteller and uses ancient fairy tales to delve into philosophy, Jungian psychology, sociology, the natural world and the feminine divine.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
A memoir following Strayed’s journey from addiction, grief and self destructive behaviour to recovery and self reliance through her decision to hike 1100 miles alone. It is a touching and empowering read.

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
This book is accessible, short and to the point whilst presenting some serious game changing perspectives on life.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
Tolle presents a thought provoking guide to living in the here and now, and the importance of letting go of thoughts about the past and future.

How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield
With a lot of practical exercises on how to improve your life and set goals to reach them, this book offers an accessible clear way to achieve your dreams.

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
This is an experiential way to tap into your creativity. Cameron invites you to get your inner artist out to play with techniques and exercises that free up any blocks standing in the way.

Cradle To Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by Michael Braungart and WIlliam McDonough
This non-fiction book calls for a radical change in the way that we make things. It presents and promotes a sustainable design model.

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
In this novel Adichie carefully weaves together different narratives, challenging the reader’s own perspective. She also has a thought provoking TED talk called The Danger of a Single Story worth watching alongside reading this book.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
This self-help pocket size book discusses how to understand being human and follow the laws of nature to fulfil our deepest desires.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
A novel published in the 80s all about the philosophical dichotomy of lightness versus weight.

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
Perfect in its simplicity this book explains Taoism from Eastern philosophy to a western audience via the popular characters of A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories.

DO / PURPOSE / Why brands with a purpose do better and matter more by David Hieatt
An absolute must read for anyone involved in purpose led projects aiming to make a change in the world. This will make you rethink the way you work and what branding means.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
A candid look at the entire history of humankind. This book covers the Stone Age, the development of language, religion, the rise of capitalism and so much more.

The Power is Within You by Louise Hay
Hay discusses her philosophy on creating a more harmonious world by connecting to your inner power source, accepting change, embracing the inner child and trusting your intuition.

Amar e Ser Livre / Love and Be Free by Sri Prem Baba
This book is all about creating healthy, loving relationships to build a better world. Prem discusses letting go of ideas of possession when it comes to love, intimacy and connection.

Anything We Love Can be Saved: A Writer’s Activism by Alice Walker
Bestselling author of The Colour Purple, Walker affirms that the things we hold dear can all be saved as long as we take action. She writes about her own ativism and explores important aspects of her life such as race, social change and family identity.

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Written by Jasmine Sara
Photography in order of appearance:
Julia Gundlach for Rosemary Dream, Thought Catalogue on Unsplash, Lê Tân on Unsplash, Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash, Bruna Brandão for Rosemary Dream.

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