inspirational books for women

We’d open a bottle of wine and sit back to to hear their stories — marveling at all the things that have changed, and commiserating about all the things that haven’t.

This was the first personal memoir I read, and the first book in which I found a character I genuinely connected with.
A sort of semi-biography about Lamott’s personal struggles with alcoholism as well as an instructional guide to creative writing, the book encourages writers to use their experiences within their writing, and also gives them the skills they need to do just that.
It might be a bit of a stretch to say this book changed my life, but it did give me great comfort to read it as a teenager.
This book (and her work overall) is controversial, but I consider her an inspiration for free thinkers who refuse to be brainwashed by what any group—religious, cultural or otherwise—might be telling them.
Had I not read that book, continued to study writing and dared to dream big, who knows where I would be now.
When I was a freshman in college, I took an introductory course in international relations, during which we read this book.
Although it’s been deemed controversial by some, the book has also become a classic staple on many high school and middle school reading lists.
When I look back on this book, I imagine a veil being lifted from my eyes, and seeing the world clearly for the first time.
The book also turned me on to series books: I loved the fact that you don’t always have to say goodbye to a character when the story ends.
This book chronicles McDougall’s foray into the Tarahumara culture, the indigenous people in Mexico who are known for their long-distance running ability.
Through Mah’s anecdotes, I learned a lot about my cultural history and was better able to understand my family’s background—two things I never had a curiosity for until I picked up this book.
I had always been an avid reader, but this was the first book that really resonated with me.

In celebration of the Fear of Flying’s 40th anniversary, author Erica Jong has come up with six inspiring books that every woman, of any generation needs to read — or reread! — if only to invoke her own inner powerhouse.
Fear of Flying author Erica Jong reveals the inspiring titles that need a place on every woman’s bookshelf.
Fear of Flying, celebrating its 40th anniversary, is a 1973 novel by Erica Jong, which became famously controversial for its attitudes towards female sexuality, and figured in the development of second-wave feminism.
Why it inspires: "Unlike the popular books of the 1960s, which featured ‘mad housewives’ jumping out of windows, what Lessing tried to do was to bring together a woman’s brain and a woman’s body, to show the delight in physicality.

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This is a beautiful inspirational book about self-fulfillment and enlightenment, the book takes you on a spiritual journey to seek the meaning of life as it tells the story of a young man who sets out to find a deep inner happiness and wisdom, but not without first experiencing suffering.
Although this book seems to combine the teachings of other classic spiritual and of attraction type works, this inspirational and powerful book about setting intentions truly has the power to change your life.
This is the inspirational book which tells the true and incredible life story of a man who knows no limits.
It is based on a Tolstoy story and addresses the three questions “When is the best time to do things?” “Who is the most important?” and “What is the right thing to do?” It is a delightfully illustrated picture book, perfect for children, but can act as a great reminder to ourselves about the important things in life too.
The book is full of wisdom and life lessons and is interwoven with the authors own personal experiences; inspirational and compassionate daily reminders for us all.
This amazing, heartfelt and inspirational book is written by a woman who worked in palliative care and whose own life was transformed by those she cared for – the dying.
Only read this book if you truly want to change your life and reach your full potential.
This thought-provoking and hugely inspirational book is based on a poem of the same name, and after reading will make you take a long hard look at your own life.
Once you have read it, it’s unlikely you will forget the message; this book really will make you look at your life from a different perspective.
Written initially to promote the welfare of horses, this incredibly brave, beautiful and heart wrenching book tells the story of a horse’s life as seen through the eyes of a horse.
This book tells his story of how he came to live a rich and fulfilling life and became a role model for those seeking true happiness.
Written simply but with , great insight and gentle wisdom, this book is a highly inspirational read.
Napoleon Hill’s 1937 classic has certainly stood the test of time, it is not just about growing materially rich, but you can also apply the teachings in this book to be successful in other areas of your life.
Self- understanding, fulfillment and spiritual growth are the order of the day for this classic which has been known as the self-help book for people who don’t read self-help books.
This inspirational book and memoir covers the conversations between the two men and Morrie’s thoughts and philosophy on life.

Our inspirational books for women are great reminders for all women to take time to find inspiration and to reflect on their lives.
But with how busy life gets, women don’t always have time for themselves.

Nasreen’s story is also an eye-opening look at life in a culture where women and girls have much different problems to face than we do in the United States.
We equip women & girls with tools to understand & resist harmful media messages that affect their self-esteem & body image.
Not only did Wilma Rudolph face incredible disadvantages (like being paralyzed and told she would never walk again), she was the first in her family to graduate from college and the first American woman to win three gold medals at the Olympics.
The following books* have taken some of the most amazing stories of female power and ingenuity that are sure to inspire you and the young ones in your life.
Perfect for children as young as five or adults with an appreciation for picture books, this set of 26 biographies highlights a diverse mix of historical women.

In this inspirational book he talks about the importance of loving ourselves first, in order to release the underlying guilt that we all carry, healing the fear that underlies all guilt, the power of forgiveness and of gratitude, taking responsibility for our own healing and not projecting it out onto others, letting love replace grievances, and much more.
In this book Immaculee shares her story of a true miracle – the most profound demonstration of the power of prayer and forgiveness I’ve ever seen.
This book shows you how to: strengthen your immune, circulatory, lymphatic, and respiratory systems; alleviate pan and depression; improve memory and learning skills; relieve colds, tension headaches, and many other ailments; and keep your energies balanced, as well as how to use energy healing for many other conditions.

This book takes the reader through the life and culture of Italians living in the Tuscan region of Italy in a way that only Mayes can find.
Off the Rails is a great book to read, not only for the different perspectives of destinations like Argentina, Italy and Scotland, but also for the amazing details of her own life, which are unusual by most peoples’ standards.
The story is told from the perspective of the late 18th century, but in the course of the novel Isabel travels across Europe and meets an amazing cast of female characters, like her highly independent aunt who travels the world all year long.
In this book Delleda weaves her own history into the life of Cosima and the city of Nuoro itself, creating a unique story and a unique look into Southern Italy.
If you have ever read a travel memoir and thought, “Man, what I would give to try that delicious French cuisine the writer is talking about right now,” then this is the book for you.
Part travel memoir, part unexpected journey of self discovery, this book is what every recent college graduate dreams of.
Set to the backdrop of gorgeous Tuscany, the book describes how the author and her Italian husband move to the region and experience Tuscan culture, food, and people.
In this book, Mayes continues her deeply personal memoir, taking the reader through her move to the countryside and how her life has changed since the first two novels.
In this book, Claire and Mia, 50 and 25, have decided to take a five month, twenty city, twelve country journey across the world that allows them to reconnect and rediscover each other.
This list of travel books was either written by a woman OR features a strong female character and is organized alphabetically by book title.
Unique, hilarious, and full of India, this book is a great look at what happens when two young adults travel together.
This book, from Pulitzer Prize winning Katherine Boo, documents life across the world in the most unexpected of places.
If you’re looking for women’s travel stories but can’t decide what to read, you’ve found the perfect book! There are more than 50 women’s travel stories in this volume alone.
What’s a travel writer to do when she turns forty and realizes that she is now divorced, childless and completely unhappy? Why, travel the world of course! Starting in Mexico, Laura Fraser moves across South American and Europe, searching for herself and someone to share her life with.
From the red light district in Amsterdam to drug induced Apocalypse Now reenactments in Vietnam, nothing in this book will be reminiscent of any travel memoir you have ever read before.
If you have ever wanted to give in to your wanderlust, buy a plane ticket, and just go and travel the world this is the book for you.
This pro woman book is filled with a unique view of the world, adventurer, and a whole lot of humor.
This book is punctuated by a great family whose cast of members includes a mother-in-law who overfeeds everyone, a hilarious dog, and an eleven and fifteen year old who must navigate puberty and school all in a foreign language.
This book is more of a compilation of travel stories than a travel memoir.
Like the previous book, Lonely Planet on the Edge is all about travel, only this time it’s extreme travel.
Not only is this book a true story, but an amazing glimpse into both West Africa and America’s tumultuous history.
This book is all about how Julia Child, famed chef, fell in love with France and French food.
Luckily for you, this book is full of personal stories from amazing women who journey alone across the globe.
No Touch Monkey is an amazing and zany book about what happens when a slightly eccentric woman named Ayun Halliday travels across the globe with a group of unwitting cohorts.

Tamara Monosoff is the founder and CEO of Mom Inventors, Inc., a company with three branded elements: consumer products with the Mom Invented trademark; an online community, providing information, interaction, and inspiration; and educational offerings for women entrepreneurs, produced by Tamara, a best-selling author, columnist, and consummate entrepreneur.  Tamara has been honored with numerous awards, such as one of the Top 10 Influential Women of the East Bay, Small Business Person of the Year, and Woman Entrepreneur of the Year.
Liz McKinley founded Pinnacle Petroleum in 1995, after working in the petroleum industry for several years prior to that.  Today, Pinnacle generates over $130 million in annual revenues and operates in a six-state area as a petroleum wholesaler and distributor.  Liz has received a number of awards for her entrepreneurialism, including the Entrepreneur of the Year award by the National Association of Women Business Owners.
Listed among Time Magazine’s 2007 roll of 100 people who shape the world, Rhonda Byrne is the author of the wildly successful book, “The Secret,” and the producer of the movie by the same name.  Additionally, Byrne is the founder of a television production company, called Prime Time Productions.
Elizabeth Cogswell Baskin is the founder and CEO of Tribe Inc, a $5 million branding company working with national and global clients like UPS, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Chick-fil-A and Porsche.  Since starting Tribe, Baskin has also authored “Hell Yes! Two Little Words for a Simpler, Happier Life,” as well as several other books.
In 1995, after the birth of her first child, Lesley Spencer Pyle founded HBWM (Home-Based Working Moms), a professional association and online community of parents who work at home and those who would like to.  The company is comprised of six websites that help people realize their dream of staying home while making a living as an entrepreneur.
2002 Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner Sara Blakely says on her Spanx website, “With $5,000 in savings out of the back of my apartment, a whole lot of internet research, patent writing, cold-calling, less-than-shy demonstrations for buyers, and a call from Oprah…Spanx was born!”  Sara has also formed the Sara Blakely Foundation, which focuses on supporting and empowering women around the world.
One of the most inspiring stories on our list, Juliette Bindak founded her company, Miss O and Friends, at the age of 10.  By the time she was 19, just last year, the company had a value of more than $15 million.  She also published her first book at the age of 16, which has sold over 120,000 copies.
Susan Handley first started designing handbags when she was ten years old.  Now, Beijo Bags provides opportunities for over 1000 independent sales reps all over the US and Canada to have fun and make money, selling top quality handbags and accessories.  The company currently produces over $25 million in annual sales.
Named as one of Forbes’ Most Influential Women in Media in 2009, Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post.  Prior to The Huffington Post, Huffington hosted a website called Her first foray into the Internet was a website called, which called for the resignation of President Bill Clinton.
Caterina Fake is the co-founder of, a website that is building a ‘taste graph’ of the entire web, connecting people online with their affinity for things through personalized recommendations.  She is also a co-founder of Flickr, a photo sharing service that was sold in 2005 to Yahoo for 8 figures.  She is also the recipient of multiple awards, including being listed by Time Magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2006.
After attending a Pampered Chef party 2000, Janet Rickstrew saw an opportunity for a similar concept with tools designed just for women, and Tomboy Tools was born.  The company started with less than 1,000 square feet of warehouse space and now operates a 13,000 square-foot distribution facility on Denver’s West Side.  Their Hammer Out Breast Cancer campaign has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Susan G.
With her husband Gary, Diane Heavin founded the fitness chain, Curves in 1992.  The chain has since grown into the world’s largest fitness franchise, with nearly 10,000 in over 70 countries.  The company, which serves over 4 million members, is about strengthening women, as their motto states.
Inspired by her dedication to preserving the tradition of family mealtimes and driven by the spirit of entrepreneurialism, Doris Christopher founded The Pampered Chef from the basement of her suburban Chicago home in 1980.  Within 20 years, the company had blossomed into a $700 million enterprise, and was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway in 2002.
An award-winning author, blogger, and programmer, Gina Trapani was the founding editor of, a blog that offers ‘Tips and downloads for getting things done’.  Her writing has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Wired, PC World, Fast Company, Maximum PC, and Macworld magazines.
Penelope Trunk, former professional beach volleyball player and Fortune 500 company marketing department head, is the founder of 3 internet startups.  Her most recent venture, Brazen Careerist, is a professional network and career management tool for next-generation professionals.  Penelope’s career advice appears in more than 200 newspapers.

Seven Short Stories “El niño,” “Demonstration,” “Cross Country,” “What If the Indians,” “Sleep Away,” “Flip Turn,” and “Music for the Dream” are the stories that make up this diverse collection.
Respectively, the topics are responsible parenthood; positivity at the local level; a multiracial love triangle; high school; loss of virginity; an unusual decision; and a hidden place of peace.
A Pilgrim’s Chronicle Wrongly punished for breaking the ancient laws, Samantha Honeycomb is banished by the queen to the Crazy Lands, a land of maddened beasts and wild and unforgiving terrain.
Successful yet emotionally stifled artist Kate Flaherty stands at the deathbed of her estranged father, conflicted by his morphine-induced confession exposing his part in her mother’s death.
While racing home, Kate’s car mishap leads her to a soul-searching discussion with a lone diner employee, prompting Kate to confront the true reasons her marriage hangs in the balance.
Alma’s Story This is the story of one woman’s journey through life by passionately drawing and painting pictures of the birds she loved.
Nash and Joana; Charm Palmé; Merina Jordan; Alura; Glori; Blessine and Brick; and finally, Naniki stand ready to guide readers on their journeys.
When her night takes an unexpected turn, however, she flees for her life, a life desperate for faith that can only be found through her ability to forgive.
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Finding Peace Amid the Chaos: My Escape From Depression and Suicide is Tanya Brown’s courageous and inspirational account of her 15-year battle with depression caused by several losses in her life, including the deaths of her two best friends and her sister, Nicole Brown Simpson.
Matilda’s Triumph is a love story all neatly threaded into the fabric of a fantastic nonfiction read that left me feeling exultant for having the good sense to read it.
Having battled chronic depression for almost 30 years…I urge those who have depression, and the families and friends of those who suffer from it, to read this compelling book.

Which doesn’t mean there are not myriad male-written must-reads! A second note: we’re aware that "The Lottery" and "A Good Man is Hard to Find" are short stories.

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In Life Promises for Women, best-selling author and beloved Bible study teacher Cynthia Heald shares a collection of inspiring readings, Bible promises, and meditative thoughts designed to ground women in God’s Word.

Ten years ago, when I was 41, I was a well-to-do housewife in a nice suburb, buying whatever I wanted…then things began to change.
Spots were all over the place at New York, London, Milan, and Paris Fashion Weeks.
Sexual boredom has the same function as religious boredom: It’s a sign that you need to go deeper.
Today, we are redefining middle age and we are reaching out to others to help us figure out how to make the most of this place we are at.
This might surprise you but it turns out that being a BA50 is being part of a movement.
Four years ago today I found the lump that changed my life.

The Thirteen Steps to Riches described in this inspirational book by Napoleon Hill (over 15 million copies sold!) offer the shortest dependable philosophy of individual achievement ever presented for the benefit of the man or woman who is searching for a definite goal in life.
It is suggestive rather than explanatory, its object being to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that "they themselves are makers of themselves" by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage; that mind is the master-weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and that, as they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness", says author, James Allen.

The books offered here are not a direct reflection of the beliefs of CLF or any group or individual within CLF.  We offer them as points of departure for your own reflection and personal growth.  If you have suggestions for other books in the public domain that should be included, please feel free to contact us by email at  We continue to add additional titles on a regular basis, so please check often for updates.
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Set in a small town of Mississippi in the late 1950s, Mother of Pearl revolves around three people Even Grade a black man and an orphan, Valuable Korner, a white teenage daughter of a prostitute and Joody Two Sun, a mysterious obeah woman.

In the Silence our minds become passive, open, free and loving, at which time the Infinite Master of harmony touches the mental chords of our being and we are well.
This little volume (the result of meditation and experience) is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the much-written-upon subject of the power of thought.
They aroused so much interest, and so many applications were received for copies of the various articles, that it was decided to have them collected and printed in volume form.
Its purpose is to bring men [and women] courage and resolution, to cheer them, to fire them with new confidence when they grow dispirited, to strengthen their faith that things can be done.

Initially published in 1937, this novel about a proud, independent black woman’s quest for identity, a journey that takes her through three marriages and back to her roots, has been one of the most widely read and highly acclaimed novels in the canon of African-American literature.
The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.
At the center of Toni Morrison’s fifth novel, which earned her the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is an almost unspeakable act of horror and heroism: a woman brutally kills her infant daughter rather than allow her to be enslaved.
Set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s, A Lesson Before Dying is an "enormously moving" ("Los Angeles Times") novel of one man condemned to die for a crime he did not commit and a young man who visits him in his cell.

"My newest book, Tales of Addiction and Inspiration for Recovery, contains potent true-life addiction stories told by people you will never meet but whose words will haunt you for months, years maybe.
Arranged as a program for daily reading, Richard then provides thought-provoking questions that become a personal journal to assimilate and internalize these principles, to consider a higher calling to live life with an intense constancy of purpose and a sense of fulfillment.
This eye-opening report reveals — a simple technique for solutions to money problems; how "giving" can actually help you become wealthier; an effective method to suppress the fear of losing money and lots more.
The popular bestseller THE SECRET was actually based upon Wallace Wattles’ little book The Science of Getting Rich, which lays out a specific formula and process for using The Law of Attraction to become wealthy.

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