50 Self-Help Classics
Thousands of books have been written offering the _secrets_ to personal fulfillment and happiness, but which ones can really change your life? In 50 Self-Help Classics: 50 Inspirational Books to Transform Your Life, Tom Butler-Bowdon has sorted through the bewildering array of self-help books to bring together 50 of the most important works on personal development and self-motivation. Representing the very best of the genre and appreciating that each of us is inspired by different underlying philosophies, Butler-Bowdon summarizes each writer's background, the book's primary concepts and who benefits by reading it. Time-strapped readers can easily compare ideas to enrich their understanding of self-awareness and self-improvement with the likes of: Marcus Aurelius • The Bhagavad-Gita • The Bible • Robert Bly • Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers • Deepak Chopra • Paulo Coelho • Stephen Covey • The Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler • Ralph Waldo Emerson • Viktor Frankl • Benjamin Franklin • Thomas Moore • M. Scott Peck • Ayn Rand • Henry David Thoreau The classics examined here represent the very best of self-help - works that have captured the imagination of millions and inspired readers everywhere to follow their dreams.
Contents Acknowledgments Introduction 1 James Allen As a Man Thinketh (1902) 2 Steve Andreas & Charles Faulkner (NLP Comprehensive Team) NLP: The New Technology Acheivement (1994) 3 Marcus Aurelius Meditations (2nd Century) 4 Martha Beck Finding Your Own North Star: How to Claim the Life You Were Meant to Live (2001) 5 The Bhagavad-Gita 6 The Bible 7 Robert Bly Iron John (1990) 8 Boethius The Consolation of Philosophy (6th Century) 9 Alain de Botton How Proust Can Change Your Life (1997) 10 William Bridges Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes (1980) 11 David D. Burns Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (1980) 12 Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers The Power of Myth (1987) 13 Richard Carlson Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... And It's All Small Stuff (1997) 14 Dale Carnegie How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936) 15 Deepak Chopra The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (1994) 16 Paulo Coelho The Alchemist (1993) 17 Stephen Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989) 18 Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990) 19 The Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living (1998) 20 The Dhammapada (Buddha's teachings) 21 Wayne Dyer Real Magic: Creative Miracles in Everyday Life (1992) 22 Ralph Waldo Emerson Self-Reliance (1841) 23 Clarissa Pinkola Estes Women Who Run with the Wolves (1992) 24 Viktor Frankl Man's Search for Meaning (1959) 25 Benjamin Franklin Autobiography (1790) 26 Shakti Gawain Creative Visualization (1978) 27 Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ (1995) 28 John Gray Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus (1992) 29 Louise Hay You Can Heal Your Life (1984) 30 James Hillman The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling (1996) 31 Susan Jeffers Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (1987) 32 Richard Koch The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less (1998) 33 Ellen J. Langer Mindfulness: Choice and Control in Everyday Life (1989) 34 Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching (5th-3rd Century BC) 35 Maxwell Maltz Psycho-Cybernetics (1960) 36 Abraham Maslow Motivation and Personality (1954) 37 Philip C. McGraw Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters (1999) 38 Thomas Moore Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life (1992) 39 Joseph Murphy The Power of Your Subconscious Mind (1963) 40 Norman Vincent Peale The Power of Positive Thinking (1952) 41 Carol S. Pearson The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By (1986) 42 M. Scott Peck The Road Less Traveled (1978) 43 Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged (1957) 44 Anthony Robbins Awaken the Giant Within (1991) 45 Florence Scovell Shinn The Game of Life and How to Play It (1925) 46 Martin Seligman Learned Optimism (1991) 47 Samuel Smiles Self-Help (1859) 48 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin The Phenomenon of Man (1955) 49 Henry David Thoreau Walden (1854) 50 Marianne Williamson A Return to Love (1994) 50 More Classics Credits
A graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Sydney, Tom was working as a political advisor in Australia when, at 25, he read his first personal development book: Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Captivated by that and by titles by the likes of Anthony Robbins and M. Scott Peck, he came to the view that this was an underrated field of writing. At 30, he left his first career to write the bestselling 50 Self-Help Classics, the first guide to personal development literature and winner of the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award. This book was followed by 50 Success Classics (2004), 50 Spiritual Classics (2005), 50 Psychology Classics (2007) and 50 Prosperity Classics (2008), all published in the U.S. and UK by Nicholas Brealey. With its commentaries on over 250 books in the self-development field, the series has been published in 21 languages and is sold in over 30 countries. Tom has been described by USA Today as "a true scholar of this type of literature." The BBC's Imagine (2007) drew on his knowledge for its program on the personal development industry, and his work is serialized in Psychologies (Hachette) and in the Citywire group's financial publications. Tom is an experienced media guest, having made numerous radio appearances in the UK, the U.S. and Australia. He has given talks to a variety of groups and organizations and also leads discussion groups near his home in Oxford that analyze the major writings and ideas in personal development. Tom's website, Butler-Bowdon.com, with its wealth of free self-development content, has had over a million visits since its launch in 2001. www.butler-bowdon.com/home www.facebook.com/search/?post_form_id=d4edc2d48bfd67a3ec5d313b0a9e9257&q=cathy+loewen+beck&init=quick&ref=search_loaded#!/profile.php?id=629154339&ref=search&sid=Trl-RCPHQpC4S6UBFgt87w.3022415244..1
"A tremendous resource for anyone seeking a 'bite-sized' look at the philosophies of many self-help legends." - Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People "This is an exceptional and diverse collection for anyone interested in understanding the possibilities of the self." - Ellen Langer, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and author of Mindfulness "50 Self-Help Classics is a thinking-person_s guide to self-help books, providing the reader with clear guidance about what to take away from each book, and giving you a roadmap in your own journey of self-discovery. If you want to learn how to change your thoughts, how to find your best direction in life and accomplish it, how to become happier, how to change your perspective, if you want to explore yourself and make a difference in the world, you'll find more than enough juicy nuggets here to satisfy." - Steve Bressert, Ph.D., Contributing Specialist from www.psychcentral.com