20 Life-Changing Books From My Favorite Bloggers

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I can't understate the profound impact books have had on my own personal growth.

Authors like Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, and Brene Brown have led me to life-altering shifts in my world view. They have given me invaluable tools for overcoming life's inevitable difficulties and for finding real and lasting happiness.

Embracing the power of the present moment, learning to question my own thoughts, and discovering practical life skills are all abilities I've honed through reading the works of many talented thought leaders over the years.

As a personal development blogger, I've also had the pleasure of engaging with hundreds of other bloggers and online experts. I've partnered with some on courses. I've written for their blogs, and they've written for mine. And I've created some invaluable friendships with people around the world who are some of the most talented personal development writers I've ever read.

As the self-publishing industry has exploded, more and more of these bloggers have been able to share their wisdom and life changing insights with the world through their books. I want to share some of my favorites with you.

Here are 20 life-changing books from some of my favorite bloggers and authors:

Steve Scott

Steve is a prolific writer about habits, productivity, organizing, online business strategies, exercise, and many more topics. He blogs at Develop Good Habits and has a popular podcast about writing Kindle books.  In fact, Steve and I are writing a book together on decluttering your home which will be published in a few weeks. I love Steve's books because they are filled with practical, highly useful techniques and strategies he's used himself to improve his life and his business. Check out his author page for all of his books, but here are a few of my favorites:

Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less

23 Anti-Procrastination Habits: How to Stop Being Lazy and Get Results in Your Life

Wake Up Successful: How to Increase Your Energy and Achieve Any Goal with a Morning Routine

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen isn't a self-published author — in fact she's a New York Times blockbuster bestselling author and creator of her top-ranked blog. I connected with Gretchen several years ago when she was a contributor for another blog I edited, and more recently she served as a guest expert for my Sticky Habits course. Gretchen has just published an amazing book on habits that I highly recommend for anyone who wants to learn how to create more good habits in their lives.

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

Also, if you've never read her books on finding happiness, you may be one of the few people left on the planet who hasn't! Check them out:

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life

Joshua Becker

I'd followed Joshua's blog, Becoming Minimalist, for several years before I met him in person at The World Domination Summit in Portland a couple of years ago. As one of the top personal development bloggers on the internet, Joshua commands a huge following — but he's as down-to-earth and easy-going as your best friend. He was writing about minimalism and simplicity before they became a “thing.” And his writing is absolutely beautiful and refreshing. Check out these two short but profound reads by Joshua:


Inside-Out Simplicity

Lori Deschene

Lori is one on the nicest bloggers and writers you'd ever want to meet. She runs a fabulous blog called Tiny Buddha — which had it's origins as a quote-of-the-day Twitter account many years ago. Now her Twitter account has 460,000 followers and her blog has exploded to attract millions of monthly readers. I love how she tapped into the wisdom of her Twitter followers  to share quotes and stories about inspiration in their daily lives. It makes for a fascinating, relatable book that should always sit on your bedside table:

Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions

Also check out her newest book on self-love:

Tiny Buddha's Guide to Loving Yourself: 40 Ways to Transform Your Inner Critic and Your Life

Jonathan Fields

Jonathan Fields is just cool. He is simply himself, and that's so fascinating you can't help but read everything he writes about life, happiness, work, and figuring yourself out. He tells the real story on his blog and gets down to the juicy parts of life that you won't read on your typical self-improvement site. I love his writing, and I suspect you will too. He turns fear on its head and teaches us to look at everything through different lenses. Check out his two bestsellers:

Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance

Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love

Chris Guillebeau

Chris is a seeker and non-conformist extraordinaire who teaches us how to seize life on our own terms. He knows how to do this because he's done it himself — building a wildly successful, non-traditional business and blog, traveling to every country in the world by age 35, founding World Domination Summit (a global gathering of world-changers) and publishing several bestselling books. When his latest book came out, The Happiness of Pursuit, I looked at the title and thought, “Damn, why didn't I think of that?”  If you want to follow your dream, go on your quest, find your passion, or change the world, you have to check out Chris's books:

The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life

The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World (Perigee Book.)

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

Stephen Guise

Stephen is a man after my own heart because he firmly believes in practical personal development — not “woo woo,” out there, attract-it-with-moon-beams notions that keep us planted in dreamland. He uses his personal experience (which is relatable), his wisdom (which is abundant), and his common sense to show us how to make real change on his blog Deep Existence. Plus his writing is fun and easy to read. I can't wait for his newest book which comes out in a few weeks:

How to Be an Imperfectionist: The New Way to Self-Acceptance, Fearless Living, and Freedom from Perfectionism

But in the meantime, read is wildly popular, bestselling books on one of my favorite topics:

Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results

Barrie Davenport

OK, I know — but I have to put myself on the list! Here are a few of my books, and be on the lookout for my upcoming book (co-authored with Steve Scott) on simplifying and decluttering your home:

Peace of Mindfulness: Everyday Rituals to Conquer Anxiety and Claim Unlimited Inner Peace

Self-Discovery Questions: 155 Breakthrough Questions to Accelerate Massive Action

Building Confidence: Get Motivated, Overcome Social Fear, Be Assertive, and Empower Your Life For Success

You can check out all of my books here:

Barrie's Author Page

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  • Murigi Wainaina

    Although not listed here, Barrie Davenport’s ‘The Path to Uncover Your Life Passion’ is an all time favorite of mine.

      Barrie Davenport

      Thank you Murigi — I think you mean The 52-Week Life Passion Project. Thanks for sharing it. 🙂

  • Louise

    Thanks, Barrie, more authors for me to add to my ever-expanding list! 😉
    It’s good to gain different perspectives on life and personal growth. It’s a fascinating and rewarding topic to engage with and we each have our own unique viewpoints.
    A friend once gave me a card saying ‘so many books, so little time’. There should be an updated version of it saying ‘so many books and blogs, so little time’!
    At least I never get bored. Thanks for sharing!

  • Rob Leonardo

    Interesting list. I just realized I have not read any of the books but I know most of these authors from their write-ups including you, Barrie. Nowadays we need a breed of writers whose masterpieces are down-to-earth, doable and practical.

  • Kris

    Very informative article, thank, Add to bookmarks

  • Toby Jensen

    Building confidence, motivation, overcoming fear, and empowerment – all required to be successful and enjoy life more. But what do you do when what you are supposed to do does not work?

    Having loved self-improvement most of my life I set out to find an exact method to producing change. Little did I know when I started what a development it would be for me. Over twenty-five years later I can finally describe how change actually takes place within us.

    Gutap – the system to achieving core level change of any limiting belief.

    If you were programmed you can now be reprogrammed.

    The self-improvement steps:
    1. Feel the feeling of your false belief to know it.
    You have to feel your feelings in order to change them.

    2. Find what the false or limiting belief truly wants you to know to be better.
    What does the false belief actually want you to know that is positive?

    3. Connect that feeling of the positive answer (not necessarily the concept or picture) to the negative feeling of the false belief to let it flow into negative feeling to change it.
    The positive feelings change it – you don’t.

    The example I use for proof of Gutap is anger. Forgive. Forgiveness cures anger almost instantly. When you are angry and you forgive them your anger is gone. It takes one feeling to heal another. Every “negative” feeling has its own positive healing feeling.

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