4 Books That Will Change Your Life

L.A. Strucke

They changed mine


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The following four books changed my life for the better. I highly recommend them if you need support and motivation to keep pursuing what you want in life.

You can find them in libraries, or anywhere books are sold. Some are available as audiobooks to listen to when your busy driving, cooking meals, working out, and can’t fit in the time to read.

4. The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn

Written back in 1925, this slim volume packs a lot of power. Shinn, born in Camden, N.J. and educated in Philadelphia, penned this prosperity classic.

Shinn combines spiritual laws with religion, using Biblical scripture to back up her claims. The premise is that life is a game, and the people who know how to play it are the ones that get what they want. She explains the Laws of Prosperity, Nonresistance, Karma, and Forgiveness. She focuses on love, intuition, and spiritual guidance, and shows us how to impress our subconscious. There’s a chapter on divine design and perfect self-expression, The book finishes off with denials and affirmations.

Shinn tells some fascinating stories. One is how to create love in our lives.

She tells the story of how a woman’s ex left her jealous and resentful. The woman wanted him to suffer. Shinn says she was repelling love from her life by wishing him harm. She revealed that the only way to receive love in life is to give a perfect love.

3. The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder

This book helped me in one of the lowest times of my life. Catherine Ponder wrote this powerful book in the 1960s while living in Birmingham, Alabama. Her own life changed for the better while she was finishing the book.

It is the ultimate spiritual guide on how to climb out of an awful situation. Once I started applying the principles and saying the affirmations in this book, my life started changing.

Ponder says that God is the source of all supply, that God gives us the power to acquire wealth. She uses Biblical scripture to back up her claims. She states we must give to receive. The people that don’t receive are the ones who expect to get something for nothing. We don’t have to give money away — we can give of our time, skills, and talents to help others.


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2. The Aladdin Factor by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

A professor discussed this book in college, and I immediately went out and purchased it. It states if we want something in life we merely have to ask for it. If we believe we can get it, are persistent, and keep asking, we will get what we want. Most people fear asking for what they want, so they never get it. Or they don’t even think to ask. There is a section in the book on overcoming our fears.

It’s a positive uplifting book written by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen who know what it’s like to face obstacles on their path to success. Their famous Chicken Soup for the Soul series was rejected over 140 times.

They never stopped asking for they wanted. Someone finally said yes to them and the rest is history. This book inspires us to never give up. It gives us the confidence to ask the universe for what we want.

1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

This is my favorite book of all time. When I was young, I found an early edition of this book on my father’s bookshelf. The title fascinated me, so I picked up the book, and I’ve never really put it down since.

Born in southwest Virginia, Hill was a businessman who wrote this classic that has changed so many lives for the better. This book reveals how the poorest person can rise from rags to riches.

The book captivated me from the beginning. Hill tells the story of Edwin C. Barnes who had a burning desire to work with Thomas Edison and how he made the impossible happen.

Hill lists the ways people sabotage their own success. He shows their excuses, fears, and lack of persistence in chasing their goals. This book insists we examine our own lives. People will be surprised to see how many excuses they’ve made. This treasure shows us how to rise from failure, stop being our own worst enemy, and climb the ladder to success.


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Throughout this life-changing book, Hill speaks of the secret that is hidden in the book, the secret that will bring us what we want in life. I believe I know it, but I’m not going to reveal it. We have to figure it out for ourselves.

If I had to choose one book from this list as my only self-empowerment guide, Think and Grow Rich would be it. I return to it again and again for reference.

These books teach us how to change the negative thought patterns that continue to hurt us in our daily living. They inspire us to stop dwelling on past failures and change our focus to bring more good things into our lives. They reveal how new thought patterns and affirmations could uplift our moods, and how daily choices can positively impact our futures.

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