There’s nothing like a good book to provide inspiration. It’s been said that we really do feel “out of sorts” if we don’t take time to sit down and get some motivation and encouragement from others. And with pressures from home, work, and kids at an all-time high, women in particular can use some good inspirational reading!
Whether you need inspiration in the workplace, at home, in your relationships, or anywhere else, there is probably an inspirational book out there for your situation.
Here are six of some of the top inspirational books for women.
1. “I’m Too Young to Be This Old!” by Poppy Smith
Sometimes, we don’t “feel” as old as our age indicates we should! Instead of fighting the aging process, Smith takes a look at the realities of a woman’s changing life and gives positive ways to face it. There’s definitely humor in this book, but there’s also insight into some of the more personal issues, such as dealing with your aging parents.
2. “Breaking Free: Women of Spirit at Midlife and Beyond” by Marilyn Sewell
If you are inspired by hearing various points of view and personal stories, this book may be for you. The book is a compilation of essays from female writers who have written about the realities of life after menopause. It’s not said to be a “delicate” book, but its writers are often earthy and blunt. Inspiration comes as you read about the advantages and gifts that are yours with age.
3. “Excellent As You Are: A Woman’s Book of Confidence, Comfort, and Strength” by Sue Patton Thoele
The title says a lot about this one – it’s an inspirational book filled with insight and motivational quotes. This book is also richly illustrated, making it an inspiration to the eyes as well.
4. “The Next Fifty Years: A Guide for Women at Midlife and Beyond” by Pamela D. Blair
In a culture that celebrates youth, women sometimes need encouragement to feel good about themselves as they age. In this book, the author offers encouragement and understanding of some of life’s changes after menopause. There’s definitely humor here! There’s also an outline if you want to make it a group study.
5. “Healing Your Emotional Self: A Powerful Program to Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem, Quiet Your Inner Critic, and Overcome Your Shame” by Beverly Engel
This one may have the longest title, but it also gets to the heart of adult survivors of child abuse, emotional or physical. Its intent is to heal, and many women have a hard time overcoming their inner critic and raising their self-esteem. The author provides questions and exercises after chapters, making this an interactive text.
6. “Water Running Downhill!: Words of Empowerment for Women in Midlife” by Joan Gage
Clever and amusing, this book is said to be more carefully crafted than the title implies. It’s even helpful for women who are not yet at menopausal age, so it covers a broader range of women. This book is also one with a humorous approach and funny imagery.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading these inspirational books as much as I have!
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