I have been looking forward to sharing this part of my book collection with you for quite some time now!
Since my youth I have always been an avid reader. Somewhere along the way, and in more recent years, I have found some books that have been extremely beneficial for my mental health.
If they have helped me, it is only fair that I share them with you!
These three books may very well be enough to change your life like they did for myself!
Enter My Book Collection
How To Stop Worrying And Start Living – Dale Carnegie
I do not try to hide the fact that this book has changed my life dramatically. I mention it almost too much on this site but to this day I can’t believe the impact it has made in my life.
With stone cold certainty, I can pronounce the day in which I grabbed this book as one of the top five most life changing days of my life.
While reading this book, I regularly had trouble putting it down.
The chapters were short enough to keep me engaged and every single one had something I took away from it.
I can personally recall a few nights where I was awake well beyond usual hours trying to cram in a few more chapters, a few more lessons.
My personal copy looks more yellow than white from all of the sections I highlighted for later reference. Ironically, the teachings cemented themselves so firmly in my mind that I never felt the need to re-read it.
I initially read this book over six months ago and coupled with a lifestyle tailored to mental health, I have not had a single panic attack since.
Whether I am feeling anxious or depressed, this book has given me the principles I was so desperately lacking to push through any obstacle I may be facing.
Additionally, with the principles laid out and a refreshed mindset, old obstacles don’t look as daunting as they once did.
How To Stop Worrying And Start Living was originally published in 1948 (69 years ago)!
Rather than this book feeling out-dated, the methods have stood the test of time and still tower above most new-age techniques.
If you couldn’t tell, I highly recommend this book if you struggle from anxiety, depression, or any other obstacle in your personal life.
Above all the books in my book collection, this one has a special place in my heart.
No Excuses – Kyle Maynard
The most recent addition to my book collection. Ironically, No Excuses is not a ‘mental health’ focused book.
No Excuses is an autobiography of a congenital amputee named Kyle Maynard.
Kyle suffers from a rare birth disease that caused him to be born without any arms or legs.
One evening as I was strolling through Youtube before bed, the pre-video ad popped up like they always do.
For the first time in history, this one immediately got my attention. A man with no limbs was running up a mountain.
The next four minutes may very well have provided me with more inspiration than anything I have ever experienced.
Of course, I happened to watch this video around midnight. I paced around my living room for the next two hours knowing I would never sleep with such feelings of motivation.
I immediately went over to Kyle’s blog and purchased a copy of No Excuses to add to my book collection
The book details Kyle’s life as a competitive athlete and his incredible determination to overcome obstacles.
To Kyle there is no obstacle too large and this is the main take away I got from the book.
No matter the problems I am facing in my life I can overcome them. Like Kyle, if I work everyday and put my mind and soul into anything, there is nothing I can’t accomplish.
If you find yourself consistently feeling sorry for yourself like I used to, this book (and Kyle himself) can change your life.
I was so inspired by his story that I decided to reach out to Kyle in hopes of possibly interviewing him for this blog.
Amazingly enough, he agreed and I hope to have the interview on here soon!
The Bible – (Specifically The New Testament)
I immediately wish to clarify that you do not need to believe in god to benefit from the bible.
At the end of 2015 I began attending church and I have never looked back. The teachings from the bible have been an immense aid to both my well being and the great personal successes I had in 2016.
Prior to 2016, I viewed the bible as ancient stories of Adam and Eve and Moses parting the seas.
As a science oriented individual, the bible held no merit to me. I felt as though there was nothing I could take from it considering none of these things could be scientifically proven.
Attending church opened my eyes to how much more there really is in the bible.
In fact, for many months after attending church, I still struggled with the idea of god. This didn’t stop me from soaking up the lessons being preached from the bible like a sponge.
I personally believe Jesus was the greatest psychologist of all time.
His teachings have changed the lives of billions of people. Thousands of years later, he is still by far the most researched and well known individual to have ever walked this planet.
To me, it only makes sense that a book detailing his teachings belongs in my book collection or anyone else’s for that matter.
The Most Interesting Man In The World (Story Time)
In early 2016 I had the pleasure of spending two months backpacking Mexico. For the beginning of my trip, I stayed in a hostel which I will leave unnamed.
After spending a few days at this hostel, I got to know the owner quit well and had many discussions with him over bottled Coronas.
He had been to 75+ countries and essentially, he was living my ideal lifestyle. I was incredibly interested in his stories and whenever he talked I listened.
One afternoon we came upon the subject of reading, of course being a wise man, he told me how beneficial reading had been in his life.
Eventually I decided to ask him what his favorite book was.
Besides one other, he told me how fantastic the Book of Mathew was (accounts of Jesus’ life). Mind you, this highly interesting individual was not religious.
He went on to tell me how the principles in this book can change anyone’s life and if everyone read it with enthusiasm the world would be a different place.
The next night I opened my travel bible for the first time and got to reading.
I would have to agree with our Mexican friend that the bible can indeed change lives. In fact, it has already been doing so for centuries.
Before Ending this article I want to provide a few of my favorite quotes from the bible. These have nothing to do with religion in the conventional sense.
I have found these to be extremely healing in times of personal turmoil:
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind – Romans 12:2
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Mathew 6:34
Better one hand with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind – Ecclesiastes 4:6
Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap – Ecclesiastes 11:4
I hope you found the contents of my book collection useful and I sincerely hope you will find time to read these books.
The power to change your life is literally in the palm of your hand.
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