As I stood there, clutching onto books of poetry and gazing into the spines of books from the ‘Self Help’ section in Foyels, I knew what this was. This, was my quarter life crisis, my quest for ‘meaning’, and an attempt to find purpose. We’ve all felt lost at one time or another, whether it’s with a career choice or a loved one, it’s all part of this journey we call life. I’ve found 5 books which will help you return to the present, calm the anxious butterflies in your stomach and remind your that you’re not alone.
The Power Of Now, Eckhart Tolle
If it’s recommended by Oprah you know you’re in good hands! This best seller will help to harness the full potential of the present moment. What I loved most about this book is the writing. It’s clear and easy to understand given the subject matter. It’s almost as if Eckhart is sitting beside you explaining things calmly and thoroughly. There are chapters in this book that really resonate and have helped me understand about anxiety and emotions. Read a copy and you won’t regret it.
Manuscript Found In Accra, Paulo Coelho
Within this book Paulo speaks of all the important factors in life. He touches upon the subjects of anxiety, solitude, finding inner peace, and not being afraid of failure. There’s so much to learn within the pages of this book that it’ll be one I come back to again and again. Not to mention this book has the most instagram-able quotes.
Very Good Lives, J.K Rowling
Based upon her 2008 commencement speech at Harvard University, J.K Rowling offers the most powerful advice to dreamers. She’s been very open about the rejection she’s faced in life, from her personal life to the 12 publishing houses who turned down Harry Potter! If there’s one woman we can all learn from it’s her! While I’m here, any of the Harry Potter books will help you out of a funk, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.
This book is full of letters Cheryl received as an agony aunt, it will make you cry and then laugh, sometimes at the same time. The writing is highly addictive, I struggled to put it down and kept promising ‘just one more letter.’ It’s full of wisdom and compassion, her replies have the undertones of a memoir which makes you trust her words even more.
Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom
Don’t let the low key cover fool you, this book has the most profound messages about life. It’s a true story about second chances, rekindling relationships and how just one person can come into your life and teach you the biggest lessons.