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23 Best Self-Help Books For Men (That Don’t Suck)

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If you head to any bookstore and peruse the self-help aisle you’ll find hundreds, if not thousands, of books all promising you the route to eternal happiness. Most of them don’t work, let’s be honest. Here are 23 self-help books for men that don’t suck.

#1 The Power of Chakras by Susan Shumsky

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The Power of Chakras is a book that every man should read, because it reveals ancient mysteries about the life force energy that flows through the body. That energy, which, when awakened, flows up the spine, is called “kundalini.” This same energy, when flowing downward, is the creative power in sex. When my publisher asked me to write The Power of Chakras, I went back to the ancient scriptures of India to unearth the most authentic information I could find about the topic.

This book discloses practical, time-tested methods to expand your magnetic attraction, increase your sexual energy and potency, and to bring you greater health and wellbeing. In addition, the book reveals mind-blowing, very esoteric information about the creation of the universe, the cycles of time, your subtle energy field, and the mysteries of spiritual enlightenment. It is simply the most genuine, profound, esoteric book on the chakras available.

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Contributors: Susan Shumsky from The Power of Chakras

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#2 Should I Stay or Should I Go by Should I Stay or Should I Go

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This book - on how to survive the aftermath of a relationship with a narcissist or remain sane if you do decide to stay is applicable for both men and women. In fact, men in a relationship with a narcissist often don't know where to begin and how to handle a range of thorny issues from infidelity to custody to how did I get into this mess - while narcissism is more prevalent in men (making this also a useful book for men to understand this phenomenon) - it affects all genders.

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Contributors: Ramani Durvasula from Dr. Ramani Durvasula

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  1. I’m so happy I have come across Ramani Durvasula – the book is a must for anyone who has found themselves in a toxic relationship . Very thorough , clear , logical and above all sooo helpful in making a confident decision for yourself

  2. Dr Ramani has given people even more help in her YT vids! Please watch them and You will find LOTS of helpful information.

  3. My coming across Dr Ramani’s book could not have come at a better time during my divorce from my narcissistic husband. Explained it to a T! Angélique (Johannesburg)

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#3 How Can I Help? by Sherrie Dunlevy

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Everyone has a friend who has grieved the death of a family member, or gone through a divorce, or been diagnosed with cancer or who has even lost their job. But not everyone knows what to do or say to that friend when something like this happens.

Now they do.

“How Can I Help/“ gives specific tips and suggestions of what you can do and say that will help your friend when he or she needs it most.

For men, in particular, this can be most challenging, but this easy to read guide can help them find the perfect words and do the simplest of things that can help someone they care about get through these difficult times in life, feeling loved and supported.

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Contributors: Sherrie Dunlevy from Spirit Stikes Publishing

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  1. Wish my husband had read this book after I was diagnosed with cancer; he fell apart & could not cope with his own diabetic disease.

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#4 Battle by Nate Battle

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A genuinely insightful, powerful tool and overall great book to help deal with the stress of life. In his book Battle: Three Phases of Endurance, the author, Nate, puts it all out there and shares his personal battles and how he’s gotten through them, all with perseverance and belief.

This book is for all, but especially men! An authentically encouraging guide and roadmap men can leverage that is truly motivational. Readers can replace the challenges in the book with their own unique experiences. You can see yourself working through conflict, difficulties, and obstacles following an easy to understand and inspiring, three principle approach. The book covers the full gamut of dealing with life adversities, including addressing suicide.

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Contributors: Nate Battle from Nate Battle

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#5 No One Ever Drowned in Sweat by Scott Petinga

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In this book, Petinga shares how having G.R.I.T. (Guts, Resilience, Initiative and Tenacity) are the foundational ingredients necessary to get your journey started, keep momentum going, effectively handle hurdles along the way, and stick with the task until the destination is reached. In addition to breaking down each trait of G.R.I.T. and how to successfully employ them, Petinga shares how he's overcome adversity himself - from divorce to cancer.

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Contributors: Amanda Barry from Maracaibo Media Group

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#6 Thirty Before Thirty by Griselda Benavides

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Thirty Before Thirty has 30 different stories from people who live all over the world. It includes various stories where men share their travels, agonies, triumphs...etc. One of those men that shares his story is Jose Hernandez from Mariachi Sol de Mexico.

He's a Grammy nominated artist and has appeared in many movies including Seabiscuit, among the other males included is a sportscasters, a relator...and many others. Couples also share their love stories in Thirty Before Thirty. It's a self-help intended for male and females/families. At the end of the 30 chapters readers have the opportunity to answer a Q&A session that asks them questions like what goals they have, when do they want to accomplish them...etc.

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Contributors: Griselda Benavides from GriseldaBenavides

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#7 Stress Relief for Men by Jed Diamond

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Stress Relief for Men: How to Use the Revolutionary Tools of Energy Healing to Live Well by Jed Diamond, Ph.D. introduces energy healing techniques based on ancient wisdom and cutting-edge science that are designed to neutralize stress and regain inner strength. The book teaches men how to eradicate depression, anxiety and anger, improve your love-life with better communication, and develop a peace of mind and passion for life.

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Contributors: North Atlantic Books from North Atlantic Books

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#8 Not F*ing Around by Jeff Leisawitz

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This book is a great kick in the ass for men who are ready to rock forward in their creative/ professional lives.

Here are a few quotes from the book:

  • Creativity is focus and freeform, karma and art, improv and strategy.
  • This world is amazing in infinite ways. Explore it. Create it.
  • Intention is big. Focus your truth.
  • The more deeply you feel it, the more powerful it becomes.
  • The faster you fail, the faster you learn, the faster you succeed.
  • Find your truth… Say it. Write it. Paint it on the walls.
  • Even the most complex choices generally come down to two opposing, motivating forces— fear and love.

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Contributors: Jeff Leisawitz from jeffleisawitz.com

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#9 UNSUBSCRIBE by Ross Newkirk

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Ross Newkirk's UNSUBSCRIBE is an amazing read for men and women alike---but I believe guys will appreciate the way it is written. The book highlights how some time we have to let something go (unsubscribe from it, as it were) in order to find what truly might bring us happiness and satisfaction in life.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the links below:

Contributors: Cyrus Webb from Conversations Media Group

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#10 The 6 Indicators for Business and Life by Kelly Cardenas

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Salon industry icon and motivational speaker, Kelly Cardenas published his book, The 6 Indicators for Business and Life, to serve as a roadmap to guide individuals through the necessary tools to evaluate and measure the characters and integrity needed to drive the bottom line and excel in personal relationships. Cardenas shares his six indicators for individuals to reach their maximum potential in their lives while achieving their goals.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the links below:

Contributors: Kelly Cardenas from Kelly Cardenas Salon

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#11 Finally FULL Of Yourself by Maria Salomão-Schmidt

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Finally FULL Of Yourself came out three days after this president came to office yet it addresses many of the issues we are facing now because of this massive shift. I specifically made the book gender-inclusive as you can see from the cover.

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Contributors: Maria Salomão-Schmidt from Coach Me Maria

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#12 The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone

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This book answers one fundamental question that everyone has at one time or another in their life: “why am I always failing?”. The answer is simple you expect things to be easier than they actually are. In his book, Grant Cardone explains how to get past this stumbling block and start winning at life.

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Contributors: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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#13 The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

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Negativity is toxic, it drags everyone into a hole from where they seem to never be able to get out. Dr. Peale believes that positivity is the best start to improving your life. The book helps train you to live more positively and be kind to yourself.

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Contributors: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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#14 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson

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Jordan Peterson has a theory that life is like a game with guidelines and rules. He posits that if you follow the rules you can win at life. By examining evolutionary science and behavioral psychology, he lays out 12 rules to live a successful and productive life that you can be happy with.

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Contributors: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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#15 Claim Your Power by Mastin Kipp

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Claim Your Power: A 40-Day Journey to Dissolve the Hidden Blocks That Keep You Stuck and Finally Thrive in Your Life’s Unique Purpose (Hay House) dives into the specific an tangible steps that Mastin uses with his clients. Mastin’s unique methodology involves getting to the root cause of trauma in individuals to dissolve it, and he has helped thousands of clients from all walks of life overcome trauma through his personal coaching and sold out world-wide retreats.

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Contributors: Sarah Meyer from Sarah Hall Productions 

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#16 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

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7 Habits of Highly Effective People really helps you focus on the true priorities in your life, especially the over-arching priorities that should be ahead of the smaller day-to-day priorities. It basically helps you work toward the big picture goal.

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Contributors: Mike Gnitecki from UT Health East Texas

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#17 Slow Sex by Nicole Daedone

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In a poignant time for connection, I recommend this book as one of the best pieces for men. This is a book for people looking to unlock an emotional depth that can only be achieved by intimacy. Not the kind of intimacy we see in Hollywood movies but the real kind. Men learn about the whole terrain of female desire, appetite, and fulfillment through Orgasmic Meditation and other stories in the book.

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Contributors: Maya Block from OneTaste

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#18 The Mask Of Masculinity by Lewis Howes

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Teaching men to recognize the typical signs of “armoring” against vulnerability and strong relationships:

  • The Stoic Mask
  • The Athlete Mask
  • The Material Mask
  • The Sexual Mask
  • The Aggressive Mask
  • The Joker Mask
  • The Invincible Mask
  • The Know-It-All Mask
  • The Alpha Mask

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Contributors: Dan DeFigio, author of Beating Sugar Addiction For Dummies

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#19 Low Sugar Snacks by Mary Donovan

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Included are both cooking and no-cook recipes for men to stay stocked with healthy, low sugar foods to eat whenever you need a boost.

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Contributors: Dan De Figio from Basics and Beyond Fitness & Nutrition

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#20 Find the Upside of the Down Times by Rob Pennington

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Find the Upside of the Down Times by Dr. Rob Pennington showcases the journey of a many who seemed to be on the receiving end of all of the wrong things in life, but he didn't allow that to steal his joy. Instead, he learned some powerful lessons that we all can relate to and can do us well in our dealings with others.

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Contributors: Cyrus Webb from Conversations Media Group

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#21 Being the Strong Man a Woman Wants By Elliott Katz

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Men who want to transform their relationships and feel respected and loved by the woman in their lives should read Being the Strong Man a Woman Wants: Timeless Wisdom on Being a Man.  It is helping relationships around the world -- it has been translated into 24 languages by publishers in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.    After reading this book, men realize that what they have been doing that they thought was good for their relationship was actually harming it.

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Contributors: Elliott Katz  from Elliott Katz

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#22 The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell

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This book alone has changed my life in a multitude of ways. I have found myself wishing to find happiness in all sorts of fashions. Trying to find security in masculinity would be one way that I have attempted to find happiness. A couple of years back my buddy suggested this book to me, and I view it as a large influence in my life. I highly recommend this book, and I will continue to do so for the years to come. If as a man you are struggling with happiness and the meaning of life this book is a tool to help you along in your journey.

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Contributors: Tmothy Wenger from TheManEffect

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#23 Iron John by Robert Bly

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This book is not a standard self-help book, but as men go on a journey of bettering themselves sometimes symbolic characters and stories help inspire a deeper sense of motivation and longing for change in their life. Iron John is a great book to start the conversation around facing your inner self and overcoming one of the biggest barriers in life... YOURSELF.

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Contributors: Tmothy Wenger from TheManEffect

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