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47 Best Self Help Books That Every Woman Should Read – Self Improvement Books

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Whether you’re trying to make a small change in your life or completely change every aspect of yourself, a good self-help book is the perfect place to start.

#1 Awaken Your Divine Intuition by Susan Shumsky

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My book Awaken Your Divine Intuition is for any woman who wants to get clear inner guidance from their higher self, anytime they want, at will. The book is based on one principle: Ask, and you will receive the answer. This book helps you to listen clearly to the “still small voice” of intuition and to receive love, healing, wisdom, and inspiration from within. it helps you solve everyday problems, receive creative ideas, get practical advice, and awaken your inner genius. It also teaches you how to distinguish and discern between that true voice of Spirit, and whatever else is in your mind.

It teaches a 10-test system to help you tell the difference between true intuition and the ego or wishful thinking. It teaches specific healing affirmations that clear mental blockages preventing you from getting clear accurate guidance. The book also helps you get clear answers by asking the right questions. It narrates the inspirational stories of people who have been following their inner guidance, which will inspire you to be led by Spirit in your own everyday life. If you learn the methods in this book, your life will be filled with miracles.

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Contributors: Susan Shumsky from DrSusan

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#2 Come Back Strong by Lori Ann King

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Don't let the title fool you, this book is packed full of information about hormones, menopause, wellness, aging, exercise, nutrition, self-care, stress, sleep, sex, communication, mindset, empowering yourself... and more! It is for women in all stages of hormonal transition (PMS too!) who are seeking the peace and serenity that comes from balanced wellness.

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Contributors: Lori Ann King from Come Back Strong, Balanced Wellness after Surgical Menopause

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#3 5 Rules for Drama-Free Living by Elaine Bentley Baughn

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The 5 Rules in this book will help you manage stress, make mindful choices about your life, increase life satisfaction, and regain power over your daily life. This book combines simple explanations of neuroscience, easily accessible mindfulness skills, and pearls of wisdom gleaned from an experienced psychotherapist's years of helping people reclaim their lives.

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Contributors: Elaine Bentley Baughn from 5 Rules for Drama-Free Living 

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#4 Gypsy Energy Secrets by Milana Perepyolkina

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This book guides you through the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your well-being, providing you with simple exercises and mindfulness techniques that will lead to better days and outlook on life. From advice on overcoming sickness to guidance on manifesting your dreams, this book becomes the essential companion for transforming the disappointment into joy and replacing an unsatisfactory life with health and happiness.

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Contributors: Milana Perepyolkina from Gypsy Energy Secrets

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#5 Living an Orgasmic Life by Xanet Pailet

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A somatic body-based approach to healing your relationship with sex and awakening your pleasure, written by a former lawyer in two decades plus sexless marriage who became a full-time sex and intimacy coach.

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Contributors: Xanet Pailet from The Power of Pleasure

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#6 The Power of Curiosity by Kathy Taberner

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The Power of Curiosity: How to Have Real Conversations that Create Collaboration, Innovation, and Understanding is a great self-help book that women really connect with. I think this is because we connect curiosity with conversations. Lots of people believe they are curious because they are interested in what makes something work, what is inside a box etc. Rarely are people curious with others, choosing instead to talk about themselves and tell others what to do.

When we are curious in our conversations with others, we are focused on them, listening to their ideas and perspectives. We stop judging others, instead open up to better understand them. As we begin to understand others, we appreciate their unique perspectives and understand them on a deeper level, all of which create richer relationships. This works even in conflict.

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Contributors: Kathy Taberner from Institute of Curiosity

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  1. One of the best, most insightful books you’ll read. Learn how to understand and create meaningful conversations in all the easy and challenging parts of uour life. More than ever before, we need to have present and deep human conversations.

#7 365 Days of Happiness by Jacqueline Pirtle

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It is an excellent self-help book for women. It teaches every single day through short passages on how to mindfully live a happier life.

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Contributors: Jacqueline Pirtle from FreakyHealer 

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  1. Thank you for your feedback. It makes me so happy that it inspires you to BE ❤️❤️❤️ ~Jacqueline Pirtle, Author of the best-selling book 355 Days Of Happiness

  2. I am reading Jacqueline’s book before i go to sleep every night. It is light and insightful, it takes me to a happy jorney, makes me think… It reminds you that its ok to just be, and enjoy everything around you! I totally recommend it !

#8 Life Check by Robin Marvel

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This book is powerful as it shares daily tips and tools for women to propel their life from struggle to success. Very hands on, motivating and life changing. Life Check provides simple, effective ways to balance your life. Encouraging you to stop asking what if and start living the life you have imagined. Freeing yourself from the mundane routine of life by providing life tools that will get you rocking the boat, diving in and finding your passion for being alive!

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Contributors: Robin Marvel from RobinMarvel

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#9 Wholistic Food Therapy by Sarah Thacker

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It is a workbook and expressive journal designed to help women heal their relationship with food. Many women struggle with emotional eating, stress eating, and poor body image, and this book helps them work through the emotional roots of their struggles and heal on the deepest level.

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Contributors: Sarah Thacker from Wholistic Food Therapy

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#10 Searching for God in the Garbage by Bracha Goetz

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From an Amazon Reviewer: Bracha Goetz is a courageous writer. She is willing to reveal the painful step one needs to take from emotional illness to spiritual health. I recommend this book to whoever wants to find out his/her purpose in life and how to get there. The book is well written and exciting.

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Contributors: Bracha Goetz from Bracha's Books

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#11 The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women by Gail McMeekin

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The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women by Gail McMeekin is an inspirational fire-starter for every woman who wants to embrace her own creative energy and create a life she loves. It's also highly relevant; as McMeekin says early in the book, "the world needs the collective power of a feminine Renaissance".  Invoking the creative awareness of large numbers of women has the potential to mobilize solutions for the staggering challenges of our time, as well as helping us individually to revel in fulfilling lives.

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Contributors: Elana Marlo from Elana Marlo Coaching

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#12 It’s My Crisis! and I’ll Cry If I Need to by Yocheved Golani

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It's filled with inspirational messages, ideas that leave you laughing, plus tips on what to say to in-laws, outlaws, rude medical personnel and anyone else involved with your medical or mental health care. There are even tips for what to pack for hospital stays, how to handle End-of-Life issues and an entire Global Resources section that lists worldwide charitable organizations willing to pay some or all of an applicant's specific medical expenses. Readers also learn how to get free medication, medical appliances, and airlifts to and from medically-related destinations.

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Contributors: Yocheved Golani from Yocheved Golani, INK

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#13 Happy Healthy You by KJ Landis

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Nothing feels as good as the blessings of happiness and health. What better way to share the tips and tools for self-healing as women shift into happiness than with my latest book, HAPPY, HEALTHY YOU? Mango Publishing published my fourth book about how to reduce stress and anxiety, what foods support hormones and aging, and actual tools for connecting with others in a real and honest way.

This is a total wellness toolkit with real stories of folks who have suffered extreme trauma and those dealing with everyday drama and how they not just coped but thrived. This is available in eBook format on every type of device. It’s perfect for gift giving or for oneself, with instant, helpful impact on a loved one’s life.

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Contributors: KJ Landis from Superior Self series 

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#14 Feeling Good by David Burns

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This book helps to identify and restructure cognitive distortions. 

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Contributors: Dori Russ from TheRussGroupLLC

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#15 Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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This is the perfect book for creatives. Especially ones who had a wounded relationship to their art. Women tend to put others first before themselves and can feel guilty for wanting or expressing their creativity. This book saved me on so many levels and re-lit my creative flame.

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Contributors: Francesca Phillips from Bloom in the City

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#16 Daring Greatly by Bene Brown

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You feel important, heard, and unafraid to feel vulnerable after reading this book. You feel capable of facing emotions head on and being ok with what you need to feel.

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Contributors: Francesca Phillips from Bloom in the City

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#17 Judgement Detox by Gabby Bernstein

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If you are human you have judgments. Gabby's book will empower you to release beliefs and judgments holding you back from living your best life. This book will completely transform your life. Trust me! It changed mine.

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Contributors: Veronica Parker from Live your happy NOW!

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#18 The Rise by Danette May

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This book focuses on the three pillars of healing - healing foods, healing movement, and a healing mindset.

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Contributors: Danette May from Mindful Health, LLC 

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#19 Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

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For any woman struggling with making decisions, trusting themselves, and moving in the direction of their dreams- this book is a must!

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Contributors: Lauren Vacula from WearBareBones

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#20 You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

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I love “You are a Badass”, Jen Sincero gives it to you straight like a pep talk from the best friend who will call you out on your crap. I dog-eared so many pages of this book so I can quickly re-read the pages when I need a kick in the pants to remember that I am amazing and capable of just about anything I put my mind to. This is the only self-help book that I keep nearby dogeared for a regular pick-me-up, it is gritty, good stuff that helped me push through issues that I have with self-esteem and finances. I would gift a copy to everyone I know if I could afford it.

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Contributors: Holly Cromer from Holly Cromer Photo

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#21 Unbroken, Still I Smile by Tamara Charles

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This is the type of book that will remind them of their worth. Charles has overcome assault and abuse as well as health challenges and shares how others can recognize the warning signs before disaster strikes and make the most out of any challenging situation. 

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Contributors: Cyrus Webb from Conversations Media Group

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#22 Single and Hungry by Alina Z

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I wrote the book to help myself fall in love with my body and learn to love food that loved me back. It was truly a self-help book when I wrote it and because it helped me, I want to share the knowledge with other women. It has realistic tips on how to let go of past conditioning and realize how amazing you are. The book also has great eating and cooking tips, along with easy recipes that are gluten-free and dairy-free.

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Contributors: Alina Z from ChefAlinaZ

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#23 Healing Sex by Stacey Haines

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A comprehensive “how to” manual that will help women overcome sexual abuse and trauma and move in to touch and connection.

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Contributors: Xanet Pailet from The Power of Pleasure

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#24 Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski

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A scientific based approach to understanding woman’s sexual desire and helping them improve their sex life.

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Contributors: Xanet Pailet from The Power of Pleasure

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#25 Woman’s Anatomy of Arousal by Sheri Winston

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This book provides women with detailed information and a roadmap to help them understand their own amazing erectile network and arousal system.

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Contributors: Xanet Pailet from The Power of Pleasure

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#26 Urban Tantra by Barbara Carellas

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A modern and pragmatic approach to Tantra and Sacred Sexuality for both individuals and couples.

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Contributors: Xanet Pailet from The Power of Pleasure

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#27 Bad Boys by Carole Lieberman

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This bestseller helps women understand why they’re attracted to the 12 types of bad boys who break their heart - like Commitment-phobes, Compulsive Flirts, Lethal Lovers - and how to turn these frogs into princes.

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Contributors: Carole Lieberman from Dr. Carole

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#28 Bad Girls by Carole Lieberman

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This award-winning book helps women discover why they’re left on the shelf while guys date bad girls instead, and how to use bad girl secrets to their advantage - without actually becoming bad.

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Contributors: Carole Lieberman from Dr. Carole

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#29 Dating Radar by Megan Hunter

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Hunter knows that love truly is blind, and her work introduces the world to the theory of high-conflict personalities that can sneak into your love life and turn it upside down.  Why are people drawn to toxic relationship partners like moths to a flame? Dating Radar seeks to answer that question with an in-depth analysis of the type of personality, labeled high-conflict personalities, that take your love life by storm with passion and flying sparks before a sudden transformation into misery, jealousy, and control.

While some insist that their partner “changed overnight,” Hunter will teach you to spot those hidden red flags that warn of a rocky road ahead but often go unnoticed. I'm suggesting this book because it instills the readers with methods of improving their relationship intelligence: the ability to know one’s own vulnerabilities and identify potentially toxic relationships before they are in too deep. The book details the several types of high-conflict personalities, including narcissistic, borderline, antisocial, histrionic, and paranoid partners, and it identifies other issues that can cause conflict and controlling behaviors, such as addiction and mental disorders.

It also goes into the psychology and chemistry of attraction to identify the reason why one may actively seek out a harmful romance. Most importantly,  Hunter also provides readers with an exit strategy, a nonsense-free way to rip off the Band-Aid once and for all.

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Contributors: Andrea Burnett from ABPR 

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#30 Act It Out by Stefanie Stolinsky

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It is true that many women in their 40s and 50s begin to remember childhood abuse. The book is an excellent resource for women to move blocked energy around childhood abuse and allowing recovery to occur.

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Contributors: Stephanie Stolinsky from StephanieStolinsky

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#31 Nice Girls Finish Fat Karen R Koenig

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As a psychology of eating expert who focuses on the why and how of eating, not the what of it, I wrote Nice Girls to help women make changes in their personalities to help them more easily become normal eaters. Unfortunately, many women put much of their energy into taking care of others and feel guilty doing any kind of self-care other than eating, and this is what leads them to put on weight. Making personality changes means letting go of traits such as people-pleasing, approval-seeking, and a success/failure mindset and becoming more attuned to internal self-care, self-assertion, developing incremental thinking skills and practicing self-trust.

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Contributors: Karen R. Koenig from KarenRKoenig

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#32 Let Go Of Emotional Overeating and Love Your Food

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The reader learns to differentiate between healthy eating, which is for pleasure and the satisfaction of hunger and emotional overeating, which is a desperate attempt to distract oneself from painful thoughts and feelings.

Aside from providing easy steps for mindful eating, I provide simple tips on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy since when we handle stress effectively away from the table we’re freer to relax and be there in the moment as we eat. Tricky times like holidays, vacations (including cruises), coping with family at meals, parties, and more are covered, as well.

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Contributors: Arlene B. Englander from ArleneEnglander

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#33 Not Without My Son by Candy Jarrell

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I believe that this book will help women that have suffered domestic abuse realize that they should leave their abuser and protect their children, but that is only possible if they trust in God and are willing to take action.

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Contributors: Candy Jarrell from Candyluvsyeshua

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#34 Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach

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A beautiful daybook that speaks to the creative woman's soul. The author dives into topics like creativity and authenticity planting seeds of new life into the reader's soul. Her feminine energy and approach make me feel at home within myself.

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Contributors: Francesca Phillips from Bloom in the City

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#35 Captivating by John Eldredge

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This book was written by a husband and wife and dives into the divine nature of women. They remind women of their inherent gifts, why there's often a disconnect with men, and how to nurture the true woman within. It's beautiful!

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Contributors: Francesca Phillips from Bloom in the City

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#36 Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead by Cynthia MacGregor

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In this season of women striving to attain success in greater numbers and in more fields than ever before (politics is a notable example), there may be the temptation for a woman to stop when she has attained a modicum of success. But this book turns the old axiom (Quit while you're ahead) on its ear and urges readers to keep going, to reach even higher, and not to stop till they've reached the pinnacle. An inspiring book for women of today—of any age.

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Contributors: Cynthia MacGregor from CynthiaMacGregor

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#37 Invincible Living by Guru Jagat

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This is a fabulous book that will not only give you knowledge by also practical tools straight from Kundalini Yoga. Guru Jagat will help you overcome obstacles by diving right into your sparkly self within to reach beyond limitations and live an invincible life.

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Contributors: Veronica Parker from Live your happy NOW!

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#38 Rise Sister Rise by Rebecca Campbell

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This is an absolute must in the self-help and spirituality area. You will not be able to put this book down as it is filled with stories, poems, and whimsical words to bring you right into your soul and unleash the brightest version of yourself.

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Contributors: Veronica Parker from Live your happy NOW!

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#39 Witch by Lisa Lister

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Do not get scared of this title and read this book. Lisa will radically change the definition of Witch to show you that a witch is simply a healer, a mother, a teacher, a whole woman like yourself. Lisa is a goddess when it comes to helping you unleash your dormant powers and feel absolutely great. Check it out!

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Contributors: Veronica Parker from Live your happy NOW!

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#40 The Art of Limitless Living by Melissa Joy Jonsson

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If you are ready to transform your life for the best, this is your book. You will move beyond the words in it to actually feeling the physical and energetic change taking place in your heart. It's an absolute must!

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Contributors: Veronica Parker from Live your happy NOW!

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#41 I’m Lazy and I Love to Eat by Mary Prenon

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This book is a true life comedic look at losing weight and getting fit. It took me 19 years to lose 50 pounds, and I know that women all over the world are dealing with the same problems. It's an easy read with step-by-step chapters on how I did it, tips at the end of each chapter, and some super easy meal suggestions. Plus, lots of funny stories.

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Contributors: Mary Prenon from Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS

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#42 The 12 Steps for Everyone by Ryn Gargulinski

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Remember that manual for living you always wanted? Here it is. It’s an adaptation of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous designed for women, not in recovery. This workbook walks women through the 12 steps, with worksheets, examples and sensational suggestions for making the 12 steps part of your daily life.

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Contributors: Ryn Gargulinski from Rynski Recovery Club 

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#43 The Unshakable Woman by Debi Siber

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I’m recommending The Unshakable Woman because so many women feel stuck after a life crisis (death of a loved one, disease, devastation of some kind such as divorce, financial crisis, etc.). In this short yet powerful book, I recommend the 4 crucial steps women need to move forward and heal. I’ve also written The Unshakable Woman-The Workbook which is a companion guide to the book.

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Contributors: Debi Silber from The PBT Institute 

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#44 Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life by Scott E. Spradlin

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This book gives tools to explore your emotions and how to manage them to be productive.

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Contributors: Dori Russ from TheRussGroupLLC

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#45 The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success

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This book helps us to identify and strengthen weaknesses that may prevent the accomplishment of optimal success.

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Contributors: Dori Russ from TheRussGroupLLC

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#46 Trust Your Journey by Trust Your Journey

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Not just another book of daily devotionals! Short, easy-to-read set of action-oriented daily readings that exude Empathy! Inspiration! Motivation! Provides great descriptions for mindset & clear instructions for simple yet profound meditations.

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Contributors: Beth Brownlee from Trilogy Performance Works

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  1. Worth my time reading these daily meditations! Not like other ‘devotionals’- suggests daily ‘action’ that gets you thinking and builds a better sense of self AND makes you see that NEGATIVE MIND-THINK that zaps your Hope! Easy Amazon buy!

#47 Get On Top by Meika Hollender

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It's essentially a millennial sex-positive guide to sexual wellness, sex, and reproductive health. Hollender wrote the book to create a space for informed, healthy, sex-positive, pro-pleasure information -- establishing herself as a leading spokesperson and expert on sexual and reproductive health.

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Contributors: Meika Hollender from Sustain Natural 

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