50 Self-Help Classics: 50 Books to Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

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Thousands of books have been written offering the secrets to personal fulfillment and happiness, but which ones can really change your life? In 50 Self-Help Classics: 50 Inspirational Books to Transform Your Life, Tom Butler-Bowdon has sorted through the bewildering array of self-help books to bring together fifty of the most important works on personal development and self-motivation. Representing the very best of the genre and appreciating that each of us is inspired by different underlying philosophies, ...
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Overview

Thousands of books have been written offering the secrets to personal fulfillment and happiness, but which ones can really change your life? In 50 Self-Help Classics: 50 Inspirational Books to Transform Your Life, Tom Butler-Bowdon has sorted through the bewildering array of self-help books to bring together fifty of the most important works on personal development and self-motivation. Representing the very best of the genre and appreciating that each of us is inspired by different underlying philosophies, Butler-Bowdon summarizes each writer's background, the book's primary concepts, and who benefits by reading it. Time-strapped readers can easily compare ideas to enrich their understanding of self-awareness and self-improvement with the likes of: Marcus Aurelius; The Bhagavad-Gita; The Bible; Robert Bly; Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers; Deepak Chopra; Paulo y Coelho; Stephen Covey; The Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Viktor Frankl; Benjamin Franklin; Thomas Moore; M. Scott Peck; Ayn Rand; Henry David Thoreau The classics examined here represent the very best of self-help-works that have captured the imagination of millions and inspired readers everywhere to follow their dreams.
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"A tremendous resource for anyone seeking a bite-sized look at the philosophies of many self-help legends, including sacred scriptures of different traditions.
Because the range and depth of the sources are so huge, the cumulative reading effect is amazing. Alternatively, it educates and edifies, affirms and inspires. Often both" — Stephen R Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

"This is an exceptional and diverse collection for anyone interested in understanding the possibilities of the self" — Ellen Langer, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, author of Mindfulness

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  • ISBN-13: 9781857883237
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/15/2003
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 230,923
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Butler-Bowdon is an expert in personal development literature. His 50 Classics series, having sold over 100,000 copies in the English language and translated into 17 languages, are the definitive guides to the literature of possibility. He has won many awards including the Benjamin Franklin Self-Help Award and Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Award. A graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Sydney, he lives and works in both the UK and Australia. See his work at www.butler-bowdon.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2003

    An Excellent Review

    Very good for those who like an overview of different philosophies!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2004

    First rate.

    ¿A self-help book can be your best friend and champion, expressing a faith in your essential greatness and beauty that is sometimes hard to get from another person. Because of its emphasis on following your star and believing that your thoughts remake your world, a better name for self-help writing might be the `literature of possibility.¿¿ So wrote Tom Butler-Bowdon in the introduction to this book. Only one book has ever made me feel jealous, and 50 Self-Help Classics is it. I¿m the author of the book Self-Help Stuff That Works, published in 1999. I've never read a book that I thought was as good as mine. Until now. Tom did things in his book I wish I had thought to do. And I admire his powerful clarity. In Tom's book, each classic gets its own chapter and each chapter is refreshingly short. You will find no slow parts in this book. Each chapter contains a summary of the main thrust of each classic, a short list of recommended books similar to the classic, and a brief biography of the author. This is my field, so I have read most of the classics, and it was great having the core of those books distilled and condensed so well. Tom obviously didn¿t choose these fifty books by sales volume. This is a careful selection by an expert in the field. Another quote from the book: ¿If there is a thread running through the works, it is their refusal to accept `common unhappiness¿ or `quiet desperation¿ as the lot of humankind.¿ Tom includes many of my all-time favorite books: The Art of Happiness, Self-Reliance, Learned Optimism, Man¿s Search For Meaning, Flow, Feeling Good, How to Win Friends, and on and on. But Tom also introduced me to books I never would have read. I was surprised and happy to discover some great books I didn't know about. In the Introduction, Tom writes: ¿A conventional view of self-help is that it deals with problems, but most of the self-help classics are about possibilities. They can help reveal your unique course in life, form a bridge between fear and happiness, or simply inspire you to be a better person.¿ One of the classics is the Bhagavad Gita. I've never really thought of it as a self-help book, and yet I have used it as one. After reading Tom¿s explanation of the main idea of the Bhagavad Gita, I understood it better than I ever did before. Tom doesn't try to follow the advice to 'write at a fourth grade level' and yet he writes with an easy-to-read style. On the other hand, the writing is not simplistic, but vigorous, intelligent, and penetrating. Do you want to find your mission in life, to change your thoughts, to accomplish more, to feel better, to change the way you see things, to explore yourself, or to make a difference with your life? 50 Self-Help Classics is the book for you.

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