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The Uplifting Power Of Inspirational Books in the Pandemic Situation

There are some books that never stop to inspire generations of readers. What are these books about? What makes these books survive the test of time and make a permanent place in the hearts of its readers? In this article, we will help you explore the psychological impact of inspirational books on the mind of the readers, with some of finest examples from this genre.

Motivation through Inspirational Books

You are always one step away from a decision that can transform your life forever, but a fear of the unknown or a fear of failure stops you from taking that step.  In such times, inspirational books pull you as readers to stand up for your beliefs and take action. Inspirational books, fiction or non-fiction, are powerful enough to guide you towards working for your dreams and achieving them.

Inspirational Books

Time and again, there have been books that have guided generations to take charge of their life. Inspirational books have a world of their own, as they give you a sneak peak of your journey in this life time through characters that echo your trials and tribulations. Suddenly, your setbacks become theirs and their victories yours. This is how these books motivate you to continue through your struggles and never lose hope. So let us take you through some of the finest examples of inspirational books in the fiction and non-fiction genre that have continued to inspire people from all over the world –

The Alchemist

One book that has crossed all barriers to inspire people from all over the world to live their dreams is none other than The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Santiago is an Andalusian shepherd boy who on his journey for the quest of a worldly treasure realizes his ‘personal legend’. The lessons that Santiago learnt on his way, continue to have a huge impact on people, partly because, you and I as readers can identify with all the setbacks that came his way. Santiago’s story gives us hope that one day our dreams will come true, as the universe is conspiring to make it happen.

Eat Pray Love

Also turned into a commercial film, Eat Pray Love chronicles a year in Elizabeth Gilbert’s life. Here she sets out on a journey of self discovery by visiting Rome, India, and Bali. In Rome, she found the art of pleasure, in India, the art of devotion. And in Bali, she learnt about balancing these two. Eat Pray Love has stricken the right chords with the readers. After all, it talks about the power that lies within you to take charge of your life. It focuses on the aspect of taking responsibility for your happiness and not living as per the ideals of society.

A Room of One’s Own

Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own is one of the most powerful feminist essays of all times. Based on a lecture given at Cambridge, this essay talks about the importance of intellectual and financial independence for women. Every woman who has read this essay has found it to be one of the best pieces on gender equality. It has reshaped their perspective on the gender roles.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, continues to touch hearts and transform minds since the first time it was published. The autobiography describes the early years in the life of Angelou. It is about how she struggled to overcome racism and trauma with strength of character and fondness for literature. It is a coming of age story that talks about the need for personal dignity and identity. Anyone who has experienced racism, rape, or an identity-crisis can feel what this book is all about. Through this book, Maya Angelou successfully emerged as a role model for the women of color all across the globe.

The Secret

Another book that has had a great psychological impact upon its readers is Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret. The Secret talks about the law of attraction and how your thoughts can impact your world. The book highlights the need of gratitude to improve one’s life and relationships with alleged examples. Based on a quotation from Bible’s Matthew 21:22: “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive”; Byrne explores a 3 step process in which she asks to; ask, believe, and receive. This book continues to have an empowering effect on people to change their circumstances with the help of optimistic thinking.

Common thread in inspirational books

As we come to an end of this article, let us take a few minutes to understand the common factor that makes these inspirational books a masterpiece along with their individual strengths. Starting from the top, The Alchemist talks about finding a ‘personal legend’ that motivates you to listen to your heart. Your heart and your intuition will be your biggest guide in this journey called life. And once you start practicing this phenomenon, everything will start following in line.

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On similar lines, The Secret motivates you to believe in the law of attraction, and how optimistic thinking can impact your life. Eat Pray Love too talks about our innate ability to change the course of our lives. In this case, by taking responsibility for our decisions and not blindly following the ideals of society. It is a story of a woman, but even if you are a man, you can identify with Elizabeth’s journey to find the self. The two feminist works by Virginia Woolf and Maya Angelou discussed in this list again help you realize the need for self assertion to live a life of dignity.

So, as we conclude, it can be said that inspirational books are a part of our coming of age. They are a part of our journey. After all, they help us identify the strength that lies within each of us to overcome obstacles and failures until we reach our goals. Are you yet to experience the magic of any of these inspirational books from our selected list?

Apurba Sen

Apurba Sen is a script writer, article and report developer. Her passions run deep for technology and she explores her varied interest for music and art through her feature pieces on Buzzoji.

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