The 7 Best Self-Help Books to Buy in 2019

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If you are reading this, then most probably you are a self-improvement junkie who loves reading self-improvement books, or maybe you just started out on your self-improvement journey. Some books are incredible, while others may not be so good, and that's why I have worked out this list for you. To save you time and money. As a compulsive, lifelong reader, I promise you this list has been rigorously developed and refined .

Narrowing down the list of self-help books to this list of top 7 has not been easy.  I am sure that they will have a huge impact on you.

I encourage you to pick one or all of these to read in 2019. I’ve linked each book title to Amazon so you can go straight to the page and buy a copy.

So here is my list of the 7 best self-development books to read in 2019.


Becoming: Loving the Process to Wholeness

Becoming is a journey with the author Clint Gresham through his life's process as a believer and NFL player.  In the ecstasy of our greatest heights and pain and powerlessness of our deepest valleys, Clint reminds us that the real tests, come in the form of true identity, courage, vulnerability, and love.

For most of his life, Clint Gresham, like many if not most of us, experienced the world through the lens of outcomes: Academics. Behavior. Sports victories. Career. Relationships. Material success.

The underlying message?

When the outcomes are good, you are good. When the outcomes are bad, you are bad. Becoming unfolds a gripping and inspirational reality check, reminding us all that the point of life is not the destination, but the journey. Each of us is in the process of becoming whom God designed us to be.  While the journey can be painful, it is also necessary―a process that must be fully embraced if we are to experience wholeness of soul. By fixing your heart on God's process, the outcomes take care of themselves. Step back.  Breathe.  Stay in the moment.  And take the long-term approach.  Your ups and downs are a beautiful story God is telling through you.  We are all Becoming . . . something incredible.


You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Far too often, fear gets the best of us. Sincero helps readers go beyond that fear in her New York Times Bestseller You Are a Badass. What sets this self-help book apart from the others are the engaging end-of-chapter exercises.

Instead of casting the book aside and letting it collect dust after you read the last page, you'll be inspired to go back and reflect on the previous exercises you responded to. The exercises also drive home the points Sincero makes through her writing. When you feel a dip in your confidence, going back to your entries will put a positive spin on your day and remind you why you should show yourself more self-love. Also make sure to check out Sincero's follow-up book: You Are a Badass at Making Money.


Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking

The goal of this book is simple: It teaches you the habits, actions, and mindsets to clean up the mental clutter that's holding you back from living a meaningful life.

The subtitle of this book provides great insight into the heart of the book: How to stop worrying, relieve anxiety and eliminate negative thinking. Declutter Your Mind is a book that is very hands-on with its reader and full of various exercises to engage your mindset. You will learn the causes of mental clutter, how to change negative thoughts to positive ones, strategies to help with rocky relationships, how to identify what’s important to you, the importance of meditation, how to goal set and much more.


Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that’s a lie.

In this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.

With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.


Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World

Based on the incredible graduation speech with over 14 million views on Youtube.

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

There are many "self-help" books on the market that contain solid information. However, General McRaven's Make Your Bed comes across as refreshingly different from those books by well known self-help gurus like Dr. Phil or Tony Robbins mainly because the anecdotes he uses to illustrate his ten key points are gleaned from his experiences as a Navy SEAL.


Zen and the Art of Happiness

Cutting-edge science and spirituality tell us that what we believe, think, and feel actually determine the makeup of our body at the cellular level. In Zen and the Art of Happiness, you will learn how to think and feel so that what you think and feel creates happiness and vibrancy in your life rather than gloominess or depression.

A charming book. Shows readers, with humor and zest, how to live in the now and change our futures.


A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

Many consider Eckhart Tolle one of the great thought leaders our our time. Prior to A New Earth, Tolle wrote The Power of Now, a best-seller and must-read. The reason A New Earth makes this list is quite simple: it goes beyond teaching how to live in the moment and helps readers learn how to turn their suffering into peace. All types of suffering are addressed in the book, from anger and grief to jealousy and anxiety.

Tolle talks a lot about the ego and how to separate ourselves from it. His examples and recommended exercises are not just hocus pocus; they really work and are something anyone can do. Whether your suffering is rooted in jealousy, anger, grief, sadness, anxiety, or depression, Tolle will help you see life from varied perspectives, awakening you to your life’s purpose. This book is great as a reference point, too. Those who pick up a copy will read it front to back then revisit Tolle's words over and over again. Others will keep it by their nightstands and flip to a chapter when they’re feeling some excess baggage creep in and could use some words of wisdom.