Top 10 Personal Growth Books of 2016

I don’t know about you, but for me, 2016 was a tumultuous year.

A lot of things that happened this year that made me realize how little control we have over things and how important it is to let go and trust that life will always guide us – not in the direction we think we should go, but in the direction we are meant to go.

And I feel that many of the personal growth books I have read in 2016, reminded me how important it is to connect with our own heart and soul and live our life from a place of Truth, Courage, Love and Integrity.

Today I would like to share with you 10 of these amazing personal growth books ( in no particular order), as I am sure they will delight your soul and enrich your spirit.

Top 10 Personal Growth Books of 2016

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1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo will take you through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. This is an incredible book that will most definitely change the way you deal with clutter.

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2. How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist by Andrew Newberg M.D. (Author), Mark Robert Waldman

Both a revelatory work of modern science and a practical guide for readers to enhance their physical and emotional health, How God Changes Your Brain is a first-of-a-kind book about faith that is as credible as it is inspiring, proving that God is great—for your mental, physical, and spiritual health.

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3. Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie

In the midst of a normal life, Katie became increasingly depressed, and over a ten-year period sank further into rage, despair, and thoughts of suicide. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now in Loving What Is you can discover the same freedom through The Work. A truly great book that’s worth reading.

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4. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society.

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5. 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy: An Inspiring Guide to Discovering Effortless Joy

When founder Luminita Saviuc posted a list of things to let go in order to be happy, she had no idea that it would go viral, shared more than 1.3 million times and counting. Based on that inspiring post, this heartfelt book gives readers permission to give up–that is, to let go of the bad habits that are holding them back from achieving authentic happiness and living their best lives.

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6. Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself by Lissa Rankin M.D.

We’ve been led to believe that when we get sick, it’s our genetics. Or it’s just bad luck—and doctors alone hold the keys to optimal health. Therefore when Dr. Lissa Rankin’s own health started to suffer, she turned to Western medical treatments, but what she found was that they not only failed to help; they made her worse. So she decided to take matters into her own hands. And that’s how this book came to life.

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7. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman

The 5 Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful. Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work.

Includes the Couple’s Personal Profile assessment so you can discover your love language and that of your loved one.

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 8. Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins M.D. Ph.D.

I have learned so many wonderful things by reading this book and even though I would love to share them with you, I feel that it will take me quite some time to do so. So I guess the best thing for you to do is read this amazing book and allow it to transform you and your life in ways that will only make you feel happier, more peaceful and alive.

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9. I Need Your Love – Is That True?: How to Stop Seeking Love, Approval, and Appreciation and Start Finding Them Instead by Byron Katie

In Loving What Is, bestselling author Byron Katie introduced thousands of people to her simple and profound method of finding happiness through questioning the mind. Now, I Need Your Love—Is That True? examines a universal, age-old source of anxiety: our relationships with others. In this groundbreaking book, Katie helps you question everything you have been taught to do to gain love and approval. In doing this, you discover how to find genuine love and connection.


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10. The Lessons of Saint Francis: How to Bring Simplicity and Spirituality into Your Daily Life by John Michael Talbot

The life of St. Francis of Assisi was a paradigm of simplicity, humanity, and love. In today’s busy world, his practices have enormous appeal, described in this inspiring work by John Michael Talbot, the founder of The Brothers and Sisters of Charity, a lay order based on the Franciscan principles of simplicity and self-sufficiency. In The Lessons Of St. Francis, Talbot and co-author Steve Rabey demonstrate the enduring significance of Franciscan wisdom. Organized by topics, such as Simplicity, Humility, Compassion, Solitude, Service, and Prayer, each chapter includes excerpts from the writings of St. Francis, as well as those of his followers and biographers. Combining deep spiritual insights with the offer of a saner, less chaotic way of living, The Lessons Of St. Francis offers wise advice on how to incorporate these virtues into our own lives today.

~love, Luminita💫


Luminita D. Saviuc

Luminita is the Founder and Editor in Chief of and also the author of 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy: An Inspiring Guide to Discovering Effortless Joy. For more details check out the 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy Book Page.

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  • Alpa Pandya

    at 5:49 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your preferences. I’m always searching for great books to read. One that impacted me tremendously and that I may recommend would be Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. 🙂

  • Erika c

    at 6:07 pm

    Happy new years luminita.I’m looking forward to reading the list of books.I’m a true fan of what you do,your insight and technics have helped me grow into a better happier me.
    Thank you:)

  • Maddy

    at 5:19 am

    Thank you.

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