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5 Powerful Books That Can Change Your Life

In a world filled with overwhelming entertainment options, books probably don’t have the same place as they use to. Especially for me, books were always an afterthought during my school and college days. So, it’s interesting that when I think about the most important lessons, I can only think of these 5 books. These 5 books absolutely changed my life.
In the past decade, these books have provided me with a clear path, great actionable tips, clarity in times of doubt and absolute comfort in times of complete anxiety. I am so excited to share, not just the books, but also the lessons I have learned from them.
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1. The Alchemist

It’s one of th every first novels I read after my mother gifted it to me when I was 14 years old. I will be surprised if you haven’t heard of this book, it was one of the longest-running NY Times Bestsellers’ list. It was written 30 years ago, by the talented Paulo Coehlo. It took him just 2 weeks to write a book that has timeless lessons and advice. A perfect book that transpires through all age groups, times and cultures. The fantastic tale of a shepherd’s search for treasure and lessons he learns along the way. Trust me you won’t be able to put this one down until the very last page.

This book has stayed with me all these years, it has taught me to believe in the magic of dreams and it has brought me positivity in every struggle in my life. It has given me hope when there was none, it has helped me grow and trust in the power of the universe. Read and re-read this to experience one of the most powerful stories ever told! BUY HERE.



2. The 5 Second Rule

It’s as simple as it sounds, it’s the best #SELFHELP book I’ve ever read. This book is the reason I became a morning person, started this website, got a promotion, and launched the podcast. This book simply tells you what to do, to get the results you wish to see. No fluff only actionable advice that you can start using right away. It starts with the life story of the author Mel Robbins and how she turned her life around by counting backward 5-4-3-2-1. After mentioning the rule at the end of her TEDx talk, she started on a journey to find why the rule worked and what’s the science behind it. Tricking the mind to take action has been my biggest take away from this gem of a book.

The audiobook version of this book is powerful! Mel Robbins is like that strict teacher in school who knows what she’s talking about and compels you to take real action. I’ve never had a life coach, but while listening to this book I felt like Mel was coaching me one on one. Do yourself a favor and listen to this incredible life-changing book NOW! BUY HERE.


3. How to Win Friends & Influence People

Published in 1937, this book has sold over 15 million copies over the last three-quarters of a century. Don’t get put off by the cheesy name, the content of this book is MINDBLOWING! Yes, I said 1937 and used all caps! This book is timeless and not just over a decade but for 81 years!! The fact that it’s an all-time international best seller and has survived the test of time, this book is an essential read for everyone. I like to call it the bible of communication skills.

This book helped me get through a transition at work and in life, I keep going back to Dale Carnegie’s 6 Principles to communicate any message effectively. Being in Quality department at work, I always find myself in difficult conversations with customers, peers and team leaders.

Everything I ‘ve learned from this books helps me in the day-to-day transactions. Being new to marriage, this book has helped me develop strong and clear communication with my husband and trust me when I say this, we don’t fight anymore over silly things. It’s truly the one book that has expert advice, tips, and tricks to help you live your best life without getting lost in communication limbo. BUY HERE.

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4. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

An intricate book based on the question-answer format with Eckhart Tolle, the spiritual guru who found profound enlightenment at age of 29. This book is not aligned with any religion but draws great wisdom from different religious books like the Bible, the Gita, and the Quran. It addresses the human questions around existence, ego, enlightenment, and purpose, to name a few. This book is pure bliss if you invest the time in understanding it. It imparts knowledge that will stay with you forever and will change how you view the world.

For me, it has served as the foundation of my spiritual journey, and I continue to draw from it in everyday situations. The best example is fighting my ego to stay calm and bias-free in difficult situations. The explanation of how to let go of your ego and enjoy the NOW has absolutely changed how I view my mind vs my true self. Elkhart Tolle beautifully and simplistically introduces the concept of being in the present and meditation in modern life. No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, this is an absolute MUST READ! BUY HERE.

5. Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

This is possibly the shortest book you’ll ever read, but it’s also the most useful and beautiful book you’ll ever read. An amazing guide to how to incorporate meditation into your everyday life. Written by the world famous Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, this book explains how meditation is more than just closing your eyes for 15 mins in a dark room. It’s more than controlling your thoughts, and it’s all about finding little moments of peace in the chaos of life.

Short and sweet, but an extremely powerful toolbox for anyone who has been looking to live a mindful life. This book is the reason that I don’t hate washing the dishes anymore, it’s the reason I make my bed every single morning! It’s simply the reason that I don’t get mad at traffic signals or get annoyed at crazy drivers. Thanks to this book I don’t avoid silence anymore, I don’t need music all the time and I can clear my mind during any situation.

Read it now and find the peace in everyday things! BUY HERE.

Books have shown me the path to a better self and access to so much knowledge and wisdom. They have opened doors to new possibilities and an exciting future. I am so glad I got to share some of my life with you. I hope you enjoy reading these all as much as I did!
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Written with a lot of love by Prasha S Dutra, Founder & Host of Her STEM Story podcast.
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