The best 78 Wisdom books

Wisdom is a timeless concept that transcends generations, offering profound insights into navigating life's complexities. Our carefully selected book list on wisdom serves as a guide to explore the depths of human understanding and experience.

Unlock the wisdom of the ages with our handpicked collection. Dive into these books today and embark on a journey of profound self-discovery and enlightenment.

The best 78 Wisdom books
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Wisdom Books: Manage Your Day-To-Day by 99U and Jocelyn K. Glei

Manage Your Day-To-Day

99U and Jocelyn K. Glei
Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
4.1 (218 ratings)
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What's Manage Your Day-To-Day about?

Manage Your Day-To-Day is a collection of ideas, wisdom and tips from well-known creative people. It offers readers valuable insights on how to develop effective work routines, stay focused and unleash their creativity.

Who should read Manage Your Day-To-Day?

  • Anyone who needs to be creative every day
  • Anyone who is interested in how to be more productive at work
  • Anyone who wants to get more enjoyment out of their creative work

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Wisdom Books: The Paleo Manifesto by John Durant

The Paleo Manifesto

John Durant
Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health
4.3 (42 ratings)
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What's The Paleo Manifesto about?

The Paleo Manifesto (2013) is the go-to guide to going paleo. It explains why the Paleo diet is in sync with our ancestors’ diet, and how you can use humanity’s anthropological and evolutionary history to get fit, feel great and lead the healthy lifestyle you’ve always wanted to.

Who should read The Paleo Manifesto?

  • Anybody looking for a sustainable, intelligent diet
  • People tired of calorie-counting methods to lose weight
  • Anyone interested in the history and development of the human diet

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Wisdom Books: The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts

The Wisdom of Insecurity

Alan Watts
A Message for an Age of Anxiety
4.4 (419 ratings)
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What's The Wisdom of Insecurity about?

In The Wisdom of Insecurity (1951), author Alan Watts discusses the paradoxical nature of modern life: we pursue goals and covet material goods that promise happiness, but which leave us feeling empty and more anxious than ever. As we indulge in unproductive thoughts about the future or the past, we tend to forget about what is most meaningful – the present moment.

Who should read The Wisdom of Insecurity?

  • Anyone feeling unfulfilled in life
  • Anxiety sufferers searching for the secrets to happiness
  • People interested in contemporary philosophy

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Wisdom Books: The Why Café by John P. Strelecky

The Why Café

John P. Strelecky
4.4 (352 ratings)
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What's The Why Café about?

The Why Café (2003) is a semi-autobiographical account of one man’s search for meaning. When protagonist John stumbles upon a little Café in the middle of nowhere, he’s confronted with three existential questions. The other customers guide John on his philosophical journey and help him discover the secrets to living a fulfilled life – teaching us all how to do the same in the process.

Who should read The Why Café?

  • Hard workers who can’t seem to catch a break
  • Lost souls searching for meaning
  • Anyone who wants to overcome their fear of death

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Wisdom Books: With the End in Mind by Kathryn Mannix

With the End in Mind

Kathryn Mannix
Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial
4.3 (89 ratings)
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What's With the End in Mind about?

With the End Mind (2017) provides a powerful antidote to the fear, ignorance and misunderstanding that surrounds death in contemporary culture. Through observations and personal reflections, it tells the poignant stories of some terminally ill patients with whom the author has worked over her three-decade career as a palliative care doctor. 

Who should read With the End in Mind?

  • Friends and family members of people with terminal illnesses
  • Fans of emotionally moving medical stories 
  • Anyone with a fear of death

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Wisdom Books: Soundtracks by Jon Acuff

Soundtracks

Jon Acuff
The Surprising Solution to Overthinking
4.3 (384 ratings)
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What's Soundtracks about?

Soundtracks (2021) is a simple guide to ending self-doubt, hesitation, and overthinking. Instead of being at the mercy of your fickle and often unhelpful thoughts, you’ll discover patterns of thinking that can strengthen you, make you happier, and bring you closer to achieving your goals.

Who should read Soundtracks?

  • Lifelong overthinkers who finally want to start taking action
  • Negative Nancies who need to inject some optimism into their lives
  • Anyone who lets self-doubt interfere with work, life goals, or relationships

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Wisdom Books: The Women of the Bible Speak by Shannon Bream

The Women of the Bible Speak

Shannon Bream
The Wisdom of 16 Women and Their Lessons for Today
4.5 (111 ratings)
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What's The Women of the Bible Speak about?

The Women of the Bible Speak (2021) tells the story of the women of the Bible, describing their lives in all of their richness. Some of their stories are tragic, some are empowering, some are just very human. But they are all central to the Christian story, and come with their own special lessons and wisdom. The Women of the Bible Speak shows us that even within the rigid hierarchies of the ancient world, women were instrumental.

Who should read The Women of the Bible Speak?

  • Christians
  • Anyone interested in the history of the Bible
  • Those looking for inspiration and wisdom from the ancient world

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Wisdom Books: Courage is Calling by Ryan Holiday

Courage is Calling

Ryan Holiday
Fortune Favors the Brave
4.3 (342 ratings)
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What's Courage is Calling about?

Courage is Calling (2021) is both a meditation on bravery and a guide to courageousness. From how to dispel your fears to the benefits of taking small steps first, it gives concrete advice for building courage, and lays out, in writing rich with anecdotes, the simple ways that each of us can become a little bit braver.

Who should read Courage is Calling?

  • Scaredy-cats in need of a strong dose of daring
  • The already-courageous who want to become even braver
  • Anyone interested in how courage has shaped history

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Wisdom Books: What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid? by Michal Oshman

What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid?

Michal Oshman
Discover a Life Filled with Purpose and Joy Through the Secrets of Jewish Wisdom
4.3 (219 ratings)
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What's What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid? about?

What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid? (2021) tells the story of how the author learned to cope with her feelings of anxiety and depression by getting in touch with her Jewish roots. The author shares what she’s learned and shows how anyone can benefit from the insights of Jewish wisdom. 

Who should read What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid??

  • Anyone coping with depression and anxiety
  • Parents looking for guidance
  • People who want to be better leaders

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Wisdom Books: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

The Last Lecture

Randy Pausch
4.4 (229 ratings)
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What's The Last Lecture about?

The Last Lecture (2008) is a heartfelt and insightful rumination on life, death, and the value of pursuing your dreams. In this unique text, computer scientist Randy Pausch reflects on mortality after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis. 

Who should read The Last Lecture?

  • New parents looking for sage advice
  • Friends and family of terminally ill individuals
  • Anyone seeking a little inspiration

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Wisdom Books: Fear Less by Pippa Grange

Fear Less

Pippa Grange
Face Not-Good-Enough to Replace Your Doubts, Achieve Your Goals, and Unlock Your Success
4.3 (376 ratings)
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What's Fear Less about?

Fear Less (2021) highlights the countless ways that fear infiltrates our lives, negatively impacting our work, relationships, and personal satisfaction. We may not even realize that we’re afraid, but identifying our underlying anxieties and insecurities is the first step to leading a more fulfilling, fearless life.

Who should read Fear Less?

  • Perfectionists who feel they’re never quite good enough
  • Private people who struggle with honesty and intimacy
  • Nervous fliers, anxious parents, commitment-phobes, and anyone else who’s afraid

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Wisdom Books: Sovereign Self by Acharya Shunya

Sovereign Self

Acharya Shunya
Claim Your Inner Joy and Freedom with the Empowering Wisdom of the Vedas, Upanishads, and Bhagavad Gita
4.7 (427 ratings)
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What's Sovereign Self about?

Sovereign Self (2020) explores the Vedas. Revealed over 5,000 years ago, these texts are a cornerstone of Hinduism, Buddhism, and countless other religious traditions in the Indian subcontinent. Packed with spiritual insights, the Vedas revolve around a single central question: How to live in accordance with the true nature of reality? As you’ll discover in these blinks, the answer begins by discovering your own, true self. 

Who should read Sovereign Self?

  • Spiritual seekers
  • Open-minded atheists 
  • Self-improvers looking for new ideas

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Wisdom Books: Hear Yourself by Prem Rawat

Hear Yourself

Prem Rawat
How to Find Peace in a Noisy World
4.5 (380 ratings)
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What's Hear Yourself about?

Hear Yourself (2021) is a guide to cutting out distractions, silencing your mind, and connecting to your inner peace. Packed with ancient wisdom and compelling anecdotes, it’ll teach you to cultivate calm and serenity within yourself to counter the noise and busyness of the world outside.

Who should read Hear Yourself?

  • Goal-setters who want to follow through on their ambitions
  • People feeling distracted and overwhelmed by the demands of life
  • Anyone trying to navigate periods of stress, trauma, or grief

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Wisdom Books: The Art of Living by Epictetus

The Art of Living

Epictetus
The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness – A New Interpretation by Sharon Lebell
4.7 (652 ratings)
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What's The Art of Living about?

The Art of Living (1995) is a clear and concise introduction to Stoic philosophy. This modern interpretation of Epictetus’s teachings gives timeless insight into living a stable and satisfying life.

Who should read The Art of Living?

  • Modern thinkers curious about ancient philosophy
  • Hectic go-getters needing advice on slowing down
  • Anyone seeking a more Stoic lifestyle

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Wisdom Books: The Practice of Groundedness by Brad Stulberg

The Practice of Groundedness

Brad Stulberg
A Transformative Path to Success That Feeds – Not Crushes – Your Soul
4.6 (693 ratings)
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What's The Practice of Groundedness about?

The Practice of Groundedness (2021) provides some counterbalance to all those self-help books that extol us to never stop optimizing ourselves, becoming more productive, and pushing ourselves toward more success. Drawing from both ancient wisdom and modern science, it identifies six principles of a more grounded way of living. It also tells the personal story of how the author came to understand these principles while struggling to overcome mental health issues.

Who should read The Practice of Groundedness?

  • Highly-driven people feeling burnt out, scattered, or restless
  • Professionals looking for a more sustainable approach to success
  • Anyone who wants to be more grounded

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Wisdom Books: Living Presence by Kabir Edmund Helminski

Living Presence

Kabir Edmund Helminski
A Sufi Way to Mindfulness and the Essential Self
4.4 (196 ratings)
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What's Living Presence about?

Living Presence (1992) explores how the teachings of the ancient Islamic practice of Sufism can act as a balm against our fractured, ego-driven age. Sufism teaches that an infinite spirit connects all life and that by becoming mindful of the here and now, we can glimpse this spirit in ourselves and others. Ultimately, in connecting to this presence we allow ourselves to become kinder, more intentional, and more alive. In short, more human.

Who should read Living Presence?

  • Curious minds interested in exploring the practice of Sufi Islam
  • Big thinkers who sense there’s a greater truth beyond the veil of perception
  • Anyone looking for a guiding light through dark times

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Wisdom Books: Letters to a Young Athlete by Chris Bosh

Letters to a Young Athlete

Chris Bosh
4.6 (191 ratings)
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What's Letters to a Young Athlete about?

In Letters to a Young Athlete (2021), basketball legend Chris Bosh shares the wisdom he earned through his remarkable career. Bosh shows us that true excellence requires deep motivation, mastery of self, and a commitment to something far greater than money or fame.

Who should read Letters to a Young Athlete?

  • Young athletes
  • Their teachers, coaches, and parents
  • Anyone who wants to know what it takes to be a champion

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Wisdom Books: Be Where Your Feet Are by Scott O'Neil

Be Where Your Feet Are

Scott O'Neil
Seven Principles to Keep You Present, Grounded, and Thriving
4.1 (263 ratings)
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What's Be Where Your Feet Are about?

Be Where Your Feet Are (2021) is the distillation of the wisdom that Scott O’Neill has accumulated over the years – as one of America's most successful sports executives, as a husband, and as a father. With advice ranging from failing productively to living in the moment, it presents a few simple tips designed to help you live a richer, happier, and more successful life.

Who should read Be Where Your Feet Are?

  • Anyone who wants to live a more focused life
  • All-rounders interested in bettering themselves both at work and at home
  • Ambitious movers and shakers who don’t want to sacrifice peace of mind for success

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Wisdom Books: The Hero Code by William H. McRaven

The Hero Code

William H. McRaven
Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived
3.8 (119 ratings)
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What's The Hero Code about?

The Hero Code (2021) is a four-star admiral’s guide to modern-day heroism. Drawing on Admiral McRaven’s experiences in the field and in civilian life, it interweaves stirring life advice with gripping and dramatic anecdotes.

Who should read The Hero Code?

  • Military buffs interested in a retired admiral’s battlefield insights
  • Anyone in need of some wise and helpful life advice
  • Youngsters considering a career in the military

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Wisdom Books: The Daily Laws by Robert Greene

The Daily Laws

Robert Greene
366 Meditations on Power, Seduction, Mastery, Strategy, and Human Nature
4.5 (716 ratings)
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What's The Daily Laws about?

The Daily Laws (2021) is a compendium of 366 rules for life, covering everything from seduction and power to the discovery of your life’s great task. It distills the insights author Robert Greene has uncovered in a series of best-selling books spanning 22 years of word.

Who should read The Daily Laws?

  • Fans of Robert Greene’s best-selling work
  • People who’ve lost touch with their sense of purpose and drive
  • Anyone in need of a strong dose of wisdom

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Wisdom Books: The Art of Living by William Hart

The Art of Living

William Hart
Vipassana Meditation as Taught by S. N. Goenka
4.7 (399 ratings)
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What's The Art of Living about?

The Art of Living (1987) details the Vipassanā meditation principles set out by the famed Burmese-Indian teacher S. N. Goenka. As well as describing the techniques of Vipassanā meditation, it delves into the deeper philosophy of Buddhism.

Who should read The Art of Living?

  • Anyone interested in meditation
  • Those seeking relief from anxiety, stress, and suffering
  • People curious about Buddhist thinking

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Wisdom Books: The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

The Comfort Book

Matt Haig
4.7 (692 ratings)
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What's The Comfort Book about?

The Comfort Book (2021) is a compendium of practices, philosophies, stories, and encouragements to help you get through tough times. Matt Haig shares the insights he gained while experiencing years of severe anxiety and depression, as well as his own unconventional strategies for developing a sense of self-worth and looking after your mental health. 

Who should read The Comfort Book?

  • Fans of Matt Haig’s honest and unconventional approach to discussing mental health
  • Anyone looking for strategies to build emotional resilience 
  • People grappling with pandemic-related uncertainty

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Wisdom Books: How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton

How Proust Can Change Your Life

Alain de Botton
4.6 (342 ratings)
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What's How Proust Can Change Your Life about?

How Proust Can Change Your Life (1997) melds literary biography with a self-help structure to argue that reading the work of twentieth-century French author Marcel Proust is not only culturally enriching, but potentially life-enhancing. Botton’s close reading of Proust’s masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time, offers up surprising and delightful insights into how to live better.

Who should read How Proust Can Change Your Life?

  • Voracious readers who have yet to embark on In Search of Lost Time
  • Reluctant readers who’d like to read more than they currently do
  • Anyone looking to take on a literary challenge

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Wisdom Books: Things No One Else Can Teach Us by Humble the Poet

Things No One Else Can Teach Us

Humble the Poet
Turning Losses Into Lessons
4.6 (699 ratings)
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What's Things No One Else Can Teach Us about?

Things No One Else Can Teach Us (2019) is a part-memoir, part-unconventional self-help book. Full of revealing personal stories and philosophical musings, it will inspire you to question your beliefs about failure, success, and what really makes life meaningful.

Who should read Things No One Else Can Teach Us?

  • Would-be creatives looking for encouragement to follow the life of their dreams
  • Self-development and personal growth seekers
  • Fans of Humble the Poet who want to learn more about his life

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Wisdom Books: Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh

Living Buddha, Living Christ

Thich Nhat Hanh
Explore the common ground of Christianity and Buddhism
4.2 (265 ratings)
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What's Living Buddha, Living Christ about?

Living Buddha, Living Christ (1995) is a meditation on the surprising intersections between Buddhism and Christianity. This thoughtful text shows the common ground shared by two of the world’s most influential spiritual leaders.

Who should read Living Buddha, Living Christ?

  • Christians seeking a new perspective on Christ
  • Buddhists looking to enrich their practice
  • Anyone wanting to cultivate a deeper spiritual life

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Wisdom Books: Sacred Marriage by Gary L. Thomas

Sacred Marriage

Gary L. Thomas
What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?
3.2 (279 ratings)
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What's Sacred Marriage about?

Sacred Marriage (2000) is an exploration of how to bring God into your marriage. Probing the boundaries of love, it provides practical advice and spiritual wisdom to help you and your marriage transcend to a holier place.

Who should read Sacred Marriage?

  • Christian newlyweds seeking long-term marriage advice
  • Spiritual spouses struggling to find happiness in their relationship
  • Couples craving a deeper connection and higher purpose

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Wisdom Books: Hero on a Mission by Donald Miller

Hero on a Mission

Donald Miller
A Path to a Meaningful Life
4.4 (201 ratings)
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What's Hero on a Mission about?

Hero on a Mission (2022) explores the role of story and meaning in our daily lives. It outlines how we can transition to a more heroic way of life, and reveals the underpinnings of a heroic mindset. 

Who should read Hero on a Mission?

  • Those who feel life is passing them by
  • People who feel victimized and want to regain a sense of control
  • Anyone seeking to build resilience

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Wisdom Books: The Way Forward by Robert O’Neill and Dakota Meyer

The Way Forward

Robert O’Neill and Dakota Meyer
Master Life's Toughest Battles and Create Your Lasting Legacy
3.9 (163 ratings)
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What's The Way Forward about?

The Way Forward (2022) examines the intersection between combat and life as experienced by two decorated American veterans. Although war can be brutal, it also helped the authors uncover their humanity. And along the way, they learned some of life’s most important lessons that can be applied in both military and civilian contexts.

Who should read The Way Forward?

  • People serving in the military, their families, and veterans
  • Anyone wondering what it’s like to be an elite soldier
  • Those looking to be inspired by real-life heroes

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Wisdom Books: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho
4.5 (714 ratings)
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What's The Alchemist about?

The Alchemist (1988) follows the story of a young Andalusian shepherd, who travels to the pyramids of Egypt to find a treasure he has recurrently dreamed about. On his journey, he has to overcome multiple obstacles – through which he learns valuable life lessons. Based on a thirteenth-century folktale, it explores topics such as following your dreams, finding your destiny, and the nature of love.

Who should read The Alchemist?

  • People who want to become more resilient
  • Anyone with a dream or passion
  • Those who wish to find their own purpose in life 

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Wisdom Books: From Strength to Strength by Arthur C. Brooks

From Strength to Strength

Arthur C. Brooks
Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life
4.5 (790 ratings)
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What's From Strength to Strength about?

From Strength to Strength (2022) is a roadmap for thriving in the second half of life. Packed with practical advice, it helps readers stop dwelling on past successes and find fulfillment in the present.

Who should read From Strength to Strength?

  • Anyone facing the decline of their professional abilities
  • Professionals preparing to pivot from one career to another
  • Everyone who wants to lead a life full of purpose

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Wisdom Books: The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama

The Light We Carry

Michelle Obama
Overcoming in Uncertain Times
4.3 (457 ratings)
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What's The Light We Carry about?

In The Light We Carry (2022), former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, tackles complex questions about community, identity, and relationships with trademark warmth and honesty. Obama believes we all carry a light inside us – in this book, she tells us how to shine that light so it illuminates the potential for hope and healing, and pathways toward a better world.

Who should read The Light We Carry?

  • Anyone whose fear is holding them back from living authentically
  • Those who wants to trade disconnection for community and friendship
  • People who need encouragement to keep doing the work in challenging times

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Wisdom Books: Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu
4.2 (253 ratings)
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What's Tao Te Ching about?

Tao Te Ching (circa 400 BC) is one of the foundational texts of Taoism, the enduring philosophical and religious movement that can be traced back to around the fourth century BC. Throughout the ages, its poetic wisdom continues to be relevant, inspirational, and timeless.

Who should read Tao Te Ching?

  • Spiritual or philosophical guidance seekers
  • People interested in living a more virtuous life
  • Admirers of Eastern schools of thought

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Wisdom Books: The Analects by Confucius

The Analects

Confucius
Aphorisms and Anecdotes from the Paragon of Chinese Sages
4.6 (517 ratings)
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What's The Analects about?

The Analects is a collection of twenty “books” that contain valuable quotes and sayings from the Chinese philosopher Confucius, as well as his disciples. These words of wisdom date back thousands of years, but they have remained remarkably relevant throughout the ages. 

Who should read The Analects?

  • Anyone interested in ancient wisdom from the East
  • Leaders looking for philosophical guidance in their lives
  • History buffs and folks who enjoy ideas from the past

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Wisdom Books: The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián y Morales

The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Baltasar Gracián y Morales
A Pocket Oracle
4.2 (479 ratings)
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What's The Art of Worldly Wisdom about?

The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647) is a timeless self-help classic. Comprising 300 short but brilliant maxims, it sheds light on how to live your life, achieve success, and win respect. It has remained consistently relevant throughout its nearly 400-year publication history, inspiring the likes of Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Who should read The Art of Worldly Wisdom?

  • Anyone looking for time-tested wisdom on how to live a better life;
  • Curious minds interested in the subtle art of giving and receiving favors; and
  • Self-help fans wanting to see how little the genre has changed over the centuries.
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Wisdom Books: The Daily Dad by Ryan Holiday

The Daily Dad

Ryan Holiday
366 Meditations on Parenting, Love, and Raising Great Kids
4.7 (133 ratings)
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What's The Daily Dad about?

The Daily Dad (2023) is a philosophical meditation on the roles and responsibilities of parents. Presented as short passages to be consumed one day at a time, it draws on the author’s experiences of fatherhood, as well as the writings of history's greatest thinkers – from Plato to Bruce Springsteen. Whether you’re an expecting new parent or already living with a full nest, this wisdom and practical advice is timeless and applicable to all.

Who should read The Daily Dad?

  • New parents looking to cultivate a healthy and productive mindset for the momentous task ahead of them
  • Seasoned parents who want to raise their kids with the bigger picture in mind
  • Teachers, mentors, and other carers craving the best for their children’s future

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Wisdom Books: Marry Him by Lori Gottlieb

Marry Him

Lori Gottlieb
The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough
4.5 (49 ratings)
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What's Marry Him about?

Marry Him (2011) is an honest, open and humorous quest for what it means to find the perfect man. It confronts common barriers to finding a partner, like chasing sparks over stability and the never-ending checklist of ideal qualities, and makes a case for rethinking what is important in a partner, drawing on scientific wisdom and often hilarious personal anecdotes along the way.

Who should read Marry Him?

  • Women who are still looking for the perfect man
  • Students of love and what it means to have a fulfilling relationship
  • Anyone interested in women's personal journeys and discoveries

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Wisdom Books: The Earned Life by Marshall Goldsmith

The Earned Life

Marshall Goldsmith
Lose Regret, Choose Fulfillment
4.4 (473 ratings)
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What's The Earned Life about?

The Earned Life (2022) poses a simple yet profound question: Why does a life of constant achievement often leave us feeling empty? The answer can be found in ancient Buddhist wisdom: it’s not meeting ambitious goals but rather working on meaningful goals that really brings fulfillment and happiness. 

Who should read The Earned Life?

  • High achievers who feel like something’s missing 
  • Anyone interested in personal improvement 
  • Secular-minded folks interested in spirituality

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Wisdom Books: The Awe of God by John Bevere

The Awe of God

John Bevere
The Astounding Way a Healthy Fear of God Transforms Your Life
4.2 (26 ratings)
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What's The Awe of God about?

The Awe of God (2023) is an exploration into how a healthy fear of God can unlock a deeper relationship with Him. From fostering reverence and humility to grounding a strong moral compass, it shows how holy fear can inspire you to live a fuller, more inspiring life.  

Who should read The Awe of God?

  • Anyone who is struggling to find intimacy with God
  • Christians who want to deepen their understanding of Scripture
  • People who think that fear is bad 

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Wisdom Books: Live Life in Crescendo by Stephen R. Covey and Cynthia Covey Haller

Live Life in Crescendo

Stephen R. Covey and Cynthia Covey Haller
Your Most Important Work is Always Ahead of You
4.5 (241 ratings)
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What's Live Life in Crescendo about?

Live Life in Crescendo (2022) anecdotally provides the answers to many questions about life: How do you live your best life, no matter how old you are? How do you respond to life-changing challenges? What do you do if you have a midlife crisis? It shows how to live life in crescendo – continually growing in contribution, learning, and influence.

Who should read Live Life in Crescendo?

  • People experiencing a midlife (or quarterlife) crisis
  • High achievers looking for a new challenge in life
  • Anyone who wants to learn inspiring life lessons

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Wisdom Books: How to Live by Sarah Bakewell

How to Live

Sarah Bakewell
Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
4.5 (488 ratings)
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What's How to Live about?

How to Live (2010) is both a biography of the writer Montaigne and an overview of the monumental work for which he’s famous: the Essays – a genre of writing that he invented. Along the way, it suggests some lessons we can take from his life and apply to our own.

Who should read How to Live?

  • Students of the Stoics, Epicureans, or Skeptics who want to learn about one of their greatest prodigies 
  • Fans of biographies about writers and thinkers 
  • Anyone who wants to know more about the life and works of Montaigne

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Wisdom Books: The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

The Book of Five Rings

Miyamoto Musashi
A Classic Text on the Japanese Way of the Sword
4.6 (402 ratings)
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What's The Book of Five Rings about?

The Book of Five Rings (1643) is one of the most insightful texts to have ever been written about the nature of confrontation. Penned by a wandering samurai in seventeenth-century Japan, it’s a timeless study of the mindset of the warrior – literal and figurative.

Who should read The Book of Five Rings?

  • Martial artists
  • Strategists  
  • Leaders

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Wisdom Books: The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness

Timothy Keller
The Path to True Christian Joy
4.2 (242 ratings)
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What's The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness about?

The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness (2012) dives deep into the timeless wisdom of the Apostle Paul and invites you on a transformative journey of inner renewal. Discover the path to genuine rest and liberation by embracing blessed self-forgetfulness, freeing yourself from the pressures of seeking validation and self-condemnation.

Who should read The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness?

  • Seekers of intellectual and spiritual depth
  • Anyone grappling with faith and doubt
  • Individuals yearning for practical and inspiring Christian insights

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Wisdom Books: Crazy Joy by Mary Katherine Backstrom

Crazy Joy

Mary Katherine Backstrom
Finding Wild Happiness in a World That's Upside Down
4.0 (67 ratings)
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What's Crazy Joy about?

Crazy Joy (2022) dives deep into the nature of joy. Drawing from philosophy, humor, and faith, it helps you discover your own, unique joy, and how to cultivate it even in life’s hardest moments.

Who should read Crazy Joy?

  • Anyone struggling with mental health
  • Burned-out perfectionists
  • Parents juggling too much

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Wisdom Books: Living Untethered by Michael A. Singer

Living Untethered

Michael A. Singer
Beyond the Human Predicament
4.4 (344 ratings)
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What's Living Untethered about?

Living Untethered (2022) is your guide to finding self-realization and unconditional happiness. It provides practical guidance on moving beyond your thoughts, feeling, and emotions and will help you to stop struggling and start experiencing life to its fullest.

Who should read Living Untethered?

  • Spiritual-guidance seekers
  • Anyone who wants to understand who they really are
  • People experiencing anxiety or tension who want to learn how to let go

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Wisdom Books: Life Is Hard by Kieran Setiya

Life Is Hard

Kieran Setiya
How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way
4.0 (388 ratings)
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What's Life Is Hard about?

Life Is Hard (2022) takes a close look at common struggles – like infirmity, loneliness, grief, and failure – through the lens of philosophy, as well as fiction, sports, history, and personal anecdotes. By examining the familiar hardships of the human condition, we can learn how to live well.

Who should read Life Is Hard?

  • Anyone feeling overwhelmed by the hardships and injustice across the globe
  • People trying to cope with personal struggles
  • Fans of practical, accessible philosophy

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Wisdom Books: A Year of Positive Thinking by Cyndie Spiegel

A Year of Positive Thinking

Cyndie Spiegel
Daily Inspiration, Wisdom, and Courage
3.8 (73 ratings)
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What's A Year of Positive Thinking about?

A Year of Positive Thinking (2018) provides you with a dose of positive thinking for every day of the year. By using its daily affirmations, inspirational quotes, and exercises you’ll learn to live your best life.

Who should read A Year of Positive Thinking?

  • Pessimists (and optimists) looking for uplifting advice
  • Individuals currently experiencing hardship
  • Anyone who wants to transform into a better version of themselves

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Wisdom Books: The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

The Universe Has Your Back

Gabrielle Bernstein
Transform Fear to Faith
4.1 (87 ratings)
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What's The Universe Has Your Back about?

The Universe Has Your Back (2016) is a practical guide to transforming your fear into faith. It shares personal stories, lessons, and a range of exercises to help you relinquish control and start realigning with the abundant love and wisdom of the Universe. 

Who should read The Universe Has Your Back?

  • Spiritual seekers
  • Those striving to manifest a specific goal
  • Individuals feeling afraid, lost, or stuck 

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Wisdom Books: Soul Boom by Rainn Wilson

Soul Boom

Rainn Wilson
Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution
4.3 (26 ratings)
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What's Soul Boom about?

Soul Boom (2023) is a thoughtful and entertaining exploration into what spirituality can offer us in the face of today’s many problems. Through an open inquiry into timeless spiritual wisdom, as well as a host of quirky popular culture analogies, it shows how a spiritual revolution has the potential to heal us as individuals and as a society. 

Who should read Soul Boom?

  • Spiritually-minded people who want to deepen their understanding of the soul
  • People who want to see positive change in the world
  • Anyone who knows who Dwight Schrute is

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Wisdom Books: The Wisdom of the Bullfrog by Admiral William H. McRaven

The Wisdom of the Bullfrog

Admiral William H. McRaven
Leadership Made Simple (but Not Easy)
4.6 (250 ratings)
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What's The Wisdom of the Bullfrog about?

The Wisdom of the Bullfrog (2023) draws on the experiences and leadership challenges faced over the 40-year career of a former American naval admiral to provide timeless guidance on what it takes to be a successful leader.

Who should read The Wisdom of the Bullfrog?

  • Leaders aspiring to lead better
  • Anyone interested in the origins of some well-known words of wisdom
  • Lovers of good storytelling

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Wisdom Books: Let That Sh*t Go by Nina Purewal and Kate Petriw

Let That Sh*t Go

Nina Purewal and Kate Petriw
Find Peace of Mind and Happiness in Your Everyday
4.2 (372 ratings)
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What's Let That Sh*t Go about?

Let That Sh*t Go: Find Peace of Mind and Happiness in Your Everyday (2018) offers a trove of tools and tips to declutter your mind of all the crap that gets in the way of inner peace and joyful living. Its approach to mindfulness helps you to connect to what’s going on in your head and then use that awareness to build self love, authenticity, acceptance, perspective, and forgiveness. 

Who should read Let That Sh*t Go?

  • People interested in what mindfulness is and how to practice it
  • Busy people who feel too stressed or overwhelmed to enjoy life 
  • Anyone who wants to improve their daily happiness

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Wisdom Books: Unlearn by Humble the Poet

Unlearn

Humble the Poet
101 Simple Truths for a Better Life
4.2 (492 ratings)
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What's Unlearn about?

Unlearn (2014) is a collection of 101 short essays on how to live a better life. These succinct yet profound essays prompt you to challenge your own beliefs as well as the commonly held assumptions of wider society. The truths revealed about happiness, love, success, and truth itself aren’t always easy to hear, but they’re crucial insights into the nature of empowerment and freedom.

Who should read Unlearn?

  • Anyone feeling lost or stuck in life
  • Those looking to improve their relationships with others and themselves
  • Artists seeking inspiration

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Wisdom Books: Saving Time by Jenny Odell

Saving Time

Jenny Odell
Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock
4.0 (391 ratings)
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What's Saving Time about?

Saving Time (2023) takes a deep dive into the complicated concepts surrounding time and the multitude of ways it can be experienced. Combining historical research, philosophical ideas, and social commentary, it offers new approaches to perceiving time that can help us learn to truly live in the present while looking toward a more hopeful future.

Who should read Saving Time?

  • Anyone curious about the concept of time
  • People suffering from a lack of time or burnout
  • Fans of history, science, and philosophy

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Wisdom Books: Life Worth Living by Miroslav Volf, Matthew Croasmun and Ryan McAnnally-Linz

Life Worth Living

Miroslav Volf, Matthew Croasmun and Ryan McAnnally-Linz
A Guide to What Matters Most
4.3 (418 ratings)
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What's Life Worth Living about?

Life Worth Living (2023) is about discovering your own vision for a meaningful life. It offers a wide spectrum of philosophic and theological ideas in order to better understand what is most important to you, and how to turn that understanding into action.

Who should read Life Worth Living?

  • Anyone who’s ever wondered about the meaning of life
  • People interested in theology and comparative religion studies
  • Curious minds looking for inspiration and guidance

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Wisdom Books: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran
4.5 (64 ratings)
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What's The Prophet about?

The Prophet (1923) follows the prophet Almustafa during his departure from the fictional city of Orphalese. As the community bids Almustafa farewell by the harbor, they petition him to share some final nuggets of wisdom from the deep well of his mind. What follows is a collection of profound insights into various aspects of life and the human condition.

Who should read The Prophet?

  • Anyone seeking inspiration
  • Teenagers on the cusp of adulthood
  • Lost souls in need of spiritual guidance

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Wisdom Books: Excellent Advice for Living by Kevin Kelly

Excellent Advice for Living

Kevin Kelly
Wisdom I Wish I'd Known Earlier
4.1 (670 ratings)
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What's Excellent Advice for Living about?

Excellent Advice for Living (2023) is a collection of 450 aphorisms that will help you start living a better life. Covering everything from parenting and travel to survival and success, it invites you to pick and choose from a plentiful feast of bite-size wisdom. 

Who should read Excellent Advice for Living?

  • Young people entering college or the workforce
  • Individuals starting – or looking to start – a family
  • Older folks seeking a shot of inspiration

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Wisdom Books: When You're Ready, This Is How You Heal by Brianna Wiest

When You're Ready, This Is How You Heal

Brianna Wiest
4.6 (466 ratings)
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What's When You're Ready, This Is How You Heal about?

When You're Ready, This Is How You Heal (2022) invites you on a profound journey of personal transformation. Explore poignant reflections and empowering insights that inspire you to embrace aspirations, navigate change, overcome limitations, and reclaim your true essence.

Who should read When You're Ready, This Is How You Heal?

  • Seekers of self-discovery and personal growth
  • Individuals navigating life transitions and seeking guidance
  • Anyone looking for empowering insights and transformative wisdom

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Wisdom Books: Happy Mind, Happy Life by Rangan Chatterjee

Happy Mind, Happy Life

Rangan Chatterjee
The New Science of Mental Well-Being
4.5 (312 ratings)
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What's Happy Mind, Happy Life about?

Happy Mind, Happy Life (2022) busts the age-old myth that happiness is a by-product of wealth or success. Instead, it’s something to cultivate and nurture independent of life’s circumstances.

Who should read Happy Mind, Happy Life?

  • Frustrated achievers wondering why their hard work isn’t making them happier
  • Those seeking insight into the mind-body health connection
  • Anyone wanting to live with more joy and mindfulness

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Wisdom Books: Being and Time by Martin Heidegger

Being and Time

Martin Heidegger
4.1 (93 ratings)
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What's Being and Time about?

Being and Time (1927) is perhaps the most influential work of philosophy written in the twentieth century. Infamous for its infuriating, almost impenetrable complexity, its pages explore the most fundamental of all questions for a human being: what is it to be?

Who should read Being and Time?

  • Anyone – that is, everyone! – who can’t understand Being and Time
  • Philosophy nerds
  • Curious souls searching for answers to the deepest questions

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Wisdom Books: Be Water, My Friend by Shannon Lee

Be Water, My Friend

Shannon Lee
The True Teachings of Bruce Lee
4.6 (422 ratings)
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What's Be Water, My Friend about?

Be Water, My Friend (2020) is part inspirational guide, part intimate memoir, centered on Bruce Lee’s “Be water” philosophy. Drawing on Lee’s deep relationship with the element and his lifelong martial arts practice, it offers simple yet profound teachings on self-actualization. 

Who should read Be Water, My Friend?

  • Die-hard Bruce Lee fans 
  • Those pursuing personal growth and self-actualization 
  • Anyone interested in Eastern philosophies

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Wisdom Books: The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius

The Consolation of Philosophy

Boethius
4.3 (13 ratings)
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What's The Consolation of Philosophy about?

The Consolation of Philosophy (524) provides an exploration into distress and suffering. It delivers a philosophical perspective on life’s harsh realities, putting forward the idea that wisdom can bring solace, even in dire circumstances.

Who should read The Consolation of Philosophy?

  • Philosophy enthusiasts
  • Seekers of wisdom
  • Those facing distress

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Wisdom Books: The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Cost of Discipleship

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
4.0 (27 ratings)
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What's The Cost of Discipleship about?

The Cost of Discipleship, first released in 1937, examines the fundamental commitment required to truly follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. It explores the idea of “cheap grace” versus “costly grace,” presenting an argument that genuine discipleship demands a substantial personal sacrifice.

Who should read The Cost of Discipleship?

  • Theology students
  • Practicing Christians
  • Readers interested in religious philosophy

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Wisdom Books: Electra by Sophocles

Electra

Sophocles
3.3 (14 ratings)
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What's Electra about?

Electra (410 BC) is a deep dive into the power of emotions and the thirst for justice. It outlines the severe grief and anger of Electra, a character in ancient Greek mythology, who yearns to avenge her father’s murder.

Who should read Electra?

  • Fans of Greek mythology
  • Drama enthusiasts
  • Students of literature

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Wisdom Books: Do the Work by Gary John Bishop

Do the Work

Gary John Bishop
The Official Unrepentant, Ass-Kicking, No-Kidding, Change-Your-Life Sidekick to Unfu*k Yourself
4.3 (425 ratings)
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What's Do the Work about?

Do the Work (2019) is a guide that urges people to confront and overcome their self-imposed limitations in order to achieve personal transformation. Through actionable insights and transformative exercises, you can take control of your career and get on track for a more purposeful and fulfilling life.

Who should read Do the Work?

  • Anyone looking for a nudge forward in life
  • People tired of the usual self-help platitudes
  • Procrastinators eager for a wake-up call

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Wisdom Books: The Kybalion by Three Initiates

The Kybalion

Three Initiates
A Study of Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece
4.3 (252 ratings)
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What's The Kybalion about?

Kybalion (1908) is an occult classic of the New Thought movement that claims that mind and thought are the ultimate powers of the universe, and human beings can harness those primal forces – like thought, rhythm, and polarities – for health, wealth, and influence. 

Who should read The Kybalion?

  • History buffs curious about the foundations of the New Age and self-help movements
  • Esoteric thinkers seeking out the texts that shaped modern occultism
  • Anyone wanting to expand their perspective on metaphysics and consciousness

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Wisdom Books: The Saad Truth about Happiness by Gad Saad

The Saad Truth about Happiness

Gad Saad
8 Secrets for Leading the Good Life
4.1 (153 ratings)
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What's The Saad Truth about Happiness about?

The Saad Truth about Happiness (2023) offers a series of life lessons from the perspective of a behavioral scientist. Whether you're looking to improve your relationships, your career, or your overall well-being, you’re likely to find some inspiration within these guidelines on good living.

Who should read The Saad Truth about Happiness?

  • Anyone pursuing happiness
  • People seeking a more meaningful life
  • Fans of self-help books with lots of actionable advice

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Wisdom Books: Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder

Sophie's World

Jostein Gaarder
A Novel about the History of Philosophy
4.3 (67 ratings)
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What's Sophie's World about?

Sophie’s World (1991) is a unique story that takes you on a journey through the history of philosophy, as experienced by a teenage girl named Sophie Amundsen. After receiving mysterious letters containing philosophical questions, Sophie finds herself exploring fundamental questions about life, reality, and the very nature of existence.

Who should read Sophie's World?

  • History buffs
  • Lifelong students of philosophy
  • Anyone curious about the meaning of life

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Wisdom Books: Master of Change by Brad Stulberg

Master of Change

Brad Stulberg
How to Excel When Everything Is Changing - Including You
4.5 (77 ratings)
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What's Master of Change about?

Master of Change (2023) is a guide to coping with the inevitable – a life full of change and uncertainty. Drawing from age-old philosophical traditions and cutting-edge science, it shows how your attitude to change is the key to a life of resilience, fulfillment, and growth. By altering your mindset and embracing change, you can improve your life.

Who should read Master of Change?

  • People experiencing changes in their personal or professional lives
  • Stressed-out individuals who want to learn how to cope better
  • Self-improvement seekers

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Wisdom Books: Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Women Who Run with the Wolves

Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
4.2 (57 ratings)
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What's Women Who Run with the Wolves about?

Women Who Run with the Wolves (1989) is a profoundly influential work of Jungian psychology that has shown countless women how to connect with the wise, abiding, and untameable presence of the Wild Woman archetype in their own psyches.

Who should read Women Who Run with the Wolves?

  • Women who want to awaken their innate connection to wildness and instinct
  • Women who crave deeper experiences and relationships 
  • Women who yearn to rekindle their intuition

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Wisdom Books: The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell

The Conquest of Happiness

Bertrand Russell
4.5 (103 ratings)
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What's The Conquest of Happiness about?

The Conquest of Happiness (1930) explores the pursuit of human happiness. It dissects common obstacles to happiness, such as competition and fatigue, as well as the various factors that contribute to it. Equal parts philosophical and practical, you’ll come away with a deepened understanding of, and preparedness for, a fulfilling life. 

Who should read The Conquest of Happiness?

  • Anyone wanting to increase their sense of fulfillment
  • Individuals interested in the development of the personal happiness movement
  • Philosophy enthusiasts seeking an understanding of Russell’s perspective

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Wisdom Books: The Art of Resilience by Ross Edgley

The Art of Resilience

Ross Edgley
Strategies for an Unbreakable Mind and Body
4.1 (143 ratings)
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What's The Art of Resilience about?

The Art of Resilience (2020) is the story of Ross Edgley’s extraordinary swim around Great Britain, in which he pushed the limits of human endurance and resilience. Through anecdotes, scientific research, and philosophical reflections, it explores the depths of mental and physical strength and offers advice on how to be truly unbreakable.

Who should read The Art of Resilience?

  • Endurance athletes seeking to push their mental and physical limits
  • Fitness enthusiasts eager to understand the synergy between mind and body
  • Adventure lovers interested in the exploration of human potential

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Wisdom Books: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Milan Kundera
4.2 (55 ratings)
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What's The Unbearable Lightness of Being about?

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984) tells the story of the intertwined lives of two couples navigating love, politics, and existential dilemmas in Soviet-era Czechoslovakia. By exploring the concepts of “lightness” and “weight” it offers reflections on fate, the choices we make in life, and the very nature of existence.

Who should read The Unbearable Lightness of Being?

  • Philosophers looking to explore the nature of existence through a classic narrative
  • History buffs interested in personal lives amid the politics of Soviet-era Czechoslovakia
  • Artists curious about the interplay between personal freedom and societal constraints

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Wisdom Books: The Western Guide to Feng Shui by Terah Kathryn Collins

The Western Guide to Feng Shui

Terah Kathryn Collins
Room by Room
4.3 (28 ratings)
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What's The Western Guide to Feng Shui about?

The Western Guide to Feng Shui (1996) is a practical handbook for harnessing the ancient Chinese art of placement. Blending common sense with timeless wisdom, this guide empowers you to see your home in a new light and transform your living space into a peaceful, nourishing and uplifting sanctuary. 

Who should read The Western Guide to Feng Shui?

  • Those moving into a new space and wanting to start off right
  • Anyone feeling overwhelmed or drained by their home or workplace
  • People seeking more creativity, prosperity, and positivity in their lives

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Wisdom Books: The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant by Terry Felber

The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant

Terry Felber
Twelve Keys to Successful Living
3.4 (57 ratings)
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What's The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant about?

The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant (2003) tells the fictional story of Antonio, a successful merchant who’d been raised in a monastery. The fable introduces twelve principles for success at home, work, and beyond. By applying them, you too can enjoy some of the protagonist’s wide-ranging prosperity. 

Who should read The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs and businesspeople
  • Those interested in personal development
  • Anyone seeking practical wisdom and life lessons

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Wisdom Books: The Bhagavad Gita by Vyasa

The Bhagavad Gita

Vyasa
4.4 (155 ratings)
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What's The Bhagavad Gita about?

The Bhagavad Gita is a self-contained episode of the Mahabharata, an epic poem about the devastating rivalry between two clans for control of the kingdom of Bharata in ancient India. Composed around the third century BCE, the 700 verses of the Bhagavad Gita explore questions of social and religious duty, the nature of human action, and our relationship to God. For many readers, scholars, and believers, it is the quintessential religious text in Hinduism.

Who should read The Bhagavad Gita?

  • Seekers exploring Eastern spirituality
  • History buffs interested in India and its religions
  • Curious minds open to ancient insights 

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Wisdom Books: The Metaphysics by Aristotle

The Metaphysics

Aristotle
4.5 (22 ratings)
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What's The Metaphysics about?

First released in the mid-4th century BC, The Metaphysics is Aristotle’s major work in ontology, the philosophical study of existence and reality, including the interplay of substance and essence, potentiality and actuality.

Who should read The Metaphysics?

  • Aspiring philosophers
  • Curious minds interested in ontology
  • Students of ancient Greek thought

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Wisdom Books: In Praise of Folly by Erasmus

In Praise of Folly

Erasmus
4.2 (19 ratings)
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What's In Praise of Folly about?

In Praise of Folly (1511) is a critical examination of societal norms and institutions with a satirical lens, unveiling an unconventional wisdom that praises folly, or foolishness, as a driving force behind much human action and happiness.

Who should read In Praise of Folly?

  • Fans of Renaissance literature
  • Students of philosophy
  • Individuals questioning societal norms

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Wisdom Books: Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo & Alexander Bennett

Hagakure

Yamamoto Tsunetomo & Alexander Bennett
The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai
4.5 (37 ratings)
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What's Hagakure about?

Hagakure (1716) is a collection of insights and wisdom that serves as a guide to the way of the samurai, emphasizing honor, loyalty, and the acceptance of death. Its eleven books reflect on the virtues and ethics that governed the samurai’s life, offering advice and philosophical musings on living with integrity and courage.

Who should read Hagakure?

  • Enthusiasts of samurai lore and literature 
  • Students of Japanese history and culture 
  • Practitioners of martial arts

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Wisdom Books: Lessons in Stoicism by John Sellars

Lessons in Stoicism

John Sellars
What Ancient Philosophers Teach Us about How to Live
4.7 (6 ratings)
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What's Lessons in Stoicism about?

Lessons in Stoicism (2020) encapsulates the enduring wisdom of ancient Stoic philosophers, focusing on the practical application of their ideas to managing emotions, confronting adversities, and contemplating mortality. Distilling these ancient teachings into guidance that’s relevant to contemporary life, it shows how Stoicism can help you make the most of your time.

Who should read Lessons in Stoicism?

  • Individuals seeking practical guidance on emotional resilience
  • Philosophy enthusiasts interested in ancient wisdom for modern living
  • Self-improvers looking for strategies to boost their daily quality of life

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