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I wanted to create a list of books that I love for some time now, books that I believe need to be read from anyone who wants to live a better and fuller life. Even though this list is small, the books that are included are very powerful, greatly written and self-fulfilling. The authors have done a fine job getting their ideas and messages to their readers. The knowledge you will acquire will help you become a better version of yourself in most of the areas of your life. With time, i wish to include  more books in this list but for now here is my own personal opinion of 8 Great Self Empowering Books you can read in 2016

David Deida: The Way Of the Superior Man/Dear Lover

What is your true purpose in life? What do women really want?What makes a good lover?If you’re a man/woman reading this, you’ve undoubtedly asked yourself these questions-but you may not have had much luck answering them. Until now. David Deida digs deep down to what it really means being yourself, being a man, a woman and how you can manifest your own sexual essence, express your true self and achieve the things you want in life.

 

Robert Greene: 48 Laws of Power

 

“When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity… you cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others”

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing works distils three thousand years of the history of power into forty-eight well explicated laws using the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz and other great thinkers.In the recent years, with mankind having survived more than 5 wars in the past century, the term Power is now considered by many a negative thing to aspire. True Power, lies within. Being able to stand up for yourself, stand up for your dreams and aspirations is Power. We all want Power one way or another. And if you are here, reading this you probably want it aswell.

 

Robert L.Moore: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover

 

The book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover constitutes a Jungian introduction in the psychological background of the mature and authentic masculinity. The writers take upon their selves the hard work of splitting between the psychology of the Boy and the Psychology of the Man to bring on the surface, ”psychological data”  taken from the ancient myths and the modern art of cinema. This book represents a life map for the courageous men, a redeeming guide of self-transformation and an interesting assumption of the true meaning of male, based on creative empowerment of one’s self and others. Moore and Gillette going thoroughly into Jung’s thinking, hand over to us men and women- with clarity, models and different ways of being, that lead to maturity and ultimately to true manhood.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Self-Reliance

 

Self-Reliance” is an 1841 essay written by American transcendentalist philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. It contains the most thorough statement of one of Emerson’s recurrent themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow their own instincts and ideas. It is the source of one of Emerson’s most famous quotations: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” This essay is an analysis of the nature of the “aboriginal self on which a universal reliance may be grounded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson is one if not my favorite writers. His grasp of human nature, the wideness of thought and courageous individuality he manifests in his writings is second to none.

 

Robert Greene: Mastery

 

The Ultimate Form of Power is Mastery. Robert Greene gives his readers the opportunity to take upon themselves the work of creating a self-master by first becoming an apprentice, finding your life’s task forging past competitors to surpass them in brilliance and blast established patterns of excellence open from within.All that by acquiring knowledge and experience from the work of great masters such as Albert Einstein, Darwin, Leonardo Da Vinci, and many others.

 

Paulo Coehlo: Manual of the Warrior of Light

 

Warrior of the Light: A Manual is an inspirational companion to The Alchemist, an international bestseller that has beguiled millions of readers around the world. Every short passage invites us to live out our dreams, to embrace the uncertainty of life, and to rise to our own unique destiny. In his inimitable style, Paulo Coelho helps bring out the Warrior of the Light within each of us. He also shows readers how to embark upon the way of the Warrior: the one who appreciates the miracle of being alive, the one who accepts failure, and the one whose quest leads him to become the person he wants to be.

 

Nikos Kazantzakis: Zorba The Greek

 

In this semi-autobiographical book, Nikos Kazantzakis

explores the wild side of man, his many aspects through the character Alexandros Zorbas. A Must-Read for everyone who wants a different perspective on things and an interesting, fresh and enlighting approach on the human condition.

 

James Allen: As a Man Thinketh/As a Woman Thinketh

 

 

Mind is the Master-power that moulds and makes. Man is Mind and evermore he takes. The tool of Thought and shaping what he wills.Bring forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills. He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass: Enviroment is but his looking glass.

James Allen with impeccable elegance, poetic ways of writing and true knowledge creates a true masterpiece in no more than 68 pages. It was described by Allen as “… [dealing] with the power of thought, and particularly with the use and application of thought to happy and beautiful issues. I have tried to make the book simple, so that all can easily grasp and follow its teaching, and put into practice the methods which it advises. It shows how, in his own thought—world, each man holds the key to every condition, good or bad, that enters into his life, and that, by working patiently and intelligently upon his thoughts, he may remake his life, and transform his circumstances. The price of the book is only one shilling, and it can be carried in the pocket.”  It was also described by Allen as “A book that will help you to help yourself”, “A pocket companion for thoughtful people”, and “A book on the power and right application of thought.”

 

 Honorable Mentions:

Will to Power by Friedrich Nietzsche

Iron John by David Bly

Unlock the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

Become What You Are by Alan Watts

The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sources used:

Personal  Library, Wikipedia.comGoodReads

Marios Kanellos

Author Marios Kanellos

Marios holds a degree in Political Science & History. He is also a certified NASM CPT & CES AND FMS Level 1 Coach. His personal study is primarily focused on health, exercise, spirituality, and business with soul.

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