Finding inspirational books that really motivate you is a powerful thing. Whether it's inspiring you to improve your life, overcome hardships or just to make some small changes to help those around you, these books can be great life resources. But, we think inspiring books should be available for all, so, if you need some suggestions for brilliantly inspirational fiction and non-fiction for yourself, your children and teenagers, we've got you covered. Here is our list of inspirational books for every stage of life.
Inspiring Books for adults
Cheryl Strayed's brilliant autobiography is about her decision to start hiking after losing everything at age 26. With no previous hiking experience, her walk took her from the Mojave Desert to Washington on her own with only a map for guidance. However, the mental journey of soul-searching and self-discovery is what Cheryl really gained from her long walk. Discover the incredibly inspiring story of one girl's determination to find herself.
In this wonderfully inspiring novel, Eddie, an elderly amusement park maintenance man, dies in a sudden accident at Ruby Pier. Once Eddie gets to Heaven he has five people to meet. Some almost strangers, some he's known and lost, but Eddie has affected every single one of them and they're going to show him how. In this moving and eye-opening story of cause and consequence and how one life impacts another, Eddie must face both the good and bad of his life. This inspiring novel reminds you of the importance of every action, big or small, and how every interaction with a stranger could change your life.
Sheryl Samberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, and Adam Grant, psychology professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, have teamed up to write this terrific book about how to overcome every obstacle. After the death of Sheryl's husband, she struggled to cope with the loss but Adam told her ways she could deal with such life-shattering experiences. In their book, Sheryl reveals her own grieving process and other stories of people that have experienced difficult situations or losses. You'll come out of this book understanding that whatever happens in life, whatever goes wrong, there is always an Option B. This inspiring book will help you learn to overcome everything that life throws at you.
Inspiring Books for Teenagers
This fascinating young adult novel sees Judith suffer as an outcast in her town after being kidnapped and mutilated to the point of being unable to speak. In this inspiring story about overcoming the hardest circumstances, Judith finds her voice and starts to tell her story. Bold and inspiring, Julie Berry's novel was shortlisted for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal.
This guide to improving your self-esteem was written by Anita Naik for teenagers. With advice and suggestions on how to make yourself proud to be you and battle the negative thoughts that hold you back, this great little book is the perfect helping hand for teens struggling with confidence issues. Learn to become a little braver and face the world with Anita's guidance.
The amazing true story of Olympic runner, Louis Zamperini, sees him overcoming incredible hardships. He served as an airman in World War 2 when his aircraft crashed, leaving him to deal with hunger, thirst and enemy attacks. But, when he was found, he had even more to face after being taken to a prisoner of war camp. Zamperini's shocking true story will show you the power of never losing hope no matter what happens.
Inspiring Books for Children
Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
7 years +
This exciting collection of true stories about women who don't need a prince to save them are great bedtime reading alternatives to the traditional fairy tales. With inspiring stories from 100 amazing women, from Elizabeth I to Malala, this is the perfect book to inspire your children into believing that they can do anything they set their mind to.
9 years +
The first in Alastair Humphreys' The Boy Who Biked the World series sees a little boy called Tom decide to become an explorer. The more everyone tells him not to, the more determined he becomes to set off and bike around the world. His first adventure takes him across Africa. Alastair uses his own love of cycling to create this inspiring and educational book all about one boy's exciting adventures.
Patricia Hegarty and Greg Abbot
3 years +
This lovely children's picture book tells the story of a mouse who wants to invite everybody, whatever their size to come to their home. So, with the help of the other animals in the forest, they all set out to build a house big enough to fit them all. This moving story is inspirational in its strive to encourage inclusivity and friendship with one little mouse wanting to help others.
To find more inspirational books to warm your heart or make you feel as though you can take on anything, take a look at all our self-esteem and inspirational books.