19 Self Love Books To Encourage, Enlighten & Empower Yourself in 2019

19 Self Love Books To Encourage, Enlighten & Empower Yourself in 2019

 

19 SELF LOVE BOOKS TO ENCOURAGE, ENLIGHTEN & EMPOWER YOURSELF IN 2019

 

While there are many different things you can explore when looking for inspiration to get started on your own journey of self-love, there is perhaps nothing as life-altering as expanding your knowledge on how to love yourself more with self-love books.

Administering self-love is like any other psychological skill we may come to learn about in our lives, and it is one that needs constant training and nurturing to develop and practice over the span of our lifetimes.

Thanks to a growing movement of opening ourselves to levels of higher consciousness and unconditional love, today we have unbridled access to a plethora of beautifully written books on self-love from some of the most mentally, emotionally and spiritually awake leaders in modern times.

From everything to learning how to appreciate your body and detoxing from judgement, to discovering the “badass” in yourself and returning to love — something that we aspire to encourage our community toward every day — there is something that will resonate with you in any one of these 19 self-love books to encourage, enlighten and empower you no matter where you might find yourself this year.

19 Self-Love Books

 

#1 Love Your Body by Louise Hay
#2 Rising Strong by Brene Brown
#3 A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
#4 You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
#5 Judgement Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein
#6 You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
#7 The Goddess Revolution by Mel Wells
#8 A return to Love by Marianne Williamson
#9 The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are By Brene Brown
#10 Learning To Love Yourself By Gay Hendricks
#11 The Self-Love Experiment: Fifteen Principles for Becoming More Kind, Compassionate, and Accepting of Yourself by Shannon Kaiser
#12 Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie
#13 The Art of Talking to Yourself: Self-Awareness Meets the Inner Conversation by Vironika Tugaleva
#14 What a Time to be Alone: The Slumflower’s guide to why you are already enough
 by Chidera Eggerue
#15 I Heart Me: The Science of Self-Love by David R. Hamilton
#16 Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It by Kamal Ravikant
#17 How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People) by Lodro Rinzler and Meggan Watterson
#18 Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel
#19 Madly in Love with ME: The Daring Adventure of Becoming Your Own Best Friend by Christine Arylo

 

#1 Love Your Body by Louise Hay

 

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Recognized as the “godmother of self-help” by Jen Sincero (best-selling author of ‘You are a Badass’), Louise Hay’s ‘Love Your Body’ is a simple, yet highly effective guide that covers 54 positive affirmation treatments that you speak out, write down and use on a daily basis — self-love and learning how to be comfortable in your own skin takes practice and repetition — to focus on any particular body part that challenges your self-esteem and self-worth.

This body positive piece of work teaches you how to:

  • replace negative self-talk with positive words of unconditional love and acceptance for your unique body
  • appreciate all the different facets of your body and mindfully thank it for all its wonders
  • start healing yourself on the outside from the inside (also see Louise Hay’s ‘You Can Heal Your Life’)

 

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“You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.”Diane Von Furstenberg    

 

#2 Rising Strong by Brené Brown

 

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Brené Brown, a name synonymous with some of the most inspiring research and publications on courage and vulnerability, opens herself up to readers in ‘Rising Strong’ through sharing some of her personal struggle stories as well as those of people from all walks of life and social status who have been broken and failed (like we all have at some or other time), but have used the power of falling to find their footing and piece themselves together again!

This beautiful book takes readers on a journey akin to those of a phoenix rising from the ashes and is perfect for anyone who:

  • has experienced a setback in their life (and is looking to reset and rise again)
  • needs to process their pain and let go of difficult emotions they’ve held onto 
  • wants to improve how they work through challenging situations and become stronger for it

 

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“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.”

Brené Brown

 

#3 A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

 

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No list of books on self-love would be complete without mentioning at least one of the works of the world’s most celebrated spiritual teachers, Eckhart Tolle. Seen as an expansion of his pioneering work in prompting us to live in the now, ‘A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose’ aims to help us further distance ourselves from our egos and unlock the door to our own happiness and end conflict and suffering in the world.

Eckhart’s work is profoundly spiritual and transformative to say the least — the subject matter discussed here is somewhat challenging to digest and implement at first — but you will find yourself going back to his teachings time and again to help you:

  • thoroughly examine your own mind and way of thinking 
  • identify and eliminate unnecessary stresses/suffering you create for yourself
  • grow stronger spiritually and change your life for the better

 

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“There is a God part in you. The consciousness. The pure Self. Learn to listen to the voice of that Power.”Amit Ray

 

#4 You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

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‘You Can Heal Your Life’ is the second of Louise Hay’s bestselling books that preaches the simple truth of “What we give out, we get back. What we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us.”

The book provides keen insights into the relationship between the mind and the health of our bodies and shares plenty of ideas, activities and strategies to help identify the root mental cause of disease, and how to start healing oneself from within.

This little book will help readers look within to:

  • cope with the difficulties of health related issues and how it affects their minds
  • examine their own limiting ways of thinking and beliefs 
  • increase positivity to release themselves from ‘pain’ and kickstart the healing process

 

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“Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.”Louise Hay

 

#5 Judgement Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein

 

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As humans, we’re all prone to judging others and do this on a daily basis, mostly on autopilot (which is a scary notion to ponder as I’m writing this). Gabrielle Bernstein’s ‘Judgment Detox’ helps readers better understand the thought process behind judgment and shares a 6 step interactive programme they can use to release themselves from personal/collective judgments and lead a better life for it.

This books has helped us — and continues to do so — in many, many ways, and can help you:

  • learn to accept yourself and others for who they are (and feel good about it)
  • rewire your thought patterns to become the best version of yourself
  • grow more spiritually with guided meditations/prayers which are also useful for a number of things outside of removing judgment

 

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“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”Malcolm S. Forbes

 

#6 You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

 

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Big fan of Jen Sincero’s no BS style guides to taking your life back (and how to make the income of your dreams) by removing your own limiting self-beliefs, and ‘YOU Are a Badass’ is no exception! The candid humor she writes with makes this book so relatable and it also comes with super easy exercises to keep you on the path to ‘kickassedry’ throughout.

While many of the self-help concepts within these pages are nothing new, it is an entertaining read that will help you:

  • get to grips with what is holding you back from realising everything you want for your life with NO fluff
  • get insights into people just like you that have succeeded by living their truth
  • stay motivated and on target with your personal goals through daily repetition of the exercises and mantras

 

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“Remind yourself that you cannot fail at being yourself.”Wayne Dyer 

 

#7 The Goddess Revolution by Mel Wells

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Anyone that has ever struggled with food guilt and body shaming by their own hand/mind will find solace in Mel Wells’ ‘The Goddess Revolution’. The easy to understand language that Mel uses to articulate her thoughts on why women should alter their thinking about the quest for a perfect body is highly relatable and more important than ever.

This gem of a book will help ‘goddesses’:

  • reexamine their relationship with food to create a healthier, more loving environment around what they eat 
  • temper their inner voice to be kinder to themselves and promote body positivity 
  • learn to love their bodies for who they are now, and not what they look like/compared to others

 

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“Eat like you love yourself. Move like you love yourself. Speak like you love yourself. Act like you love yourself. Love yourself.”

Tara Stiles

 

#8 A return to Love by Marianne Williamson

 

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‘A Return to Love’ is the first of Marianne Williamson’s novels that was featured on Oprah and published way back in 1992, and it’s still as relevant today as it was back then. The future president in the making’s teachings in this piece of work go beyond religion, and that there is no one single right answer, but that love is always the right answer.

Dive into her reflections on the principles of a course in miracles with 14 lessons to help you:

  • connect to your truest essence and become who you were always meant to be, LOVE (something we’re big proponents of)
  • use love to work through any and all difficulties you may encounter in your life
  • accept yourself and others completely for a more fulfilling life and better human relationships 

 

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“Open your heart up to yourself, so that you can open it to others.”Product of Love

 

#9 The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are By Brené Brown

 

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This list of the best self-love books in 2019 simply needs to include another one of Mrs Brown’s awe-inspiring books! ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’ is all about learning how to use Brown’s “ten guideposts” to fundamentally redefine what we perceive as imperfect in today’s day and age. 

This self-esteem booster of a book helps readers:

  • discover what it means to live most authentically
  • forgive themselves or others that have ever made them feel less worthy 
  • better embrace others for who they are and accept oneself in all their perfect imperfectness

 

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Brené also just recently dropped a special on Netflix called ‘The Call To Courage’ that is a must watch for anyone that wants to learn how to better embrace their vulnerabilities. 

“Letting ourselves be forgiven is one of the most difficult healings we will undertake. And one of the most fruitful.”

Stephen Levine

  

#10 Learning To Love Yourself By Gay Hendricks

 

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This personal memoir of what love and acceptance of self truly looks like from Dr Gay Hendrick’s own personal experience, as well as that of his professional research, packs a powerful, concise message into a beautiful little book. ‘Learning To Love Yourself’ delivers on exactly what the title promises, and as with all books about self-love, it just takes a bit of patience and practice.

With this book you can take the necessary steps to: 

  • answer hard questions about yourself and evaluate your feelings
  • change misperceptions you may harbour about yourself 
  • boost your self-esteem and reclaim your self-worth

 

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“Our first and last love is self-love.”Christian Nestell Bovee

 

#11 The Self-Love Experiment: Fifteen Principles for Becoming More Kind, Compassionate, and Accepting of Yourself by Shannon Kaiser

 

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We are shaped by our all of our experiences, and Shannon Kaiser’s ‘The Self-Love Experiment’ is testament to that! She chronicles her own personal experiences, particularly around her struggle with weight loss, to give readers looking to change different facets of their lives some relatable perspective in learning how to love themselves more completely.    

Jam packed with tips and guides to help you:

  • accept the parts of yourself that you may not always view as lovable
  • remove destructive thoughts or actions that lead to self-sabotage
  • deal with and heal wounds of the past to live a more fulfilling life now

 

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“Falling in love with yourself first doesn’t make you vain or selfish. It makes you indestructible.”Unknown

 

#12 Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie

 

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“It’s not the problem that causes our suffering; it’s our thinking about the problem.” Words from the author, Byron Katie, on how ‘Loving What is’ helps readers flip conventional wisdom on its head by putting in ‘The Work’ and answering four questions for painful thoughts to let go of us, and not the other way around.

This book also shares real life examples of human problems to which the process can be applied to:

  • rid yourself of assuming the role of the victim or blaming others for mishaps in your life
  • remove roadblocks that free you from the prison of negative thoughts
  • make peace with yourself and others and learn to accept and love what is 

 

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“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously.”Sophia Bush

 

#13 The Art of Talking to Yourself: Self-Awareness Meets the Inner Conversation by Vironika Tugaleva

 

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Self-love starts with engaging the voice in your head and becoming more self-aware, and Vironika Tugaleva’s ‘The Art of Talking To Yourself’ helps explore that dialogue a little deeper and listen with greater intent. The subject matter provides keen insights about truths we all intrinsically know about ourselves, but sometimes struggle with because of fear and doubt (and not really understanding who we are).

If you’re looking for a guide to understanding YOU more than a book that promises all the answers, this little gem promises to:

  • take you on a journey of self-discovery to understand the complexities of your thoughts and mind
  • teach to become more consciously aware of your thoughts and how to harness the power of affirmations
  • help you learn how to trust your own wisdom and move forward on your own path

 

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“Teach your inner voice to treat you with love and respect. You own it.”Product of Love

 

#14 What a Time to be Alone: The Slumflower’s Guide To Why You Are Already Enough by Chidera Eggerue

 

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Hailing from Africa ourselves (we love celebrating artists with roots from our colourful continent) — we felt this list of books on self-love absolutely needed to include an entry from Chidera Eggerue — and her celebration of teaching how young women can (and should) be happy alone in ‘What a Time To Be Alone’.

Nigerian born, London raised, Chidera shares her thoughts, cultural proverbs and insights from her mom (complete with her own beautiful illustrations) to help women reclaim themselves in a world that easily marginalises them.   

This powerful little book packs in a punch to help readers:

  • cultivate a sense of self-worth from within 
  • let go of self-limiting beliefs and leave old mindsets and bad habits behind
  • love themselves more completely and kickstart their self-love journey

 

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“No one is you and that is your power.”Dave Grohl

 

#15 I Heart Me: The Science of Self-Love by David R. Hamilton

 

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There is nothing quite like putting yourself under the microscope to start learning how to love yourself, and scientist David Hamilton took this quite literally when creating ‘I Heart Me: The Science of Self-love’. On his quest to reprogram his brain to connect with his most authentic self, he devised 27 exercises that he put to the test to help others do the same for themselves.

This practical piece on strengthening your self-love muscles can help:

  • change negative perceptions surrounding body image
  • help bring you closer to your truest self 
  • foster healthier relationships with others (by giving others the freedom to acknowledge you or not)

 

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“How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.”Rupi Kaur

 

#16 Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It by Kamal Ravikant

 

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Don’t judge the somewhat questionable book by its book cover (as the old adage goes)! Kamal Ravikant’s ‘Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It’ is based on his unwavering commitment to repeating three words to himself on a daily basis, “I Love Myself”. Explore the truth of loving yourself, and having life love you back with meditations and thoughts on how to overcome the human struggles we all encounter.

This short, but ever so sweetly simple book shares practical advice to help you:

  • affirm and embody self-love over time with continued practice
  • adjust your thoughts, beliefs and attitude towards yourself
  • forgive yourself for things you’ve been holding onto that don’t serve you

 

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“The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.”

C. JoyBell C

 

#17 How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People) by Lodro Rinzler and Meggan Watterson

 

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‘How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People)’ is an all encompassing look at the ins and outs of the different facets of relationships we navigate in our daily lives — romantic and otherwise — told from the perspectives of a man and a woman, Lodro Rinzler and Meggan Watterson, with seemingly different religious beliefs in Buddhism and Christianity, but preaching the same message (it’s all just about love at the end of the day) and essence of what is most important, that we learn to love ourselves completely.

Books about self-love don’t come any more beautiful than this uniquely written guide that is perfect for anyone:

  • going through a breakup and looking to heal their heart
  • that wants to learn how to readjust their love relationship with themselves
  • dealing with attachment/codependency issues to set healthier boundaries in all their relationships moving forward

 

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“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”Buddah 

 

#18 Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel

 

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Okay, so this entry is somewhat different to what one would expect on a list of books on self-love (where one may seek to find the answers), but it’s exactly that which makes it so special. ‘Start Where You Are’ is a journal style book that engages you to seek out the answers within yourself by helping you tap into your creative side by writing, drawing, coloring and more.

As anyone that knows something about moving forward on a journey of self-love will tell you, you have to step up and put in the work daily! Luckily, this journal helps you start with no pressure, right where you are today, and helps you:

  • explore yourself on a deeper level by answering the questions you need to reflect and grow
  • seek out the self-motivation required to live your best life
  • reinforce what you already intrinsically know to continue on the lifelong journey of practising self-love

 

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“Self-love is being the exact person you wish to be with everyday.”Product of Love

 

#19 Madly in Love with ME: The Daring Adventure of Becoming Your Own Best Friend by Christine Arylo

 

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Christine Arylo is as accomplished as a person in the field of self-love/self-help can be, and well-known for her work in women’s empowerment and leadership. In ‘Madly in Love With Me’, Christine shares practical exercises (if not a little challenging — deeply thought-provoking questions about ourselves are not always the easiest to answer) that covers what she describes as “the ten branches of self-love”, ultimately to help readers experience and embody everything that self-love can offer us today so we can become our own best friend.

Starting with yourself is always the right choice, and this powerful piece of work will help you:

  • start to treat yourself with the love and respect a best friend (YOU) deserves
  • explore the important parts of your life that need your loving attention 
  • find the motivations that set your soul on fire and action you to follow through

* It also comes with a bunch of online tools and videos to keep you motivated for longer;)

 

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Check out Christine’s podcast ‘Feminine Power Time’ for more to help get you on the right path to empowering yourself!

“Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be.”Jennifer Elisabeth

 

What is the best self-love book in your humble opinion?

 

That wraps up our list of the best self-love books to help guide and provide throughout this year and into the future!

Self-love is really about giving back to the most important person in your life, learning how to put yourself first no matter what and nurturing a lifestyle around love that permeates your very existence (and those lucky enough to bask in your light) every single day.

We’d love to know more about what self-love content has resonated with you most deeply? Please feel free to share your thoughts with our community of love by dropping us a comment below <3

As always, we also encourage you to share what self-love looks like to you, or who inspires love in your life by clicking below…

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P.s. Sharing your love creates the same kind of feel-good feelings and all around fuzziness also associated with drinking wine, we promise;)

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