Paulo Coelho's book, The Alchemist, has landed in the No. 6 spot on our list of the Top 100 Self-Help Books of All Time.
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An instructional fable from the Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coehlo, “The Alchemist” is one of the top-selling books of all time with more than 65 million copies sold. In it, we’re told the story of Santiago, an Andalusian boy who spends his day herding sheep and thinking about marrying the daughter of a merchant. When he dreams of great riches, he sets off on a long journey that will eventually show him what he was looking for. Along the way, of course, he learns about his Personal Legend — his own reason for being on earth. Only when he finds his true Legend will he be able to add to the Soul of the World.
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The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
Don Miguel Ruiz's book, The Four Agreements, has landed in the No. 19 spot on our list of the Top 100 Self-Help Books of All Time.
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An incredibly readable book, healer and shaman, Don Miguel Ruiz, gives us all the wisdom he received from his ancestors, the Toltecs. The four agreements are pacts that he believes you must make with yourself in order to be happy: 1) Be honest with your word; 2) Don’t make assumptions; 3) Always do your best; and 4) Don’t take anything personally. It’s the last agreement that resonates the most. One gets an incredible sense of liberation when they accept that the negative words and actions of others are rarely the truth.
The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran
Kahlil Gibran's book, The Prophet, has landed in the No. 5 spot on our list of the Top 100 Self-Help Books of All Time.
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A book of 26 poetic essays, Gibran’s seminal work was influential during the American counterculture movement of the 1960s. Not technically a self-help book, “The Prophet” presents Gibran’s own views on life and love. Each section of the book deals with a different aspect of life, from marriage to children to joy, pain and passion. Living a good and proper life is the aim, but Gibran argues that we can’t do this by following in the footsteps of others. We must, he says, find the path on our own.
The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, by Deepak Chopra