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50 Self-Help Classics: 50 Inspirational Books to Transform Your Life from Timeless Sages to Contemporary Gurus [Paperback]

Tom Butler-Bowdon
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April 1 2003
Thousands of books have been written offering the 'secrets' to personal fulfillment and happiness: how to walk The Road Less Traveled, Win Friends and Influence People, or Awaken the Giant Within. But which are the all-time classics? Which ones really can change your life? Bringing you the essential ideas, insights and techniques from 50 legendary works from Lao-Tzu to Benjamin Franklin to Paulo Coelho, 50 Self-Help Classics is a unique guide to the great works of life transformation.

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"A tremendous resource for anyone seeking a bite-sized look at the philosophies of many self-help legends, including sacred scriptures of different traditions.
Because the range and depth of the sources are so huge, the cumulative reading effect is amazing. Alternatively, it educates and edifies, affirms and inspires. Often both" — Stephen R Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

"This is an exceptional and diverse collection for anyone interested in understanding the possibilities of the self" — Ellen Langer, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, author of Mindfulness

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Life-transforming insights from timeless sages to contemporary gurus.

Experience, as never-before, the words and ideas of some of our deepest thinkers, spiritual teachers, and poets who represent the true inspiration for our new world:

James Allen • Robert Bly • Boethius • Alain de Botton • Dalai Lama * Ralph Waldo Emerson • Benjamin Franklin • Pierre Teilhard de Chardin * Henry David Thoreau

Explore the wisdom of ancient philosophy and religion:

Marcus Aurelius • The Bhagavad-Gita • The Bible • The teachings of Buddha in The Dhammapada • Lao-Tzu’s The Way of Power.

Learn from contemporary philosophers and inspirational gurus:

Martha Beck • William Bridges • David Burns • Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers • Richard Carlson • Dale Carnegie • Deepak Chopra • Paulo Coehlo * Stephen Covey

• Mihaly Cziksentmihalyi • Wayne Dyer • Clarissa Pinkola Estes * Viktor Frankl • Shakti Gawain • Daniel Goleman • John Gray • Louise Hay * James Hillman • Susan Jeffers • Richard Koch • Ellen Langer • Maxwell Maltz Abraham Maslow • Phil McGraw • Thomas Moore • Joseph Murphy • Norman Vincent Peale • Carol Pearson • M Scott Peck • Ayn Rand • Anthony Robbins * Florence Scovell-Shinn • Martin Seligman • Samuel Smiles • Marianne Williamson

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Motivational Bestsellers Summaries Jan. 28 2004
"What a great book! Taking 50 self help classics and puting the core message of each author of some 250-400 page books into 3-5 pages is no easy feat. But Tom has done exactly that.
What makes this book so remarkable is the author's style of elequent writing. He takes the core message of each author and presents it to you in a clear, consise and extremly focused manner.
I am always searching for "good stuff" on self improvement. Tom has done a great service and a teriffic job of sifting through hundreds of books on personal development to share only a select few that have become true classics.
As a published author of a book on self motivation, this book is: Motivating!"
Zev Saftlas, Author of Motivation That Works: How to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated &
Founder of [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely first class introduction to self-help Oct. 7 2003
Tom Butler-Bowdon has put together a superb collection of short reviews of self-help books here. Although I had read many of the featured authors already, there is such a broad range in the chosen 50 that I suspect most other seasoned self-help readers would benefit as I did. For beginners and those curious about the self-help publishing phenomenon, this could indeed be "the only self-help book you will ever need" as they say!
The brief summaries of each book and writer are balanced, intelligent and insightful. The "in a nutshell" comments are invariably accurate e.g. "When you are aligned with your higher self and your life purpose, miraculous things happen" for "Real Magic" by Wayne Dyer. Butler-Bowdon also presents the case for and against each book and writer, being more obviously critical of some than others, but remaining open and balanced with his objective assessments.
The inclusion of the Bible, the Bhagavad-Gita and Benjamin Franklin's autobiography stretches the "self-help" genre beyond obvious modern writers and adds depth. 50 more books are recommended at the end. Excellent, thanks Tom!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Compendium Feb. 19 2003
This is a fantastic compendium of ideas, elegantly presented and superbly described and selected by the author. If you want to get the best insights into how to change your life, it is all here. Butler-Bowdon will whet your appetite and I confidently predict that you will buy one of the books he summarises, and then another, and then another ... because his judgment is so good.
One of the great things is that you can browse in this book for five minutes, and are bound to come up with an idea you can use right away to improve your personal life. Do it, and then dip back into the book later.
A book to keep with you, especially for those times when life really is difficult. But inspiring too at any time.
It has really helped me, and can help you too. Go read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, inspiring and satisfying May 5 2003
Butler-Bowdon´¿s book is just the kind of book one would hope to find in this genre. I had picked it up with the intent of browsing through some of the summaries, but quickly found myself going from one summary to the next, and the next. Each classic is discussed in uncomplicated prose, with Butler-Bowdon´¿s own inimitable wit and insight. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is so much more than a simple summation of key principles but in fact manages to convincingly give us a sense of how each author and their respective classic came to fruition. It´¿s the kind of book that´¿s almost guaranteed to invigorate your sense of purpose. It makes one want to ´¿suck the marrow out of life´¿ and we all need such reminding every now and then.
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