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Best Spiritual Memoirs

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Take a deep breath, and prepared to be awed: you’ve just entered my favorite room in my whole library.

What’s that, you say? It looks sort of–normal? But look again, won’t you? There in the corner: my old, ripped green sofa. The fireplace. The ringed coffee table by the window with the lamp that has just the right amount of light. There’s the book with creases and stains from my baby’s spitup.

No, there are no high ceilings here. No stained glass, no ancient works of art. This place is for the everyman. The plain folk.

This is where people like us are allowed to speak.

It’s a beautiful room, but its shelves aren’t yet full. The world needs more spirituality memoirs–many more. And as long as it keeps providing them, I’ll keep reading them–and updating this list.

I chose the books in the first section because they inspired me deeply, changed me for the better, and helped me find greater inner peace. The second section features all of the other spirituality memoirs I’ve come across in the spiritual-but-not-religious sector but may not have read yet. And I do mean all of them. (Like I said: we need lots more.)

By the way, a few of these memoirs come from a Christian, rather than a spiritual-but-not-religious, perspective. Sometimes you just gotta make exceptions.

Best Spiritual Memoirs is part of a larger project, a curriculum I’m writing called Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday. Like this list, it’s an ongoing, possibly unending, project. Check back here or subscribe on the right for updates.

P.S. Here are a few related links for you, too:

Best Spiritual Memoirs:

Autobiography of A Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda
Learning to Eat Along the Way, Margaret Bendet
Sex, Drugs and Meditation: How One Woman Changed Her Life, Saved Her Job and Found a Husband, Mary-Lou Stephens
Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott
Plan B, Anne Lamott
Grace, Eventually, Anne Lamott
Some Assembly Required, Anne Lamott
Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace, Anne Lamott
Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair, Anne Lamott
Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers, Anne Lamott
Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year, Anne Lamott
Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, Elizabeth Gilbert
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage,
Elizabeth Gilbert
Love Warrior, Glennon Doyle
Carry On, Warrior, Glennon Doyle
How To Stay Married: The Adventures of a Woman Who Learnt to Travel Light in Life, Love and Relationships, Mary-Lou Stephens
Devotion: A Memoir, Dani Shapiro
The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It, Geneen Roth
Confessions of A Latter-Day Virgin, Nicole Hardy
Mennonite in A Little Black Dress, Rhoda Janzen
The Wishing Year: A House, a Man, My Soul: A Memoir of Fulfilled Desire, Noelle Oxenhandler
A Grief Observed, C.S. Lewis
Surprised by Joy, C.S. Lewis
A Severe Mercy, Sheldon Vanauken
Tremendous Trifles, G.K. Chesterton
The Cross and the Switchblade, David Wilkerson
The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence
He Came to Set the Captives Free, Rebecca Brown
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, Jill Bolte Taylor
Man’s Search for Meaning,
Victor Frankl
A Field Guide to Happiness: What I Learned in Bhutan about Living, Loving and Waking Up,
Linda Leaming
The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom

Other Recommended Spiritual Memoirs:

Learning to Breathe: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life, Priscilla Warner
Medicine Dance: One Woman’s Healing Journey into the World of Native American Sweatlodges, Drumming Meditations and Dance Fasts, Marsha Scarbrough
Girl in the Woods: A Memoir, Aspen Matis

Chasing Spirits: The Building of the “Ghost Adventures” Crew, Nick Groff and Jeff Belanger
Grief, Meth, Addiction, God & Zen: A 45 Year Old Man’s Journey With Death, Reality & Recovery, David Carlyle and Cynthia Sharp
Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint
The Ghosts and the Path: A Buddhist Monk’s Memoir, Ngawang Khechog
Meditations of a Modern Mystic, Maurine Doerken
The Buddha and the Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism and Online Dating, Kiera Van Gelder
From Brooklyn to Benares and Back: A Spiritual Memoir, Dada Vedaprajinananda
On the Edge: Living with an Enlightened Master, Yoga Punya
I: A Meditation and a Memoir, Wiz Ji
Walking Home: A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed, Sonia Choquette
The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga: A Memoir, Andy Douglas

Best Law of Attraction Books

Today, a labor of love for you: a list of over five hundred books that deal with the law of attraction and New Thought spirituality.

I chose the books in the first section because they inspired me deeply, changed me for the better, and helped me find greater inner peace. The second section features all of the other law of attraction books I’ve come across but may not have read yet.

You’re welcome.

As far as I know, this is the most comprehensive list of its kind on the Internet. My hope is that it will help you discover books and authors you otherwise wouldn’t.

Best Law of Attraction Books is part of a larger project, a curriculum I’m writing called Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday. Like this list, it’s an ongoing, possibly unending, project. Check back here or subscribe on the right for updates.

P.S. Here are a few related links for you, too:

Law of Attraction Book Categories:

Best Law of Attraction Books

Other Recommended Law of Attraction Books: Best-Selling

Other Recommended Law of Attraction Books: General

Other Recommended Law of Attraction Books: Well-Known Classics

Other Recommended Law of Attraction Books: Obscure Classics

Best Law of Attraction Books:

Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More, Joe Vitale
At Zero, Joe Vitale
The Secret, Rhonda Byrne
You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay
How Quantum Physicists Build New Beliefs, Greg Kuhn
Choosing Easy World, Julia Rogers Hamrick
As a Man Thinketh, James Allen
The Secret of the Ages, Robert Collier
Think and Grow Rich, Napolean Hill
The Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes
The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale
Scientific Christian Mental Practice, Emma Curtis Hopkins
The Magic of Thinking Big, David Joseph Schwartz
The Strangest Secret, Earl Nightingale

Other Recommended Law of Attraction Books: Best-Selling

Rhonda Byrne:

The Power, Rhonda Byrne
The Magic, Rhonda Byrne
Hero, Rhonda Byrne

Louise Hay:

You Can Create and Exceptional Life, Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson
The Magic Path of Intuition, Florence Scovel Shinn and Louise Hay
All is Well: Heal Your Body, Louise Hay
Loving Yourself to Great Health: Thoughts & Food: the Ultimate Diet, Louise Hay
You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After a Breakup, Divorce, or Death, Louise Hay and David Kessler
Life Loves You: 7 Spiritual Experiments to Heal Your Life, Louise Hay
I Think, I Am, Louise Hay
Heal Your Body: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Metaphysical Way to Overcome Them, Louise Hay
A Garden of Thoughts: My Affirmation Journal, Louise Hay
Love Yourself, Heal Your Life, Louise Hay
The Power Is Within You, Louise Hay
Heart Thoughts, Louise Hay
Loving Thoughts For Increasing Prosperity, Louise Hay
Gratitude: A Way Of Life, Louise Hay
Life! Reflections On Your Journey, Louise Hay
Living Perfect Love: Empowering Rituals For Women, Louise Hay
Heal Your Body A-Z: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Way to Overcome Them, Louise Hay
101 Ways To Health And Healing, Louise Hay

Joe Vitale:

The Key: The Missing Secret for Attracting Anything You Want!, Joe Vitale
Attract Money Now, Joe Vitale
Expect Miracles, Joe Vitale
Faith, Joe Vitale
Healing Music, Joe Vitale
How to Attain Your Desires by Letting Your Subconscious Mind Work for You, Joe Vitale
How to Attain Your Desires: How to Live Life and Love It, Joe Vitale
Instant Manifestation, Joe Vitale
Life’s Missing Instruction Manual, Joe Vitale
Meet and Grow Rich, Joe Vitale
The Miracles Manual, Volumes 1-3, Joe Vitale
The Abundance Manifesto, Joe Vitale
The Attraction Factor, Joe Vitale
The Awakened Millionaire, Joe Vitale
The Awakening Course, Joe Vitale
The Greatest Money-making Secret in History, Joe Vitale
The Secret Prayer, Joe Vitale
The Seven Lost Secrets, Joe Vitale

Deepak Chopra:

Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, Deepak Chopra
Life After Death: The Burden of Proof, Deepak Chopra
Why Is God Laughing? The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism, Deepak Chopra
Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream, Deepak Chopra and Sanjiv Chopra
What Are You Hungry For?, Deepak Chopra
God: A Story of Revelation, Deepak Chopra
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes: Harnessing Our Power to Change the World, Deepak Chopra and Gotham Chopra
Super Genes, Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi
Super Brain, Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi
War of the Worldviews, Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow
The Third Jesus, Deepak Chopra
The Soul of Leadership, Deepak Chopra
The Book of Secrets, Deepak Chopra
The Chopra Center Herbal Handbook, Deepak Chopra and David Simon
The Path to Love, Deepak Chopra
The Way of the Wizard, Deepak Chopra
The Return of Merlin, Deepak Chopra
Ageless Body Timeless Mind, Deepak Chopra
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra
Return of the Rishi: A Doctor’s Story of Spiritual Transformation and Ayurvedic Healing, Deepak Chopra
Perfect Health, Deepak Chopra
Quantum Healing, Deepak Chopra
Creating Health, Deepak Chopra

Wayne Dyer:

Power of Intention, Wayne Dyer
The Secrets of the Power of Intention, Wayne Dyer
Getting in the Gap: Making Conscious Contact With God Through Meditation, Wayne Dyer
Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting, Wayne Dyer
Your Erroneous Zones, Wayne Dyer
Pulling Your Own Strings, Wayne Dyer
The Sky’s the Limit, Wayne Dyer
Gifts from Eykis, Wayne Dyer
What Do You Really Want For Your Children, Wayne Dyer
Happy Holidays, Wayne Dyer
Everyday Wisdom, Wayne Dyer
You’ll See It When You Believe It, Wayne Dyer
Real Magic, Wayne Dyer
Your Sacred Self, Wayne Dyer
A Promise is a Promise, Wayne Dyer and Marcelene Dyer
Manifest Your Destiny, Wayne Dyer
Wisdom of the Ages, Wayne Dyer
There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, Wayne Dyer
10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, Wayne Dyer
Inspiration, Wayne Dyer
Being in Balance, Wayne Dyer
Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life, Wayne Dyer
Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You, Wayne Dyer and Serena Dyer
The Incredible ForceThe Incredible Force, Wayne Dyer
Living the Wisdom of the Tao, Wayne Dyer
My Greatest Teacher, Wayne Dyer and Lynn Lauber
Staying on the Path, Wayne Dyer
The Shift, Wayne Dyer
Excuses Begone, Wayne Dyer
Wishes Fulfilled, Wayne Dyer
I Can See Clearly Now, Wayne Dyer

Mike Dooley:

Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living your Dreams, Mike Dooley
Manifesting Change: It Couldn’t Be Easier, Mike Dooley
The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell YOU, Mike Dooley
Totally Unique Thoughts, Mike Dooley
Lost in Space, Mike Dooley
Thoughts Become Things – LIVE (Audio), Mike Dooley
Notes from the Universe Book 1: New Perspectives From an Old Friend, Mike Dooley
Notes from the Universe Book 2: Life, Dreams & Happiness, Mike Dooley
Notes from the Universe Book 3: Dancing Life’s Dance, Mike Dooley
Leveraging the Universe (Audio), Mike Dooley
Choose Them Wisely: Thoughts Become Things, Mike Dooley
Thoughts Become Things (DVD), Mike Dooley
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Life… But Were Afraid to Ask, Mike Dooley
A Wrinkle in Time (DVD), Mike Dooley
Manifesting Change: The Law of Attraction (DVD), Mike Dooley
Leveraging the Universe: 7 Steps to Engaging Life’s Magic, Mike Dooley
Notes from the Universe Perpetual Calendar, Mike Dooley
Notes from the Universe: A 60-Card Deck, Mike Dooley
An Adventurer’s Guide to the Jungles of Time and Space, Mike Dooley
The Path Less Traveled (DVD), Mike Dooley
Dreams Come True, All They Need is You!, Mike Dooley
Your Magical Life, Mike Dooley

Other Authors:

A Happy Pocket Full of Money: Infinite Wealth and Abundance in the Here and Now, David Cameron Gikandi and Bob Doyle
Follow Your Passion, Find Your Power, Bob Doyle
The Power of Focus, Jack Canfield
Success Principles, Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield’s Key to Living the Law of Attraction: A Simple Guide to Creating the Life of Your Dreams, Jack Canfield and D.D. Watkins

Other Recommended Law of Attraction Books: General

Debianne De Rose:

How I Met the Man of My Dreams: A Guide to MANifesting Yours, Debianne De Rose
The MANifesting Workbook, Debianne De Rose
Resistance is Feudal: Modernize your Mind to Manifest like a Mofo!, Debianne De Rose
Manifesting for Simpletons: A 30-Day Outrageously Simple Guide to Gettin’ the Goods, Debianne De Rose
What I Did On My Midlife Crisis Vacation, Debianne De Rose
YOU are a Spiritual Bad-Ass: Kicking Butt in the Earth Game, Debianne De Rose
Beyond Forgiveness: The Missing Link to Manifesting Your Dreams, Debianne De Rose
Adventures in Consciousness, Debianne De Rose

Pam Grout:

E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality, Pam Grout
E-Cubed: Nine More Energy Experiments That Prove Manifesting Magic and Miracles Is Your Full-Time Gig, Pam Grout
Thank & Grow Rich: A 30-Day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy, Pam Grout
Jumpstart Your Metabolism: How To Lose Weight By Changing The Way You Breathe, Pam Grout
Living Big: Embrace Your Passion and Leap into an Extraordinary Life, Pam Grout

Jeannette Maw:

The Magic of Pray Rain Journaling, Jeannette Maw
Money Mojo Magic, Jeannette Maw
LOA for Love, Jeannette Maw
Manifesting Made Simple, Jeannette Maw
Slacker Manifesting, Jeannette Maw
Adventures In Manifesting, Jeannette Maw
The Art of Self-Love, Jeannette Maw
LOA for the Real World, Jeannette Maw
3 LOA Keys to Unlock Your Financial Fortune, Jeannette Maw
10 Life Skills (Never Taught But Totally Essential To Happy Living), Jeannette Maw
Core Values Uncovered – Live In The Sweet Spot By Revealing What Matters, Jeannette Maw

Kathie Anne Lewis:

Forty Days of Love, Kathie Anne Lewis
Forty Days of Freedom, Kathie Anne Lewis
Forty Days to Prosperity, Kathie Anne Lewis

Greg Kuhn:

Why Quantum Physicists Do Not Fail, Greg Kahn
Why Quantum Physicists Create More Abundance, Greg Kuhn
Why Quantum Physicists Play “Grow a Greater You”: Learn How to Live the Most Truly Fulfilling Life Humanly Possible, Greg Kuhn
Why Quantum Physicists Do Not Suffer, Greg Kuhn
The 30-Minute Soulmate: An Un-Exercise Program That Can Finally Solve Relationship Pain, Greg Kuhn

Frederick Zappone:

How Your Subconscious Mind Keeps You BROKE!, Frederick Zappone
Open Up, Receive Your GOOD, Frederick Zappone
299 ‘LIFE INSIGHTS’ from The Wizard: Inspiring, Empowering, Thought Provoking, Frederick Zappone
More LIFE INSIGHTS From The Wizard, Frederick Zappone
Love Is All I Know, Frederick Zappone
The Tough LOVE Book About MONEY, Frederick Zappone

Other Authors:

The Thought Exchange: Overcoming Our Resistance to Living A Sensational Life, Daniel Friedman

Deliberate Receiving: Finally, the Universe Makes Some Freakin’ Sense!, Melody Fletcher
Hustle Believe Receive: An 8-Step Plan to Changing Your Life and Living Your Dream, Sarah Centrella
The Law of Distraction & Art of Intending, Tamara Lee Dorris
The Moses Code: The Most Powerful Manifestation Tool in the History of the World, James Twyman
Your Heart’s Desire: Instructions for Creating the Life You Really Want, Sonia Choquette
The Greatest Secret of All: Moving Beyond Abundance to A Life of True Fulfillment, Mark Allen
Law of Attraction, Plain, and Simple: Create the Extraordinary Life That You Deserve, Sonia Ricotti
Napoleon Hill’s Keys to Positive Thinking, Michael Ritt
The Soulmate Secret, Arielle Ford
Your Quantum Breakthrough Code: The Simple Technique That Brings Everlasting Joy and Success, Sandra Anne Taylor
Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Feelings, Lynn Grabhorn
The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World, Lynne McTaggart
The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe, Lynne McTaggart
Beyond the Secret: Spiritual Power and the Law of Attraction, Lisa Love
The Science Behind the Secret, Travis S. Taylor
The Law of Happiness, Henry Cloud
Your Road Map to Lifelong Happiness: A Guide to the Life You Want, Ken Keyes
How to Solve the Paradox of the Universal Laws of Attraction: 8 Shortcuts to Using Coincidence and Sychronicity to Untangle the Mystery, Cary David Richards
Leap of Perception: The Transforming Power of Your Attention, Penney Peirce
Manifesting: The Secret Behind the Law of Attraction, Alexander Janze
Creating Money: Attracting Abundance, Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer
Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration, Penney Peirce
Feel It Real! A Guided Approach to Bringing the Law of Attraction Into your Life, Denise Coates
The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment, Maria Nemeth Ph.D.
Real Alchemy: A Primer of Practical Alchemy, Robert Allen Bartlett and Dennis William Hauck
Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia, Revised and Expanded, Rob Brezsny
The Inside-Out Revolution: The Only Thing You Need to Know to Change Your Life Forever, Michael Neill
Do You QuantumThink?: New Thinking That Will Rock Your World, Dianne Collins
The Simple Abundance Companion: Following Your Authentic Path to Something More, Sarah Ban Breathnach
Living with Joy: Keys to Personal Power and Spiritual Transformation, Sanaya Roman
The Map To Our Responsive Universe, Where Dreams Really Do Come True!, Boni Lonnsburry
The Path to Wealth, May McCarthy
The History of New Thought: From Mind Cure to Positive Thinking and Prosperity Gospel, John S. Haller, Jr.
Beyond the Secret: The Truth Behind Today’s Pop Mysticisms, Robert Price
The Key: Identity, Kenneth G. Mills
Change Your Standpoint, Change Your World, Kenneth G. Mills
Powerful Attitudes, Michael Murphy
A New Philosophy of Life, J. Herman Randall
Creating Your Reality, Steven Redhead
The Science of Faith, Masaharu Taniguchi
Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential, Michael Beckwith
Mind and Manifestation, Dr. Kenneth D Gordon
Spiritual Healing: A Simple Guide for the Healing of Body, Mind, and Spirit, Stuart Grayson Joseph Perry Green
Power of Will: A Practical Companion Book for the Unfoldment of the Powers of Mind, Frank Channing Haddock
The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have, Mark Nepo
New Thought: A 21st Century Awakening, Charles Brodie Patterson
Soul Currency: Investing Your Inner Wealth for Fulfillment and Abundance, Ernest D. Chu

Other Recommended Law of Attraction Books: Well-Known Classics

Ernest Holmes:

New Thought Terms and Their Meanings, Ernest Holmes
Philosophy of Jesus, Ernest Holmes
Lessons in Spiritual Mind Healing, Ernest Holmes
Ebell Lectures on Spiritual Science, Ernest Holmes
Creative Mind, Ernest Holmes
Creative Mind and Success, Ernest Holmes
The Science of Mind: A Philosophy, A Faith, A Way of Life, Ernest Holmes and Jean Houston
This Thing Called You, Ernest Holmes
Living the Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes
The Hidden Power of the Bible, Ernest Holmes
365 Science of Mind: A Year of Daily Wisdom from Ernest Holmes, Ernest Holmes
How to Change Your Life: An Inspirational, Life-Changing Classic from the Ernest Holmes Library, Ernest Holmes
Prayer: How to Pray Effectively, Ernest Holmes
Love and Law, Ernest Holmes

Ella Wheeler Wilcox:

The Heart of the New Thought, Ella Wheeler Wilcox
An Ambitious Man, Ella Wheeler Wilcox
New Thought Common Sense, Ella Wheeler Wilcox
New Thought Pastels, Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Wallace Wattles:

The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace Wattles
The Science of Being Great, Wallace Wattles
The Science of Being Well, Wallace Wattles
Health through New Thought and Fasting, Wallace Wattles
Jesus: The Man and His Work, Wallace Wattles
How to Get What You Want, Wallace Wattles

Warren Felt Evans:

The Mental-Cure, Warren Felt Evans
Illustrating the Influence of the Mind on the Body, Warren Felt Evans
The Divine Law of Cure, Warren Felt Evans
The Spiritual Writings of Warren Felt Evans, Warren Felt Evans
Mental Medicine, Warren Felt Evans
Soul and Body, Warren Felt Evans
The Primitive Mind Cure, Warren Felt Evans
Esoteric Christianity and Mental Therapeutics, Warren Felt Evans

Elizabeth Towne:

Making of the Man Who Can/ How to Promote Yourself, Elizabeth Towne
New Science of Living and Healing/ Health Through New Thought and Fasting, Elizabeth Towne
Scientific Marriage, Elizabeth Towne
What Is Truth?, Elizabeth Towne

Nona Lovell Brooks:

Divine Science and the Truth, Nona Lovell Brooks
Short Lessons in Divine Science, Nona Lovell Brooks
Mysteries, Nona Lovell Brooks
The Prayer that Never Fails, Nona Lovell Brooks
What is Real and What Illusion?, Nona Lovell Brooks
The Training of Children: Based upon the Practical Principles of Life Studies of Health, Nona Lovell Brooks
The Kingdom of Law, Nona Lovell Brooks

Florence Scovel Shinn:

The Wisdom of Florence Scovel Shinn, Florence Scovel Shinn
Your Word is Your Wand, Florence Scovel Shinn
The Power of the Spoken Word, Florence Scovel Shinn
The Secret Door to Success, Florence Scovel Shinn
The Game of Life and How to Play It, Florence Scovel Shinn

Napoleon Hill:

Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill
Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success, Napoleon Hill
The Law of Success, Napoleon Hill
The Magic Ladder To Success, Napoleon Hill
The Master-Key to Riches, Napoleon Hill
How to Raise Your Own Salary, Napoleon Hill
Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone
Grow Rich!: With Peace of Mind, Napoleon Hill
You Can Work Your Own Miracles, Napoleon Hill

Emma Curtis Hopkins:

High Mysticism: Studies in the Wisdom of the Sages of the Ages, Emma Curtis Hopkins
A Golden Promise, Emma Curtis Hopkins
According to Thy Faith, Emma Curtis Hopkins
All is Divine Order, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Awake Thou That Sleepest, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Bible Instruction Series, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Bible Interpretations, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Bible Lessons, Emma Curtis Hopkins
But One Substance, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Christ at Samaria, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Christian Mysticism and the Victorious Life: First Study, The Sacred Edict and Estoric Discipline, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Class Lessons, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Continue the Work, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Drops of Gold, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Emma Curtis Hopkins, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Esoteric Philosophy Deeper Teachings in Spiritual Science, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Esoteric Philosophy in Spiritual Science, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Lessons in Christian Science Series, Emma Curtis Hopkins
For Unto Us a Child Is Born, Emma Curtis Hopkins
God and Man Are One, Emma Curtis Hopkins
How to Attain Your Good, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Jesus and Judas, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Judgment Series in Spiritual Science, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Justice of Jehovah, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Magic of His Name, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Résumé: Practice Book for the Twelve Chapters in High Mysticism, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Self Treatment, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Spiritual Law in the Natural World, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Teachings of Emma Curtis Hopkins, Emma Curtis Hopkins
The Bread of Life, Emma Curtis Hopkins
The Chief Thought, Emma Curtis Hokins
The Gospel Series in Spiritual Science, Emma Curtis Hopkins
The Key to Power, Emma Curtis Hopkins
The Ministry of the Holy Mother, Emma Curtis Hopkins
The Radiant I Am, Emma Curtis Hopkins
The Real Kingdom, Emma Curtis Hopkins
The Resurrection of Christ, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Two Great Lessons, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Who Are Drunkards, Emma Curtis Hopkins
Your Idea of God, Emma Curtis Hopkins

James Allen:

Above Life’s Turmoil, James Allen
Byways to Blessedness, James Allen
Poems of Peace, James Allen
The Shining Gateway, James Allen
Out From the Heart, James Allen
From Poverty to Power, James Allen
The Path to Prosperity, James Allen
The Life Triumphant, James Allen
Light on Life’s Difficulties, James Allen
Man: King of Mind, Body and Circumstance, James Allen
The Master of Destiny, James Allen
Happiness and Success, James Allen
Foundation Stones, James Allen
From Passion to Peace, James Allen
Eight Pillars of Prosperity, James Allen
Entering the Kingdom, James Allen
Christ and Conduct, James Allen
Men and Systems, James Allen
All These Things Added, James Allen
The Way of Peace, James Allen
Morning and Evening Thoughts, James Allen
Meditations: A Year Book, James Allen
The Divine Companion, James Allen

Charles Fillmore:

The Twelve Powers of Man, Charles Fillmore
The Revealing Word, Charles Fillmore
Prosperity, Charles Fillmore
Talks on Truth, Charles Fillmore
Atom-Smashing Power of Mind, Charles Fillmore
Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, Charles Fillmore
Jesus Christ Heals, Charles Fillmore
Dynamics for Living, Charles Fillmore
Christian Healing, Charles Fillmore
Mysteries of Genesis, Charles Fillmore
Mysteries of John, Charles Fillmore
Keep a True Lent, Charles Fillmore

Dale Carnegie:

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie’s Scrapbook: a Treasury of the Wisdom of the Ages, Dale Carnegie

Emmet Fox:

Be Still, Emmet Fox
The Sermon on the Mount: The Key to Success in Life, Emmet Fox
The Ten Commandments, Emmet Fox
Power Through Constructive Thinking, Emmet Fox
Around the Year with Emmet Fox: A Book of Daily Readings, Emmet Fox
Alter Your Life, Emmet Fox
Make Your Life Worthwhile, Emmet Fox
Diagrams for Living: The Bible Unveiled, Emmet Fox
The Seven Day Mental Diet: How to Change Your Life in a Week, Emmet Fox
Find and Use Your Inner Power, Emmet Fox
Stake Your Claim: Exploring the Gold Mine Within, Emmet Fox
The Mental Equivalent: The Secret of Demonstration, Emmet Fox

Norman Vincent Peale:

The Positive Power of Jesus Christ, Norman Vincent Peale
Why Some Positive Thinkers Get Powerful Results,
Norman Vincent Peale
Guide to Confident Living,
Norman Vincent Peale
Six Attitudes for Winners,
Norman Vincent Peale
Positive Thinking Every Day : An Inspiration for Each Day of the Year,
Norman Vincent Peale
Positive Imaging,
Norman Vincent Peale
You Can If You Think You Can,
Norman Vincent Peale
Thought Conditioners,
Norman Vincent Peale
In God We Trust,
Norman Vincent Peale
Norman Vincent Peale’s Treasury of Courage and Confidence,
Norman Vincent Peale
My Favorite Hymns and the Stories Behind Them,
Norman Vincent Peale
The Power of Positive Thinking for Young People,
Norman Vincent Peale
The Amazing Results of Positive Thinking,
Norman Vincent Peale
Stay Alive All Your Life,
Norman Vincent Peale
You Can Have God’s Help with Daily Problems,
Norman Vincent Peale
Faith Is the Answer: A Psychiatrist and a Pastor Discuss Your Problems,
Smiley Blanton and Norman Vincent Peale
Power of the Plus Factor,
Norman Vincent Peale

Neville Goddard:

Feeling Is The Secret, Neville Goddard
The Power of Awareness, Neville Goddard
Your Faith is Your Fortune, Neville Goddard
The Neville Reader, Neville Goddard
The Law & the Promise, Neville Goddard
At Your Command, Neville Goddard
Prayer: The Art of Believing, Neville Goddard
Resurrection, Neville Goddard
Awakened Imagination/The Search, Neville Goddard
Seedtime & Harvest, Neville Goddard
Out of This World: Thinking Fourth-Dimensionally, Neville Goddard

Other Recommended Law of Attraction Books: Obscure Classics

Dolores Cannon:

The Search for Hidden Sacred Knowledge, Dolores Cannon
The Convoluted Universe,
Dolores Cannon
The Three Waves of Volunteers and the New Earth,
Dolores Cannon

Jesus and the Essenes, Dolores Cannon
The Custodians: Beyond Abduction, Dolores Cannon
Conversations With Nostradamus: His Prophecies Explained, Dolores Cannon
Five Lives Remembered, Dolores Cannon
Conversations with Nostradamus: His Prophecies Explained Series, Dolores Cannon
A Soul Remembers Hiroshima, Dolores Cannon
Between Death and Life, formerly, Conversations With a Spirit, Dolores Cannon
They Walked with Jesus, Dolores Cannon
Legacy From the Stars, Dolores Cannon
Sri Sathya Sai Baba & the Golden Age: The Fourth Dimension That Will Change the World, Dolores Cannon
Keepers of the Garden: An Extraterrestrial Document, Dolores Cannon

Fenwicke Holmes:

The Science of Faith, Fenwicke Holmes
Ernest Holmes: His Life and Times, Fenwicke Holmes
Faith That Heals, Fenwicke Holmes
Healing at a Distance, Fenwicke Holmes and Ernest Holmes
The Law of Mind in Action: Daily Lessons and Treatments in Mental and Spiritual Science, Fenwicke Holmes
How to Develop Faith That Heals, Fenwicke Holmes
The Unfailing Formula, Fenwicke Holmes
Being and Becoming: A Book of Lessons in the Science of Mind Showing How to Find the Personal Spirit, Fenwicke Holmes
Practical Healing, Fenwicke Holmes
Text Book in the Science of Mind: Psychology and Metaphysics Applied to Everyday Living, Fenwicke Holmes
Religion and Mental Science: Lyrics of Life and Love, Fenwicke Holmes
Joan’s Voices, Fenwicke Holmes
How to Solve Your Personal Problem: The God-law and the Key to Power, Fenwicke Holmes
Text Book of Practical Healing, Fenwicke Holmes
The “Just How Course” In Healing the Mental Science Way, Fenwicke Holmes
Healing Treatments in Verse, Fenwicke Holmes
Tiny Textbook of Meditation and the Lord’s Prayer, Fenwicke Holmes
Calm Yourself: A Key to Serenity, Fenwicke Holmes
Tiny Textbook of Mental Healing, Fenwicke Holmes
The Science of Faith: How to Make Yourself Believe, Fenwicke Holmes
Psycho-Dietetics: How to Eat, Drink, and Think for Health, Including the Holmes Food Chemistry and Vitamins Chart, Fenwicke Holmes

Robert Collier:

The Life Magnet, Robert Collier
The God in You, Robert Collier
The Magic Word, Robert Collier
The Secret Power, Robert Collier
Riches Within Your Reach: The Law of the Higher Potential, Robert Collier
Be Rich! The Science of Getting What You Want, Robert Collier
The Book of Life (Volumes 1-7), Robert Collier

Kate Atkinson Boehme:

The Attainment of Happiness, Kate Atkinson Boehme
The Radiant Path to Achievement, Kate Atkinson Boehme
Mental Healing Made Plain, Kate Atkinson Boehme
New Thought Healing Made Plain, Kate Boehme

Annie Rix Militz:

Atonement Understood, Annie Rix Militz
Both Riches and Honor/Prosperity, Annie Rix Militz
Concentration, Annie Rix Militz
Sermon on the Mount, Annie Rix Militz
Primary Lessons in Christian Living and Healing, Annie Rix Militz

Elizabeth Clare Prophet:

Violet Flame To Heal Body, Mind And Soul, Elizabeth Clare Prophet
In My Own Words, Elizabeth Clare Prophet
Climb the Highest Mountain: The Everlasting Gospel, Elizabeth Clare Prophet and Mark Prophet
The Science of the Spoken Word, Elizabeth Clare Prophet and Mark Prophet

Catherine Ponder:

Catherine Ponder Prosperity Secrets of the Ages, Catherine Ponder
The Dynamic Laws of Healing, Catherine Ponder
The Healing Secrets of the Ages, Catherine Ponder
Pray and Grow Rich, Catherine Ponder
Open Your Mind To Prosperity, Catherine Ponder
The Millionaires of Genesis, Catherine Ponder
The Millionaire Moses, Catherine Ponder
The Millionaire Joshua, Catherine Ponder
The Millionaire from Nazareth, Catherine Ponder
Open Your Mind To Receive, Catherine Ponder
Secret of Unlimited Prosperity, Catherine Ponder
The Prospering Power of Prayer, Catherine Ponder
Dare to Prosper!, Catherine Ponder
The Dynamic Laws of Prayer, Catherine Ponder
A Prosperity Love Story: Rags to Enrichment, Catherine Ponder
Giving Thanks: The Art of Tithing, Catherine Ponder
The Prospering Power of Love, Catherine Ponder

Prentice Mulford:

Thoughts Are Things, Prentice Mulford
Your Forces and How to Use Them, Prentice Mulford
The Gift of Understanding, Prentice Mulford
Thought Forces, Prentice Mulford

Prentice Mulford’s Story: Life By Land and Sea, Prentice Mulford
Gift of the Spirit, Prentice Mulford

Henry Thomas Hamblin:

The Power of Thought, Henry Thomas Hamblin
Dynamic Thought: Harmony, Health, Success, Achievement, Henry Thomas Hamblin
Within You is the Power, Henry Thomas Hamblin
Science of Thought, Henry Thomas Hamblin
The Message of a Flower, Henry Thomas Hamblin
The Open Door, Henry Thomas Hamblin
Divine Adjustment, Henry Thomas Hamblin
My Search For Truth, Henry Thomas Hamblin
The Way of the Practical Mystic, Henry Thomas Hamblin
The Story of my Life, Henry Thomas Hamblin
My Search for Truth, Henry Thomas Hamblin
Life Without Strain, Henry Thomas Hamblin
The Life of the Spirit, Henry Thomas Hamblin

H. Emilie Cady:

Lessons in Truth, H. Emilie Cady
The Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, H. Emilie Cady
Finding The Christ in Ourselves, H. Emilie Cady
How I Used the Truth,
H. Emilie Cady
God: A Present Help,
H. Emilie Cady

Horatio Dresser:

Education and the Philosophical Ideal, Horatio Dresser
Manuscripts, Horatio Dresser
The Power of Silence, Horatio Dresser
Spiritual Health and Healing, Horatio Dresser
The Greatest Truth, Horatio Dresser
Human Efficiency, Horatio Willis Dresser
A History of the New Thought Movement, Horatio Dresser

Elizabeth Towne:

Joy Philosophy, Elizabeth Towne
Experiences in Self-Healing, Elizabeth Towne
Just How to Wake the Solar Plexus, Elizabeth Towne

Fannie James:

Dawning Truth, Fannie James
Divine Science, Fannie James
Truth and Health, Fannie James

Ralph Waldo Trine:

What All the World’s A-Seeking, Ralph Waldo Trine
In Tune With the Infinite: Fullness of Peace, Power and Plenty, Ralph Waldo Trine
Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit, Ralph Waldo Trine
The Greatest Thing Ever Known, Ralph Waldo Trine
Character-Building Thought Power, Ralph Waldo Trine
This Mystical Life of Ours, Ralph Waldo Trine
Thoughts I Met on the Highway, Ralph Waldo Trine

Henry Drummond:

Pax Vobiscum, Henry Drummond
Programme of Christianity, Henry Drummond
Stones Rolled Away, Henry Drummond
Life For All, Henry Drummond
The Greatest Thing Ever Known, Henry Drummond
The Greatest Thing in the World, Henry Drummond
Eternal Life, Henry Drummond
City Without a Church, Henry Drummond
Changed Life, Henry Drummond
A Life for a Life, Henry Drummond

William Walker Atkinson:

Thought Force in Business and Everyday Life: Succeed Through the Power of Thought, William Walker Atkinson
Thought Vibration, or The Law of Attraction in the Thought World, William Walker Atkinson
The Mastery of Being, William Walker Atkinson
Your Mind and How to Use It, William Walker Atkinson
The 12-Volume Personal Power Series, William Walker Atkinson
Practical Mental Influence, William Walker Atkinson
Nuggets of New Thought, William Walker Atkinson
New Thought Bhagavad Gita, William Walker Atkinson

Thomas Troward:

The Creative Process in the Individual, Thomas Troward
The Edinburgh & Dore Lectures on Mental Science, Thomas Troward
Three Initiates, Thomas Troward
The Kybalion, Thomas Troward
The Law and the Word, Thomas Troward
The Hidden Power, Thomas Troward
Comments on the Psalms, Thomas Troward

Christian D. Larson:

Your Forces and How to Use Them, Christian Larson
What is Truth?, Christian Larson
Concentration, Christian Larson
The Ideal Made Real/Metaphysics for Beginners, Christian Larson
The Mind Cure, Christian Larson

Other Authors:

The New Psycho-Cybernetics: A Mind Technology for Living Your Life Without Limits, Maxwell Maltz
Be!, James Dillet Freeman
The Story of Unity, James Dillet Freeman
Conquest of Fear, Morris Lichtenstein
Conquest of Poverty, Morris Lichtenstein
Jewish Science and Health, Morris Lichtenstein
The Call of the Century, Henry Brown
Dollars Want Me!, Henry Brown
Concentration: The Road to Success, Henry Brown
New Thought Simplified, Henry Wood
Ideal Suggestion Through Mental Photography, Henry Wood
How to Control Fate, Henry Brown
Divine Science Principles & Practice, Malinda Cramer
Harmony, Malinda Cramer
Lessons in the Science of Infinite Spirit, Malinda Cramer
Happiness is the Secret of Secrets, U.S. Andersen
Three Magic Words, U.S. Andersen
Coming into Freedom: Emilie Cady’s Lessons in Truth for the 21st Century, Ruth L. Miller
Take the Leap, Frederick Bailes
Hidden Power for Human Problems, Frederick Bailes
Your Mind Can Heal You, Frederick Bailes 
The Angels Within Us, John Randolph Price
The Abundance Book, John Randolph Price
The Way to Perfect Healing, William Towne
Stepping Stones to Peace, Jane Grey Syme
Studies In Divine Science, C. L. “Daisy” Baum
The Creative Visualization Workbook, Shakti Gawain
Mental Chemistry,
Charles Haannel
The Master Key System,
Charles Haanel
The Quimby Manuscripts,
Phineas Quimby
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind,
Joseph Murphy
Attaining Your Desires, Genevieve Behrend
How to Live Life and Love it!,
Genevieve Behrend
Attaining Your Heart’s Desire, Genevieve Behrend
Your Invisible Power, Genevieve Behrend
Working With God,
Gardner Hunting
Practical Healing for Mind & Body,
Jane Yarnall
1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7,
Mildred Mann
Become What You Believe, Mildred Mann
Teach Us To Pray,
Cora Fillmore
How to Let God Help You,
Myrtle Fillmore
Myrtle Fillmore’s Healing Letters,
Myrtle Fillmore
Privilege of Choice,
Norma Sackheim
Prosperity Through Thought Force,
Bruce Maclelland
Into The Light, Bruce Maclelland
The Unknown Stranger,
Maurice Maeterlinck
The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature,
William James
Acres of Diamonds,
Russell Conwell
The Art of Money Getting/Golden Rules for Making Money,
P.T. Barnum
Common Sense and How to Exercise It,
Cosmic Consciousness,
Richard Maurice Buck
The Divine Art of Living,
Kathleen Besly
Divine Science Bible Text Book,
A.B. Faye
Esoteric Osteopathy,
Herbert Hoffman
The Evolution of Psychic Healing, Harmon McQuilkin
First Lessons in New Thought,
J.W. Winkley
God Never Fails,
Mary Kupferle
Good Cheer,
Lillian de Waters
The Gospel of Emerson,
Newton Dillaway
Gospel of Ramakrishna
The Heart of Being or Truth and Destiny,
Uriel Buchana
Home Study Course in Mental Science,
Helen Wilman
How I Eliminated Fear,
George Wharton James
How To Make Money,
B.F. Austin
The Impersonal Life,
Joseph Benner
Natural Theology,
John Bascom
Self-Suggestion and the New Huna Theory of Mesmerism and Hypnosis,
Max Freedom Long
Moving Through Parallel Worlds to Achieve Your Dreams,
Kevin L. Michel
Your Soul’s Plan, 
Robert Schwartz
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth,
T. Harv Eker
Choosing Your Destiny,
Alexzandra de la Iglesia
The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment,
Thaddeus Golas
Message of New Thought,
Abel Allen
The Law of Psychic Phenomena,
Thomson Hudson
The Metaphysics of Balzac, Ursula Gestefld
The Breath of Life: A Series of Self-Treatments, Ursula Gestefld
Another View of Metaphysical Healing, Ursula Gestefld
Pentateuch, Ursula Gestefld
Treat Yourself to Life, Raymond Charles Barker
Money is God in Action, Raymond Charles Barker
The Power of Decision: A Step-By-Step Program to Overcome Indecision and Live Without Failure Forever, Raymond Charles Barker
Peace Begins At Home, Clara Beranger
Wake Up and Live, Dorothea Brande
The Answer is Simple, Sonia Choquette
Divine Science & Healing, Malinda Cramer
The Thought Exchange, David Friedman
It Is Wonderful, Walter C. Lanyon
Ask, Walter C. Lanyon
Peace, Power, and Plenty, Orison Swett Marden
Every Man A King, or, Might in Mind-Mastery, Orison Swett Marden
Love Your Neighbor, Art Maxin
The Infinite Way, Joel S. Goldsmith
God: The Substance of All Form, Joel Goldsmith

Self-Help Memoir Miniature: “When Peace Is Taken Care of, Everything Else Falls Into Place”

Contributor: Author Leta Hamilton, whose books include The Way of the Toddler and a four-book series called 100 Daily Messages.

As a mother of young sons, I was seeking balance in my life. I wanted it to be on my terms and not dictated by when I could get out of the house, the schedule of the day spa and/or my husband’s availability to take over childcare while I was away “doing something just for me.” Meditation was a thing I had heard a lot about and I wanted to go there, explore that and make that the focus of my “me” time.

Meditation is something I can do anytime, anywhere. It requires no special equipment. It’s simply me and my body and my mind. Simple does not necessarily mean easy. We have minds busy with chatter. We can and do often become swept away with the parade of thoughts that disrupt us – an inner sense of peace is swallowed up by all those thoughts we think.

Reading up on meditation, I knew it was a way for me to master my thoughts, use my mind as a servant instead of making it my master and create the inner space to allow that peace in. Kids are a source of chaos both internally and externally. We berate ourselves with all the comparisons between ourselves and other parents and our kids and other kids. We also look around to our environments and see things out of place. Toys needing to be picked up, kids wanting to play with objects that are not intended for small hands and a gazillion other ways our external landscapes are thrown into chaos with tiny ones in our lives.

None of this is wrong. Kids will be kids! They need outlets of play for their personal development and I for one did not want to stifle their budding personhoods through my own insecurities and inability to deal with them. After recognizing the benefits of meditation, I set in place the intention to make it a part of my life. I did not know how I would do it, when or where it would happen. I made the declaration of wanting meditation to be a part of my existence and let God do the rest.

Soon enough, I noticed how Oliver would fall asleep in the buggy on our way home from dropping William off at preschool. I took that opportunity to sit in the garden of a park near my home and simply practice breathing. If the weather was too cold or rainy for that, I would roll Oliver into the house still in his buggy and just sit while he slept.

If I was in the car while children were sleeping, I would stay there in the driveway after we arrived home and do nothing other than close my eyes and breathe. I would practice meditation for durations of 2 minutes through to an hour or more.

It was a miraculous “noticing” of space in my life. Whenever I could meditate, I suddenly had the inspiration to do so. It was marvelous how these moments came with precision and regularity. It did not have to be at the same time every day or for the same amount of time. What had shifted in me was the awareness of those moments existing: moments when it was possible, doable, to meditate.

Meditation for me has expanded into a lifelong habit. I meditate now as a way of being. I take time every day to sit quietly and watch my breath internally. I also use meditation as a form of presence. When I am with someone – that is a meditation! It is a meditation of presence, of BE-ing with that person, listening to them and responding from a place of spontaneity. I no longer think what to say ahead of time. I sit with a person in a state of presence-meditation.

When I do the dishes, it is my “dishes meditation” time. I do the dishes with presence. I wash them as if this were the greatest meditation ever. I love the dishes as I clean them. I am with them as a lover. It’s the same with the laundry. I just do the laundry like I would if I were sitting cross-legged in a room of meditation students. Wherever I go, whatever I am doing, I practice it as a meditation. Life is a meditation to me now. It is no longer separate activity from the rest of my life. All of life is calm and meditation.

Of course, there is still noise in my life. With 4 young boys how could there not be? However, my intention of creating life as the meditation makes it easy for the calm to stay inside. I still go off and sit by myself from time to time to regroup and restore an inner sense of balance. I have a chair that is specifically placed in my bedroom for my quiet meditation times. I sit on the floor and focus on beautiful objects that are pleasing to me. I stay in the car when I am able and breath while the baby continues to sleep.

All of these things I do as a habit because meditation is important to me. It’s one of the greatest, if not the greatest, priority of my life. Above caring for my kids, being there for my husband or taking care of personal hygiene I intend the peace meditation brings me. When peace is taken care of, all those other things fall into place so easily and effortlessly. I have noticed how easy my life is and with what grace I am gifted every day. I have peace as a core value. I arrive there through vigilant adherence to the intention that meditation is in my life every day. Then I wait for the opportunities to “pop up” and I take them, I act on them, I do as I am guided and I notice how often it is there is that space for what I desire.

You too can make something a part of your life that you desire. Whether it is more time for meditation or something else, there is something powerful in the intention. Then, it is up to you to notice and act on what is opening up in front of you. Be very open. You will be surprised at how many ways The Universe brings you what you desire.


Self-Help Memoir Miniature: “I Am Deeply at Peace”

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Contributor: Author Leta Hamilton, whose books include The Way of the Toddler and a four-book series called 100 Daily Messages.

When I told the Universe I wanted more peace, depth within my being and a closeness to God that was manifest in my daily existence, I had no idea how that would play out in experience. I had a very intimate hour with my Self in meditation where I asked from the depths of my being for expansion. It was a conversation that was completely with myself and spoken out loud. I sat for an hour and talked to myself about my desires, my intentions for peace and closeness with God. I gave my heart and soul to the All-ness of All That Is in that moment.

When I found out some months later that I was pregnant, though my husband had a vasectomy some 2-plus years earlier, I was angry, confused and suffering from a bad case of the “Why me?” syndrome. I had a burgeoning career as a writer and speaker, a radio show I loved and not enough time as it was to split between my career/non-mothering goals and my role as parent. It wasn’t meant to be, supposed to be or in any way fair!

Still, here I was with a baby inside of me and halfway through my second trimester. I was over four months along before I finally realized what was going on with my body. With a breastfeeding child already and a busy schedule with three other young ones, I was not paying a lot of attention to my monthly menstrual cycle. I just figured my lack of period was a result of the breastfeeding and moved through each day like “a chicken with its head cut off.”

My epiphany came when I realized that what I had in this pregnancy and this baby was exactly what I had put out there into the universe as an intention. It was the energy of what I desired most: a pathway to peace, greater discoveries of inner depth and perfect beyond perfect for becoming closer to God. Not only is a baby a way for all of us to connect to our God-self, but also the journey of getting to a peaceful state over this very shocking news was the perfect situation from which to explore my relationship with my God-self and become even closer to the All of All That Is.

I am here to say that intentions become reality when they are spoken from a place of authenticity that transcends beliefs, concepts and subliminal programming that may be creating a barrier between our spoken desires and our inner “ideas” about what is possible. As we move through the many-layered playground of mind, we see that we are a collection of beliefs and concepts that are often philosophically opposed. We can desire money and believe that it is the root of all evil. Figuring out our facets as a human is wonderfully fun if we allow it to be. It also allows us to examine our inner beliefs and concepts, discovering incongruities and adherence to the collective consciousness.

We can also examine how societal/cultural norms are at play in our energy and determine where they are serving our expansion as humans and where they are not. All of this inner work allows us to know ourselves, make choices from a place of clarity and authenticity, and freely claim our right to be on this planet. We can love ourselves with abandon when we have explored the inner landscape, loving and embracing what we find there—for it is all blissful discovering!

Becoming pregnant with my fourth child, another son, was everything I had asked for and more. The moment I realized he truly was an answer to prayer, I burst out in laughter. How brilliantly the Universe had delivered to me everything I desired! I am four years into his existence now. My life has changed significantly. On the outside, it may appear that I have given up many of my dreams. I no longer have the radio show. I do not speak to groups as often as I used to. My books don’t sell well and I have the job as Mom more than anything else at the moment. Yet, none of that matters. I am more happy and satisfied than I have ever been. I have the life that I need energetically to create all the wonderful experiences for me to cultivate peace in my heart, figure out my infinite depth and become closer and closer to God in every breath.

I—simply stated—love my life. What more could I ask for? Energetically, I am full, full, full! The law of attraction means for me constantly going within and finding the energy of that which I desire. The thing is a representation of the energy. I skip the middle man of the thing and go straight for the energy. I talk to the universe energetically. I connect to the energy of that which I desire and go into my life now to find where that energy already exists. In that, I find the ways I can be grateful right now. The energy of that which I desire is already evident in my day-to-day existence. Connecting to that evidence through meditation opens up my heart to appreciation that has no words.

Timothy is our answer to prayer! I think how lucky we are to have him. What I see in his eyes, his very presence, is my capacity to attract exactly what I want—in a most unexpected and brilliant way. Gratitude is simply inadequate to express my blessings.


Self-Help Memoir Miniature: “I Have a Family and a Future”

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Contributor: Angelo Limon of angelolimon.com. From the author: “I started my blog to prove to you that it doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from or what you did in the past. The only thing that matters is who you want to become and where you want to go.”

Hi, I’m Angelo Limon. I’m a reader, writer and blogger. I remember when I was in high school, I hated to read, write and didn’t even know what blogging was–that was back in 2006! After high school I went to study Chemical Engineering in The Netherlands. Can you imagine a young man, 18 years old, flying to The Netherlands from Aruba, who has no father figure or siblings, only a caring mother who did her best to raise her son?

Once I arrived in The Netherlands, I was like a little man in a big and fast-paced world. At home I could drive myself or got a lift; now I had to take trains, bus and metro’s everywhere. I was used to having dinner made for me; now I had to go to the supermarket myself, cook my own meals and pay my own rent. I went from being taken care of to looking after myself, with no one to tell me anything!

While living my new life I was exposed to things I never experienced before, most of which could derail anybody from their goals in life, like smoking weed and cigarettes, drinking alcohol, going to house parties, experiencing peer pressure, skipping class and other things I’m not proud of. I met new people who weren’t good for me, but I still found myself hanging around them. Did you ever felt like something wasn’t good for you, but still did it? That was me!

I was led many times down the wrong path, but fortunately I had a some will power to make the right choices most of the time. I should have gone to prison a few times for some of the things I did, but I never got caught! I did come in contact with the law a few times–after a night of heavy partying and drinking, walking back home peeing outdoors is a no-no in The Netherlands, but when you got to go, you got to go right?

All jokes aside, in my last year of school I took a little break before completing my last internship. Here is where I started to think deeply about my future and what I wanted to do with my life after I graduated. I knew I didn’t want to just keep studying or working forever and paying bills till retirement!

I went back to Aruba for the summer, but this vacation was different, because I knew something was going to happen to me that would change my course of life. So said, so done: I found a book on a night table at my in-laws: Joseph Murphy’s The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind.

This book got me started with personal development. Then, when I came back to The Netherlands I bought Napoleon Hill’s Think & Grow Rich as well.

Today I can truly say my life has changed for the better, because these books informed me that I had the power to change my life.

The secret, as I see it, is this: you become what you think about most of the time!

I found out that everything starts with my thoughts–they control my feelings and actions. My thoughts and actions in the past had me in the current situation I was in, so if I wanted to change my current results, I had to change the way I think–that simple!

Today I am proud to have my bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering and a loving loving wife and daughter who I care about so much.

I know how it feels to have no money left during or at the end of the month: it sucks! Feeling lost, confused and scared about the future was something normal for me. I can look back at the past and learn from my mistakes–and look forward and believe in myself to build a better and brighter future for myself and my family!


Angelo Limon

Self-Help Memoir Miniature: “My Days Are Smooth and Calm”

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Contributor: Alexander of alexandersvitych.com.

Last week I carried out an experiment. Every day while commuting by metro to work, I self-tuned myself by saying repeatedly: “Today I am going to have a great day. I have enough time for all my tasks. Work comes and goes. The day is calm and smooth.”

Each day of that week went indeed calm and smooth, and I had time to accomplish all my tasks without any rush or stress.

Then, on another day I did not repeat that positive confirmation. And the day turned out to be hectic, stressful and energy-consuming.

Does this mean positive affirmations are crucial for a balanced and harmonious life?

I don’t think so.

Or, to be more precise, I believe they are just one of the factors that influence our lives and adjust the flow of our days. Besides, positive thinking and positive attitude are different things.

Yet perhaps positive affirmations are not fruitless either. At least two useful things that I took for myself are:

  • They calm down your mind (eliminating “inner talk”);
  • They assist with focus and concentration.

I still believe that action is the most important ingredient of the recipe–the fifth element, if you wish. The so-called “law of attraction” that has been advertised throughout the world is bollocks if not accompanied with action. However, using positive affirmations is not entirely wrong either.

But let me repeat myself–only if backed up with acting, making and doing.


Self-Help Memoir Miniature: “My Relationship with My Father Is Healing”

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Contributor: Sal of www.powerfulintentions.org.

For most of the past few years, my relationship with my father wasn’t great. I was only talking to him about once a month and seeing him just on birthdays and holidays. I felt he was selfish and I didn’t call him very often. I felt like I needed an hour on the phone with him before I could get a word in.

But I did want to improve things with him. “How can I get closer to my dad?” I kept asking myself. I didn’t want to regret not doing so one day.

Then I read a book that changed everything. It is called The Power of Intention and it’s by Dr. Wayne Dyer. After reading it, I knew what I had to do: I had to get rid of the old beliefs I had towards my father and just look for the good in him.

So, that is exactly what I did. I started thinking about his good qualities and putting his limitations right out of my mind.

One night, I decided to visit my father, and before going I asked to be guided by the spirit rather than my ego while with him. I prayed that I would come from a place of love and not let anything my father did or said that night bother me.

Well, guess what: I saw a different man that night. He wanted to know everything that was going on with me for the last few months. We talked for hours, and at the end, I didn’t want to leave. We had a wonderful conversation and it opened great doors for our relationship.

Since then, my relationship with my father has improved greatly, but not only that; my father’s life has improved, too! After that night he went on to follow through with some of the goals and dreams that he had put away over twenty years ago when my mom died. He became more open-minded. He took the same spirituality-related course I took and identified the things about him that weren’t working, then started changing them. He has accomplished so much since that night that I saw him in a new light.

We are on a journey together, and it is awesome.


Self-Help Memoir Miniature: “It Is Good”


Contributor: Greg Kuhn, author of Why Quantum Physicists Do Not Fail, Why Quantum Physicists Don’t Get Fat and more.

An African king had a close friend who had the habit of remarking, ‘This is good’ about every occurrence in life, no matter what it was. One day, the king and his friend were out hunting. The king’s friend loaded a gun and handed it to the king. But, alas, he loaded it wrong. And when the king fired it, his thumb was blown off.

“This is good!” exclaimed his friend.

The horrified and bleeding king was furious. “How can you say this is good? This is obviously horrible!” he shouted.

The king put his friend in jail.

About a year later, the king went hunting by himself. Cannibals captured him and took him to their village. They tied his hands, stacked some wood, set up a stake, and bound him to it. As they started to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the king was missing a thumb. Being superstitious, they never ate anyone who was less than whole. They untied the king and sent him on his way.

Full of remorse, the king rushed to the prison to release his friend.

“No! This is good!” responded his delighted friend.

“Oh, how could that be good, my friend? I did a terrible thing to you.”

“It is good,” said his friend, “because if I hadn’t been in jail I would have been hunting with you and they would have eaten me!”

Greg Kuhn

Self-Help Memoir Miniature: “I Went From Convicted Felon to Respected Author”

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Contributor: Steve Pavlina of www.stevepavlina.com.

In January of 1991, my life was going downhill fast. I’d just been arrested for felony grand theft after a few prior arrests for misdemeanors. I got expelled from college because I ditched most of my classes. I played video games for up to 18 hours at a time. I’d fallen into a pattern of self-destructive, out-of-control behavior.

I didn’t know how at the time, but I decided I had to make some serious changes. I really didn’t want to spend my adult years wearing orange pajamas.

I began listening to personal development audio programs, and I liked the positive messages they shared. Sometimes I listened to them for two to three hours per day. This had a major effect on my attitude, thoughts, and beliefs. I gradually began setting goals, working on my self-discipline, and overcoming bad habits.

Soon I started over at a new college. Thanks to all this positive conditioning, I was able to take triple the normal course load, and I graduated in only three semesters with a double major in computer science and mathematics. At graduation I was presented with special award given to the top computer science student. I was amazed at the powerful transformation I went through as a result of exposing myself to daily inspiration.

After college I started a computer games business and ran it for ten years. For the first five years, it was a real struggle. I sank into debt and went bankrupt. But I didn’t give up because I understood the value of persistence. I kept going and eventually turned the business around. For the next five years, it did very well. Our games won several awards, and we had a write-up and photo published in the New York Times.

As I began to appreciate the amazing payoffs from investing in personal growth, I devoured many more books in the field and eventually read more than 1,000 of them. I listened to audio programs and went to seminars to keep learning and growing. Soon I was formulating my own insights to build upon this knowledge–and to connect the dots between what I’d learned from others and what I’d experienced for myself.

I felt a strong desire to “pay it forward,” so in 1999 I started writing articles to share what I learned with others.

I know that personal transformation is possible because I’ve lived it. By making a serious commitment to personal growth, I went from sitting in a jail cell facing felony charges to becoming a globally recognized author, speaker, and personal growth expert. This did not happen overnight. It took 15-20 years to reach this point. But what if I hadn’t made this commitment? I might have eventually received a much less pleasant 15-20 year sentence.

My life purpose is: to care deeply, connect playfully, love intensely, and share generously; to joyfully explore, learn, grow, and prosper; and to creatively, brilliantly, and honorably serve the highest good of all.


Self-Help Memoir Miniature: “I Chose Happiness”

Contributor: Motivational speaker and author Terri Lynn of thinkhappybehappy.com.

As a young child my mother told me that God is always watching. At four or five I went searching everywhere for that God until one day I became aware that I was not alone. I felt the presence within me. At a young age I developed a friendship with God. Later in life I made a prayerfully guided decision during my divorce. Years later that divinely guided decision led me into a living hell. My two young sons moved two hours away with their father. “How does my life look like this?” I wondered. After going through every emotion you can imagine, wanting to die rather than face the next ten years of pain, I came to accept my life and I made the commitment to live happy.

I trained my brain to think happy and became grateful for the divine strength from within that carried me through each day. I learned to play games with my mind to keep it focused on something positive. As I look back I see just how I was divinely guided to the positive side of pain. Pain is a catalyst and is a sign we need to change. Today I am grateful for those years because my sons and I are closer because of our separation. We made every minute together count, and we still do.

To be happy, no matter what, requires taking responsibility and acceptance. The decision to be happy is what creates the experience of being happy and your happiness depends on you.


Self-Help Memoir Miniature: Jack Canfield on the Power of Belief

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Contributor: Jack Canfield, www.jackcanfield.com. As the beloved originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Jack Canfield fostered the emergence of inspirational anthologies as a genre–and then watched it grow into a billion-dollar market. Here, Mr. Canfield shares a true law of attraction success story about the transforming power of one’s beliefs.

One of the best examples I know of the power of belief is an Australian named Cliff Young. Here is his story.

Cliff Young was a farmer who loved what he did; however, somewhere in the back of his mind he’d always wanted to run in a long distance race–an extreme race like a 5 ½-day 500-600 kilometer one. So, one day when he was in his 60s, he finally decided to enter and to fulfill his dream.

On the day of the race, Cliff prepared by dressing as he usually did in overalls, a T-shirt and construction boots–not even running shoes–with a baseball cap and sunglasses, while everyone around him was wearing Nike, Reebok and Asics running gear.

When he showed up and the others saw what he planned to wear, they said, “Are you serious?” They asked him if he’d ever run a long distance race before. To this, he said “no.” Then they asked if he’d run a short race like a half marathon before. To this, he also said “no,” and responded the same to a question regarding a 10k. So then they asked him what made him think he could run this race.

To this, he said, “I am a farmer. I chase my sheep around all day. I don’t have a tractor, so when I hear the sheep I gather them with my dog. Sometimes, if a storm’s coming in, we may be out running around for two or three days without sleep, so I think I can do this.”

At first, the race organizers didn’t want to let him enter. Finally, though, they acquiesced.

When everyone took off they were running fast, but Cliff ran rather slowly, doing what’s now called the ‘Cliff Young Shuffle’. He didn’t know that you were supposed to run for 16 hours and sleep for 8, then repeat that process to the end, and when everyone else went to sleep he was so far behind them that no one was awake to tell him to go to bed. Then, when they got up they were gone before he got there.

This went on for three and a half days, but on the fourth day while everyone was sleeping, Cliff ran by them again, still with no one telling him to go to sleep. The end of the story is that he ran non-stop for five and a half days and broke the old record by twelve hours.

What does this tell us? To me, this says that what you believe affects everything that you do. The other runners believed that they had to sleep every night, but Cliff didn’t have that belief. Therefore, he just continued on and ended up ahead of them all.

Jack Canfield

Self-Help Memoir Miniature: “Dancing Helped Me Overcome Depression”

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Contributor: Mandy, a professional dancer and dance, yoga and pilates instructor. Read her blog at www.breathingheart.com.

For over two decades, dance has been my passion. It began when I was seven years old when my mother signed me up for ballet lessons. She hoped that I could use up my extra energy learning how to move more elegantly, rather than using it to jump noisily around the house. (I was a little girl who could not sit still for over ten minutes!)

During that very first class, I fell in love with dance. I grew up in a family that didn’t talk very much about feelings, and dance gave me permission to feel and “speak” honestly and freely. My voice was heard through movement.

When I was in the fifth grade, my mother unexpectedly developed cancer and died shortly after the diagnosis. It was an emotional upheaval for me and my family. Later on in life, I didn’t realize that ever since that happened I had been suppressing my grief, anger and fear. Every time I felt bad, I just kept my thoughts and feelings quietly to myself. I was afraid to confront them; I was afraid even to remember them. Later, this suppression became such a problem that I had a hard time verbalizing and communicating when I was angry or upset.  My inability to express negative feelings even led to the end of my first romantic relationship.

After that first relationship broke up, I was in a “functional” depression for almost two years. However, this experience taught me tremendous lessons about letting go and how to use positive thinking to change my life. It was during that period that I realized that the loss and the sadness I felt affected the physical function of my heart and lungs–I was actually getting physically weaker each day. At one point, I started having difficulty breathing and got tired very easily. As a dancer, I lost focus, stamina and even had trouble memorizing the choreography.

I knew I could not let my despair continue, so I became determined to get better and live my life again. During the process of healing, I read lots of spiritual books, did meditation, danced and journaled. It took me a while to see hope and happiness again, but eventually, these techniques worked, and now, I have my life back. I realize that nothing can hurt me, except ME. I refuse to be a victim of the past, and I choose to keep loving and to keep laughing no matter what life brings to me.

After realizing this, my life started to change. I started to attract more lovable, supportive and inspiring friends. When my mind feels good, my body feels good; I am just happy, healthy and free right here, right now. Most importantly, I know I am special whether I am on or off the stage.


Self-Help Memoir Miniature: “Affirmations Are Helping My Son With Asperger’s”

Guest contributor: Law of attraction believer Sarah Joyce Bryant, who gratefully requests help for her son at www.giveforward.com/keepcodyathome.

My son, Cody, has Asperger’s syndrome. When he was eighteen months old he suffered a full regression, losing his ability to walk and talk. When he regained his speech, he had echolalia, which means that he would repeat word for word everything he had heard that day. When he is in a rage state, he still has a little echolalia and will mindlessly repeat the not-so-nice things that he’s heard from other children.

Last month, Cody was discharged from an eight-month stay in a residential care facility. When he came home, I decided that I would fill him full of positive messages and love. My theory was that if I filled his mind with an abundance of positive messages every day he would start yelling out positive things when he was in a rage state.

Well, I’m pleased to say that my plan is working! During one of Cody’s recent meltdowns, he yelled out “You are very kind,” and then told me I was a stupid ass and that he didn’t love me. For him, that’s progress!

If there is one thing most Asperger’s children have in common, it is the need to stick to a rigid schedule every day. I use this need to incorporate more positive messages into Cody’s day. Each morning we listen to Louise Hay’s Morning Meditation while eating breakfast. I sit at the table with a bin of markers and write out his daily schedule in a rainbow of colors. When I have finished writing his schedule, I add positive affirmations. I always include “I am safe,” and “All is well in my world,” but we also choose a Power Thought card from Louise Hay that is our affirmation for the day. I, too, have developed a routine for myself combining positive affirmations/meditations with binaural brain waves and reading positive life affirming books for an hour before Cody gets up.

I have found other unique ways to incorporate positive affirmations into Cody’s daily regimen. I created “relax time” for Cody which includes an hour of listening to Louise Hay affirmations or listening to music he loves. He usually will read books during this time or create amazing art pieces. He also listens to positive affirmations when he goes to bed that repeat throughout the night. Recently, after his relax time, Cody gave me a plastic bag with squares of paper in it. He had made his own affirmation cards!

Here’s a sample of what he wrote:

  • I love myself and others love me and I love others too
  • Rude comments aren’t very nice
  • People love other people
  • Have a good day
  • Golden Rules: Treat others the way you want to be treated
  • Have a great day
  • I love my life
  • If I be nice to others they’ll be nice to me
  • Life is great
  • Be sorry for your mistakes
  • Talk to your friends
  • I am in control of my life

It is clear that focusing on positive affirmations is having an impact on Cody’s thought processes … and they are having quite an impact on mine, too. I am calmer and more able to handle the stress of caring for Cody every day. Amazing things manifest in my life that I had not thought possible, such as a new equine therapy facility in our area that had an available spot for Cody. And my health is improving, too! The pain I used to feel from fibromyalgia and arthritis has significantly lessened and my blood pressure has returned to normal as well.

Though things are still not easy, I am able to handle the daily challenges better. Cody walks around saying things like “I approve of myself.” He even created his own daily affirmation: “I open my heart to love.” He begs to listen to Louise Hay affirmations even when it’s not “relax time” or bedtime.

So far, affirmations have made an undeniably positive difference in our lives.

Sarah Joyce Bryant

Self-Help Memoir Miniature: “I Decided That Today, I Would Not Be Anxious”


Guest contributor: Law of attraction believer Jenion, www.jenion.com.

I am a word person. I always have been, though for much of my life I relegated the power of words to my heart. I didn’t know that some words could affect my daily experience, too.

And then the idea of “intention” (and it’s sister concept, the “law of attraction”) exploded on the scene. The New Age movement meets quantum physics! So, along with everyone else, I watched “What the Bleep”, read Lynn Grabhorn’s “Excuse Me, You’re Life is Waiting,” and more–there is no shortage of material out there which says that we can create our own reality and attract into our lives the things we want by “setting our intention.”

I liked these ideas, despite the fact that much of what has been written is tinged with magical thinking and focused on achieving material abundance. Although I’m not bent on earning my first million, I am attracted to the concept that it might be up to me whether any given day is a good day or not. So, since then, I’ve tried several experiments with the idea of intention. One notable example ended up with me getting free meat at the grocery store–it was a fun experiment, but the free meat has not been a replicable outcome. What has and can be replicated, though, is the intention to manage my own choices such that a positive outcome is practically guaranteed.

I remember the first time I approached an annual event, one which I had dreaded every year, with this specific intention: “Today, I will be not be anxious. I will be calm and open to every person who approaches me. If there is a problem, we will resolve it with compassion and respect.” I wrote the intention down, and said it aloud. Each time throughout the day that I began to feel anxiety or my composure began to slip, I would remind myself of the day’s intention.

In the end, it was a great day.

This may be one of the reasons the Gospel of John is my favorite. It’s first sentence “In the beginning was the Word” is perhaps my favorite sentence of all time. It’s followed by: “The Word was with God and was God.” In other words, God’s intention created everything. How amazing and powerful is that? And the light created by that intent has not and cannot be overcome by darkness.

As with every change we try to make in life, practice is called for and perfection is a million miles away. But I have more successfully intentional days now than I did five years ago, or five months ago. And that has, indeed, changed my life forever.


Self-Help Memoir Miniature: “Everything Fell Into Place”


Contributor: Hanna Goss of Goss Coaching. Hanna has a great blog about mental health and alternative spiritual practices at goss-coaching.com/blog.

In 2009, I really “got” the idea of acceptance and gratitude. Consciously, I let go of struggling against my life and focused on appreciating my home, my job, my relationships, my body, me—everything!

About two months later, I was sitting at home having dinner when my husband called from a conference. After a few minutes of catching up, he said, “Some people have asked me to apply for a job.”

It happened to be in another state in an area that we loved and had dreamed of retiring to “someday.” I encouraged him to throw his hat in the ring, if that was what he wanted.

He arrived back home on Tuesday and had his application in on Thursday. The following week he had a telephone interview that went so well they invited him up a few days later for an in-person interview. A few days after the interview, they offered him the job—with a significant raise.

That weekend we saw the community that would become our new home for the first time as we looked at houses with a realtor. By Sunday we had put in an offer, which was accepted as we raced back to get our home on the market. After spending a week prepping our home to get it ready for sale, I walked out the door on Saturday morning to fly to a conference in Los Angeles just as a couple was coming in for our first showing. By the time I landed in LA, we had a full-price offer in-hand—something everyone told us was impossible due to the economy.

Three weeks later, we closed on both houses, and moved to our new home—and my bosses agreed to let me take my job with me. Not only was I able to keep a job I loved, but I was able to fulfill a dream of working from home. Everything—absolutely everything—fell perfectly into place for this mind-boggling fast transition to happen—a transition that allowed our dreams to come true.