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5 Self-Help Books for Personal Growth

By: Hidden Gems on April 6, 2021

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By: Hidden Gems on April 6, 2021


According to Wikipedia, a self-help book is one that is written with the intention to instruct its readers on solving personal problems. They are also known and classified under self-improvement. There’s absolutely a self-help book out there for you and depending on your own personal growth goals, one of these Hidden Gems ARC reader favorites may be the one you’ve been looking for. Check out this round up and get started today!


Mindful Eating for Lasting Weight Loss

Mindful Eating For Lasting Weight-Loss by Simone Clark

In Mindful Eating for Lasting Weight Loss, you’ll learn how to use mindful eating to achieve a balanced relationship with food. Simone Clark teaches readers how to tell the difference between emotional and physical hunger, as well as tips and tricks to make sure your mindful eating journey is a success.

“This book is my personal coach to better eating,” writes Lourdes in their 5-star review. “Everyone needs to read this book to remind themselves how we can be successful at mindful eating and maintain a healthy relationship with food. Understanding our biology rather than fighting it will release the stress often accompanied with ‘dieting.’”

PizzaLisa raves in her 5-star review, “This is a great little book if you feel that eating has taken over your life and become the most important part of your day. If you, like myself, are addicted to food and have tried all the fad diets but never seem to lose an ounce this book is the answer to your prayers. This is NOT a diet book. It’s a book that helps you reprogram your brain to eat at appropriate times and to be satisfied by eating appropriate amounts. I found myself eating around the clock and I even eat when I’m not hungry, I simply eat all the time. I find myself in the kitchen eating chips or cookies and I don’t remember going to the kitchen. The best thing about this book is that the author does not try to tell you how or what, or even when to eat. Instead she teaches you to understand your thoughts and feelings while you’re eating then she gives you the tools to change your unhealthy eating habits.”

How To Get Anything You Want

How To Get Anything You Want by Thee Ambitious Woman

Can you really have it all? Build a successful business, follow your passion, stay fit, and still cultivate a great relationship with your partner or family? If you’re ready to take action, to learn how to fully embrace your ambitions and integrate that smoothly into your life and personal growth (and not against it), then this book, with an astounding 4.7 average star rating and nearly 100 reviews on Amazon, is a must-read.

“You can feel Thee Ambitious Women’s passion coming off the pages, she cheers you on along the way,” says MamaOsita in her 5-star review. “Given our current world situation, she shows you that women matter, women can thrive and it’s okay that women need a different way to goal setting in their personal and professional lives. So, I encourage each of you…if you feel like you don’t feel ambitious, pick up this book…read it! You will be one step closer to finding balance in your life.”

“What sets this book apart is that the author addresses that goal-setting can be different for women than men,” writes Amazon Customer in their 5-star review. “Women often are responsible for the mental load and emotional labor in their work and personal relationships. These differences need to be reflected in how women map out their goals while wearing various hats. The author does an excellent job describing these differences and creating a different approach for women to set and achieve goals. The author endorses a ‘Yin-Yang’ approach – which is the combination of both soft (goals not easily quantifiable- e.g., increase self-confidence) and hard goals (e.g., Pay off $500 loan). I appreciate the author’s use of values and goal chunking to prevent overwhelm and burnout as I am a wife, a mother of 2, and starting a new career. I highly recommend this book to any woman looking for personal and professional development advice with them in mind.”

The Whole SELF Lifestyle for Working Parents

The Whole SELF Lifestyle for Working Parents by Sarah Argenal

The Whole SELF Lifestyle for Working Parents offers a unique alternative to the hustle-and-grind culture that’s taken over modern society, without the platitudes and one-size-fits-all solutions. With this approach, you’ll come to understand the complexities of yourself and your life as a whole, so you can make more effective choices based on what you need in each moment and your personal growth goals. Sarah Argenal helps you understand that it’s time to finally enjoy all aspects of your full life.

“I am so impressed by this book,” writes Tracy Samson in her 5-star review. “No matter what you do, if you are a working parent or not, you will gain so much from reading this book. Actually, I should say you will gain so much by reading the book AND doing the work. It is not a typical ‘self-help’ book. Meaning, that it is not just going to make you feel good while reading it, and then when you are done, nothing has changed. I ended up ordering the companion workbook because I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to actually make a change in my life. When reading the book, Sarah is so honest and authentic about her own journey that you don’t feel like someone is just telling you what is wrong with you, and here is what you need to do. She empowers you by having you delve deep into yourself to ask the important questions to find what will work for you. Then she gives you tools to make a real change that will last after reading the book. This book is about making the best life for you. So many people were experiencing unhappiness and burnout prior to what is happening in our world right now. This book could not have come out at a better time.”

Kimberly raves in her 5-star review, “Reading this book has helped me feel SEEN, less overwhelmed, and like someone finally gets it. Sarah’s excellent way of describing her experience as well as honoring what I’m feeling is like nothing else I’ve ever read. A must-read!”

100 Stocks That A Young Warren Buffett Might Buy

100 Stocks That A Young Warren Buffett Might Buy by James Pattersenn Jr

In 100 Stocks that a Young Warren Buffett Might Buy, author James Pattersenn reveals how Warren Buffett and his partner Charlie Munger earned a mind-blowing 1156% return on investment trading stocks and led Buffett to be the 2nd richest man in the world, at over $84B net worth. Join the author as he applies Buffett’s 60 years of incredible stock market expertise in a fascinating (and potentially extremely profitable) experiment, where 100 of today’s best companies and technology stocks are examined for profit growth and stock portfolio inclusion.

Lawson writes in his 5-star review, “This book is a good primer for beginning and part-time investors, not to be confused with day traders. The book’s first sections offer rock-solid advice and an education on stock valuation and selection as done by investing superstars Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger. The author then uses the Buffet/Munger models to list specific companies meeting investment criteria. Patterssen warns his list is not to be considered investment advice, and I agree, as the numbers and analysis change over time. Nonetheless, this book, if accepted as education and generic advice, is a winner that I enjoyed from start to finish, even the specific stock analyses.”

“This book is well written by an author with extensive experience and passion for investing,” explains Blond Mom in her 5-star review. “The first part of the book provides solid history on Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger. The book outlines key aspects that Warren Buffett used to invest in companies that helped rocket Berkshire Hathaway to great successes. The 100 stocks are great, as they are the product of the investment strategy provided in this book. The investment strategy is where the real value of this book comes from. Greatly recommended for any investor.”

TranscenDANCE: Lessons from Living, Loving, and Dancing

TranscenDANCE: Lessons from Living, Loving, and Dancing by Melissa Drake

In TranscenDANCE: Lessons from Living, Loving, and Dancing, author Melissa Drake invites the reader to discover and share in the subtle and not so subtle lead of the Universe through dance. Drake interweaves anecdotes and autobiographical info to share how dance transpired to help her inspire others. The book is supplemented with exercises for individual integration and supported by diverse playlists with thousands of songs.

“This book is an extraordinary combination of personal stories, revelations, and lessons. It demonstrates how dance can heal the heart, mind, and soul, and thus TRANSCEND,” raves Amazon Customer in their 5-star review. “Melissa’s way of expressing her lessons of living through her anecdotes, through moments of deep reflection, and sharing sometimes raw, painful experiences. All the while, she overcoming judgments, discovering her worth, and moving through life (and Dance) with grace.I found myself laughing out loud, tearing up and jotting down notes from her wisdom and storytelling. What makes the book unique is the addition of music playlists and activities to prompt integration of the chapter messages. There are thousands of songs! This book is about true embodiment! TranscenDANCE reminds me that if we trust in the Universe to lead us, the Dance of life really becomes a tango of joy, love, and abundance!”

“It’s the book you don’t know you need to read, until it comes across your awareness,” writes betharooski in their 5-star review. “Melissa threads raw, real and perhaps cringeworthy stories together in a beautiful quilt of life’s happenings. Everyone has stuff we’d rather forget about or shove under a rug and hide from the light of day. But, that just makes for a very lumpy rug. Integrating in life’s less savory moments into the bigger picture is something we can all learn to do better, as the soil of our gardens is made from exactly that.”

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