5 Must Read Inspirational Books by Women for Women

5 Must Read Inspirational Books by Women for Women

I love to read and share great books with others, especially when they’re written by inspirational women.  Every morning I spend time reading personal development books during my morning routine. It helps give me the motivation and inspiration I need to commit to my personal development and have a productive day.

If you are just getting started on your self-development journey, or if you are well into your journey of growth and self-discovery, you will find these books inspirational, authentic, and relatable.  

If you’re a busy mom like me you may have trouble finding time to read during your hectic day.  A great alternative to reading is to listen on Audible.  You can listen to books while you’re in the car, folding laundry or other housework, or taking a walk.

5 Must Read Inspirational Books by Women for Women

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 5 Must Read Inspirational Books by Women for Women

1. Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life by Lara Casey

“We can’t do it all, and do it well.  But, we can choose to cultivate what matters.”

I was eager to read this book, but for whatever reason, I sat on it for several months.  In fact, at one point I took it out and started reading the first chapter and then got sidetracked with a different book.  I recently picked it back up and just finished it, and I believe I was meant to read this at just the time when I needed it most.  I was going through a challenging period where doubt was creeping in, and It came to me as a sign to strengthen my trust in God and continue my path towards a meaningful life.

The book uses gardening as an analogy for cultivating our most meaningful life, embracing imperfect, and allowing ourselves grace as we progress in living our best life with God’s help.  I am not a gardener, but I still loved the analogy and the message of this heartfelt, inspiring book. It includes actionable steps throughout the book as well as a discussion guide at the end. It is very heavily faith-based and references Bible verses throughout, so if you’re not a Christian this may not be the right pick for you.

2. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis 

I am a huge fan of Rachel Hollis and her inspiring message.  What I love most about her is her authenticity, vulnerability, and relatability.  This book is a must read for all women. 

Hollis has created a fan base by sharing her personal story of struggles, triumphs and the inspirational tips that have helped her overcome her challenges.  Her humor and no-nonsense approach make her feel like the girl next door.  She addresses the limiting mindsets that challenge our self-confidence and helps us move forward and live with passion and purpose.

I’ve also recently read her second book, Girl, Stop Apologizing which is equally as good as her first.

3. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown

“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.”

In this book, Brown challenges everything we believe about ourselves and each other and defines the true meaning of belonging.

I could relate to almost everything Brene Brown discussed in this book.  It was a crucial reminder of the importance of relationships, the need for clarity, courage, and unity and the need for integrity and authenticity in our daily lives.  We all need to slow down, judge less, support each more, and accept each other’s differences.  I’m looking forward to reading more of her books.



4. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

This is another bestseller and is on Amazon charts for the most read book.  I love Sincero’s no-nonsense approach to life, gratitude and moving past everything that is holding us back.  She’s entertaining, authentic, and incredibly witty in her writing.  It’s rare to find an author who can be so funny and relatable, while still being incredibly helpful and inspiring.  I found myself highlighting and taking notes a lot as I read, which always means it’s a winner!  

Also, check out You Are a Badass at Making Money.   This book challenges you to change your mindset about money, take risks, and push yourself to make the money you thought you could only dream of.

5. Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

A spiritual writing of discovering oneself, overcoming the day to day grind, and finding balance and happiness, this book is a relatable and vulnerable story of the journey that changed Neiqist’s life.  She encourages you to let go of the constant pressures of being perfect and begin being more present.



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  1. Great list of books here! I’ll have to check them out. Getting into a morning routine has been an essential piece to productivity for me. Thank you!

    1. seashen4 says:

      Thanks Halle! I completely agree… having a morning routine has been life changing for me.

  2. I just finished “Braving the Wilderness,” I loved it! “You Are a Badass” is next on my reading list. “Present Over Perfect” sounds really good, I’m gonna put it on my list :).

    1. seashen4 says:

      Awesome! Hope you love it!

  3. I keep seeing “Girl, Wash Your Face” everywhere! I have to check it out 🙂

    1. seashen4 says:

      I know! It’s all over my newsfeed! Can’t wait to read it!

  4. Carly says:

    “You are a bad ass” is my favorite!!!!

    1. seashen4 says:

      Mine too! Loved You are a Badass at Making Money too!

  5. “Girl Wash Your Face” is close to the top of my list! Can’t wait to read it!

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