The Self Development Books You’re Reading Now

Choosing a self help book is quite a personal thing. Each of us is following a unique path and what speaks to one may not speak to another. And the book that spoke to you last year, may no longer resonate. Isn’t that marvellous? 

Today I’m sharing a short list of books that readers of Emma Mills London have found helpful in their personal development journey. Thank you for writing in and sharing your favourite books with me.

It’s my hope that in sharing book reviews from time to time you may find inspiration not only for your next read, but motivation to carry on learning, evolving and exploring this incredible life we all share. 

Some of these books are very spiritual others are more pop psychology, some are about meditation and others high in science. I’ve not read them all, as I say, most of these have been recommend by readers of the blog, but I have read many of them and those I haven’t read do look fab!

Do you have a book to suggest?  Leave a comment below and let me know so that I can update the list. (If it’s a poetry book you are hoping for…look here! )

Now for the books, in no particular order


  • The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle – VIEW

“Your outer journey may contain a million steps; your inner journey only has one: the step you are taking right now.” 

Eckhart Tolle
  • Fashion and Spirituality by Farah Liz Palaro  –VIEW

“Our mission is to always prioritize the human in every decision we make. We make decisions from love and not fear. We apply spiritual and self-development techniques in our daily routines and methodology to improve things around us.”

Farah Liz Palaro
  • Mans Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl  – VIEW

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” 

Viktor E. Frankl
  • Sapiens by Yuval Harrari – VIEW

“We did not domesticate wheat. It domesticated us.” 

Yuval Noah Harari
  • I am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj – VIEW

“The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love.” 

 Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • The Inside-Out Revolution by Michael Neill – VIEW

“To be fully present with what is, is to be content… and to be content is to be blessed by everything that happens in life.”

Michael Neill
  • The Chimp Paradox by Dr Steve Peters – VIEW

“How can you determine who you really are? To work out who you really are as a person is easy to do. If you wrote a list of all the things you would like to be, you may write things like calm, compassionate, reasonable, positive, confident and happy, then this is who you really are. Any deviation from this is a hijacking by the Chimp.” 

Steve Peters
  • Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers – VIEW

“Taking responsibility means never blaming anyone else for anything you are being, doing, having, or feeling.” 

Susan Jeffers
  • Science and Spiritual Practices by Rupert Sheldrake – VIEW &
  • Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home by Rupert Sheldrake – VIEW

“The commonest kinds of seemingly telepathic response are the anticipation by dogs and cats of their owners coming home; the anticipation of owners going away; the anticipation of being fed; cats disappearing when their owners intend to take them to the vet; dogs knowing when their owners are planning to take them for a walk; and animals that get excited when their owner is on the telephone, even before the telephone is answered.” 

Rupert Sheldrake
  • The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff – VIEW

Using Wu Wei, you go by circumstances and listen to your own intuition. “This isn’t the best time to do this. I’d better go that way.” Like that. When you do that sort of thing, people may say you have a Sixth Sense or something. All it really is, though, is being Sensitive to Circumstances. That’s just natural. It’s only strange when you don’t listen.” 

Benjamin Hoff
  • Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity by David Lynch – VIEW

“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.” 

DavidLynch
  • Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarder – VIEW

“It’s not a silly question if you can’t answer it.” 

Jostein Gaarder
  • The Wim Hof Method, Wim Hof – VIEW

“Do you experience that? Ask yourself, “Have I ever experienced the wonders of life?” Meditate about it. Meditation helps your spirit bloom like a beautiful flower. The experience can be beautiful and great. Poetry is the language of the soul. So listen.”

Wim Hoff
  • Becoming Supernatural  by Dr Jo Dispenza – VIEW

“We should never wait for science to give us permission to do the uncommon; if we do, then we are turning science into another religion.”

Joe Dispenza
  • The Spell of the Sensuous: by David Abram – VIEW

“Along with the other animals, the stones, the trees, and the clouds, we ourselves are characters within a huge story that is visibly unfolding all around us, participants within the vast imagination, or Dreaming, of the world.”

David Abram
  • The Nature of Consciousness by Rupert Spira – VIEW

“In reality, which means in our actual experience, all experience is one seamless substance. The duality between the inside self and the outside object, world or other is never actually experienced. It is always imagined.” 

 Rupert Spira
  • Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead by Tosha Silver – VIEW

Grant me the willingness to experiment and play. Free me from rigid patterns that no longer serve. Let me feel adventurous and spontaneous, knowing that the more I open to life, the more it opens to me.” 

Tosha Silver
  • Osho, The book of secrets – VIEW

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”

Osho
  • A Guide to Awareness and Tranquility by William Samuel – VIEW

Who can confine Truth to ten words- or ten million? 
Such is the job of anyone who takes it upon themselves to talk about the Truth of things. Yet, in reality, the simplicity of Truth is less assuming than a single letter of the alphabet.”

William Samuel

Excellent books by authors we have met on The Emma Mills London Wellspring Podcast

  • The World Wide Forager by Roger Phillips – VIEW

The Worldwide Foragerwill cover my latest research and food discoveries. It will include an extensive section of new mushroom recipes from around Europe, as well as exploring the history, and illustrating foods that hunter-gatherer groups, like Native Americans, forage for and cook. ”

Roger Phillips on The World Wide Forager via Unbound
  • Supercharge your life (Photographic holistic wellbeing and cooker book) by Lee Holmes – VIEW

“Are you ready to Supercharge Your Life? Supercharge Your Life, is my new book which culminates all that Ive learnt throughout my journey of life and the years of research, cooking and writing Ive enjoyed during the creation of Supercharged Food. “

Lee Holmes, Via Good Reads

‘Life is difficult, but not as difficult as we think it is. As the Chinese proverb says: “You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow flying over your head, but you can prevent them from making nests in your hair”‘

Eileen Campbell, The Book Of Joy

‘Inhale. Exhale. Repeat’ A Meitation Handbook For Every Part Of Your Day by Emma Mills – VIEW

Every so often, the urge to meditate will solicit you. Oh yes it will! You’ll just be going about your day and all of a sudden you’ll feel this bubbling desire to go and sit quietly. These invitations from meditation are pure magic. Like getting a telegram from the Queen. I have found these to be some of the best times to meditate, so cherish those moments.

Emma Mills, Inhale. Exhale. Repeat