Top 10 Classic Self-Help Books Published Since the 1990s

You probably recognize the names of half of the books on my list. At Julie Anne’s Reviews, this is what I call the top 10 Classic Self-Help Books of all times — or at least for the past two decades. Publishers first printed some of these books in the early 1990s, and you can find new editions as late as 2013. You might even right across a few from 2014 by the time you read this review.

Here’s a brief showcase of the self-help books I recommend, but you can jump to the descriptions located below the ad if you want.



A Brief Description of 10 Helpful Self-Help Books

You could buy a new self-help book for every personal problem you ever have. However, that could get expensive. Therefore, you might want to consider investing in one of these top 10 books. You also can visit the You Have Issues aStore. That’s where this list was originally posted then revised for placement here.

Top 10 Classic Self-Help Books (In My Opinion)

habit #5 quote1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change — 

The Stephen R. Covey gives us simple steps for conquering daily life. He especially addresses with relationships. Covey strongly advocates listening before talking. 

2. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

This book contains rather humorous stories of people who conquered worry. He helps readers focus on their goals instead of building up anxiety inside about the unknown. 

3. How to Win Friends & Influence People

Some people might mistake this as a book that teaches how to kiss @ss to get ahead. However, it actually addresses the fundamentals of getting along with others. If we find a more constructive versus descructive way to deal with people, we can achieve our dreams. 

 4. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

I laughed my tail off when I read this book. One fault I have is being too rigid to accept change. I hate feeling like someone pulled the rug right out from under me. I even still catch myself letting out loud, frustrated grunts because work projects don’t go as planned or sometimes a manager I like leaves. This book can apply to personal as well as business life. This book depicts a rat caught in the maze wondering where the cheese went. We all have felt like at one time or another, haven’t we?

5.  The Power of Positive Thinking

Normal Vincent Peale left behind a huge legacy of positive thinking. He reminds me of my grandpa in some ways. He wrote all kinds of positive thinking material still in stock today. “The Power of Positive Thinking” Is one he probably is most remembered for writing. 

6. Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind

This spiritual and Bible-based book helps us combat negative thoughts using scripture and prayer. Joyce Meyer provides plenty of examples from times in her own life when she had to get rid of negative thoughts. 

7. Don’t Let Jerks Get The Best Of You Advice For Dealing With Difficult People

Oh! Those enemies of ours are everywhere — at work, school and even CHURCH! What do we do when we can’t control them. Let them get to us?! No, there’s a better way to deal with jerks. 

8. The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 20th Anniversary Edition

It’s a book that women can read slowly or zip through. It corresponds to the Courage to Heal Workbook for study and healing. 

9. Boundaries: When to Say Yes, When to Say No-To Take Control of Your Life [Miniature Edition] (Inspirio/Zondervan Miniature Editions)

This teaches people how to say “no” and advises people not to feel guilty in the process. It might cause some upsets to set boundaries at first. However, you can take control of your life by learning to decide when and when not to help other people. 

10. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive: 101 Inspirational Stories about Counting Your Blessings and Having a Positive Attitude

This light-hearted book became the first of a long series of light-hearted story books. It’s still in print over 20 years after its first publication. I recommend it to anyone who feels down, depressed, anxious or angry. Sometimes, you just need someone to cheer you up and make you laugh. 

Part of the reason I’m recalling these books is because I had an extremely tough year. I’m going back to recall some of the words taught by these famous inspiratonal speakers and authors.

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