One Infinite Life
December 3, 2014

There have been so many books that have changed my life. There have been books that have changed the way I see the world, ones that have opened up my eyes to new perspectives, and ones that have left a lasting impression long after I've finished turning the pages. Click through for 5 of my favourite books that have changed my life

I absolutely love reading — and I always have. There have been so many books that have changed my life. There have been books that have changed the way I see the world, ones that have opened up my eyes to new perspectives, and ones that have left a lasting impression long after I’ve finished turning the pages.


Here are 5 books that have genuinely changed my life in someway and that I highly recommend.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I have! 🙂


The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

This book highlights the importance and transformative power of presence and emphasises that happiness and enlightenment come from living in the now.

When I was in the middle of reading this book I told my Grandma that I had never read a book that was so information ‘heavy’ before and I kept needing to take breaks while reading it. My Grandma’s response was simple, yet profound to me at the time. She told me that I was needing to stop reading throughout it because it was literally changing my entire perspective of the world.

She was right, this book radically changed how I saw the world, myself and how I approached and showed up in my life. And this teachings in this book have helped me to stop dwelling in the past and worrying about the future, and instead to surrender and embrace the present moment.

This book guided me in starting to practice presence and mindfulness in my everyday life, and not just while meditating and it was the catalyst for me attending a 10 day silent meditation retreat. If you do you choose to read this one I recommend diving into it with a curious and open mind and being patient with yourself as you read it.

In 3 words: Conscious + powerful + enlightening.



The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

This book is a ‘guide to creating goals with soul’ that teaches you how to use your Core Desired Feelings to make empowered choices to design a life you love.

This book is a complete game-changer. It completely revolutionised the way I approached goals and my life in general. I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone who wants to live a happier, more fulfilling life that’s more aligned to them.

Getting clear on how I want to feel, then approaching my life and setting intentions based on these feelings has transformed my life.

In 3 words: Transformational + soulful + empowering.


Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Someone Who’s Been There by Cheryl Strayed

This book is often described as a collection of advice columns from the once-anonymous Cheryl Strayed, but honestly it’s so much more than that.

This book is weird, messed up, heart-breaking and even disturbing at times. But at the same time it’s so beautifully human and real. I truly love it.

The truth, wisdom and insights scattered throughout these pages are profound. I absolutely love Cheryl’s blatant honestly that she delivers with a unique compassion. This book moved me in so many ways, and I know that it will be one of those books I reread for the rest of my life.

In 3 words: Honest + shocking + compassionate.


Wild: A Journey From Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed

This is the memoir of a woman who embarks on 1100 mile solo-hike on the Pacific Crest Trail after her mother’s death and a marriage breakdown.

Another Cheryl Strayed book? Yep. Her writing is brilliant and Wild is one hell of a story. I absolutely love hiking and this book is vividly written in such a way that at times I felt like I was there, walking the Pacific Crest Trail myself.

Cheryl’s story is brutally honest and completely raw. Her journey to self-discovery entails unimaginable grief and brave redemption. It’s an extraordinary read with life-changing lessons and it was so compelling that I couldn’t put it down.

In 3 words: Candid + raw + redemption.


Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

This story is about a man who escapes maximum security prison in Australia and finds himself living in the slums of Bombay in India.

It took me a little while to actually get into the story, but when I did I was mesmerised. It is incredible. The writing is extraordinary and so vivid. The story is disturbing and harsh, but also beautiful at the same time.

What makes this story even more amazing is that it’s supposedly influenced by the real life experiences of the author, who allegedly began writing this story while in prison. But regardless of whether this book is actually fact or fiction I guarantee it will stay with you long after you finish reading it, I know it has for me.

In 3 words: Unbelievable + eye-opening + brutal.


Now I’d love to hear from you: What books have changed your life? Feel free to pop your recommendations in the comments.

 One Infinite Life

PS. Looking for more book recommendations? You might also like: 10 More Books That Have Changed My Life 5 Awesome Books I’ve Read Recently.

PPS. Full transparency is awesome (and really important to me) so a heads up that the links on this page are affiliate links, which means that I will receive a small ‘thank you’ commission if you click through and purchase the books. Just so you know I only ever promote things that I truly have enjoyed and recommend 🙂

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There have been so many books that have changed my life. There have been books that have changed the way I see the world, ones that have opened up my eyes to new perspectives, and ones that have left a lasting impression long after I've finished turning the pages. Click through for 5 of my favourite books that have changed my life


  • I loved Wild & have wanted to read Tiny Beautiful Things for a while! I did the Desire Map last January and plan to do it again this year – that changed my life too.

    • So good to hear Lauren! I hope you enjoy Tiny Beautiful Things as much as I did 🙂

  • Morgan

    I love the desire map! Planning to read it again for the new year. What are you CDF? Mine’s Free, Love, Connection, Joy and Spirited… interesting to see how they might shift when I do it again though!
    I love The Power of Now too, I went and saw him when I was in Melbourne for our training day and it was great, what surprised me was how funny he was!
    The other’s I haven’t read, so thanks for the recommendations! xx

    • No problem lovely, I hope you enjoy them! Seeing Eckhart sounds like it was an awesome experience. Your CDF are so beautiful – mine were connected, devoted, freedom, vibrant and joy but I am going to re-do them for the new year as well. I am also interested to see if mine change as well. My life was never the same after I started living by my CDF.

  • Lisa

    Love this post, and it looks like there will be some Cheryl Strayed books on my bedside table soon 🙂

    • Thank you Lisa. I really hope you enjoy her books. Be sure to let me know what you think of them 🙂

  • Uuh, I loved “Tiny Beautiful Things”! (It’s one of those few books which rekindles my passion for writing whenever I read it) If I had to mention other two, those would be the Art of Happiness and Women Who Run With the Wolves (I don’t even want to move into the fiction department because I would spend the whole night writing this comment!)

    • Bianca, thank you for sharing. I so agree, whenever I read Tiny Beautiful Things I am so inspired to put pen to paper and just write! I’ve never read either of those books but I’ll definitely add them to my never-ending ‘to read’ list, thank you.