Courage shines in inspirational tales
If you are looking for inspirational stories to read as we head into the new year, you might want to check out these 11 books that tell the stories of ordinary people who have succeeded in the face of adversity.
Books from Billy Connolly, Dick Smith, Sonny Bill Williams and more will help motivate you to overcome any challenge you face next year and keep working towards the life of your dreams.
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1. Can’t Hurt Me
Can’t Hurt Me shares the story of how David Goggins overcame poverty and prejudice in his childhood to become “The Fittest (Real) Man in America.” He is one of the country’s top icons within the U.S. Armed Forces and showcases how anyone can use self-discipline and hard work to change their life.
2. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
Loung Ung grew up living a privileged life in Phnom Penh, but at five years of age, this all changed. First They Killed My Father shares the story of how she overcame adversity after being sent to a labour camp and continued to show courage and love throughout her childhood and into her adult life.
3. Windswept & Interesting: My Autobiography
While Billy Connolly is well known around the world today, you might not know he was orphaned at the tender age of four. Surviving abuse from his own family, Windswept & Interesting shares his story of success despite the odds which were stacked against him.
4. My Adventurous Life
If you aren’t familiar with Dick Smith, he’s a proud Australian who is known for his work within business and innovation. In My Adventurous Life, we learn how Dick was branded as useless at academics at school and grew up with a speech impediment and became one of the country’s most respected citizens.
5. You Can’t Stop the Sun from Shining
As the first Muslim to play for the All Blacks, Sonny Bill Williams shares his incredible story in You Can’t Stop the Sun from Shining. He has always been driven by his moral compass and uses his newly found platform to encourage change in the world around him.
6. Breathe – A Life in Flow
Rickson Gracie is a familiar name to anyone who is familiar with Jiu-Jitsu. In Breathe – A Life in Flow, we learn how Rickson was inspired to defend himself growing up in Rio and the tragedies that he overcame on his path to success.
7. In Order To Live: A North Korean’s Journey To Freedom
Yeonmi Park shares the harrowing story of growing up in North Korea. In Order to Live offers us an insight into her childhood, where she was sold into slavery at the tender age of 13. Her resilient spirit shines throughout the book.
8. The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir
Ruth Wariner grew up in a family of 42 children in Mexico, and as the 39th child, she faced extreme poverty and violence growing up. The Sound of Gravel shares the story of living in a polygamist family and how she strived to maintain loyalty to her family after leaving them behind.
9. The Nazis Knew My Name
For anyone who is inspired by the story of Auschwitz and those who survived, you’ll want to pick up The Nazis Knew My Name by Magda Hellinger. She is an Australian Slovakian Holocaust survivor who saved multiple lives in Auschwitz through her acts of kindness and courage.
10. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
Susannah Cahalan shares her story of a misdiagnosis that almost ended her life. In Brain on Fire, we learn how one intelligent doctor saved Cahalan’s life and discover some of the hard truths about the medical industry.
11. My Story
Elizabeth Smart shares her life in My Story, where we learn about her abduction at 14 years of age. She was held captive for almost a year by a religious fanatic, and we learn how she escaped from this terrible situation. People around the world now find inspiration from hearing her speak as an advocate for victims of similar crimes.
Inspiration in courageous tales
When you read any of these books, you’ll be inspired by the courageous tales which showcase how overcoming adversity in most situations is possible.
If you are struggling to find motivation in your everyday life, learning about the struggles that others have faced is often what you need to hear.
The more you read about the world around you, the more you’ll be able to show compassion and mental toughness in any situation you face in the future.
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