Leaps of Faith

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Leaps of Faith

Titles to inspire personal growth

The books in this compilation are for the most part biographical. Spirituality played a deep and transformative role in the lives of each of the subjects. It catalyzed their lives and moved them from anonymity to influence. It got them over fears, hurdles, tragedies, insufficiencies and other types of adversity. Self-realization is a major theme in this list. These books explore the question of what we can become if our beliefs about who we are change.

Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting by Wayne Dyer
Wayne Dyer is renowned around the world as a spiritual coach of sorts, teaching and helping people realize a higher version of themselves -- a liberated version of themselves who can accomplish extraordinary feats of humanity. Wayne Dyer helps us explore our beliefs about who we really are and what we can do.

Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir by Daniel R Day
Dapper Dan truly started at the bottom and made it to the top. Along the way he challenged his beliefs about who he was and what his purpose in life was. He took risks and grew, stretched, and evolved. He is known as a fashion icon legend. I see him deeper than that -- as a spiritual giant of a person who wasn’t afraid to become something that his circumstances would lead no one to believe he could become.

Jump: Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve Your Life of Abundance by Steve Harvey
There’s a full, amazing, rich life we COULD have, if we were not afraid to take some leaps of faith. Steve Harvey walks us through stepping out of our proverbial box/comfort zone/mediocrity to get info the real blessings zone of our lives.

Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli
Steve Jobs fascinates people all around the world. The life and accomplishments of this one individual have impacted billions of people. He remains an enigmatic person. This book narrates his journey in life and how he became the person that we are in awe of today. How does a “reckless upstart” turn into the “visionary leader”? This books describes that evolution.

iCon: Steve Jobs, the Greatest Second Act in the History of Business by Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon
I have always loved the mythological story of the phoenix, which dies and rises from its own ashes into a new life. And I am compelled by stories of people who triumph over setbacks and failures. There are not many such stories greater than that of Steve Jobs and his career with the Apple company.