Diwan’s Reading List: Books to Inspire


Lion – Saroo Brierley

Lion is the heartbreaking and inspiring original true story of the lost little boy who found his way home twenty-five years later and is now a major film starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.

Ministry of Utmost Happiness – Arundhati Roy

The first novel in 20 years from the Booker-prize winning author of The God of Small Things.

Magic Strings of Frankie Presto – Mitch Albom

When the Spirit of Music comes to claim one of his most precious prodigies, we are witness to the epic life story of Frankie Presto – the greatest guitar player who ever lived and the six lives he changes with his six magical blue strings.

Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

Sandberg is chief operating officer of Facebook and coauthor of Option B with Adam Grant.  In Lean In she describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment, and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women both in the workplace and at home.

Man’s  Search For Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl

Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.

Simple Rules: How to Succeed in a Complex World – Kathy Eisenhardt, Donald Sull

Life gets more complicated every day. Whether you’re struggling with information overload, attempting to act effectively with limited resources or trying to change bad habits – all you need is Simple Rules.

Life Without Limits – Nick Vujicic

Born without arms or legs, Nick Vujicic overcame his disabilities to live an independent, rich, fulfilling, and “ridiculously good” life while serving as a role model for anyone seeking true happiness.

O’s Little Guide to Starting Over

With moving stories, practical insight, and unforgettable voices, O’s Little Guide to Starting Over is an essential road map for those who are breaking free, rising above, and making their way forward.

Are You Fully Charged? – Tom Rath

Drawing on the latest and most practical research from health, psychology, and economics, this book focuses on changes we can make to create better days for ourselves and others.

Meditation Made Easy – Preston Bentley

From breathing exercises that can help you quickly calm down in a stressful situation to mantras that can help you state your intentions for the day, every page offers powerful techniques, showing you effective ways to boost your mood, manage worries, and get a good night’s sleep.


The First and Last Freedom Jiddu Krishnamurti

The First and Last Freedom shows that meditation is not a spiritual discipline separate from everyday life in the real world. In essence, it is simply the art of being aware of what is going on inside and around us. As we acquire the knack, meditation can be our companion wherever we are – at work, at play, or at rest.

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