Let’s face it. Breakups are unfortunately sometimes inevitable. In fact, I know this from first-hand experience. I was once engaged to a man I thought I would spend the rest of my life with, but the engagement was broken before we walked down the aisle to tie the knot. My love of reading began when I was a little girl and I have always been a personal development book junky. When my relationship came to an abrupt end, it was only natural that I looked to some good reads for sound advice. Well, I can proudly say that I am finally over my broken engagement and looking forward to what the future holds for me thanks to the self-help advice and tips I found in 5 particular books.
If you are going through a tough breakup or broken engagement, you could obtain the same advice that helped me overcome the disappointment of a failed relationship by reading the books that I did. Here are the 5 books that truly helped me get through my break up and have the potential to help you as well.
1.) “I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your life,” by Joel Olsteen- This book was a Godsend for me. To be brutally honest, religion was never important to me. I always felt as though instead of united people, it caused a division and tension. As I got into my late twenties, I went through some major life experiences where I faith played a very important role. For the first time in my life I realized how important it was to have some type of spirituality and how it had a significant impact on my inner peace and overall wellbeing. After seeing a snapshot of a chapter of this book on Instagram, I just knew I had to get my hands on this book! I seemed like every chapter was written for me. The timing was just perfect. Something inside me shifted when I allowed myself to surrender to the unknown. It was certainly not easy, however it was absolutely liberating.
2.) “52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life: BS-Free Wisdom to Ignite Your Inner Badass and Live the Life You Deserve,” by Andrea Owen- I can go on and on about this book. It truly helped validate all my thoughts and feelings and helped me recognize some difficult truths. I felt like this book was written for and about me as Andrea literally took the words right out of my mouth. Saying that it changed my life is an understatement!
3.) “There Goes the Bride: Making Up Your Mind, Calling it Off and Moving On,” by Rachel Safier with Wendy Roberts- This book helped me put things into perspective and realize I was not alone in what I was going through and that I could get through the pain and rebuild a bigger and better life. Engagements end and marriages begin every day. Reading other women’s stories made me realize that things could always be worse and I was fortunate to have dodged a bullet before more money and time was invested in the wedding.
4.) “It’s a Breakup, Not a Breakdown,” by Lisa Steadman- A must read for women who are in the initial states of their break-up. I found this book to be really inspiring and empowering. The author talks about how it is better to wait for the right person and enjoy life now than settling for someone rather than the right one. The book provides “common sense” advice how to set boundaries, outline what a “healthy relationship” is. Terrific all around!
5.) “Better Single Than Sorry,” by Jen Schefft- Such a nice, quick read! This book helped me move past the pain, learn to listen to and trust your instincts, and realize that loving yourself is the most important first step. It also helped me analyze my past relationships find closure, and reclaim my life.
You shouldn’t ever let a broken engagement, a failed marriage or a bad breakup define who you are. Use these 5 books to discover the inspiration you need to move on with your life and find love once again. Each book is full of wonderful advice pertaining to love, life, relationships and so much more. Keep one on your nightstand in order to read a couple of chapters each night before bed or toss one in your handbag to read on your commute to work, while on your lunch break or anytime you have a few spare minutes. All the best to you!