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Best Motivational Books by Canadian Authors

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With isolation upon us, it’s the time to find alternative ways to lift our spirits and try to break free of the mold of our current mundane situation. We decided it would be an ideal time to introduce our top 5 inspirational books by Canadian authors to help you along that path. A motivator of sorts, we believe that inspirational books are a great way to spark a positive change in our everyday lives.


What are the best motivational and inspirational books written by Canadian Authors?

Here is a list of the Top 5 inspirational books by Canadian authors:

1. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

We wanted to start off with a true Canadian classic. Originally published in 1908 it is a book that most Canadians have probably read in elementary school if not at least one point in their lives. Regardless of if you read it or not it is an incredible book to discover or revisit. The general premise is that Anne is trying to escape her stale life in Prince Edward Island by using her imagination to overcome her hurdles in life. It is a light story of pure fun and is truly a joy to read.

Find it at: https://amzn.to/2UGyNWz

2. The Camino Within  by Tarek Riman

Montreal tips founder Tarek Riman wrote “The Camino Within” about his adventure by bike along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. He dropped everything at home to pursue his journey and wrote this book about his experiences while there. He wanted more out of life and opted to get a change of scenery and took on a challenge that would change his perspectives and gain clarity on life. The book follows Tarek through his series of encounters, lessons, and trials while trying to find the true meaning of life. It really pushes its readers to find out they are capable of and to simultaneously encourage you to take a new journey of your own!Find it at: https://amzn.to/3aOudLS

The Camino Within Book

3. Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin Montreal Born

Alix Ohlin, a Montreal born author wrote her inspiring book called “Dual Citizens”. “Dual Citizens” is about Lark Brossard our main protagonist whos mostly felt invisible throughout her life. She, like everybody else, has her issues with a variety of things but it is in the way she handles herself and the situation at hand which is admirable and can really stay with you as a reader. It is a wonderful coming-of-age story that branches out into relationships with her lover, mother and especially her sister who plays a crucial role in the novel. Without giving away too much, it is a powerful novel that tackles themes such as ambition, self-knowledge, and sisterhood.
Find it at: https://amzn.to/2wiE0L6

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4. The Better Angels of Our Nature By Steven Pinker

As we could all use a little bit of good news these days, “Angels of Our Nature” certainly delivers in that aspect. The book is essentially about how violence has declined in the short and long run in the world. He backs this theory up with data while also highlighting certain reasons as to why it is on the decline. Pinker also suggests how our generation is currently one of the most peaceful eras in human history in which explains why and how in the book. Overall, its a book with a positive message which we can surely use right now. It’s also worth mentioning that Bill Gates once tweeted that it is one of the most inspiring books he’s ever read.

Find it at: https://amzn.to/39OgMu4

5. Chorus of Mushrooms by Hiromi Goto

For something a little different, “Chorus of Mushrooms” is simply about her family in a small town in Alberta. It goes into detail about the generations of Japanese women in her family. The story delves into Japanese folk legends and also has some rom-com mixed in. It offers an interesting perspective about somebody’s cultures and traditions while also keeping it a light and pleasant read.

Find it at: https://amzn.to/2V2BmRL

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Someone Died – Now What?

If the title of this post caught you off guard, you should know that it’s actually the title of a profoundly helpful book written by Grief, Loss and Bereavement Specialist, Corrie Sirota.

Someone Died – Now What?: A Personal and Professional Perspective on Coping with Grief and Loss is described as “a GPS for grieving”, and that’s exactly what it is.

Though death can happen in an instant, the impact for those left behind can be enduring. Even in cases of expected and planned for loss – following illness or at the end of a long life – there can be a sense among family and loved ones of… Now what?

  • How do you move forward?
  • How do you experience the present?
  • How do you support those around you who are grieving?
  • What do you need to do in the moment?
  • What do you do with overwhelming sadness, anger, guilt or even numbness?
  • What can you expect in the immediate and distant future?
  • How do you create a new normal for yourself and your family?

 

One thing Corrie knows for sure, is that people experiencing loss often want (and need) direct answers to questions like this. They need guidance from someone with both personal and professional experience and knowledge to help them navigate what can be an overwhelming experience.

 

Corrie holds a Master’s degree in Social Work, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Loss and Bereavement. She is also a licensed psychotherapist, facilitates a number of support groups, and has been supporting people in an official capacity since 1994.

Someone Died Now what book cover

But that’s just the official part. On a personal level, Corrie seems uniquely suited to help people through this process. Her unending optimism, deep sense of compassion, and enduring hope mesh perfectly with her professionalism and practicality, giving readers the reassurance that they are in capable hands.

 

Neither Corrie, nor her book, offer “quick fixes”. Instead, Corrie takes a strength-based approach, helping people work through their experience, building their own strength and recognizing or rediscovering their own abilities and balance in life.

 

Most of all, she knows that everyone’s experience of loss and bereavement is unique. She knows that you have it within you to work through your experience, and she will be your guide to do so.

 

Corrie’s insightful, inspiring, helpful and hopeful book is an incredible gift to yourself or someone you love who is experiencing loss or bereavement.

 

Corrie also has a wonderful Facebook page that shares helpful resources and powerful messages to help you see loss and grief through a new perspective.

 

 


Melissa DawnMELISSA DAWN : Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be | Corporate and Leadership Coach | Best-Selling Author | Speaker

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