You Can Heal Your Life - Louis Hay
Ok, so this is kind of cheating as I watched the movie, not read the book. However I'm told they are similar and both convey the same message.
I came across the book/movie a couple of months ago, not exactly by chance. As someone who had previously scoffed at the validity of self-help material, I can now assent to a 'maybe it can help?'. Life tends to send us its own form of help, and the messages come in different ways.
When I started to watch the movie, still I was skeptical. But as I watched, I realised that the purpose was not only to 'self-help' as such, but to show you that at some point or other in all our lives we come to a cross road...choices & change, and if we're lucky, a sort of enlightenment. This book/movie is a kind of documentation of the journey of a few individuals who had to walk these tough roads. All started with one lady, Louis Hays who overcame poverty, an abusive adolescence, teenage pregnancy and divorce. Louis built an empire - a publishing firm called Hay House which publishes works from well known speakers like Deepak Chopra, and has a motivational site which shows articles and affirmations of many folk (mostly the medical kind) who follow the same principles she lives by.
You can Heal Your Life was published in 1984, the movie made in 2008. The best selling book was succeeded by "You Can Create An Exceptional Life" in 2011.
We forget how powerful our thoughts are, and how they manifest into actions. We also forget that we can learn form others. Sometimes, we need the reminder.