If you want to stock your bookshelf with books about positivity and peace, here are some suggestions for your next book run.
1. I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai was the victim of an assassination attempt by the Taliban because of her advocacy, but she managed to survive. She escaped Pakistan and now lives in Britain due to her seeking political asylum. This book details Malala’s life, and how she fought for women’s rights in a society that favors sons.
2. Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela
This autobiography of Nelson Mandela details the life of the beloved leader – from his childhood and also the 27 years that he spent in prison for his political beliefs. This book offers a great inside perspective of Mandela’s life.
3. Earth in the Balance – Al Gore
This book by Al Gore was published before An Inconvenient Truth, but it was re-released following the success of the Inconvenient Truth book and documentary. While the Inconvenient Truth focuses mainly on global warming, Earth in the Balance has a broader focus. This book discusses climate, plant and animal life diversity, and much more.
4. Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World – Dalai Lama XIV
Although the 14th Dalai Lama is the religious leader of an entire nation, in this book, he outlines how you can choose to not align with any particular religion and still gain spiritual fulfillment. The Dalai Lama outlines how you can find peace within yourself and how you can help work towards a better world.
5. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
This is one of Paulo Coelho’s literary masterpieces. This tells the story of an Andalusian shepherd named Santiago on his quest for worldly riches. During his journey, Santiago found that there is more to this world that is more valuable than material treasures.
6. The Hidden Words – Bahá’u’lláh
The Hidden Words was written by Bahá’u’lláh in the middle of the 1800s. This is called the Hidden Words because it refers to the Baháʾí belief that you would not be able to understand the contents of this book before it was revealed by Bahá’u’lláh. This book shows the path that people can take to become closer to God.
7. Mother Teresa: In My Own Words – Mother Teresa
This is a collection of inspirational stories about Mother Teresa’s work in helping the poor and the suffering. This book also contains quotes and prayers that can help you find peace within yourself and how you can influence others to spread harmony.
8. Gandhi: An Autobiography – Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most well-known peace activists to have ever walked on the earth. In this book, he outlines his life and how he came up with the concept of resistance using non-violent means. This belief of his propelled the Indian people to fight for their independence. It can also help you adopt the same attitude as Gandhi.
9. Memoirs – Mikhail Gorbachev
In his autobiography, Mikhail Gorbachev recounts the moments in his life that shaped him to become Russia’s first democratically-elected president. He recalled the time when he became disillusioned by the idea of communism, which would cause the USSR to implode later. You will learn about this leader’s struggles and how he prevented the world from plunging into a nuclear winter.
10. World Peace: The Voice of a Mountain Bird – Amit Ray
This is a story about a mountain bird who had a vision of how she can bring world peace. Unlike other birds, this one found a higher purpose for her life, and with the help of Yashir, her guide, she followed her dream to spread peace.