12 Books To Help Every Black Woman Conquer herself and Chase Her Dreams

Self-Help Books Meant To Help You Unlock Your Black Girl Magic

12 Self-Help Books Every Black Woman Should Read

If you don't learn anything about me from this blog, I want you to know that I am a complete nerd when it comes to books. Go ahead and judge me. There are so many important lessons available in a good book. It doesn't matter. Toni Morrison, Dr. Seuss, Eric Jerome Dickey, Iyanla, or ZANE. I dedicate a lot of time learning something new from my current read to help me enhance my Black Girl Magic.

Books are kinda how I got here.  A "New Year, New Me" meant new books and in January I picked up Eckhart Tolle's, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose. This book changed the way I experience life and myself. From that point forward, I knew I had to change my vibration to match the life I wanted.

I am obsessed with Self-Help books because I am obsessed with being a Magical Ass Black Woman. Picking up a book inspired by a life-affirming event is one of the best ways to shift your perspective. and open yourself up to the world and how you fit in it. I can talk all day about books and how amazing reading is. Instead here are 12 of the best Self-Help books shift your perspective and turn on the Black Girl Magic in you!

Eckhart Tolle 12 Books Self-Help Books Every Black Woman Should Read

Do you catch yourself wondering what am I supposed to be doing with my life? Well, this is not the book to help you answer that question! A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose was one of Oprah’s Book Club selections, so you know it is EVERYTHING! Tolle does not list the steps you need to take to find out your dream job or how to find your perfect partner. He illustrates that awakening to the power in you can make your life full. This book is the perfect guide for those trying to find themselves. And it is a book worth picking up again and again as you cycle through the many transitions that life has to offer. I read this book back in January. It has had a huge impact on my journey to self because it reminded me that being a Soul Feminist is being aware of you.

2. Shonda Rhimes- The Year of Yes

Shonda Rhimes 12 Self-Help Books Every Black Woman Should Read

Do you think Olivia Pope read this? I mean, she stays in some mess on Scandal! If she hasn’t, then Shonda needs to write it into this season because The Gladiators could use a bit of inspiration. This book is amazing. Shonda tells the story of how her daughters and family encouraged her to say YES to life and put herself out there. If you want to explore your confidence and enjoy what life has to offer, get this book! You may question why it has taken you so long to say YES and THANK YOU to all the magical opportunities life has offered you. And If you are anything like me, you always need a reminder of the magic that already lies within you. This book is great to have on your shelf and read when you need a reminder. Everyone has had to face fear. Shonda shows us how Black Woman can overcome and experience the magic that comes with saying YES!

3. Don Miguel Ruiz- The Four Agreements

Don Miguel Ruiz 12 Self-Help Books Every Black Woman Should Read

I read this book in 3 days because it was such an easy read and full of so much vital information. The 4 agreements are essential to everyone’s life. But they can be super powerful for any Black Woman on the journey to self. As Black Women people always have something negative to say about us… can we live? PLEASE! Reading this book helped me change my priorities and stop caring about what everyone had to say about my choices, my looks, my love, and my existence. If you don’t read any other book on this list, I recommend this one. It will tap and tune you into your power as a Black Woman. You will stop worrying about the world on the outside and you will begin to love the world inside of you!

4. bell hooks- All About Love: New Visions

bell hooks 12 Self-Help Books Every Black Woman Should Read

We all think about love and the role it plays in our lives. This isn’t your “typical” self-help book, but it is powerful enough to help you dissect the love you have given and received in your life. We all can relate with what bell hooks has to say about love because there are so many layers to a Black Woman's love. If you aren’t ready to dive deep and question what love has meant in your life, I don’t recommend this book. If you do pick it up, read every word with your soul and mind wide open because it can be transformative in renewing your definition of love.

5. Gabrielle Bernstein- The Universe Has Your Back

Gabrielle Berstein 12 Self-Help Books Every Black Woman Should Read

I never planned on buying this book, then I got an email that it was .99 cents on Amazon! I can’t pass up a deal like that! All I can say is LIFE CHANGING. Gabby (After reading this book, we are BFF’s!) was featured by my favorite Magical Ass Black Woman-- Oprah! This book is super woo-woo spiritual, so if you aren’t into Angels and meditation then hold off on this one. The Universe Has Your Back is a practical guide that will help you get in tune with God and get back to experiencing love. My favorite part of this book is the prayers that she includes in each chapter. They work miracles and get you back to happy within minutes.

6. Alice Walker- In Search of Our Mother's Garden

Alice Walker 12 Self-Help Books Every Black Woman Should Read

We all know Alice Walker as the writer of the famous book and movie “The Color Purple”, but she is also a poet and essayist. While I was in school, I was SUPPOSED to read this book but I never did. I recently picked it up and regretted not being a good student. Alice’s writing is soft but direct. This book is full of essays about the Black Woman’s experience in life, love, and career. She discusses the nasty parts of Black Womanhood, yet she allows the reader to interpret her experiences as their own. It is one of the longest books on the list, but it isn’t something you read over a weekend because every word contains a lifetime worth of knowledge.

Rhonda Byrne 12 Self-Help Books Every Black Woman Should Read

7. Rhonda Byrne- The Magic

I am sure you have heard of the book and documentary The Secret. Well, this is the sequel is its sequel. The Magic is way better than The Secret because it talks about the power of gratitude. I watched and read The Secret years ago and I made the conscious effort to apply The Law of Attraction. Nothing was happening until I read The Magic. Gratitude is so important. This book provides you with a 28-day practice in gratitude that can change your attitude and life. If you are ready to begin creating your reality, get this book! It will remind you of how much Black Girl Magic is already working in your life. Also, it will bless you with the gratitude practices needed to bring more magic into your reality. Trust me. This book is lit!

8. Alex Elle- Words From A Wanderer

Alexandra Elle 12 Self-Help Books Every Black Woman Should Read

Writer, Poet, and Influencer Alexandra Elle has opened up her life for the world to see. It is one of transformation and minimalist beauty. She is one of the ultimate expressions of Black Girl Magic and the alternative ways it is illustrated. This book of poetry and prose is definitely self-help book worthy. She opens up about her journey to self-love as a Black single-mother. Her words are full of strength. They remind you of the beauty experienced when you begin to revolutionize your self-love. I recommend reading an excerpt every morning as you start your day. Oh, and her Instagram is AMAZING! 

9. Jen Sincero- You Are A Badass

Jen Sincero 12 Self-Help Books Every Black Woman Should Read

Jen Sincero is my writing muse because she is incredibly funny. This book may be the first book you hear about when it comes to self-help books because it has helped millions of people tap into their power! Jen is honest about the life she was living before she realized that she was badass. And she is dedicated to reminding anyone who reads this book that you can be a badass, too. I never got the chance to finish this book (How many of you have lost something precious while moving?), but I got far enough that I had to include it on this list. This is the book that inspired me to look at the wholeness of The Universe and lead a more spiritual lifestyle.

Paulo Coelho 12 Self-Help Books Every Black Woman Should Read

10. Paulo Coelho- The Alchemist

This book is all hype! Doesn’t everyone say this book is amazing? I mean, they aren’t lying. My stubbornness wouldn’t let me believe the hype beasts because they like EVERYTHING! I let this book sit on my Kindle bookshelf for 2 years before I actually read it. I kept starting it, then I would get bored and move onto something else. One day I was guided to finally read it and it took me one day to realize that this book is for me. The hype beasts were right. This book talks about the journey we take to look for our (Black Girl Magic) purpose, not realizing that it is always inside of us. This book is like Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, but it is way shorter and more entertaining to read. Santiago's journey to find the treasure is relatable because as Black Women we are ALWAYS trying to find the treasure in our lives! You know what’s crazy, we are everything that we are seeking!

11. Tamara Winfrey Harris- The Sisters are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America

Tamara Winfrey Harris 12 Self-Help Books Every Black Woman Should Read

I know you are tired of ALL the stereotypes that are placed on Black Women. I mean they are countless. We are angry, promiscuous, too-dark, overly-strong. Ugh. The list is exhaustive. Maybe Tamara didn’t mean to write a self-help book, but this book has helped me understand the history of those nasty stereotypes and do away with them in my life. Tamara’s powerful approach at debunking societies story of Black Women is necessary because we probably believe some of those stereotypes too. If you want to love yourself and gain a new level of appreciation for the Black Woman’s story that YOU play a huge role in creating, get this book! It helped me change the negative self-talk in my life when I realized that it was influenced by these ugly stereotypes.

12. Spencer Johnson- Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal With Change in Your Work and Your Life

Spencer Johnson 12 Self-Help Books Every Black Woman Should Read

Do you dread change as much as I do? My BFF told me to read this book. When I did read it, I was not feeling it! What could mice possibly teach me about change? A lot. You can blow your own mind in about an hour reading this book! Life is all about making the right choice for you. Sometimes those choices can end up hurting us if they aren’t well thought out. As a Libra, I hate making choices. Honestly, I didn’t want to read this book because I didn’t want to slayed to filth by Spencer Johnson. We all can suck at taking the most effective path when it is time for change to happen. This books will help you shift your perspective to one that is always ready for life's transitions. I guess a couple of mice can teach you a lot.