Self-Help Books for Personal Development
What is a Self-Help Book?
A self-help book is written with the explicit goal of helping people change or improve some aspects of their lives. The term self-help book was coined by Samuel Smiles with his 1859 best seller title Self-Help. As you can see, the American self-help literature is quite old, and it should not surprise us that it is so pervasive during our times. In fact, nowadays, the term self-help is being slowly replaced by self-improvement, which points out better to the subject matter of the book, i.e., personal development.
Self-help books address all dimensions of human life, starting from physical, intellectual, emotional, and ending with spiritual. Self-help books in the physical dimension teach you how to eat, sleep, and stay fit. Those in the intellectual realm provide insight into self-awareness, positive and critical thinking, understanding your own mindset, improving your memory, and so on. Self-help writings dealing with emotions instruct you on self-control and discipline, developing resilience, and how to handle relationships. And finally, self-help books on spirituality show you how to connect better with God, follow in Jesus’ footsteps and provide service to others, among many others.
A survey of contemporary self-help literature reveals a variety of captivating how-to topics: advancing your career, improving your character traits, adding new skills to your skill toolbox, personal development and spiritual growth, building wealth, making friends and influencing people, and so on. Most recognizable names of self-help authors include Dale Carnegie How to Win Friends and Influence People, Napoleon Hill Think and Grow Rich, Steven Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, John Maxwell Failing Forward.
Self-help books are trendy and widely accepted in today’s American culture. Millions of people read them daily and benefit significantly from their insight. However, an informed reader should also be aware of the criticism they have attracted. Detractors argue that self-help books may provide questionable if not lousy advice, create false hope, raise unrealistic expectations, and even prevent people from seeking professional counsel.
In my life, I have benefited a lot from self-help materials, including books, audiotapes, and video podcasts. This is one of the reasons I have joined the ranks of the many authors in this field and hope to bring meaningful value to my readers.
I have been fascinated by personal development issues since my early years in life. I always wanted to be a better student, son, and friend. I always wanted to improve myself in areas where I was lacking. I always wanted to have a better behavior today than yesterday’s. I always wanted, but I seldom achieved. Why? Because I lacked the knowledge and skillset necessary to accomplish such a hefty goal.
My definition of personal development is “a willpower-driven long-term effort whose purpose is to improve one’s character and personality.” By improving your character, you implicitly enhance your self-esteem, the all-important trait of one’s character, which provides security, confidence, and wisdom in life. A transformed character is setting you on a different path in life, it's propelling you in the direction of your own making, thus defining a new destiny for you. Areas of personal development related to character include finding out who you are, realizing why you are the way you are, understanding the meaning of virtues, and setting out your ideal character model: that of Jesus Christ, the man.
Personal development is a noble long-term goal easy to articulate but much harder to accomplish. It is a life-long marathon, not a one-month sprint. Personal development must be balanced in all four dimensions of human life: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. The best way to do that is through the process of daily self-renewal, which will put you on a never-ending spiral of self-growth, happiness and closer connection with your Creator.
What is Personal Development?
The Diamond Soul:
5 Stepping Stones to Christlike Character
Ever wanted to learn more about how to transform your character to mimic Christ's?
Have you ever wondered about the meaning of life, the challenge of personal development, and the importance of the moral character in shaping one's destiny?
In this self-help book, I will show how to build a Christlike character, which I call the Diamond Soul, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
I have tried to live my life guided by the timeless principles of integrity, hard work, thoughtfulness, modesty, love, and service to others. My trusted anchors in stormy seas have always been the seven Christian virtues. Such core values define me, they are the polished facets of my Diamond Soul character. And I hope that after I’m gone, people will remember me for them.
As I look back to my past, I see that the good Lord has mightily rewarded me with his blessings: a long and meaningful life, a loving family, and the health to stay active in retirement. This means that His pre-ordained plans for me have been actually realized into my destiny.
"Build your Christlike Diamond Soul Character first,
then watch your God-ordained destiny unfold before your very eyes."
The phrase above is my credo that I would like to share with other believers and the public at large. I do this by writing about moral character improvement and enriching the personal and spiritual lives of people like you. I also write about leadership, particularly its highest form called servant leadership. My goal is to help Christian men and women who are interested in continuous personal development and spiritual growth to be successful in their quest. The enclosed book The Diamond Soul: 5 Stepping Stones to Christlike Character is the first in a series of three volumes dedicated to this cause.