On the Law of Attraction Library website we present everything related to the law of attraction, including the main LoA authors and people who have helped in promoting the concept, as well as their most important books.
On the pages dedicated to the important works related to LoA, you will find the summary of each book, key thoughts, and some reviews by us and others.
List of books presented on our website, listed by the year of publication:
As a Man Thinketh (1902) by the British James Allen is the book that most self-help authors mention as one of the books that inspired them. This pioneer work has only 22 pages, but it concisely and eloquently presents the author’s main point, that “Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.”
The Science of Getting Rich (1910) by Wallace Wattles is a practical guide to becoming rich, one of the earliest books based on the principles of the Law of attraction. This short guide has inspired thousands of people, including some of the most popular authors who write and teach about manifesting.
The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason is a success classic, used regularly in the New Thought prosperity classes. This book started as a series of pamphlets in 1926, that banks and insurance companies began to distribute the parables in large quantities, to teach the benefits of saving and hard work. Today more than two million people have read this little book of ten short stories.
How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936) by Dale Carnegie is a classic of self-improvement literature, also called “the grandfather of all self-help books”. Just as the title suggests, the book offers practical advice and techniques to “win friends and influence people” that are sometimes so obvious and simple – like a smile, or a “thank you”, but that we still tend to forget about.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill was published in 1937, and has been sold in more than 20 million copies during the author’s life. The book is the result of 20 years of interviewing the most successful people of Hill’s time – in it, the author has provided the steps to become rich through his “philosophy of success” that Andrew Carnegie, the richest man in America then, helped him explore and formulate.
You Can Heal Your Life (1976) by Louise Hay has captured the hearts of millions of people thanks to the message of non-judgmental love and support offered in it. The book offers tangible ways to help peel away negative self-talk and subsequently, build you back up again. The author explains how disease – or “dis-ease”, as she calls it – is the product of states of mind, and that we have to change the way we feel about ourselves and forgive the others if we want to start the healing process.
Seeds of Greatness: The Ten Best-kept Secrets of Total Success (1983) by Denis Waitley is a book that aims to help the reader to combine positive attitudes with his natural abilities, to choose his goals and follow steps to attain them, to build on his self-reliance and so enhance his self-esteem, to make the right decisions, to understand others and be understood by others, to overcome feelings of unworthiness, and to set and achieve higher goals. Each of us is born with seeds of greatness inside of us, waiting to be nurtured and cultivated.
The Alchemist (1988) by Paulo Coelho is a short metaphoric tale about getting where you want to go in life. Coelho wrote it in only two weeks, as it was “already written in his soul”. It has been sold in more than 150 million copies around the world, adapted and produced on all five continents in various theatrical forms: musicals, dance theater, puppets, dramatized readings and opera.
Advanced Formula for Total Success (1988) by Dr. Robert Anthony is a book that offers workable strategies for turning dreams into reality, updated and republished in 2003 under the title Beyond Positive Thinking. For many readers, this book stands out among decades of success genre because of the in depth discussion of fundamental principles and clear practical steps that it provides.
Seven Spiritual Laws of Success – A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams (1994) written by Deepak Chopra is a pocket-sized book that preaches the idea that personal success is the outcome of of understanding our basic nature as human beings and how to follow the laws of nature, rather than of hard work, precise plans or a driving ambition. As “we are spiritual beings having occasional human experiences”, not the other way round, one of the first tasks that we need to complete is to became aware of our higher Self.
A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles” (1996) by Marianne Williamson is considered a must-read of modern spirituality. It is based on Williamson’s discovery of A Course in Miracles, a three-volume work channeled and written by Helen Schucman. The book uses Christian terminology, but Williamson explains that God that she talks about is love, and that we should come to realize that we’re all one with God/love, and to surrender our life to him.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment is the first book by Eckhart Tolle, published in 1997. This book, written in the form of questions and answers, is intensely focused on the problems you have today and the person you are at this moment, showing you how and why your mind controls your life and how you can free yourself from it by dis-identifying ourselves from our thoughts and emotions. “The Power of Now” spent 20 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and is recommended by celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Jim Carrey, Cher, Meg Ryan and many others, as the book that changed their lives. Similar ideas, only in more detail and with promising news, that by being awakened, we build a new earth, Tolle has expressed in his book from 2005, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.
You Were Born Rich (1997), the best known of Bob Proctor‘s books, is a road map designed to take you from where you are to where you want to be financially. It was inspired by Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, and shares similar ideas. Bob Proctor here explains how the Law of attraction can be used for gaining fortune, when we change our mindset and the beliefs we have about money. This isn’t a long read (about 200 pages), and the author explains things in a way that is easy to understand to western culture, which makes it a book that people often read more than once.
The Dark Side of the Light Chasers: Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance, and Dreams (1998) by Debbie Ford is a #1 New York Times best-seller in which the author examines the fascinating process of projection – whereby we transfer our own unwanted qualities onto others – and demonstrates how our darkest tendencies, when embraced, can be used to fuel our dreams.
The Breakthrough Experience: A Revolutionary New Approach to Personal Transformation (2002) by John Demartini is a book about breaking through the barriers that keep us from experiencing our true nature as light. It offers a formula to manifest your dreams and reconnect with your true mission and purpose on Earth.
The Sedona Method, Your Key to Lasting Happiness, Success, Peace and Emotional Well-being (2003) by Hale Dwoskin explains the Sedona Method, a program for teaching people how to let go of any emotion or belief, developed by Lester Levenson. The book explains that we shouldn’t resist the things we think are unpleasant, because when we do, we resist everything: we could have, be, or do whatever we desire simply by letting go. We are limited only by the concepts of limitation that we hold in our minds, which manifest for most of us consciously as our thoughts, feelings and beliefs, and we can learn to release emotions that hold us back.
Ask and It Is Given (2004) is the first in the row of best sellers by famous couple of LoA authors, Esther and Jerry Hicks. This is one of the most complete books on the Law of attraction, presenting it as the “teachings of Abraham”, Esther Hicks’ spiritual guide. The first part of the book is dedicated to the explanation of how manifesting works and all basic Abraham’s teaching, while the second part contains 22 exercises or “processes” that a reader can use to practically work on his attracting power.
The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be (2005) by Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer is the definitive guide to 64 universal principles of success that the top achievers have been using and still use to reach their goals. This New York Times bestseller presents the Law of attraction applied to achieving success in any area of your life: careers, finances, relationships, businesses, leisure pursuits.
The Attractor Factor (2005) by Joe Vitale is one of his most successful books about the Law of attraction. In it, Vitale teaches a 5-step formula for attracting wealth in business; he says he chose to write a book about that because “there appears to be a serious lack of spirituality in business”. It’s a very detailed guide with a lot of exercises to help you define your goals, release the negative beliefs and excuses, and focus on the positive thinking.
The Secret (2006), The Power (2010) and The Magic (2012) are three best seller books presenting the Law of attraction in a modern way, written by Rhonda Byrne. The Secret is her best known book published eight months after the movie with the same title, featuring many writers and teachers of the modern age. While all of her work is based on the belief that you can attract anything you want by the power of your thoughts and feelings, which is best explained in “The Secret”, the two other books deal with the things and forces that give more power to your manifesting efforts: in “The Power”, it’s mostly about love, and in “The Magic” it’s about gratitude. Her latest book, Hero (2013) she presents the inspirational stories of 12 people who rose from rags to riches, from unknown to known personalities, depicting the journey of a Hero that each of us can follow to achieve success.
I Can Make You Rich (2007) by the British author and hypnotist Paul McKenna is the book followed by a CD containing a mix of thought provoking examples, quotes from famous people, and self-hypnosis or mind programming exercises that are meant to help the readers install the rich mindset, needed for achieving the richness of life as well as the financial wealth.
Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out (2008) by Marci Shimoff is a practical guide to being happy in which the author reveals how to abide by seven “happiness laws” and establish “21 happiness habits” to raise our level of joy. The author has combined her own methods to living a truly happy and fulfilling life, with supporting scientific findings, and the wisdom and advice of a group of individuals she calls, “The Happy 100.”
(2008) by John Assaraf and Murray Smith is a guide for success in today’s business environment and, according to the authors, a “ground shattering ‘self help’ business book for the 21st century”. This is a coaching book for business people, but also for those who need to to understand a little more about the science behind visualization, a positive mental attitude, and the relationship between thoughts, energy, and success.
No Matter What!: Nine Steps to Living the Life You Love (2009) by Lisa Nichols is the book people need most before they can make “The Secret” work, according to the author: before I can bounce forward, I need to bounce back. So she offers a 9 step programme that should help you develop your “bounce-back muscles”. This book is meant to both move you and empower you to realize your dreams – no matter what.
The Brower Quadrant (2009) by Lee Brower is the book that sums up Brower’s experience as an estate planner and coach. The Brower Quadrant is a system for perpetuating a family’s wealth – money, but also “true wealth”: all the skills and values that created the money in the first place. The statistics show that in 97% of cases, the family wealth is completely dissipated by the third generation, and that’s the problem Brower aims to solve in his book, following the principles of gratitude and clarity in planning.
Manifesting Change: It Couldn’t Be Easier (2010) by Mike Dooley is the book that explains the actual mechanics behind every manifestation by presenting the author’s revolutionary concept – The Matrix for manifesting. It includes many exercises, stories, and analogies designed to make comprehension and application of the law of attraction and the Matrix much easier
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