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Inspiring and Empowering Reads

Books with empowering messages for you as recommended by your host, Vera-Lee and her guests. If you heard a guest recommend a book, it is probably on this list! If you have a book you would like to add to the list, you can contact Vera-Lee on her social media and send her a message (a voice mail is always appreciated for that extra personal touch) explaining what you loved about the book and why you feel others would benefit from reading (or listening on audiobook) too. Vera-Lee may even give it a mention on podcast episode… you never know!

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene

Psychocybernetics by Dr Maxwell Maltz

Creative Courage by Welby Altidor

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now, this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process – and showing us all just how easy it can be.

By sharing stories from her own life, as well as those from her friends and the people that have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity, tackle what we most love and face down what we most fear. Whether you long to write a book, create art, cope with challenges at work, embark on a long-held dream, or simply to make your everyday life more vivid and rewarding, Big Magic will take you on a journey of exploration filled with wonder and unexpected joys.

Robert Greene is a master guide for millions, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding and mastery. Now he turns to the most important subject of all - understanding people's drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves.

We are social animals. Our very lives depend on our relationships with people. Knowing why people do what they do is the most important tool we can possess, without which our other talents can only take us so far.

Whether at work, in relationships, or in shaping the world around you, The Laws of Human Nature offers brilliant tactics for success, self-improvement, and self-defence.

Vera-Lee has listened to this audiobook once and is listening to a second time as she found it so insightful and relevant to everyday relationships. 

With over 30 million copies sold since its original publication in 1960, Psycho-Cybernetics has been used by athletes, entrepreneurs, college students, and many others, to achieve life-changing goals-
from losing weight to dramatically increasing their income--finding that success is not only possible but remarkably simple.

Now updated to include present-day anecdotes and current personalities, The New Psycho-Cybernetics remains true to Dr. Maltz's promise- "If you can remember, worry, or tie your shoe, you can succeed with Psycho-Cybernetics!" With artwork from Vera-Lee's favourite Artist, Salvador Dali.

Vera-Lee read this book at the age of 10 for the first time and refers to this book in many episodes.


Creative Courage challenges you to step outside of your comfort zone and truly make an impact.

Set aside the same old routine and break the status quo—because you can only rise to new heights if you first smash the ceiling.

Written by the former Executive Creative Director of Creations at Cirque du Soleil, this book shows you how to step up your game, flex your creativity, and make big things happen.

Vera-Lee has listened to the audiobook of this over 5 times and finds it inspiring and full of great tips for operating out of your creative passion and powerhouse of imagination and perspective.


This book list is rotated each month to keep inspiring, connecting and empowering you. Many are available as audio books (Vera-Lee's favorite way to consume books)

You can get daily audio inspiration and focus points from Vera-Lee with her monthly subscription service. Click here for more.

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