20 Inspirational Books by Black Authors You Need to Read

inspirational books by black authors

Looking for motivation? A burst of inspiration? Life advice? Business strategies? Money tips? Whatever you need right now, someone has already written about it in a book.

Don’t know where to start? Here are 20 inspirational books by Black authors that cover all of those things and more.

What are you going to read first? What titles would you add to this list?

1. Mental Detox

The Power and Guidance to Implement Peace, Joy, Balance, and Financial Abundance in Your Life

by Cheyenne Bryant

2. Start Where You Are

Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

by Chris Gardner

3. Everyday Millionaires

How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth—and How You Can Too

by Chris Hogan

“Typical millionaires… aren’t trying to keep up with anyone else, and they don’t care about impressing people. They’re just living their lives, taking care of themselves and their families, and quietly serving other people.”

4. Heart Talk

Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life

by Cleo Wade

“Love yourself enough to walk into only the rooms and situations that show care and love for you. Love yourself enough to walk out of the rooms that harm you in any way. Love yourself enough to hold the people who harm you accountable for their words and actions. Love yourself enough to express your wants, your needs, and your desires. Love yourself enough to tell the truth. Love yourself enough to keep yourself safe. Love yourself enough to say enough is enough when enough has become enough.”

5. Powershift

Transform Any Situation, Close Any Deal, and Achieve Any Outcome

by Daymond John

6. More Than Enough

Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)

by Elaine Welteroth

When the world tells you to shrink, expand.”

7. Quantum Leaps

10 Steps to Help You Soar

by Gloria Mayfield Banks

8. Acting Up

Winning in Business and Life Using Down-Home Wisdom

by Janice Bryant Howroyd

9. You’ve Got to Be Hungry

The Greatness Within to Win

by Les Brown

10. Abundance Now

Amplify Your Life & Achieve Prosperity Today

by Lisa Nichols

“Self-enrichment is that act of creating a thousand micro wins, so you can have one macro win.”

11. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

by Maya Angelou

12. The Path Made Clear

Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose

by Oprah Winfrey

“Your life isn’t about a big break. It’s about taking one significant life-transforming step at a time.”

13. Real Money Answers for Every Woman

How to Win the Money Game With or Without a Man

by Patrice C. Washington

14. Year of Yes

How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person

by Shonda Rhimes

“Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to. As your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be.”

15. Be the Spark

Five Platinum Service Principles for Creating Customers for Life

by Simon T. Bailey

16. Live Richer Challenge

Learn how to budget, save, get out of debt, improve your credit and invest in 36 days!

by Tiffany Aliche

17. Make It Work

22 Time-Tested, Real-Life Lessons for Sustaining a Healthy Happy Relationship

by Tony A. Gaskins Jr.

18. The Money Manual

A Practical Money Guide to Help You Succeed On Your Financial Journey

by Tonya B. Rapley

19. The Greatest You

Face Reality, Release Negativity, and Live Your Purpose

by Trent Shelton

20. Life Coaching for Successful Women

Powerful Questions, Practical Answers

by Valorie Burton

What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. S Williams on June 5, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you!

  2. Kyle Jones on June 7, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Make it work would most likely be the first one on my list to read. This list sounds incredible. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Michael Corsilles on June 9, 2020 at 9:17 am

    This is a great list. Thank you

  4. Samona on June 12, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    I’m excited! I have my Summer reading list!

  5. Muhammed on June 14, 2020 at 3:31 am

    Wow! This is a great list of some pieces to read, even though I have never heard of any of the authors before, except for Oprah. I also wish Myles Munroe also worth to be on the list.

    Anyway the list is great!

  6. Esther on June 14, 2020 at 5:41 am

    Thank you!! 💆🏾‍♀️

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