Feelin’ It: 15 Books That Have Changed My Life by Melissa Ambrosini

Feelin' It

Looking for new reads that motivate and inspire? If you’ve seen the @hotdudesreading Instagram account, we’re sure you are. Australian author and health coach Melissa Ambrosini curates a list of 15 books that have changed her life–covering health, wealth and, of course, love.

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[quote type=”center”] No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time forreading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. [/quote]

– Confucius

When I originally sat down to write this post, I’d planned to tell you about six books that have changed my life. Turns out, I couldn’t narrow the list down. Instead, here are 15 incredible, potent books that are all worthy of mention and that have all impacted my life in some way.


Primal Body Primal Mind, by Nora Gedgaudas

When it comes to food, health and wellness, this is my bible. Yes, it’s chunky and full of scientific lingo, but in order to make informed, conscious choices around your food and health, you need to be well-educated on all the facts. I read it because I wanted to understand more about the link between the way we eat and our evolution, and this book helps you understandexactly how we are supposed to eat and why.

The Body Ecology Diet, by Donna Gates

I used to experience bloating, candida, adult acne and eczema. It wasn’t until I read this book and adopted The Body Ecology principles into my life that all my health concerns dramatically improved. There are so many ideas and insights in this wellness classic which have changed my life —  you won’t regret reading it.

Women, Food and God, by Geneen Roth

With all my clients, in my talks, on my blog and in my book 12 Steps To Wellness, I’ve been repeating one essential truth for years: the way we eat is a direct reflection of every other area of our lives. This is the message that Geneen Roth shares in Women, Food and God. This book perfectly describes how to heal your relationship with food, how one thing that will help you lose weight (the right way), and how to end your tortuous relationship with your body.

You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay

Laying in hospital five years ago, this was the first self-help book I ever picked up. It planted the seed of change deep within me and is a great read for anyone starting out on their journey. It’s packed full of helpful affirmations and techniques like mirror work that will really support you on your spiritual path.

Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon

This is one of those books you’ll want to keep on your kitchen bench and refer to again and again. It’s jam-packed with awesome information and delicious recipes to support you in reaching optimal health and happiness.

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The 4-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss

When I first started my business, I thought I had to sit in front of my computer all day and night or I wouldn’t be successful. This book made me realise that it’s not about working harder, it’s about working smarter. The 4-Hour Workweek gives you all the tools you need to set up and create the freedom-based business you desire.

Turning Pro, by Steven Pressfield

This book talks about the concept of being an amateur versus being a ‘pro’. Reading it was quite a pivotal moment for me. It helped me see all the stinky, amateur habits I was relying on, and that I needed to ‘turn pro’ in many areas of my life — not just within my business. This is a quick and easy read that you won’t be able to put down.

The Desire Map, by Danielle LaPorte

How do you want to feel on a daily basis? How do you want to feel when you wake up in the morning? When you’re doing your work? When you eat your food? Talk with your besties? Sit with your lover? Move your body and move through your day? These are questions I never pondered until I read this truly powerful book many years ago. Before The Desire Map, I focused solely on being ‘successful’ and doing whatever I needed to do to tick all the boxes I’d lined up for myself. But it wasn’t until I read Danielle’s words and came up with my core desired feelings that everything shifted for me. This book helped me realise that when it comes to pursuing goals, we shouldn’t be so hell-bent on the external things  — it’s actually what’s going on inside that matters most.

Daring Greatly, by Brené Brown

This powerful book gave me permission to be seen. It gave me the green light to be vulnerable and share my story with the world. Beautifully written and freaking hilarious, this book is a must read for anyone wanting to be the most authentic version of themselves.


Dear Lover, by David Deida

I believe this book is why I am with my husband today. I read it before we got together and something really shifted within me. This book showed me what is truly possible within a conscious union. It opened my eyes to the divine beauty that can unfold when two people come together, get out of the way, and choose love.

Conversations with God – Book 1, by Neale Donald Walsch

Another massive game-changer for me, and one of the best books I have ever read. It answered so many questions I had about religion and spirituality. A must-read for everyone!

Enlightened Sex, by David Deida

Want to take your relationship to the next level? Then this book is for you! It blew my mind. Make sure you read it with an open mind, leave your baggage at the door, and allow yourself to absorb all the goodness. If you have a partner, invite them to read it as well.

Dying To Be Me, by Anita Moorjani

One of the most inspiring books I have ever read. Anita takes you through the  journey of her life — before, during, and after cancer.. She intimately shares her moving near-death experience that changed everything for her. She is an incredible woman, and is sure to inspire the heck out of you.

Warrior Pose, by Bhava Ram

Reading Bhava’s story touched me deeply. I cried many times — not because Bhava is a dear friend,  but because his story is so deeply touching and inspiring. From a high-profile job as a journalist, to a broken back and terminal cancer, this man sure has had an incredible life and a compelling story to match.

The Gifts Of Imperfections, by Brené Brown

Another supreme book from Brené Brown. I couldn’t put it down —  her wit, wisdom and humor make you want to devour every word in one sitting. This book made me see that I was striving for perfectionism when ‘perfect’ doesn’t even exist. A truly powerful read.

So there you have it — the 15 books that have changed my life. I hope they touch you as much as they did me. Bookmark this page (or share it with your friends) so that you’ve got these soul-fuelled suggestions on hand next time you’re looking for something amazing to read.

And now I’d love to hear from you — do you have any game-changing books to add to this list? Share your favourites with us in the comments below, and let us know why they were so powerful for you.

Melissa AmbrosiniMelissa Ambrosini is an entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, self love teacher and Mean Girl ass kicker. She’s on a mission to help beautiful women like you create the most vibrant, stunning, powerful version of your life possible and make you irresistible in the eyes of the person who matters most… YOU!

Melissa believes true freedom starts within. Once you have move passed your limiting Mean Girl beliefs you truly start to live your best life. She is an advocate for choosing love over fear in every moment and guides women to live from their heart.

Through her live tours, books, booming online community, game-changing program Get Your Glow Onmeditations and keynote talks, Melissa has transformed the lives of thousands across the globe.

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