Manifestation may sound a bit woo-woo, but it is a great way to change your mindset and propel yourself toward the life you desire.
A great way to dip your toes into this way of self-help and improvement is through the simple habit of reading.
In this post, I’ll share the best manifestation books for learning how to attract all that you want.
Louise Hay is arguably the queen of affirmations, so if you’re looking to learn more about how to use affirmations in your own life, definitely check out her books!
One of her latest, 21 Days to Unlock the Power of Affirmations: Manifest Confidence, Abundance, and Joy, builds upon the concept that it takes 21 days to solidify a habit, and weaves in the use of affirmations for personal growth and healing.
Other great reads from Hay:
In A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle expands upon the concept of mindfulness to teach us that it is not only the key to happiness, but also to personal fulfillment and purpose – and the key to ending conflict around the world.
A New Earth was the January 2008 selection for Oprah’s Book Club after the wild success of Tolle’s first book, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment.
Other key books from Tolle:
- Learn an easy framework for attracting abundance
- Featured on Today & the Steve Harvey Show
In Abundance Now: Amplify Your Life & Achieve Prosperity Today, Lisa Nichols, who was once underemployed and living on public assistance, teaches us her 4 Es framework for abundance: Enrichment, Enchantment, Engagement, and Endowment.
Today Nichols is an established author and life coach featured on the Steve Harvey Show and Today, so clearly her advice works!
Another great read by Nichols is No Matter What: 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love.
James Allen was an average Englishman in the early 1900s before eventually becoming a well-known motivational and personal growth writer.
He is perhaps best known for this 1902 essay, As a Man Thinketh, which popularized the simple idea that thoughts create ones own reality, aka manifestation!
This one’s a short read, so if you’re not quite sure this is the path for you, this might be a good place to start to see if it grabs your attention.
- Affirmations for overcoming fear and negativity
- Affirmations for embracing love
- Tips for visualization and daily rituals
Dear Universe by Sarah Prout is filled with 200 affirmations that help you manifest what you want.
The affirmations are broken down into 2 groups: affirmations for overcoming fear and negativity and affirmations for embracing love.
Prout also includes a section on how to extend your journey with visualization, vision boards, daily rituals, and creating the right environment.
Lastly, it includes an index, so you can refer to it if you are struggling and need guidance.
An important practice in manifestation is ridding yourself of limiting beliefs that hold you back.
In The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz, you'll learn about the source of limiting beliefs.
You'll also learn guidelines from Toltec native wisdom to help you shed your limiting beliefs and transform your life.
- Learn how to better your self-love and overcome fear
An important part of manifestation is mastering self-love. Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self-Love is the Key to Unlocking Your Greatness by Vex King is your primer for that journey.
Aside from helping you learn self-love and the basics, King’s book delves into finding your purpose.
Also available from King:
When you are ready to level up your practice, check out The Magic of Manifesting: 15 Advanced Techniques To Attract Your Best Life, Even If You Think It's Impossible Now for by Ryuu Shinohara.
In this book, you’ll learn advanced methods for manifesting, along with tips on discovering what might be holding you back and how to fix it.
Make it Happen: Manifest the Life of Your Dreams by Jordanna Levin breaks down an easy to understand formula to use in your manifestation practice.
What makes this book magical is that it provides practical guidance on how to apply the formula to common goals and areas of your life where many want to manifest: career, home, love, money, and self.
Expanding on this concept is Levin's latest book, Higher Love, which goes into more detail specifically about manifesting love.
- Originally a course, so easy to read and digest in small chunks
- Could be hard to read for some due to linguistic differences from the early 1900s
Another oldie-but-goodie, The Master Key System by Charles Haanel teaches readers how to use the law of attraction for self-empowerment, self-improvement, and success.
It was originally created in 1912 as a correspondence course, then repackaged as a book in 1916.
More than 100 years later, it has once again become one of the most read law of attraction books on the market.
This is the book that started my journey in manifestation: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.
The Secret does a good job of explaining the concepts and basics of the universal laws of manifestation, such as the law of attraction, in a way that is easy to understand for nearly anyone.
I also like that she gives real examples of small changes you can make in your life and everyday environment to aid in manifesting all that you want.
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams by Deepak Chopra explains the 7 laws of nature and how they lead to personal success, rather than simply hard work.
Chopra is perhaps the most highly regarded author on this list, having written over 90 books, 21 of which became New York Times bestsellers. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success spent the longest time on this prestigious list at 72 weeks.
Other books to consider:
- Learn the scientific connection to manifestation from an MIT scientist
- Get access to a "toolkit for skeptics"
Dr. Tara Swart was once a skeptic of the law of attraction, believe it or not!
However, she became a believer after reading and applying the principles she learned in The Secret and The Master Key System, both featured in this blog post, and connected them to her work as a a psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
She discusses her findings, and shares a toolkit for opening our mind to the law of attraction, in The Source: The Secrets of the Universe, the Science of the Brain.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is another manifestation book that I read when I first gained interest in it.
Originally published in 1937, Hill uses stories of success from his time, such as Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison, to illustrate and explain what it takes to become successful and wealthy.
Don't worry about the age of the book though! The updated version that I recommend has been edited slightly to use more modern terminology to appeal to the readers of today.
It also includes additional stories from more recent millionaires, such as Bill Gates, Dave Thomas, and Mary Kay Ash.
- Learn how to overcome fear and limiting beliefs
The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith by Gabrielle Bernstein is another excellent read if you're working on shedding your limiting beliefs and fears and learning to live presently.
The Witch's Guide to Manifestation by Mystic Dylan is an interesting approach to manifestation unlike others in this list.
Part of this book covers the basics, but it also spends a good portion discussing witchy practices, spells, and rituals to aid in manifesting.
Even if you aren't a practicing witch, I recommend this lovely twist on the practice of manifestation.
The first book published by Jen Sincero, You Are a Bada**: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, is another fantastic read.
Sincero's humorous approach to her lessons in confidence and positive mindset are perfect for helping those in a funk sit up straight and take action on improving their mindset, and by extension, their life. I really appreciate that!
Since its publication in 2013, Sincero has written more books in her manifestation series that I also recommend:
If negative thinking is a blocker to your practice, I highly recommend reading Your Erroneous Zones: Step-by-Step Advice for Escaping the Trap of Negative Thinking and Taking Control of Your Life by Dr. Wayne Dyer.
This book has sold over 35 million copies sold since it first published in 1976, no doubt helping far more people develop a positive thinking mindset!
Dr. Dyer is the author of many more books, as well as National Public Television specials, about manifestation, self-realization, intention, and other related topics.
I also recommend:
What are your favorite manifestation books?
Share your favorites below to help others in their journey to a happiness and fulfillment. Then, pop over to my post about manifestation journals to continue your journey.
About the author
Meg Frost is a Boston-based travel blogger that helps people embrace technology to make vacation planning and traveling wicked easy, affordable, and fun.
She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami.
This post was originally published October 31, 2021. It was last updated November 2, 2022.