2007 Review: 21 Topselling Books on Personal Growth

Amazon has released its list of 100 topselling books in 2007. Unlike my list of top 10 recommended books, Amazon’s list contains only the books which were first published in 2007. I think the list can complement my recommendation, so I went through it and picked the books which are related to personal growth.

I use the term personal growth in its broad sense here. Besides self-help books, I also include personal finance, spiritual, and some business books. Of course, my picks are subjective to what I think are related to personal growth, so you can check the complete list if you want to.

In total, I picked 21 books. Out of the 21 books, I have read only four: The 4-Hour Workweek, The Black Swan, Made to Stick, and Know-How. Looks like there are a lot of good books to read this year!

I hope you also find some useful books from the list. Here are the 21 books in order of rank:

  1. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss (rank: 9)
  2. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (rank: 11)
  3. Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny by Suze Orman (rank: 19)
  4. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith (rank: 22)
  5. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath (rank: 26)
  6. Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Wayne W. Dyer (rank: 27)
  7. Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI (rank: 29)
  8. StrengthsFinder 2.0: A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup’s Now, Discover Your Strengths by Tom Rath (rank: 30)
  9. The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t by Robert I. Sutton (rank: 34)
  10. Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, & Priorities of a Winning Life by Tony Dungy (rank: 47)
  11. Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves by Sharon Begley (rank: 61)
  12. Become a Better You by Joel Osteen (rank: 63)
  13. The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World by Lynne McTaggart (rank: 69)
  14. Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits by T.D. Jakes (rank: 74)
  15. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns by John C. Bogle (rank: 77)
  16. The Astonishing Power of Emotions by Esther Hicks (rank: 83)
  17. Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott (rank: 85)
  18. Know-How: The 8 Skills That Separate People Who Perform from Those Who Don’t by Ram Charan (rank: 87)
  19. Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know–And Doesn’t by Stephen Prothero (rank: 88)
  20. Little Green Book of Getting Your Way: How to Speak, Write, Present, Persuade, Influence, and Sell Your Point of View to Others by Jeffrey Gitomer (rank: 89)
  21. Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance by Marcus Buckingham (rank: 93)


  1. Dear Donald,

    Thanks for this great list — and the links to the others. One of my favorite books in 2007 was “Made to Stick” — simply brilliant thinking. “The Black Swan” has piqued my interest and will be my next.

    I just finished one I’d like to share with you — It’s by Marci Shimoff and it’s called “Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out.” She writes about positive psychology, but in a down-to-earth, practical approach and addresses gaining happiness in these areas: personal power, mind, heart, body, soul, purpose, and relationships. I hope you get as much (or more) out of it as I did.

    Happy 2008! Love your blog — glad I found it.


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  3. Thanks for the recommendation, Linda! I’m always glad to learn about new books. Happy 2008 to you too!

  4. The 4-Hour Workweek is one of the best books I read. My goal now is to increase my passive income to the point where I can live like Tim.
    At least is’t my long term goal. A must read.

  5. Gene,
    I also have similar goal myself. I want to have automatic income that can support the lifestyle I desire.

  6. I read a lot of these kinds of books, but there was a couple of books in the list I didn’t know.
    Among others The Black Swan. Thanks for the inspiring list.

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