I've always haunted the local library - still do - but when we were going through some bad times several years ago, I discovered a whole new classification of books and tapes. Motivational and inspirational ones.
After a bad day, I could immerse myself in "Real Magic" by Wayne Dyer, and know that there were possibilities out there after all. This book taught me that meditation doesn't need to be done in a specific way but that you can simply sit by yourself quietly, for 30 to 60 minutes and you'll come up with numerous exciting solutions!
Bob Proctor's "You were Born Rich" was my constant companion for many years. It's dog-eared now, but it taught me that riches include many things in our lives besides money and we need to be grateful for each and every one.
Every time I drove my car I listened to cassette tapes, including Brian Tracy's "The Psychology of Success" tapes or "Possibity Thinking" by Robert H. Schuller and somehow, it gradually dawned on me that this assistance is always present and available to us in our lives, in good times and in bad.
Over the years, any challenges that I have always give way to hope and possibility when I pick up one of my books or tapes. Somehow, I can always open a book to any page and find a quote or a statement that 'speaks to me' and changes the way that I'm thinking.
The same is true of the books that I read today. "The Seat of the soul" by Gary Zukov or Dr.Wayne Dyer's "There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem" and "How to know God" by Deepak Chopra - along with masses of other material by the 'Motivational Masters' of our times are all basically teaching us the same thing - that we are 'Spiritual Beings' with access to miracles in our lives.
What I find really exciting about this is that all of these authors have in fact gone before me on their spiritual paths and their legacy of books and tapes are now my guideposts along my way.