MustReadTheWarofArt

Though I may be one of the last people to read The War of Art, I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone else who may not have read it yet.

If I was rating it on Amazon’s reviews, I would give it eight stars. But since that’s impossible, I’ve decided to write a post here telling you how great it is instead.

If you have been putting off a deeply meaningful project or change in your life, I implore you to read this book. Don’t let the word “art” in the title fool you. This book will resonate if you have something meaningful you yearn to do but have difficulty taking steps in that direction.

It is a quick read and filled with so many truth-bombs that it is one of the most highlighted books on my Kindle account – despite being the shortest book in the bunch.

It’s also now my third favorite book of all time (behind The Seven Habits and The Slight Edge).

It is wise, witty, and incredibly relatable.

Thank you, Steven Pressfield. I am so grateful you overcame your own personal Resistance in order to bring this into the world for us to benefit from.

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  • http://goodlifeforless.blogspot.com JillGG

    oh I am putting this in my amazon wishlist right now, sounds great! Another great read I just had was “a million little ways” – it was full of truth-bombs (love that term by the way) and serious aha moments about purpose and calling that were deeply resonant with me.

  • http://goodlifeforless.blogspot.com JillGG

    oh I am putting this in my amazon wishlist right now, sounds great! Another great read I just had was “a million little ways” – it was full of truth-bombs (love that term by the way) and serious aha moments about purpose and calling that were deeply resonant with me.

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    Awesome! I will put that one on my list. I’m excited to see what you think of this one, I have a feeling this one will be the perfect follow up to the one you just read.

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    Awesome! I will put that one on my list. I’m excited to see what you think of this one, I have a feeling this one will be the perfect follow up to the one you just read.

  • jplatt27

    Ah! I saw him on Super Soul Sunday and it’s totally changed the way I think about resistance. Glad to hear the book is so good. I’ll have to add it to my list!

  • jplatt27

    Ah! I saw him on Super Soul Sunday and it’s totally changed the way I think about resistance. Glad to hear the book is so good. I’ll have to add it to my list!

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    For sure! I saw that SSS, too! The book is even better. : )

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    For sure! I saw that SSS, too! The book is even better. : )

  • Weezie Boiles

    My husband has read and reread The Art of War. I never thought of it as something I would enjoy but will give it a shot. I am in the middle of The 7 Habits and it’s been life changing! I am doing the first read-through then plan to go back to do the tasks. I love it! Thanks for the recommendation. I have been a bit obsessed and have recommended to quite a few friends!

  • Weezie Boiles

    My husband has read and reread The Art of War. I never thought of it as something I would enjoy but will give it a shot. I am in the middle of The 7 Habits and it’s been life changing! I am doing the first read-through then plan to go back to do the tasks. I love it! Thanks for the recommendation. I have been a bit obsessed and have recommended to quite a few friends!

  • Kimberly Anne

    I haven’t read this yet, but there were references in “Turning Pro” to this. I will be adding this to my “must read” wish list on Amazon. :)

  • Kimberly Anne

    I haven’t read this yet, but there were references in “Turning Pro” to this. I will be adding this to my “must read” wish list on Amazon. :)

  • http://www.authenticexperience.org/ nikkiana

    I loved War of Art. It definitely got me thinking about how I approached things!

  • http://www.authenticexperience.org/ nikkiana

    I loved War of Art. It definitely got me thinking about how I approached things!

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    It is so great to hear that you are loving The Seven Habits!!! I am beyond excited for you. I also think you are approaching it perfectly. A run through first followed by each habit one at a time in depth. Perfect. I’ve been focused on the first three habits for the last seven years and still have a long way to go there (a lifelong process).

    I also HIGHLY recommend trying out the last habit for a week and see how it feels. It has changed my life in the most profound way overall over the last six months.

    You really might like reading The Slight Edge next to help with the implementation of the 7 Habits and The War of Art will help over come the resistance you face to the work you most want to do in your life. : )

    Happy reading and growing!

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    It is so great to hear that you are loving The Seven Habits!!! I am beyond excited for you. I also think you are approaching it perfectly. A run through first followed by each habit one at a time in depth. Perfect. I’ve been focused on the first three habits for the last seven years and still have a long way to go there (a lifelong process).

    I also HIGHLY recommend trying out the last habit for a week and see how it feels. It has changed my life in the most profound way overall over the last six months.

    You really might like reading The Slight Edge next to help with the implementation of the 7 Habits and The War of Art will help over come the resistance you face to the work you most want to do in your life. : )

    Happy reading and growing!

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    Exactly! I think Turning Pro is a follow up to this book. I think that’s my next book, in fact!

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    For sure! Is there anything in particular that you still come back to after having read it?

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    Exactly! I think Turning Pro is a follow up to this book. I think that’s my next book, in fact!

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    For sure! Is there anything in particular that you still come back to after having read it?

  • Weezie Boiles

    Just got in The Slight Edge from amazon! I will read it before The Art of War! I am so excited about all of your recommendations. Thank you!

  • Weezie Boiles

    Just got in The Slight Edge from amazon! I will read it before The Art of War! I am so excited about all of your recommendations. Thank you!

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    That is great! These are the best teachings I’ve ever found.

    If you want to read another after these, pick up The Success Principles. It’s long, but has tons of great insights and is broken down into manageable pieces.

    And if you want more than that, I would go to the Inspiration Board on the sidebar and check out the resources I’ve shared there. : )

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    That is great! These are the best teachings I’ve ever found.

    If you want to read another after these, pick up The Success Principles. It’s long, but has tons of great insights and is broken down into manageable pieces.

    And if you want more than that, I would go to the Inspiration Board on the sidebar and check out the resources I’ve shared there. : )

  • Kara Green

    I just finished this book as well and LOVE it. Now I am onto “THE WILLPOWER INSTINCT”

    The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
    by Kelly McGonigal

    Its absolutely brilliant – amazing how our brain works – I highly recommend reading this if you havent already!

    Kara

  • Kara Green

    I just finished this book as well and LOVE it. Now I am onto “THE WILLPOWER INSTINCT”

    The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
    by Kelly McGonigal

    Its absolutely brilliant – amazing how our brain works – I highly recommend reading this if you havent already!

    Kara

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    Thank you, Kara! It is going on my list after Turning Pro and A Million Little Ways. : )

    It sounds like it might be a nice compliment to The Slight Edge. Have you read that one before by chance?

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    Thank you, Kara! It is going on my list after Turning Pro and A Million Little Ways. : )

    It sounds like it might be a nice compliment to The Slight Edge. Have you read that one before by chance?

  • fiercelyalex

    Your recommendations are always so spot on. I am currently reading another recommendation you made The Success Principles and am loving it. The War of Art is amazing and one of my favourite reads ever.

  • fiercelyalex

    Your recommendations are always so spot on. I am currently reading another recommendation you made The Success Principles and am loving it. The War of Art is amazing and one of my favourite reads ever.

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    Awesome! I really liked that one, too! If you want more book recs, check out the Inspiration Board on the sidebar. : )