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Personal Growth

Turning tragedy into triumph, dreams into reality. These are the stories we tell about everyday people like you who find success, fulfillment and happiness through spiritual growth and self-improvement. Our real life stories show that personal change comes from your courage, persistence and enthusiasm as well as from God’s grace.

Read on and be uplifted and motivated by stories of individuals who are positively transformed by events and life challenges. You’ll be inspired to change too!

Recent Personal Growth Stories

John Walsh

In 1984 John Walsh told Guideposts the story of his son Adam's abduction and murder. John has since devoted himself to a single mission.

by John Walsh

A woman cuts her credit card in half.

After realizing she was too focused on material things, Ruth Soukup worked to simplify her life and strengthen her faith. Her new book will help you do the same.

by Erin Meister
, Brooklyn, New York

A woman practices mindfulness outside on an autumn afternoon.

If you could benefit from being in the moment and finding a sense of calm, mindfulness may be for you.

by Guideposts editors
, New York, New York

A woman sits on the floor, worried, while surrounded by unpaid bills.

Here are three faith-based tips for gaining control of your spending and avoiding the acquisition of debt in the future.

by Craig Kelley
, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Young woman helps elderly woman on the computer

You can find a new career while helping others

by Lisa Swan

Jan Bono

Eating had long been an obsession, and she didn't even think she wanted help. Until a simple word provided inspiration. 

by Jan Bono
, Long Beach, Washington

Derek Jeter offers a lesson in working hard at what you love and enjoying the ride!   

by Rev. Pablo R. Diaz, D.Min

Oprah Winfrey in the spotlight on stage at the Verizon Center

Oprah Winfrey's national tour is all about connecting to God and finding your purpose

by Brooke Obie
, Senior Digital Editor, Guideposts.org

Richard Schneider

One man's trash is another man's treasure, but what if your spouse disagrees over which is which?

by Richard H. Schneider
, New York, New York

A smiling woman searches the want ads.

These 5 tips will help you stay positive during your search.

by Nancy Ancowitz

Creativity takes many forms, from writing, dancing or painting to making dinner or planning a celebration for a friend. The only requirement is that we truly engage with the activity and in so doing touch and express our deeper selves.

by Anne Simpkinson

Check out this website for ideas on handling everyday situations and challenges in positive ways.

by Anne Simpkinson

Playing for Change embraces a creative idea: that music from around the world can bring inspiration and happiness to all of us.

by Anne Simpkinson

What does personal growth mean to you? If you see it as part of your spiritual journey, these wonderful books will help you achieve your goals.

by Anne Simpkinson

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