5 NLP Books That Are An Absolute Must-Read


BY JAMES WRITTENHOUSE, MAY 27, 2017 11:00 AM


NLP is a field that's rich with literature spanning over several decades. The very first nlp book on the subject of NLP was titled "The Structure of Magic" and was co-written by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, also the co-founders of NLP. Nowadays, if you were to do a search on amazon for "NLP", it returns over 32,000 results!

NLP Books - Amazon Search Results

You could practically spend an entire lifetime looking through all of the literature and end up more confused than you were before 

After reading quite a few nlp books myself, I've found 5 books in particular that stood above the rest

These 5 books in particular goes into concepts that will put you far ahead of the typical NLP Practitioner. 

So with that being said, let's dive right in. 

The Spirit Of NLP - NLP Books

Do you know what it takes to truly master NLP? If your answer is anything but yes, then you definitely need to read this book. Dr. Hall does an amazing job of breaking down step-by-step what it takes to become a master at NLP

At the beginning of the book, Dr. Hall dedicates the book to Richard Bandler, whom he says is "the person who exemplifies the spirit of NLP."

A notable line from the book goes, "NLP is an attitude supported by a methodology that leaves a trail of techniques". As you read this book, you'll begin to see that NLP is much more than the patterns it has produced over the years. It's a way of being in the world that pervades your very existence.

4/5 Stars

The Sourcebook of Magic - NLP Books

The Sourcebook of Magic is a compilation of 77 NLP Patterns put together by L. Michael Hall along with Barbara P. Belsnap. In their words, the goal of the book was to "offer primarily a concise presentation of NLP with a fairly exhaustive display of the patterns "of magic" or, as the title suggests, The Sourcebook of Magic."

Dr. Hall uses magic to refer to understanding and harnessing the structure of experience.

​This is one of those books that you can go back to time and again whenever you're in need of a specific result. Most likely, there's a pattern in the book that can help facilitate that result.

​The book also offers hints on how to use NLP in business, education, therapy, sports, health, and relationships. 

3/5 Stars

Figuring Out People - NLP Books

Did you know that NLP has a methodology for understanding the people around you? And I'm not talking about a personality test either.

NLP offers a unique way of understanding other peoplee (and yourself) through the use of Meta-Programs. Meta-Programs are perceptual filters that governs all other filters below it such as beliefs, understandings, values, etc. 

Not only will you leave with a complete understanding o of Meta-Programs by the end of this read, you'll be able to identify the Meta-Programs in yourself and others and be able to change them at will.​

NLP Books - Figuring Out People

3/5 Stars

Mind Lines - NLP Books

Mind Lines represents a powerful model for conversationally reframing any limiting belief you or your client may have. 

It's built upon the work previously done by Robert Dilts' Sleight Of Mouth model and adds further distinctions such as identifying 7 basic mindshifting directions and 20 ​different mind-line patterns for "reframing reality".

The book is filled with tons of examples on how to use the mind lines in various situations as well as the best times to use each pattern. 

NLP Books - Mind Lines

5/5 Stars

Timeline Therapy And The Basis Of Personality - NLP Books

Did you know that each person has their own unique "time line"? Authors Tad James and Wyatt Woodsmall expand on this idea in this classic works and shows the theory and practicality behind manipulating your timeline to create rapid changes in personality in a instant.

NLP Books - Timeline Therapy