11 Spiritual Books to Add to Your Wisdom Library (They Blew My Mind!).

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My ultimate reading list of wisdom-filled spiritual books that have made a huge difference in my own journey. Add them to your book bucket list, you won’t regret it.

“A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.”  ~ Franz Kafka

Trying to make a list like this is a bit of a daunting task.

I could easily name you hundreds of books that have been hugely influential in my life, but thought it would be interesting to try a name some of the ones that touched me just a little bit deeper than the others. Even that list could have been much bigger than this, but for the sake of this article, I’ll keep it to 11. Why 11? Two words: Spinal Tap.

Also, for the sake of this article I’ve omitted classics such as The Bhagavhad Gita, Dhammapada, Tao Te Ching, Gnostic Gospels, Tibetan Book of The Dead and so forth as they’re all so universally well known and respected and sort of go without saying.

I’d like to be clear that I am not saying that these are the 11 greatest spiritual books ever written! They’re just 11 that I’ve found to be game changers for me and maybe after you read why, maybe you’ll be inspired to check one or more of them out yourself if you haven’t already. I’d also love to hear what books have had the greatest impact in your life as well so if you’re up for it, please leave me a comment with some suggestions! I love new and diverse literature.

1. Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

For me, this book is the quintessential punk rock thesis on spirituality. It cuts through all of the bullshit of spiritual materialism by very clearly laying out the most common pitfalls spiritual aspirants, both new and old, fall prey to time and again. Chogyam Trungpa writes in a firm yet compassion way throughout the book while really challenging the reader to take a brutally honest look at themselves on their spiritual path. I wish every person interested in spirituality would read this book! It’d certainly help in laying so much of the dogmatic bullshit aside. “We can deceive ourselves into thinking we are developing spirituality when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

2. Finding Freedom: Jarvis Jay Masters.

I read this book while I was in a drug rehab program and it was exactly what I needed not only then, but today as well. It is one of the most honest spiritual reads I’ve ever come across and still moves me as much today as when I read it for the first time. Jarvis Jay Masters has been a Death Row inmate at the infamous San Quentin Prison since 1990. Masters had already been in prison for nine years prior to that for robbery, when he was convicted of being one of three inmates involved in murdering a prison guard. To this day Masters insists he’s innocent and the wealth of material which supports his claim is overwhelming. Finding Freedom is a book of stories and essays from Masters written from inside the walls of San Quentin. At times I found myself laughing, at others with tears in my eyes and yet others, completely mortified. From murder to making a mala with Tylenol & fabric ripped from jeans, Finding Freedom shows a side of Buddhism in action you’ve most likely never read before.

3. The Spiritual Teachings of Ramana Maharshi: Ramana Maharshi.

The Spiritual Teachings of Ramana Maharshi is a book of transcribed conversations between Ramana and spiritual seekers from around the world. Ramana’s teachings emphasize self-inquiry through the repetition of asking oneself, “Who am I?” While at first glance that may seem like a rather simple teaching, for those who endeavor on the practice, most quickly find it is anything but that, at least I know I did. Ramana teaches from a place that transcends religious differences thus making this book an amazingly accessible read to all seekers on the path.

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4. Be Here Now: Ram Dass.

Whenever Ram Dass’ classic book Be Here Now comes up in a conversation with someone I usually can’t help but laugh as I’m reminded of the fact that I’ve bought this book well over a dozen times yet typically don’t own a copy myself. It’s one of those books I’m always so excited to give people to read because I know how life changing it was for me and hope it will be the same for them. In Be Here Now, Ram Dass offers the reader a spiritual cookbook filled with various spiritual practices, and an amazing memoir of sorts as he shares about his transformational experience of going from Harvard Professor (then known as Richard Alpert) to spiritual renunciant in India. Ram Dass shares almost unbelievable stories of his travels to India and meeting his Guru Maharaj-ji (Neem Karoli Baba) many of which are funny, touching, mesmerizing and completely paradigm shattering. There’s so much more to this book including an amazing 108 pages in the middle of it filled with crazy artwork and mini stories, lessons, mantras and more (see picture, right).

5. A Gradual Awakening:  Stephen Levine.

Both Stephen and Ondrea Levine’s catalog of work has been greatly influential in my life, as have their son Noah’s books in more recent years (Dharma Punx, Against The Stream). But A Gradual Awakening has been the book I’ve found myself going back to many times in my life. In A Gradual Awakening, Stephen offers very practical and accessible instructions on meditation, which were as influential to me when I first started mediating as they are today. A Gradual Awakening gave me a blueprint regarding mindfulness, spiritual stage developments and the subtle nuances that come along with them. While the book is based on Buddhism and Vipassana meditation, I believe it could be of great benefit to anyone who reads it, regardless of their specific path.

For Waylon’s recommendations, including Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Best Buddhist Books for Beginners with Simple Meditation Instruction.

6. A Brief History of Everything:  Ken Wilber.

I mean, the title says it all, doesn’t it? In A Brief History of EverythingKen Wilber (read our dialogue with him on ‘awakening’) presents an entertaining and accessible account of men and women’s place in the universe regarding sexuality, spirituality and much more. Wilber also touches on topics including multiculturalism, ecology, gender wars, and environmental ethics. I love this book, along with the rest of Wilber’s work for its integral approach. Ken does an amazing job of connecting the dots between not only all religious and spiritual traditions, but integrating the arts, music, business and much more as well, which makes for an inspirational and innovative read.

7. The Places That Scare You: Pema Chodron.

I have adored Pema Chodron from the very first time I read her book Start Where You Are early on in my path. Her no bullshit approach to spirituality is obviously influenced greatly by her teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and similar to Chogyam Trungpa, Pema also teachers in a firm yet very compassionate manner. In The Places That Scare You, Chodron teaches that we already have the wisdom inherently in us to face life’s difficulties but that we usually block it with patterns rooted in fear, and from my own life experience, man is she right. This book has helped me immensely in accepting life as it is, both the good and bad times while doing my best to find the beauty in it all.

8. The Awakening of Intelligence: Jiddu Krishnamurti.

While other books by Krishnamurti are often considered his crowned jewels such as First and Last Freedom and Freedom from the Known, this was the first thing I read from him and thus, has a special place in my heart. The first time I read it, I struggled with the material. In all honesty, the ideas and concepts he presented made my brain hurt, but in a good and challenging way. In The Awakening of Intelligence, Krishnamurti discusses a wide variety of topics including conflict, fear, violence, religious experience, self-knowledge and more as well as offering traditional Vedanta methods of help for various levels of seekers. Even though Krishnamurti teaches through a Vedanta viewpoint, he is essentially presenting ideas of non-duality, which is a sentiment that can be embraced by all who read this. I wouldn’t recommend this necessarily to someone new to spirituality but then again, maybe this is just the wake-up call that some people need.

9. Living Buddha, Living Christ: Thich Nhat Hanh.

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of those people I just want to scoop up and give the biggest hug ever too! He is such a wise and gentle soul, which translates very clearly in his writing style. In my opinion, every single thing Thich Nhat Hanh has ever written is worth reading, but Living Buddha, Living Christ will forever be the book that holds the dearest place in my heart. It was the first book I read which validated my belief that it’s okay to honor, celebrate and learn from others paths and traditions while still adhering to our own. In Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh does an amazing job of sharing the similarities between Buddhist and Christian practices, likening the Holy Spirit to that of Buddha Nature and much more. The message of this book is both timely and timeless and is an amazing treatise on interfaith acceptance, respect and celebration!

10. The Self-Aware Universe:  Amit Goswami.

Consciousness, not matter, is the ground of all existence.” ~ Amit Goswami.  For those like myself who grew up believing that what you see is what you get, well, reading something like that quote from Goswami can be a total mind fuck for sure. The Self-Aware Universe was first published in 1995 during the initial introduction of the new physics movement. While many wonderful books have been written since then, with updated information even more mind bending concepts, this book is still very applicable today. It offers the reader an amazing introduction into an alternative way of looking at reality as it’s traditionally understood and experienced. Through the practice of meditation I’ve experience on a number of occasions what Goswami asserts when saying, Consciousness, not matter, is the ground of all existence. It’s just pretty cool to have some science behind it as well.

11. The Disappearance of the Universe: Gary Renard.

Prior to reading The Disappearance of the Universe, I’d attempted to read A Course in Miracles but failed miserably. Sure, I’d pick up a line here and there that I could make some sense out of, but overall, it was the equivalent to trying to read a foreign language for me. I’m always very skeptical of channeled material, but I’ve also always felt particularly drawn to A Course in Miracles for reasons unbeknownst to me. In retrospect, it may be because I’ve always had a deep love for Jesus Christ but just can’t get with the dogmatic way his teachings are distorted in many of the Christian and Catholic Churches however, the way he clarifies his life and teaching in the course resonates a deep truth in me.

The Disappearance of the Universe is a book consisting of conversations between Gary and two ascended masters Arten and Pursah who appeared in his home in Maine one random day. The last sentence probably either made many of you laugh or completely write this book off entirely, and I can’t say that I blame you, but I personally felt compelled to read this book and in the spirit of honoring my internal guidance, I did, to which I’m forever grateful. It presented the ideas and concepts of A Course in Miracles in a way that I could understand. Renard’s conversations with Arten and Purshah discuss everything from the life of Jesus to sex, the illusion of time, death and much more. If nothing else, I believe most people would at the very least find this an interesting read. I’m very grateful for it, as well as Kenneth Wapnick’s numerous books on the Course because without them, I’d probably still be failing miserably at trying to understand its core teachings and message, which simply is love and forgiveness, just not in the traditional sense.

So like I said in the beginning of this article, how about you!? What are some of the books you’ve read which have greatly influenced your life and path? I’d love to hear about them.

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anonymous Mar 3, 2016 8:27am

Thanks for this article! I wanted to share my favorite book hands down:

Living Enlightenment by Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda. https://lifeblissprograms.org/content/living-enli

It's a beautiful book filled with intelligence and spiritual truths about life. Sometimes when I'm looking for answers I open up to a random page and ALWAYS find all the exact answers I'm looking for (amazing!).

It's also available free to read online or download :), definitely a MUST for all seekers!

anonymous Feb 6, 2016 2:33am

Waking: a memoir of trauma and transcendence by Matthew Sanford
Here if you need me by Kate Baestrup
Letters to a young poet by R. M. Rilke
All about love by bell hooks

anonymous Feb 2, 2016 8:02am

Krishnamurti never explicitly ties himself to any tradition. While his teachings do seem to have definite influences with regards to Buddhism and Vedanta, he continually stresses the need to move beyond tradition and to address the problems of life directly. I would also recommend his COMMENTARIES ON LIVING to newcomers. His apparent antithesis (but closest parallel) U. G Krishnamurti is also worth checking out for sheer challenge: THE MYSTIQUE OF ENLIGHTENMENT. These are among the two most provoking forces I’ve encountered in my life.

anonymous Dec 31, 2015 1:08pm

Great list…I will definately be checking a few of them out for myself.

My list is short but all were relevant to me and might be for others as well. So here are my foundational pieces:
Deep Meditation- The Pathway to Personal Freedom. Yogani

Advanced Yoga practices- Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living. Yogani

Buddha’s Brain- Rick Hanson

There are others such as The Soulmate experience by Mia Apple and Joe Dunn or Intimacy & Desire by David Schnarch that are also rooted in reinforcing the inner path regarding ego, mindfulness and how they impact our relationships with others and ourselves.

Thanks again for sharing your list- happy new year

anonymous Dec 16, 2015 5:19am

I found David Deida's book: The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire a wonderful read. I've read it a bunch of times.

anonymous Dec 15, 2015 6:27pm

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

anonymous Dec 15, 2015 10:53am

Haven’t read all the comments yet, but A Place at the Table by William Elliott. It is one of those books I’ve bought many times and never owned. It freed me to be a Christian on my own terms without guilt or worry that I’m getting it “wrong.”

anonymous Dec 15, 2015 2:42am

The Peaceful Warrior Dan Millman for me. How to acknowledge you are already there.
I Ching from Carol Anthony is a real guide
The Artist Way from Cameron of how to create.
Those are the ones I keep returning to.

anonymous Dec 15, 2015 12:32am

Those who like Autobiography of Yogi , I suggest The Himalayan masters by swami Rama and Apprenticeship with Himalayan Master by Sri M ( My Guru).

anonymous Dec 12, 2015 1:08am

Im surprised you didnt mention anything by OSHO. “Autobiography of an incorrect mystic” is a great read.

anonymous Oct 27, 2015 11:01pm

SCIENCE AND HEALTH by Mary Baker Eddy, is hardly ever mentioned but although difficult for some people to read can definitely change your Life and Health unbelievably.

anonymous Oct 19, 2015 1:15am

The Law, The Grace, The Love & The Truth. Brandy Bennitt, Dr Ian Mussman.

anonymous Aug 16, 2015 5:01pm

I totally agree with those who say that “Autobiography of a Yogi ” should be on this list, this book should come with a spiritual health warning, because it will dramatically improve your spiritual health, a deeply moving transformative book that I have no hesitation in recommending to everyone namaste<3

anonymous Jul 29, 2015 12:20am

"power of now" add it too.

anonymous Jul 28, 2015 10:23am

I would suggest The Way of Liberation: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Adyashanti. It's a small book that carries a huge message of a way to move through life. He has many other books and writings, too, that are wonderful. Check out his website: https://www.adyashanti.org/

anonymous Jul 28, 2015 8:02am

So many wonderful spiritual texts out there…but I haven't seen Autobiography of a Yogi mentioned. The life of Parashanda Yogananda. It is an interesting read. There is also a few magazines that are good. Shambala Sun has beautiful writings from many of these authors and lovely artwork to go along with it.

anonymous Jul 28, 2015 1:18am

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind-Shunryu Suzuki

anonymous Jul 27, 2015 6:29pm

I was thinking that I would recognize at least one of the books on your list but fortunately for me I have not……more books to check out….yaay! Thank-you for the suggestions!
The 2 most influential books for me to date is Conversations With God (book 1….I have yet to even attempt books 2 and 3. It will take me several more reads of book 1 to feel as though I will be able to grasp the other 2 books) by Neale Donald Walsch and Pronoia by Rob Brezsny which is so full of wonderfully wise non sense with the purest, most non-judgemental intent. It was impossible not to love and read over and over.

anonymous Jul 4, 2015 8:40am

Glad to see someone mentioned "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Yogananda which I think pre-dates (first published in 1946) any of the other books mentioned, first Spiritual book I read 40 years ago and still so beautiful and mind-blowing reading it 40 years later. Also loved "Be here now" and all Ram Dass books and "Play of Consciousness" by Baba Muktananda–so many more you listed I still want to read-thanks for the great suggestions from all of you!

anonymous Jul 3, 2015 10:03am

Very excellent list. A few are still on my "to be read" list, but all are beautiful guidance. A book that shaped my thinking about the world as a teenager was "Stranger in a Strange Land," by Robert Heinlien. "Thou art God"

anonymous Jul 3, 2015 12:46am

William Irwin Thompson’s The Time Falling Bodies Take To Light, would top my list.

anonymous Jul 2, 2015 11:45pm

Sounds like the person who wrote this article is a Buddhist

anonymous May 9, 2015 12:13am

Although it may not be directed considered a "spiritual book" (whatever that is) the writings of Herman Hesse have played a huge part in my personal growth when I was younger, and he is still one of my favorite authers (currently reading my 6th book by him)

Demian
steppenwolf
magister ludi (the glass bead game)
pair TGBG with a quick read 'Journey to the East" which i read first that makes his lengthy "masterpiece" that much more interesting i think

anddd cant forget Narcissus and Goldmund – ahhh

did i mention I love Herman Hesse? cause I do.
such an incredible writer

anonymous Apr 24, 2015 12:07am

Autobiography of a Yogi… should hundred percent be there in the list. But thank you for so many suggestions now I have a new list to read 🙂

anonymous Jan 13, 2015 3:28am

my highly recommended books are:

Supernature by Lyall Watson
God alone by Sri Daya Mata
A Search For God by Edgar Cayce
Ponder These Truths by Swami Chidananda
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
Feng Shui Made Easy by William Spear
Dreamers Never Sleep by Pat Mesiti

anonymous Jan 12, 2015 2:52am

If you read just one book in your life, let it be “Awareness”, compiled of Anthony de Mello’s lectures. Funny, easy to read and to the point. Kind of like a gentle slap in the face (or a whole series of them…). No other book has had such an immediate and lasting impact on me.

anonymous Dec 2, 2014 7:24pm

I AM THAT Nisargadatta Maharaj.

anonymous Nov 20, 2014 8:05pm

I would like to add some more:

The Holographic Universe – Michael Albot
The Source Field Investigation – David Wilcock
The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield
The After Life of Billy Fingers – Annie Kagan
The Autobiography of A Yogi – Paramahansa Yogananda
A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle
The Tibetan book of Living and Dead – Sogyal Rinpoche
The Joy of Living – Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Pick one that you feel drawn to 🙂 . Thanks for all of your recommendations. All the best. Thu.

anonymous Oct 12, 2014 6:12pm

This is a very good list. I haven't read all of the list, but enough to feel the remainder would be of interest. The last one on the list intrigues me. My difficulty with A Course in Miracles was actually maintaining the course!

anonymous Jul 14, 2014 11:24am

Yeah, this is a great list, and as other people have added great contributions to the list, I’ll add a couple more:

1. The Tao of Physics: Its a good bock that is written by a scientist who took the time to read the scriptures of many eastern mystic cultures, among them the Gita, Upanishads and other Buddhist, and Zen texts. His comparison and avid description of the realm of sub-atomic physics, unites both scientific and spiritual viewpoint in a beautiful manner. It’s a book I’d recommend to anyone who is the skeptical type when listening to more Yogic philosophies, and hide under the skirts of mother science.

2. Yoga Gems, It’s not a book itself, it’s a compilation of beautiful quotes on several aspects of life, It’s like all of the greatest philosophers, teachers and guru’s of yoga had gathered to bring delightful dishes of spiritual wisdom to a pot-lock. Delicious read, make sure you give each chapter a rest for adequate digestion.

3. Dreaming YourselfAwake: Lucid dreaming and Tibetan Dream Yoga by Alan Wallace and Brian Hodel. Whether you’re a diehard yogi or not, all of us spend almost a third of our lives sleeping, and this book opens a door to explore the subconscious realm in a peculiar manner, our own dreams. I’ve been keeping a dream journal since 2011 and I’ve found deep and transformational truths inside my dreams. Definitely something to expand our yoga practice with.

anonymous Jun 27, 2014 1:31am

I recently read a book on Sufism in Afghanistan that was truely eye-opening. The author actually lived and studied with the order's shaikh who had this mystical power he emanated from his body like electricity. I wonder if all real mysticism involves the projection of such power.

anonymous May 21, 2014 12:53am

I too had to read The Disappearance of the Universe, plus Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love, to prepare myself to tackle A Course in Miracles. The Text drove me crazy, having to reconstruct each sentence till it made sense! After a long search I finally found some important keys to the true meaning of forgiveness. Great list btw.

anonymous May 20, 2014 11:50pm

Thanks for the list Chris!

anonymous May 8, 2014 2:31am

Wonderful….. this list and other wonderful suggestions among the comments is just what I was looking for, thank you!!

anonymous May 7, 2014 11:20am

Autobiography of a Yogi should be pretty close to the top of this list.

anonymous Apr 7, 2014 5:31pm

I definitely would add the power of now by Eckhart Tolle

anonymous Apr 7, 2014 6:06am

THE ARTIST WAY by Cameron really changed me. I taught it for years and it had great impact on my students!

anonymous Apr 7, 2014 5:06am

Writing Down Your Soul and Wherever you go there you are are two books I would reccomend.

anonymous Mar 31, 2014 8:14am

My number one spiritual book would be The Present, it blew my mind. You can find at Truth Contest (google it)

anonymous Mar 28, 2014 7:58pm

I have not read any of these on the list- but many in the comments section. My top 5 would be:
1. Journey into Now- Leonard Jacobson (if you can see him in person- you will not regret it.)
The Presence Process- Michael Brown
Loving what IS- Byron Katie
The Alchemist- Paulo Coehlo
Untethered Soul-Michael Singer

My gateway was also Celestine Prophecy

anonymous Mar 26, 2014 6:05am

Urantia Book
Parenthesis in Eternity – Joel Goldsmith
Man's Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
all by Carlos Casteneda
Peaceful Warrior – Dan Millman

anonymous Feb 24, 2014 1:37am

I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but

your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your

site to come back later. Cheers

anonymous Feb 2, 2014 6:48pm

If reading A Course In Miracles is a challenge for you, like it is for me, then I would highly recommend Marianne Williamson's "A Return to Love", which is based on her experience of doing the Course. I realize this in only her experience but it REALLY RESONATED with me. She will say, should you tell her how greatly it impacted your life, "with all due respect to Marianne Williamson, reading The Course in Miracles is a more relevant way to find your own experience". I know, cause that's what she said to me. However, it was HER experience of The Course that gave me a whole new aspect of spirituality and and an entirely new perception of Love. I have pondered reading Ken Wilbur's works and after reading this article propose to do so. Pema Chodrin and Ram Das just haven't had the impact for me. However, I think also Thich Nhat Hanh's book you mentioned sounds very interesting. 🙂 thanks for the heads up.

    anonymous Feb 3, 2014 6:42am

    Thanks you for your thoughts! I found a lot of help for understanding ACIM through Gary Renard and Ken Wapnick's work. I read A Return to Love many years ago but don't really remember it. may be worth revisiting. Thanks!

anonymous Feb 2, 2014 6:42pm

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Pirsig (sic) and Dharma Bums by Kerouac.

anonymous Jan 8, 2014 7:29am

Anything by Dr. Seuss. I like to keep things simple.

    anonymous Feb 3, 2014 6:41am

    Oh yes, absolutely! Nice addition.

anonymous Dec 14, 2013 4:11am

Love your list ! Love everyones comments. So many books I have read and many more I’ve never heard of , so I have lots more reading to look forward too!

The book that blew my mind out of the water and made me question my Catholic upbringing was Discover the Power within by Eric Butterworth which was also been mentioned by Oprah for being a game changer in her life.

    anonymous Feb 3, 2014 6:41am

    Nice Allison! Glad you're digging all the suggestions. I very much am too 🙂

anonymous Nov 30, 2013 7:36pm

Michael Singer's Untethered Soul!!

anonymous Nov 30, 2013 6:14am

Pilgrim of Love: The Life and Teachings of Swami Kripalu by Atma Jo Ann Levitt

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

    anonymous Feb 3, 2014 6:40am

    Frankl's book was absolutely powerful! Not familiar with Pilgrim of Love. Thanks for the heads up!

anonymous Oct 10, 2013 7:45am

The Celeestine Prophecy spoke to me strongly as a young person, opening my eyes to the greater spiritual world. As an adult, living your yoga by Judith Lasater, and Karen Maezen Mellers Momma Zen, and Hand Wash Cold. Such bassic truth. Such powerful practices.

    anonymous Feb 3, 2014 6:39am

    Thanks Stephanie. I've heard of The Celestine Prophecy but am yet to read it. Not familiar with the others so thanks for the heads up! 🙂

anonymous Sep 22, 2013 4:50pm

The jungle book. Just a different way of looking at nature. And believe it or not, Shirley MacLane's Out on a Limb was my first. The Celestine Prophecy which made so much sense in my life at that point. Richard Bach's Illusions. Mind you, those are all beginner's books and do not compare to the above list. Still, they ease you into looking at things differently. They are good springboards. I will definitely get started on the list of 1. ACIM on my phone, to be taken in small doses.

    anonymous Feb 3, 2014 6:39am

    I'm not familiar with those Ursula, so thanks for the heads up.

anonymous Sep 22, 2013 3:36pm

Thank you so much for this great list! One more add – “If the Buddha Dated,” by Charlotte Kasl. A fantastic, practical approach to working a spiritual path while dating and in relationships, quite a challenge at times! 🙂

    anonymous Feb 3, 2014 6:38am

    Thanks Christine! I'm not familiar with this one so something for me to look into 🙂

anonymous Sep 22, 2013 3:32pm

Man's Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl – Incredible book.

anonymous Sep 22, 2013 3:02pm

Hi, nice list. Can’t wait to read few of them. And, Awareness by Anthony de Mello is a great book too. 🙂

    anonymous Feb 3, 2014 6:37am

    Thanks! And I'm not familiar with Anthony de Mello, so thanks for the heads up on that!

anonymous Sep 3, 2013 8:43am

Thank you for this list of great books. Looking forward to read them. Some of my favorite books are The book of secrets by Osho, The secret of secrets by Osho, The book of mirdad, Autobiography of a yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda, The power of now by Eckhart Tolle.

    anonymous Feb 3, 2014 6:37am

    Yes, to all three of these authors! I'm definitely a fan of their work! This list could have gone of for days, and their work certainly would have been included in a more extensive version! Thanks 🙂

anonymous Aug 19, 2013 5:16pm

Guess l'm a late-comer to your booklist, Chris. No matter – great list! The only two l haven't read are by Goswami and Renard. I will definitely check out Renard's book.
I've spent time with both Ram Dass and Tich Nhat Hanh. Both wonderful beings. Love that book of Wilbur's – before he started hanging out with Andrew Cohen(!?)
Pema Chödrön! Spiritual angelic genius. A Sufi might say that the Baraka of Trungpa's work passed into her with his early demise from alcoholism. "Cutting through…" is his masterwork without a doubt. Bit disappointed in Krishnamurti shagging his lifelong friend's wife while fronting himself as celibate to the world? Please enjoy 'The Light Inside the Dark' by John Tarrant – he's an Australian Zen teacher l've sat with. Good man, good book. And yes, Stephen Levine is wonderful as are Ondrea and Noah. I'm a recovering dude, too. Started an aa meditation meeting in London where l live. Love to you and thankyou. Michael

    anonymous Feb 3, 2014 6:36am

    Hey Michael, We definitely share many of the same interests, as well as both being in recovery too. I'm not familiar with John Tarrant's book so I'll check that out. Thanks much! 🙂

anonymous Aug 18, 2013 9:40pm

Perfect, Brilliant Stillness by David Carse is fabulous and illuminating.

    anonymous Feb 3, 2014 6:34am

    Not familiar with this one. Thanks Gail!!!

anonymous Aug 18, 2013 9:00pm

The Way of Zen, by Alan Watts did it for me.

anonymous Aug 18, 2013 4:21pm

Tibetan Book of Living and Dying – Sogyal Rinpoche
Emptiness Dancing – Adyashanti
War of the Worldviews – Chopra and Mlodinov
I Am That – Nisargadatta
The Highly Sensitive Person – Elaine Aron
Toward a Psychology of Awakening – John Welwood
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
The Mustard Seed – Osho
The Road Less Travelled – M.Scott Peck

    anonymous Feb 3, 2014 6:33am

    Yes! Wonderful additions!!! I'm particularly fond of Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Rinpoche!

anonymous Aug 18, 2013 3:29pm

I have to admit, I consider myself a very spiritual person, but I haven't read any of these titles. It seems to me they are more religious in nature and that doesn't resonate as spirituality to me. That's just my opinion, of course. The books I love the most are Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss, everything by Carolyn Myss, but specifically Sacred Contracts and Anatomy of the Spirit, Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsh, The Four Agreements by don Migel Ruiz and of course ACIM. I also LOVE Paulo Coelho!

    anonymous Feb 3, 2014 6:32am

    Interesting you say that Kelly as I don't think there's any "religion" per se in these titles. They're definitely not modern day bestsellers, but at least for me, they've been wonderfully transformational spiritual books. But of course, too each their own. And I'm also a daily reader of ACIM myself 😉

anonymous Aug 6, 2013 7:51pm

I love Dialogue with a Modern Mystic by Andrew Harvey & Mark Matouseke, Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment by Thaddeus Golas & Path of the Heart & After the Ectasy the Laundry both by Jack Kornfield.

    anonymous Feb 3, 2014 6:31am

    Love harvey & Kornfield's work! I've never read LMGTE though. Thanks for the heads up!

anonymous Aug 6, 2013 2:26am

I love the list and the additional suggestions. But is there an editor, really? "Thich Nhat Hanh is one of those people I just want to scoop up and give the biggest hug ever too! " Oh, right. Whatever.

anonymous Feb 9, 2013 2:19pm

“The ending of sorrow is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge is always within the shadow of ignorance. Meditation is freedom from thought and a movement in the ecstasy of truth. Meditation is explosion of intelligence.”

― Jiddu Krishnamurti

Jiddu Krishnamurti is my fav. writer.

Right now I am reading a book called The Orgasm of Life and the Road to Immortality.

I’m feeling very strange right now… and the way I have found this book, is driving me crazy. Hmm…..

Thank you!

Back to reading!!!

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anonymous Nov 6, 2012 9:19pm

Great article and also I love the comments and discussion. I personally have been on a Paulo Coehlo reading kick lately for whatever reason, and maybe I'm just a newbie on the spiritual path but I was suprised not one of his books were mentioned thus far. Since this summer I have read Aleph, 11 Minutes, Brida, The Zahir, and Veronika Decides to Die. If I picked one of these books that influenced me the most it would have to be The Zahir. Can't wait to read all of the other suggestions!!!

    anonymous Nov 6, 2012 10:19pm

    I've never read his stuff to be honest but i do see a lot of meme's floating around Facebook with quotes of his that I like! Thanks for bringing him into the conversation! Glad you're digging it!!!

anonymous Nov 6, 2012 7:55am

And my thanks to you. I haven't really read anything by Bohm though I've heard nothing but great things for sure. Will put it on my list! Thanks Bryan!!!

anonymous Nov 6, 2012 6:18am

Lot's of books I agree with here, especially "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" by Suzuki. I too could go on and on about all the books I love and their profound impacts on me. I will add "Th Dance of the Dissident Daughter" by Sue Monk Kidd (A woman's journey from Christian tradition to the Sacred Feminine), "The Invitation" by Oriah Mountain Dreamer (……"I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heat's longing………."), "The Red Book" by Sera Beak (A deliciously unorthodox approach to igniting your divine spark) and one more very important book for me, having a daughter now in here teens, is "The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession of Virginity is Hurting Young Women" by Jessica Valenti. Thanks Chris for this fun "read"! ( :

    anonymous Nov 6, 2012 7:51am

    And my thanks to you Tracy for expanding my literary horizon as I'm not familiar with most of the books you mentioned! High five.

    anonymous Nov 6, 2012 9:24am

    Yes, Yes, Suzuki's "Zen Mind" puts one in the atmosphere of a meditation hall!

anonymous Nov 6, 2012 1:37am

Amazing list, Chris! Thank you so much! Loads of great tips for me to keep going. And thanks also to all the people commenting and adding wonderful value to what you've written! What a gift!

As a reader, and before entering the spiritual path, I've been always a formal literature lover-consumer. I find that some mainly-literature- pieces contained a superb invitation to the truly spiritual world that you present in this magnificent article. Sometimes those books can become the introduction that we need to access the Depths 😉

Supporting that I would mention 'Siddharta' by Herman Hess, 'The razor's edge' by Somerset Maugham and even the recent bestseller by Elizabeth Gilbert 'Eat, pray, love'.

Back on the Depths, I would highly recommend 'The Present Process' by Michael Brown, a journey to the inner self, a work-book that takes you further every time you go through it on an everlasting discovering adventure.

Thanks again. Love it! ♥ ♥ ♥

    anonymous Nov 6, 2012 5:50am

    Awesome! So glad you enjoyed this and I too am absolutely loving everyone's comments/contributions to it! So many great titles in here 🙂 And thanks for your contribution as well!!!

    anonymous Nov 6, 2012 9:07am

    Yes! Siddhartha by Herman Hesse! Very early influence in High School in the "70's influence. Forgot that one but with remembering memories are flooding back right now!

anonymous Nov 5, 2012 10:23pm

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche – What Makes You Not a Buddhist, and Tibetan Book of Living and Dying – by Sogyal Rinpoche, and definitely your first choice (all of his books), Cascading Waterfall of Nectar – Trinley Norbu Rinpoche, Thoughts in Solitude – Thomas Merton, all of HHDL's, the list goes on!

    anonymous Nov 6, 2012 5:48am

    YES! Tibetan Book of Living and Dying is one of my all time faves too!!! And I adore Thomas Merton as well! Not familiar with the other two so thanks for some new literature I'll be checking out 🙂

    anonymous Nov 6, 2012 9:22am

    If you like that Dzongsar R. book, you'll like his recent "Not for Happiness" text on ngondro!

anonymous Nov 5, 2012 10:01pm

Quantum Lotus by Mathiew Ricard and someone else……and The Garden by Geshe Michael Roach n Lama Christie Mcnally are 2 buddhist books that I like a lot …….and another book that I am enjoying now is HOW to meditate by Kathleen

    anonymous Nov 6, 2012 5:46am

    I loved Quantum Lotus! Not familiar with the others so thanks for turning me onto them!

anonymous Nov 5, 2012 5:50pm

A. Crowley (Magick, Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente…) G.I. Gurdjieff (Belzebubs tales to his grandson, Life is real only when I am), C.G.Jung (Seven sermons to the dead or just pick one, you can't go wrong)

anonymous Nov 5, 2012 5:19pm

Nice list, a few books in here I'll have to check out for myself that I missed. Regarding Krishnamurti, while I might agree that he looks like a Vedanta teacher in some respects – trying to put a label on him is totally missing his message. I picked up one of his books when I was 19 after a little searching and he cuts right to the point. But he just wants to pull your ego out form under you which can be dangerous. I didn't stop reading him until a few years later when I had read most everything by him which induced a spiritual breakthrough as well as a state of psychosis for a few weeks. Strong stuff indeed!

    anonymous Nov 5, 2012 6:10pm

    Brian, I totally agree with what you're saying regarding Krishnamurti and labeling him completely! In the particular book I mentioned, he draws much on Vedanta and I even double checked after reading your comment and it actually specifies on the back his use of Vedanta teachings. Regardless, all of his work is amazing and again, I definitely agree with your statement. Bows.

anonymous Nov 5, 2012 4:24pm

The only dance there is -Ram Das
Grist for the mill-Ram Dass
Be here now-Ramdass
Autobiography of a yogi-Paramahansa Yogananda
Who Dies? -Stephen Levine
Meetings at the edge-Stephen Levine….All of these books ( and others too many to mention) have been instrumental in my spiritual quest.

    anonymous Nov 5, 2012 6:08pm

    YES Shanti!!! Ram Dass and Stephen Levine have been huge influences in my life! I was so honored Stephen and Ondrea asked my to write an endorsement for their most recent book! So very humbling. They also contributed the afterword to my forthcoming book with their son Noah contributing the foreword!

anonymous Nov 5, 2012 3:39pm

Pretty much anything by Anthony de Mello, but there is a small little book of his called The Way to Love that is the right size to carry around in my pocket, and I do! I go to it time and again, not to read something I haven't already read a bunch of times, but to remind me to practice it and for help when I need it, which seems to be often! LOL

    anonymous Nov 5, 2012 6:07pm

    That's so awesome Bonnie!!! I carry the Pema Chodron & Ken Wilber pocket readers from time to time for the exact same reason 🙂

anonymous Nov 5, 2012 3:34pm

Coming from a different perspective here…

The Spiral Dance by Starhawk changed my life completely. I was a cynical ex-Catholic when I read it and realized why I felt so lost for so long.

The Illuminatus Trilogy by Wilson and Shea – it may be fiction, but it exploded my mind wide open and led me to explore a lot of other philosophies and ways of thinking.

    anonymous Nov 5, 2012 6:06pm

    Wonderful Dee! I'm not familiar with any of these titles to be honest but I love hearing they were life changing for you! Very cool indeed. Thanks so much for the comment 🙂

anonymous Nov 5, 2012 1:04pm

Jed McKenna lays waste to all the above as he shows one that the "search" only takes you further from the truth.

anonymous Nov 5, 2012 12:43pm

The Story of Jumping Mouse in the book Seven Arrows by Hyemeyohsts Storm. Or just the whole book. My mother read this to me as a child and I rediscovered it as an adult having forgot it was already my favorite story.

Thank you for the list!

    anonymous Nov 5, 2012 1:28pm

    Awesome story Lisa. Thanks 🙂

anonymous Nov 5, 2012 12:06pm

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Suzuki
Everyday Zen and Nothing is Special/So Everything Can Be…by my hero Joko Beck
And REQUIRED reading: Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

    anonymous Nov 5, 2012 1:26pm

    Love Zen Mun, Beginner's Mind & Man's Search for Meaning! Not familiar with Joko Beck. Will definitely check it out. Thanks much for the suggestion!

anonymous Nov 5, 2012 8:55am

The first books which impacted and confirmed my "spirituality"….Black Elk Speaks, Rabbit Boss by Thomas Sanchez, Sun Chief, Tales of Power by Castaneda, I00 thousand Songs of Milarepa.

    anonymous Nov 5, 2012 9:14am

    I love Castaneda & Milarepa. I'll have to look into the other 2. Thanks Padma. Bows.

anonymous Nov 5, 2012 6:31am

As above, The Little Prince would be on my list. I've read it in both the original French and English. I am a fan of Native American spirituality. So many common threads between it and the Eastern philosophies. The Thirteen Original Clam Mothers and Earth Medicine by Jamie Sams are books to cherish a page a day throughout the year. Soulcraft by Bill Plotkin got me from stuck to moving again. Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss is a book I have read at least 6 times and each time I open a bit more. Like you, I struggle with Course of Miracles but will look into several of the books on your list. Thank you for starting off my morning with this list!

    anonymous Nov 5, 2012 6:57am

    And thank you Kathy for turning me onto many books I'm not familiar with. I've not explored enough of Native American Spirituality and I'm so glad you brought it up! I've always had a deep respect for the connection with Mother Earth they teach as well as respect of the great spirits of Earth! Thanks for your feedback 🙂

    anonymous Nov 7, 2015 5:13pm

    Hi Kathy. I too had a bit of a struggle with ACIM until some one recommended i read The disappearnce of the Universe, Absence from felicity by Kenneth Wapnick, The Complete Story of the Course by D> Patrick Miller. I by like your thoughts/ I am going to go get Soulcraft/ I have the anatomy of spirit and didn't read it , I shall read it now/ .One of the best books I have read is God I Am by Peter Erbe and The Impersonal Life by Anonymous/
    Love and Light!

anonymous Nov 5, 2012 5:08am

The Only Dance There Is- Ram Dass
The Power of Compassion- The Dalai Lama
The Quantum and the Lotus- Matthieu Ricard, Trinh Xuan Thuan (Conversations between a Buddhist Monk and an Astrophysicist journeying to the frontiers where science and Buddhism meet).
Pretty much anything by Georg Feuerstein.

    anonymous Nov 5, 2012 6:14am

    YEs! I have an original copy of The Only Dance There Is Leah! And I loved The Quantum & The Lotus! And of course, anything by HH is amazing. Not familiar with Georg Feuerstein so I'll check him out. Thanks!

anonymous Nov 5, 2012 1:13am

Awesome topic!

Franny and Zoey, by JD Salinger, is my out of the park home run favorite, every time.
The End of Faith by Sam Harris is fantastic.
I agree completely with "The Book."
The Little Prince.
Johnathan Livingston Seagull ~ Bach

Bonus Short Story: "Teddy" JD Salinger

    anonymous Nov 5, 2012 4:51am

    Thanks for these titles Karl! I'm not familiar with Sam Harris and honestly, I haven't read enough Salinger in my life. Will make sure to change that. Bows.

    S.V. Pillay Nov 5, 2012 6:26pm

    I want to marry you for having "Teddy" on your list. Nine Stories is one of the best short story collections of all time, and it ends with such tear jerking raw power. Amen!!!! -Sunita

      anonymous Nov 6, 2012 7:53am

      I'm going to have to check that one out! Awesome! 🙂

      anonymous Nov 7, 2012 10:44pm

      Right on, Sunita, and you get extra points for having the coolest name ever.

anonymous Nov 4, 2012 9:45pm

Kahil Gibran, The Prophet started me out when I was16 , at 72 I still read it. Ram Dass, Pema, Thich Nhat Hanh, fantastic. Thanks for the recommendations, reading is so good.

    anonymous Nov 5, 2012 4:48am

    Yes, love The Prophet Phil! Thanks for the comment.

    anonymous Aug 18, 2013 9:58pm

    The Prophet remains one of my all-time favorite books as well. In fact, I've purchased copies and given them as gifts many times over the years.

anonymous Nov 4, 2012 8:58pm

YES, awesome list! i totally need to check out The Disappearance of the Universe. i would for sure add some Alan Watts, The Book or Become What You Are. Everything Pema. All her books have had such a great impact on me. How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life by the Dalai Lama also had a big impact on me.

on my top list i would add Death by Black Hole by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung. Although not classified as “spiritual” they are two books who have greatly influenced my spiritual journey.

Thanks for this Chris, a daunting task indeed to come up with a list of only 11 books!

    anonymous Nov 5, 2012 4:50am

    I love that you threw out deGrasse Tyson & Jung Jenn! I'm a huge fan of the physics/metaphysics/spirituality angle! Fred Alan Wolf, Joe Dispenza etc are awesome authors that do an awesome job of tying the science element into spirituality and I love that!

anonymous Nov 4, 2012 8:33pm

Thanks Olga! I loved Peaceful Warrior too! I was fortunate to interview Dan earlier this year for my own website! You can check it out here if you'd like: http://theindiespiritualist.com/2012/07/16/millma

anonymous Nov 4, 2012 8:16pm

I agree Sonya. The Celestine Prophecy felt like I was coming home to a truth I already knew deep down inside… it was my gateway drug ;D I love the Way of the Peaceful Warrior. I'm always looking for good reads. Thanks Chris for putting this together! These are now all my to read list!

anonymous Nov 4, 2012 7:36pm

One of two books that started me on my spiritual quest was "The Celestine Prophecy" by James Redfield. It just made something go click inside me.
The other was "Sanctuary, The path to Consciousness" by Steven Lewis and Evan Slawson. Both very easy reads and a great starting point for me and my journey.

    anonymous Nov 4, 2012 7:40pm

    I've heard good things about The Celestine Prophecy Sonya. I'm not familiar with "Sanctuary" but sounds interesting! Thanks for you comment.

    anonymous Jan 24, 2016 7:59am

    ditto on The Celestine Prophecy. One friend let me read chapter one of hers before I picked up my girlfriend at the airport. Our love of reading prompted her to tell me she had the best new book for me to read. I told her I knew what it was. She asked how and I told her "because there are no coincidences" ! …she accused me of having read it. I told her that I'd only just read the first chapter two hours ago. There were more such "Insights" to follow. It started me on my path…. After meditating to begin a class on the book at Unity, we were asked if we had any insights (during the meditation) into the book. To my surprise I raised my hand and offered that these were things that Jesus taught during his last three years; the Good News (Gospel) ! A lady behind me that I'd never met stood up and said "I BELIEVE YOU ! I'm in process of writing a book on such synchronicities in my life ever since.

Kate Bartolotta Nov 4, 2012 6:58pm

Oh favorite books! It's like picking a favorite child! Huge 2nd for the Stephen Levine, Ken Wilber, Ram Dass, CTR and Pema picks. I think a few that I'd add would be from some of the same authors but different selections: Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh…I have the same problem with this one as you mentioned w/ Be Here Now. Can't seem to keep it around because I always give it away! Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche has been huge for me (as well as Spiritual Materialism for sure). Pema, well, pretty much everything by Pema. If you liked Living Buddha, Living Christ, you might also like Sermon on the Mount According to Vedanta by Swami Prabhavananda. Beautiful, simple book. Other giant game changers for me: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Suzuki Roshi, Chop Wood, Carry Water by Rick Fields, A Year to Live by Stephen Levine, and Taming the Tiger Within by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Definitely want to check out The Disappearance of the Universe. I love ACIM, but have also had a hard time taking it head on & usually just work on pieces of it.

Thanks for the great list!

    anonymous Nov 4, 2012 7:05pm

    Stellar list of your own there Kate. I own Sermon on the Mount According to Vedanta by Swami Prabhavananda and absolutely love it! I also love all the other books you mentioned! The only one I wasn't familiar with was Chop Wood, Carry Water… something to look into to! Vood has my copy of Disappearance of the Universe but I think he finished it so you can definitely borrow it!

anonymous Nov 4, 2012 6:44pm

Gah… I totally missed Alan Watts "The Book" and many many more…. such a tough task trying to narrow things down like this.

    anonymous May 6, 2014 4:14pm

    Hi Chris,

    You might enjoy, "Living From the Heart" and "Follow Your Heart: the Map to Illumination" by Puran and Susanna Bair. You can check them out on Buddha at the Gas Pump. They are phenomenal spiritual teachers with cutting edge meditation techniques for awakening the power of our heart.They have created a very cohesive spiritual school, called the University of the Heart. Their work is really about applying spiritual awakening to our lives and have found that going through the heart is the most effective and profound way to do so.Their work is highly worth diving into if you like your teachers to have the authenticity and potency that creates change very quickly within individuals and your surroundings when practiced and applied.

    Much love to you,
    Leah

Andrea Timar Jun 18, 2018 1:08am

all the books by Adyashanti

Danny Williamson Jun 15, 2018 9:12am

you might want to try reading The Conversations With God books by Neale Donald Walsch

Erika Bradley Jun 7, 2018 2:12pm

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran....although judged by some as being overly-simplistic, I find new wisdom every time I read it and since my first reading was at age 12, (I'm now 68) I am always quoting him. Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain.....the power of which has been proven over and over again in my life

Mark Steed Jun 4, 2018 3:32pm

Three books, two writers: Eckhart Tolle: (1). The Power of Now. (2) A New Earth. Pema Chodron: The Wisdom of No Escape.

Samiah Abdalla Jun 1, 2018 7:33am

No James Allen?? As a man thinketh The way of peace From Poverty to Power

Dawn Paul May 31, 2018 6:08pm

Great list thank you. The road less travelled by M Scott Peck and The Alchemist started me on my path many years ago. I mention these out of the many I have read because Ive not seen them mentioned below. Oh! Also ‘Mans search for meaning’ Viktor Frankl is amazing. Would you be kind enough to review my book? ‘A Healer Of Souls’ by Dawn Paul. Thank you again I’ve ordered the book about the man on death Row.

Martha Ebbs Sep 13, 2017 12:22am

Manifestation Miracle - https://sites.google.com/site/themiracleofmanifestation/ changed the game for me. My life before was very scattered. I had a direction, got thrown off course again and again and was close to giving up at times. Although my acting career was taking off, my health was heading downhill. With program’s framework, I was able to release limiting beliefs and damaging negative thoughts. Now I have a sense of calm to know that stressing over current situations isn’t going to move me in the right direction and was harming me mentally and physically. In no time, I manifested the right people and circumstances to fully heal and become a true FORCE OF NATURE. This program is great for people to get out of a rut and change their perceptions of life’s abundance.

Kristie Kooken Jul 24, 2017 3:42pm

"Being Peace" by Thich Nhat Hahn was amazing in its simplicity, purity, and gentleness.

Istaga Jul 5, 2017 2:34am

Great list of spiritual books i also create a list of spirituality books https://goo.gl/W9Lf6N

Sharon Smith Jun 19, 2017 3:06pm

"The Alchemist",and "One", by Richard Bach. Also " There's no such place as far away" a children's book with wonderful artwork :)

Brit Elia Nov 30, 2016 4:11am

what do you have against "A Course in Miracles"? Not being antagonistic - really - I'm just curious, as it tends to be well-recieved by others who are into spiritual teachings.

Kundan Chhabra Oct 16, 2016 2:48pm

Regarding Number 11: Sorry. I don't like reading anything that has to do with A Course in Miracles. And Ascended Masters? Really? Where are they ascended FROM? Does anyone ever ask that question about so-called 'Ascended Masters'? Where are they Ascended from? That's why I'd rather listen to Descended Masters than Ascended Masters. The other books sound interesting though. And I've actually read "Living Buddha, Living Christ". Good book. It didn't blow my fucking mind. But certainly a good book.

Liz Dingeldei Aug 27, 2016 6:03am

Seth - The Nature of Personal Reality...................this book just blew my mind and changed my way of thinking permanently.

Kim Bean May 14, 2016 5:10am

You had me at 11 . Great list, and I've only read one. Thanks so much for the recommendations!

Mercedes Wittreich Hashas May 13, 2016 4:25pm

'Alcoholics Anonymous' by Bill Wilson.

Stacey Eurice May 13, 2016 2:25pm

The Law of Attraction The basic teachings of Abraham Esther and Jerry Hicks

Rick Louder May 9, 2016 4:27am

My first "spiritual" text was Castaneda's 'The Teachings of Don Juan'. This was the first book that opened a crack into the unknown world for me. It is not Castaneda's best, but it made me keep on reading the others that came along. One of the best in the series, the third book, was 'Jouney To Ixtlan'. One does not need to read the two books that came before it. Castaneda was himself coming to grips with the teachings of Don Juan. The forth instalment 'Tales Of Power' follows up the third book well. These books provided a framework against which I would compare all other future spiritual traditions. It has served me well. But I believe Castaneda himself was not initially such a good disciple, but his verbatum translations provide the reader with a "direct" link to the real talent, don Juan. Because there have been so many books by Carlos Castaneda about his associations with don Juan, I have had a life time with these books in the background. Nowdays, I am after living teachers who resonate with where I am at. Gangaji is one of those.

Lu Sadler May 8, 2016 4:31am

"The Dancing Wu Li Masters" by Gary Zukav. Technically 'an overview of the new phsyics' "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran "Many Lives, Many Masters" by Dr. Brian Weiss While not what I would consider a spiritual book, James Michener's "The Source", weaves through its narrative the evolution of what people believed from the Stone Age to the early 1960s. Reading this book when I was a teenager helped me realize that spiritual beliefs will continue to evolve from what we believe today.

Pavneet Tiwana Apr 28, 2016 7:14pm

I am working on a wikipidea like project where people can get togther to figure out the ten best links to solve a problem, here is the link to the collection i created after collabarating with the community. http://knowledgemaps.org/learning-journey/1080/great-books-on-learning-about-spirituality-and-mindfulness

Kazem Jazzar Apr 16, 2016 7:43am

A Bird On The Wing - Osho The Tibetian Book Of Death