The Alchemist : This was the book that started it all, in a way. My Peruvian friend called me one day and told me this book changed her life and I simply must read it. With such a glowing review, I quickly ordered it and then couldn’t put it down. I regularly revisit the archetypes and quotes that struck me the times I’ve read it. If you’re wondering about whether you’re following the right path in life, this is a great read.
Another favorite Paulo Coelho book of mine is Veronika Decides to Die.
The Four Agreements : I imagine I first heard of this from my parents, as I remember them both reading it. It was a popular book for quite some time and eventually something encouraged me to read it for myself. It’s a quick read and the message is deceptively simple. It’s another book that will truly change your way of looking at the world if you work at implementing each of the four suggestions.
The Holographic Universe : Years ago, I joined a Meetup group here in Paris about the Law of Attraction. During one of the meetings in a discussion about Quantum Physics, one of the participants mentioned this book nonchalantly, as if everyone who studies this material would know of and have read this book. I had never even heard of it. I went home and found an English version online to order, then once again, couldn’t put it down. The first few chapters are very scientific and were a bit difficult to get through at times but the rest is incredibly fascinating. This book completely blew my mind and changed the way I think about absolutely everything.
Conversations with God : Along the way, I began to become familiar with more and more spiritual authors, Neale Donald Walsch being a key person in this fairly small group. This title kept coming up for me, so I ordered it and read it in 2012 at a key time in my life. So much of it made sense to me and didn’t feel at all contrived like so many books on this subject do. It’s another fairly easy read.
A New Earth : You can’t really be a reader of spiritual books and avoid reading at least one Eckhart Tolle book. It’s hard to describe what this book did for me, but I would call this a life-changing book as I have several of the others listed here. In reading some of the online reviews for this book, although it was a few years ago that I read it, I can totally relate to some of the sentiments expressed. People claiming that they had only read a few pages and they already feel a change in themselves alongside those who were bored and even overwhelmed by the content only to have a fit to prove precisely what Tolle talks about regarding the ego. If you’re ready to go there and explore the ego, read this now.
I listened to Tolle’s The Power of Now, and that one had less of an effect on me. However I would still recommend it for those who study this material.
Your Invisible Power : What I love most about this book is how methodically the material is presented. It’s not pretentious at all, just straight to the point. Behrend discusses visualization, attraction, creating clear mental pictures, the power of our thoughts and spoken words, and so much more. It’s a short book but dense with information critical for those actively co-creating their own lives.
The Power of Your Supermind : A few years ago, I plowed through so many book in just a few months and this one was among my favorites. As I read, I felt like I was underlining almost every paragraph, it’s that rich in content. It’s not a well-known book and I’m surprised how few ratings it has on Amazon, but it was an important part of my journey, so I hope you’ll give it a try, too.
Living in the Light : After joining a high-level coaching program with all kinds of people in spiritual study, I did a meditation with someone who told me I must read this book. She was right. This is a great book about intuition and learning to believe that intuition. It just makes you feel good when reading it.
Science of Mind was written by the leader of my church, the Center for Spiritual Living. This is a huge book, so I haven’t completely finished it yet, but my goodness is it dense with information and so many gems of wisdom. This book feels gentle and approachable when so many books can go off in an esoteric direction leaving the reader behind. Holmes was a teacher first, and you can tell in his delivery of the deep messages included in this book.
Finding Joe movie : The Hero’s Journey is a storyline we all know from our own lives as well as from literature and film. As we embark on our own journey or as we seek to redirect and create a new path, somehow that path often looks shockingly similar to previous paths we’ve taken. Different places, different faces, as they say. “Joe” refers to Joseph Campbell who wrote and spoke extensively on the subject of myths and this journey that we’re all familiar with. We all want to heed the advice of Campbell to “follow our bliss”, but sometimes the way isn’t evident. This film explores the various aspects of the journey with well-known figures to lead us along.
📚 There are so many other books that have touched me; I will have to do another post at some point. I would love to hear what your favorite spiritual books are. Leave yours below.