Lining my wall with spiritual books is one way I surround myself with love. That being the case, I’m sharing a small chunk of my bookshelf with you today so that you might find something new to inspire you. Even if you’ve read these books before, I bet there’s something within the pages that you’d love returning to with a new perspective. (I know I do.)
“I cannot tell you any spiritual truth that deep within you don’t know already. All I can do is remind you of what you have forgotten.” – Eckhart Tolle
I love reading and it’s one of the reasons I wish there was an extra day between Saturday and Sunday, you know, carved out for all of those things that just don’t happen as much as you’d like them to. Nevertheless, books will always hold a special place in my heart and I’ll keep returning to them as pathways to inspired living.
Reading is one of my favorite true pastimes that I definitely already carved out time on my 30th birthday to enjoy, and spirituality is a favorite topic of mine. Spiritual books just deliver this sense of lightness and depth at the same time, like almost nothing else does.
Since I love books so much and I’m assuming you do too, it would be silly of me not to mention here that I wrote a book (just in case you haven’t heard yet). And I consider it touched with a bit of spiritual wonder and poetic energy. Learn more about Sleep Affirmations: 200 Phrases for a Deep and Peaceful Sleep. It’s out on May 15th!
Now, there are a couple honorable mentions that I didn’t share here only because they’re already on this list that I shared in 2016. Those two books are The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Both are incredibly popular and remain two favorites from my collection.“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” — Eden Phillpotts tweet this
To sharpen your senses, here are five spiritual books that I personally love and recommend, each their own unique source of inspiration.
5 Spiritual Books I Love Returning To
1. Tao Teh Ching, by Lao Tzu, translated by John C. H. Wu
Most commonly referred to as the Tao Te Ching, this ancient Chinese text is credited to the sage Lao Tzu. It is thought-provoking, soul-enticing poetry meets sage wisdom. This work has been translated several times, but I’m enjoying this particular translation by John C. H. Wu and like to read a page every day or so.
2. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, by Eckhart Tolle
In this book, spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle presents an honest look at the ego-driven world along with an alternative way of living. He helps the reader to see clearly the opportunity we have, now more than ever before, to create a new, saner, more loving world. This book is a gem.
3. Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse
This book tells a classic tale of life and the pursuit of truth and enlightenment. There is adventure and metaphor woven into every stage of the character’s life. Though the story depicts how a young Siddhartha came to be the Buddha, the lessons are just as powerful when read from a purely secular view. In my opinion, this book is soul food for every season of life.“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.” — Lao Tzu tweet this
4. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, by Michael Singer
With refreshing clarity, Michael Singer walks you through what you can do each day to find inner peace and freedom. He shows you how to free yourself from the limitations of habitual thoughts, emotions, and energy patterns. It’s a timeless book. If you’re devoted to the inward journey, it’s a must.
5. Miracles Now, by Gabby Bernstein
Gabby Bernstein is a modern-day spiritual teacher and this is one of my favorite spiritual books of hers because it delivers digestible, practical ideas for everyday living. The book contains 108 simple techniques to combat our most common problems, like stress, burnout, frustration and jealousy. It’s a perfect pick-me-up.
You may also be interested in the 6 books that are on my reading list for 2018.
What are some of the go-to spiritual books that you’d recommend to a good friend (or a perfectly good stranger)?
Share your favorite reads, what you’re reading now or next, or how you make time for reading with me in the comments.
Spread some spiritual love someone’s way today and share these book suggestions with them.
What if we just read five pages per day and did what we could? Sounds like a spiritual practice to me.