Books, both fiction and non-fiction, have always been a cornerstone of my life and experiences. I read for pleasure, I read for information, I read for education. And, perhaps best of all, I read for inspiration. So, it stands to reason that there are many books that have supported me on my own personal spiritual journey.
But, for many people, standing in front of countless rows of books in your local bookstore or pages at an online retailer might be so overwhelming that it’s hard to know where to start.
When I sat down to write this article, my thought was to present my “Top 5 List” of books that have been meaningful to me—but, when I started pulling the volumes from my bookshelf, I ended up with a stack of 7 and couldn’t bear to cut any!
1. A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
Reading this book over twenty years ago marked a significant turning point in my personal spiritual journey.
In it, Williamson presents lessons she learned from A Course in Miracles mixed with her personal reflections.
The simple principle that God is Love underlies most spiritual teachings. Hearing that directly and succinctly puts all else into focus.
2. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
I doubt there would be many lists of top spiritual books of the past few decades that wouldn’t include The Power of Now.
Tolle presents his advice for living in the present moment and why doing so is one of the most important spiritual practices we can undertake. Before reading this, I had heard about being present. After reading it, I understood.
(Number 8 on my list would probably be A New Earth, also by Tolle. It takes his teachings from The Power of Now and expands them to support the reader in “Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose,” as the book’s subtitle professes.)
3. The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
Zukav’s teachings on aligning the personality with our authentic soul’s purpose presented another life-changing lesson for me personally.
His easy to understand words and examples offer a relatable style for learning profound concepts.
Further, Zukov helped me understand the power that comes from living with intentionality.
4. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
In this short and sweet presentation of seven universal physical laws, Chopra presents the reader with an introduction to the principles that underlie his teachings (as well as that of many others).
He introduces them by saying that they, “are actually this whole process of divinity in motion, or consciousness in motion.”
This book also makes a great gift!
5. The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent by Esther and Jerry Hicks
The Hicks’ teachings (The Teachings of Abraham) are part of many, if not most, “courses” on manifestation and The Law of Attraction.
This book, along with Ask and It Is Given, provide the basis for learning how one’s intention and energetic state of being combine to create our reality.
It definitely goes deep into the realms of New Age spirituality, but also provided me with a real-world wake up call to become accountable for my thoughts and actions.
6. Becoming Supernatural by Dr. Joe Dispenza
Though I had heard about Dr. Joe Dispenza for years, I have only recently begun to really explore his teachings. And, WOW, this book has opened new depths of knowledgefor me!
Dispenza expertly provides scientific explanations of quantum physics and energetics to explain the intersection of the seen and unseen worlds.
The guided meditations that are available for the reader to use alongside each chapter further deepen the experience.
7. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Though this was one of the first books I grabbed off my shelf for this article, I also hesitated before adding a work of fiction to the list. But, in the end, The Alchemist could not be left off.
The main character, Santiago, and his journey to find his “personal legend” has become, indeed, legendary for millions of readers around the world.
I have read this book multiple times over the past twenty years, and, I am certain, will do so many more times to come.