Today, our world is increasingly plagued with unrest and discontent. This has compelled many of us to seek refuge in spirituality. History abounds with numerous spiritual leaders who inspired people to take the path of soul searching. Also, a great many authors have documented their soulful journeys in the form of memoirs or self-help guides. Nowadays, writers prefer to compile a step-by-step guide that includes anecdotes from their personal experiences. Here is a list of the top 25 books to help you lead a spiritual life.
Invisible Acts of Power by Caroline Myss
NY Times bestselling author Caroline Myss has assisted thousands of people in adopting spirituality into their daily lives. In her book Invisible Acts of Power, she describes how we can evoke soulfulness through our actions. The book refers to selfless, compassionate, and simple deeds that will ultimately result in spiritual empowerment. Though apparently small, these gestures go a long way in impacting lives and making way for miracles. The author perceives this as utilization of one’s personal power to attain spiritual enlightenment.
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
A former software programmer, Michael Akan Singer is a bestselling author who also established a yoga and meditation center for people of all religions. His book, The Untethered Soul, currently #1 NY Times bestseller, dwells on the freedom of soul from pain and misery. The book explains an approach to manage recurring thoughts, feelings, and memories that limit spiritual growth. It provides answers as to how a person can expand his/her consciousness and let go of past. Further, Singer reveals methods to channelize one’s inner spirit in enhancing relationships with the outer world. ·
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Listed among the ‘most spiritually influential persons in the world’, Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher and author known for many bestselling books. In ‘The Power of Now,’ he emphasizes on ‘living in the present’ as a pathway to true happiness. Filled with several motivational thoughts, the book serves as a handbook for anyone who wishes to gain spiritual knowledge. It introduces the reader to some crucial concepts that build the foundation of soul awareness. ·
Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle
Another gem from Eckhart Tolle, ‘Stillness Speaks’ delves into the importance of silence and quietness of mind. Aimed at a detailed discussion of the teachings laid down by ‘The Power of Now’, ‘Stillness Speaks’ is written in a clear and structured manner to simplify the understanding of self-realization. It analyses the limitations and sufferings caused by mind because of the unwanted contemplations. With a still mind, a person is able to look at things with a greater wisdom. Tolle gives a renewed perspective on the meaning of life, death, and relationships.
Breathing Under Water by Richard Rohr
Richard Rohr is a spiritual speaker and author who is also conferred with priesthood. His book, ‘Breathing Under Water’ is regarded as one of the most important contributions to the history of spirituality. The book propounds twelve steps based on the tenets of Christianity. These steps are mainly focused on recovery from addictive tendencies and similar behavior. Rohr intends to encourage people to free themselves of dependency and ignite their inner selves to spirituality. In addition, he reflects upon some of his speeches with which he counseled people for two decades. ·
Your Soul’s Plan by Robert Schwartz
Your Soul’s Plan’ is a collection of stories by Robert Schwartz, a renowned therapist, speaker and author. The book demonstrates the purpose of life through the experiences of different people. It says every soul decides its own life and so does each person face a specific set of problems and circumstances to reach the higher goal of their life. Schwartz stresses the need for spiritual awakening to convert negative feelings to positive life lessons.
Waking Up by Sam Harris
A neuroscientist and podcast host, Samuel Benjamin Harris has authored various bestselling books. His book, ‘Waking Up’ is essentially a guide to spirituality for people who do not follow any religion. The book explores spirituality from a scientific as well as a philosophical point of view. While it partially accounts a seeker’s discoveries, it also talks about the incidents from the lives of prominent sages. Overall, Harris advocates a universal reality that is beyond science and secularism.
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Written by an Australian TV writer and producer Rhonda Byrne, ‘The Secret’ is one of the worldwide bestsellers that extols the fundamentals
of law of attraction. The book is preceded by a pioneering feature film of the same name. It elucidates the techniques to connect and align with the universe and its power. Through examples of various people, Byrne illustrates how one can apply the principles of ‘The Great Secret’ in every aspect of life. It enables a person to tap into his/her hidden potential and achieve abundance in whatever respect he/she wants. ‘The Secret’ is followed by sequels named ‘The Power’, ‘The Magic’, and Byrne’s few other books.
Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie
One of the America’s most favourite authors of self-help books, Melody Beattie enlists a total of 365 daily meditations in her book ‘Journey to the Heart’. The book is seen as a practical guide to inculcate spirituality and invoke divinity within oneself. It propels readers to follow their calling and find their true purpose in life. Taking cues from her own recovery journey, Beattie has inspired many people to reinvent themselves and ponder deeply on the mysteries surrounding their existence.
Until Today! by Iyanla Vanzant
‘Until Today!’ is a collection of 365 daily devotionals by Iyanla Vanzant, a life coach, lawyer and TV personality. The book is precisely designed for people who feel lost in the struggles of life. Vanzant advices that a person should set aside little time for himself/herself in the pursuit of truth and spiritual consciousness. ‘Until Today!’ allows a reader to create empowering changes daily that will eventually infuse personal strength to brave tough situations. It makes a reference to the need of conscious choices to lead a fulfilling life.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
One of the greatly popular books, ‘The Alchemist’ is written by a Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho. Listed among the most influential authors of recent times, Coelho has authored several books influenced by his own spiritual voyage. Considered as a modern classic, ‘The Alchemist’ narrates the story of a boy who leaves home to travel in search of a treasure and gains profound wisdom along the way. The book signals at listening to one’s heart and believing in the truth of visions.
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success is a compact book of simple ideas compiled by an Indian-American author, Deepak Chopra. The book charts the map to success using a few spiritual rules. Chopra states seven laws that can be applied to different areas of life in a practical manner. Refuting the notions of planning and hard work related to success, he enumerates how spirituality can usher in fulfillment of our dreams.
The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
‘The Prophet’ is composed of 28 poetic essays by Gibran, a Lebanese-American writer and visual artist. One of the most admired classics of all times, it basically holds the philosophical and spiritual musings of the author. Gibran wonders on the deep meanings of varied parts of life like love, marriage, work, pain, eating, and others. The book is an absolute delight to read and moves one’s soul to introspection.
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
‘Siddhartha’ written by German-Swiss writer and Nobel Laureate, Hermann Hesse, describes the spiritual journey of a man. While on his route, the man named ‘Siddhartha’ meets people of separate creeds and receives knowledge from each. Innumerable readers and thinkers have favoured the book for the unique perspective it offers. ‘Siddhartha’ attempts to combine the eastern and western philosophies as a means to obtain spiritual awakening.
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
Gabrielle Bernstein is a modern motivational speaker and author of several books. In her book ‘The Universe Has Your Back’, she illustrates a stepwise approach to change one’s fear into faith with the help of spiritual power. Each lesson presents clear guidelines as to how a person can cross the personal roadblocks by placing complete trust in the energy of universe. Alongside, she affirms the transformative potential of the given techniques by sharing instances from her own life.
Apart from the above-listed, many other books shed light on spirituality in distinct ways. Readers may also choose to pick the biographies or autobiographies of spiritual leaders like Dalai Lama, Swami Vivekananda, Sri ‘M’, Paramahansa Yogananda, etc. Besides, most of these books are available as e-books and audiobooks as well. The specialty of today’s spiritual masters is that they also hold podcasts and appear on shows to deliver their lessons. While there are multiple ways to establish a soul connection, a spiritual seeker may select the one which appeals most to him/her.