The first step in discovering one’s own spiritual path always starts with reading up on different esoteric topics such as the Law of Attraction or meditation. When I first began my own journey, I remember feeling so overwhelmed with all the recommendations that were being thrown at me, but, like any curious beginner, I picked up every book that was suggested. Some books I literally don’t know where I’d be without, and others, I could have taken or left. Now, I use my intuition to guide me in the right direction. It’s literally unrealistic and unnecessary to read every single spirituality book (even if it’s a popular one that EVERYONE swears by). If it resonates for you, read it. If it looks like it’s going to suck, move on to something else.
It’s important to understand that everyone’s spiritual journey is different and will take them to a different place or down a different rabbit hole. Be prepared for the rabbit holes, though, because the more you learn, the more you tend to wonder and ask questions. I’ve compiled a list of books that have completely changed my life when it comes to the topic of spirituality and just life in general. As I said in my last post, ANYTHING can be considered spiritual because spirituality is all about intention.
This book was one that I read later on in my spiritual experience, but it came at exactly the right time. I was at a crossroads in life, didn’t know who I even was, and was beating myself up on a daily basis. My best friend told me about the book and offered to lend me her copy. I had always known about the book, but never had the wherewithal to start reading it until she brought it to my attention. I’m glad she did.
The Four Agreements is a book about four agreements we all should make to ourselves in order to live a better life. It’s that simple, that quick of a read, but literally that life changing.
Without revealing the agreements, I will just explain that these agreements are for the purposes of ridding ourselves of limiting beliefs. It’s a book about being kinder to ourselves and, thus, being able to be kinder to others. When we give ourselves the grace we deserve and allow ourselves to be human beings, we tend to treat others in the same manner.
If you are curious about self-love, spirituality, or self-help, or even if you are struggling with your own limiting beliefs, this book is highly recommended.
This is another book that comes highly recommended by many different communities of people. If you are looking for a complete perspective shift on anxiety or racing thoughts, this is the book for you.
As I will continue to say, much of the spiritual world is tied to psychology and self-help. This is most definitely a spiritual book, but it looks at spirituality through the lens of anxiety and the “monkey mind” as Tim Ferris calls it.
The Untethered Soul is so much more than a book about quieting the mind, though. It’s a book that gets right down to the essence of who we are as people. Are we even people? Your brain and mind will literally be expanded reading the first page. Who are we? Why are we? This book attempts to break that down in the most elegant and grounded way possible. This is one book you will read over and over again, I promise you that much.
Wayne Dyer’s books are bible and Wayne Dyer is a New Age God. Literally anything by him is impeccable, but this is a digestible, short read about how to create inner peace for yourself.
When I first opened this book, I remember thinking “YESSSSSSS OMG YESSS” for like the first few pages. This book excited me. It motivated me.
Some of the concepts in this book are like “duh”, but it’s good to hear them and understand Dyer’s perspective from a spiritual and inner peace standpoint.
If you are someone who’s been living in chaos wondering how the hell you will ever get your life together, this book is for you. It’s not an “out there” book. There’s no talk about aliens or spirits or anything like that. It’s a simple, practical book about how to improve your mindset and life, and for that, it’s here on this list.
This one is an absolute classic. In all honesty, I haven’t read this book in probably ten years, but the impact it had on me then still follows me today. I own two copies of this book in case someone wants to be lent out a copy, and I recommend it to everyone and their mother.
This book is about a boy named Santiago who goes on a quest for treasure in Egypt, but ends up finding way more than that on his path. It’s a fiction book (I don’t read much fiction) that tells a story about who we really are as people and what the true meaning of life is. Sometimes we set out on our journeys to find one thing and we end up finding so much more.
If you are someone who is wondering about what the true treasures in life are, this book is definitely worth the read.
This book had me crying from the first page. I just remember sitting down on my bed, reading the page with literal tears running down my face. If you want a book that will truly put life into perspective, this one's for you.
Seneca is a famous Stoic who has written many books, but in my opinion, this is the best one. This is another short read that you could probably get through in an afternoon, but the impact it will have on you is timeless.
Like the title, this book talks about our impending death and how we have to appreciate life all around us and stop complaining about mundane things because, realistically, none of that even matters.
The way this book is articulated and the context and topic of it all will truly shift your perspective about life. It will have you kissing your loved ones more, picking your head up from your phone, and being present in the moment. For that, I highly recommend this book.
This book is the one that inspired the author who wrote The Secret, Rhonda Byrnes. Think and Grow Rich is a classic self-help book about the Law of Attraction. Yes, this book covers the topic of money and success, but it can be applied to any area of life really.
While, in today’s social and political climate, Hill can come off as a misogynist, it’s important to understand that this book was written in a time where misogyny was the norm and women didn’t really do more than take care of the kids at home. The concepts in this book ARE NOT just for men, though, and that is why I recommend this book.
Think and Grow Rich is so much more than a book that tells you to think better thoughts. While that can be stripped down to the basic premise of this book, I promise, it is life changing. If you are just learning about the law of attraction, or if you want a good book that will motivate you to stop being a little whiny ass with your thoughts, this is the one for you.
This one literally changed my entire life. If I’m being honest, I think this book was one of the books that set me on the spiritual path to begin with. I remember being in one of the many dips in life, feeling lost, depressed and unworthy, and I found this book in the book store while browsing one day. I, by chance, picked it up and immediately was enamored with the context of the book.
There is a lot of “woo” that comes with this book because the author, Abraham, is a channeled entity, but, honestly, the information within this book is so life changing that none of that matters. The Law of Attraction gets to the crux of what the Secret is all about. Everyone raved about the Secret, and while I agree that it’s a very useful and informative book (the movie is better), this book takes the concepts spoken about in the Secret and digs so much deeper into it all.
I promise you, you want to read every book by Abraham Hicks. Esther Hicks is the one who channels the entity called Abraham, and whether this channeling stuff is real or a gimmick, the information provided is useful. This is forever one of the best books I’ve ever read.
As you can see, there are a plethora of spirituality, self-help, psychological books out there for you to read. This list could have easily been 25 books, but these were just the ones I’ve stumbled upon on my own path that have absolutely stood out from the rest.
Keep in mind that reading has absolutely nothing to do with spirituality. Learning, however, does, and that is where these books come into play. If you want to learn new concepts, open your mind to new ways of thinking, these books are definitely digestible, short, and informative books for you to begin with. Happy reading, ya’ll! Let me know what you guys discover on your own journeys!