When you feel lost, what is the first thing you do? For many of us, it is turning to spirituality for guidance. Reading books about spirituality can be an effective way to nourish your soul and find peace in times of trouble. We have compiled a list of five life-changing spiritual books that will help inspire you, deepen your faith and enrich your life.
#1 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
“When you really want something, the universe always conspires in your favour.”
— Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist.
This truly is a life-altering spirituality book and should be required reading. Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.
The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.
The Alchemist reminds us that following your dreams will always bring you true happiness and success in life, no matter how arduous or challenging it may seem at times. You should never let anyone else define what is right for you; we are all ultimately responsible for our own fate and destiny as individuals.
“Reading this book simply for the plot would be akin to viewing Starry Night as globs of paint – losing at least 70% of the beauty Coehlo truly presents. With a dreamy and pensive writing style, the author weaves into the storyline multiple sage concepts which a philosopher could ponder for years on. Insightful ideas about one’s own destiny, about rising above failure, about the unity of the universe, are all things Coehlo pens into the comparatively simplistic diction of the text. The descriptions are awe–inspiring and the word choice is immaculate, but really it’s the depth of soul behind Coehlo’s words that spin the magic of this novel.”
— The Guardian
#2 The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. Singer
“My formula for success was very simple: Do whatever is put in front of you with all your heart and soul without regard for personal results. Do the work as though it were given to you by the universe itself – because it was.”
― Michael A. Singer, The Surrender Experiment
When life gets to be too much to handle, we both return to surrendering and trusting the process of life. Sometimes it’s the only recourse when everything goes haywire.
The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. Singer is a spiritual memoir about finding peace and serenity in life. The book tells the extraordinary story of what happened when, after a deep spiritual awakening, he decided to let go of his personal preferences and simply let life call the shots. As Singer takes you on this great experiment and journey into life’s perfection, the events that transpire will both challenge your deepest assumptions about life and inspire you to look at your own life in a radically different way.
All of us struggle with negative thoughts and feelings at some point in our lives, but learning to let go and accept what is happening in the present moment is the key to true inner peace. The Surrender Experiment will help you learn how to do just that.
“A lone voice in the modern wilderness calling for surrender instead of striving, Singer shows how surrendering to life does not mean giving up our dreams.”
#3 Dying to be Me by Anita Moojani
“We are not these bodies; we’re neither our accomplishments nor our possessions—we are all one with the Source of all being, which is God.”
― Anita Moorjani, Dying to Be Me
The spirituality book will really put life and reality into perspective! Dying to be Me by Anita Moorjani is a spiritual memoir about how the author found peace and self-acceptance after having a near-death experience. The book tells how after being diagnosed with cancer, Anita had an out-of-body experience where she was told that it would be best if she left this world quickly, as she was in too much pain.
After dying and coming back to life, Anita realized that she had been carrying around a lot of anger and resentment towards others for many years. She also discovered that we are all connected to each other and that love is the most powerful force in the universe.
This book will help you learn how to live a life of love, joy, and peace. Love is all there really is in this world; it connects us with everyone around us.
“Describing her ensuing near-death experience as a realm of clarity and expansiveness, “a state of being,” Moorjani made the choice to return, and her rapid and remarkable recovery defies all medical understanding. Her psychospiritual healing, which continues to this day, was self-realization: of her own magnificence, of oneness with universal energy and with a universe comprising. This candid memoir is a cathartic testimony to the magnificence and healing capacity of every human being. “
― Publishers Weekly
#4 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life. “
― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual guide to living in the present moment. The book tells how Tolle came to understand the true power of now after spending many years in deep inner turmoil.
Tolle teaches that the only way to find true peace and happiness is by living in the moment, and that all of our problems are created by our thoughts about the past or future. The Power of Now is a powerful book that will help you learn how to live in the present moment and find peace and happiness within yourself.
“This book has gotten me through more crises than I can count. It truly helped me discover how to live in the now—to not linger on past mistakes but to learn from them and then let them go. For me, this is the Mama Jama of super-soulful books. At every moment, it keeps me in a state of awe and amazement.“
— Oprah Winfrey
#5 A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love
A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson is a spiritual guide that explores the importance of love in our lives. In the book, she shares her reflections on A Course in Miracles and her insights on the application of love in the search for inner peace.
The author teaches that when we learn to return to loving ourselves and others, we can create a world filled with peace and joy. A Return to Love is an inspiring book that will help you learn how to open your heart and love yourself and others unconditionally.
This book will change the way you see the world and help you learn how to live in harmony with everyone around you. When we all learn to love one another, the world will be a much better place.
“A Return To Love, which was an almost instant bestseller when it was originally released and rose to the #1 slot on the New York Times list, is a landmark book in the spiritual renaissance of the 1990s and new millennium. It clearly has struck a chord by pointing the way to a spiritual path for a wayward prodigal generation.”
– Spirituality and Practice
Reading spiritual books can help you unlearn the negative ways of thinking that hold you back in life and learn to think positively instead. When we all make an effort to stop judging others for their differences, our world will become a much better place.
The best thing about these five spirituality books is that they have helped millions of people across the world find peace and happiness. All of them are highly recommended reads!