What magic a book can hold, it can transport you to any time or any place, real or imagined, inspire and teach you almost anything about life, love and why we are here. We’ve created this list of the best spiritual books of all time based on our personal experience, as well as sourced from the world’s top most trusted experts and influencers on spirituality and enlightenment.
If you’re reading this you probably already of some idea that when we talk about spirituality we aren’t talking about religion and rules. Rather that of your personal evolution and growth of your highest self and your inner being. So you can discover and live a life based on your values, passions, filled with a deep sense of inner peace, harmony and happiness.
Read the list of the 50 best spiritual books below…..
Though our list is in no particular order, this book is one of the most influential and on the top ten lists of many people including Oprah. Written by spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, it teaches you the power you have when you become present and live in each moment. Learn how to get out of your self inflicted suffering thoughts and find peace in your everyday life.
“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.” – Eckhart Tolle
Beautifully written insights into the meaning of life by poet, philosopher and cancer survivor Mark Neopo. He writes about spirit and friendship, with a call to awaken to the vital and beautiful moments of life no matter what hardships you might encounter. Keep on your bedside table for a daily dose of inspiration and wonder.
“Water reflects everything it encounters this is so commonplace that we think water is blue, when in fact it has no color…. But the water, the glorious water everywhere, has taught me that we are more than what we reflect or love. This is the work of compassion: to embrace everything clearly without imposing who we are and without losing who we are.” —Mark Nepo
Another all time bestseller, Marianne Williamson, gives her insights gleamed from A Course In Miracles and shares how daily applications of love can create miracles in your life. Learn how to live love and inner peace while transforming the world into a better more loving place.
“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.” – Marianne Williamson
Do you long for inner peace and serenity? Tap into the present moment and let go of negative thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness with meditation and mindfulness. A powerful book that will transform the relationship you have with yourself and the world around you.
“People tend to burden themselves with so many choices. But, in the end, you can throw it all away and just make one basic, underlying decision: Do you want to be happy, or do you not want to be happy? It’s really that simple. Once you make that choice, your path through life becomes totally clear.” – Michael A. Singer
Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the four agreements gives you a code of conduct that leads to the path of personal transformation, happiness and freedom. A New York Times bestseller and translated into over 40 languages, use this as your road map to experience enlightenment and freedom.
“You don’t need to justify your love, you don’t need to explain your love, you just need to practice your love. Practice creates the master.”-
Journey to the heart is a guidebook to opening your heart, expanding your connection to the creative force and discovering your life’s true purpose. While deeply connecting and accepting yourself. For anyone that wants to courageously move forward on a new path of growth and renewal.
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie
A simple and beautiful translation of the classic, Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching or Book of the Way. In 81 brief chapters it imparts wisdom, balance and perspective on the basic principles of the universe. It’s lessons cultivate serenity and a generous spirit for the highest good of yourself and others.
“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are the greatest treasures.” — Lao Tzu
Since it’s publication over 40 years ago, this book as become a spiritual classic and must read, on the subject of Zen. Teaching calmness and serenity and how to let go and make the mental space you need to peacefully move through the world.- like a cloud passing through the sky.
“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few. ” – Shunryu Suzuki
A Course in Miracles is a step-by-step self study system to connect you with your internal teacher and help you on your spiritual path by choosing love over fear. With an emphasis on love, transformation of spirit through forgiveness and the conscious evolution that happens once you move past the ego and the illusions of life.
“All healing is essentially the release from fear.” – A Course In Miracles
With a premise of start Where You Are learn how to embrace the painful aspects of life and compassionately re-frame them, based on 59 traditional Buddhist concepts. Gain insight to cultivating fearlessness and awaken your heart with a deep compassion for yourself and others. And through these practices gain more confidence, joy and inner peace.
“You are the sky. Everything else—it’s just the weather.” – Pema Chodron
Written for modern day seekers, spiritual teacher and empathic healer Matt Kahn, offers an emotionally supportive way step out of your ego, and view life from your soul’s point of view. His loving approach to personal growth explores the stages of surrender, and provides step by step energy clearings and activations to amplify the power of your consciousness.
“Most people do no see their beliefs, their beliefs tell them what to see. This is the simple difference between clarity and confusion.” – Matt Kahn
12. Light Is the New Black: A Guide to Answering Your Soul’s Callings and Working Your Light by Rebecca Campbell
A modern guide for women who want to follow their souls calling and work their light magic. Broken down into simple easy to read chapters and practical tools. Learn how to connect with your soul and authentically honor yourself as a light worker with the ability to change the world for the better.
“My inner light was burning bright. I was home. Now that I had found it, there was no way I was going to let it go. I vowed to say ‘YES’ to every little call from my soul, regardless of how much logical sense it made. I vowed to do everything I could, never to turn my back on myself again.” – Rebecca Campbell
Author Elizabeth Lesser, is the co-founder the highly regarded spiritual education center The Omega Institute on wellness and spirituality. Create a personal meditation practice and learn effective spiritual teachings and habits. Lesser walks you through the four aspects of the spiritual journey – the mind, heart, body and the soul. With meditations to release stress and anxiety open your heart and experience the beauty of life as a joyful adventure.
“It does pay to be honest. It pays in rewarding relationships. It pays in unblocked energy. It pays in passion. To stand tall in who you are, unafraid to reveal what you want and need, kind enough to tell the truth, and brave enough to bear the consequences, is a telling sign of spiritual development.” – Elizabeth Lesser
Find your spiritual path among the ups and downs of everyday life. Written by a monk who chose to live the mystical life outside of the monastery. The author explores the topics of friendship, work, money as well as the role of traditional religion in understanding the nature of our own spirituality.
“We have been given the gift of life in this perplexing world to become who we ultimately are: creatures of boundless love, caring compassion, and wisdom.” – Wayne Teasdale
The spiritual journey of Professor Richard Alper, later known as Ram Dass, from decadent lifestyle to a mystic with a message. This guide has practical advice on how to create a yoga practice, metaphysical illustrations and quotes. All designed to help you emotionally, physically and spiritually as you follow your life’s path towards to enlightenment.
Zen master, spiritual leader and author Thich Nhat Hanh teaches the path mindfulness. From experiencing presence, making positive choices in the situations that typically might cause anxiety to experiencing the joy of completeness In the moment.
“Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, and the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
First gaining popularity when the author appeared on the Oprah Show, this book is now celebrating its 25th year in publication. The Seat of the Soul shows you how to align both your inner and outer worlds and ultimately your true and authentic soul power. Able to live a life with more harmony, deeper meaning and purpose.
“An authentically powered person lives in love. Love is the energy of the soul. Love is what heals the personality. There is nothing that cannot be healed by love. There is nothing but love.” – Gary Zukav
First hand accounts of patients interviewed under hypnosis, by Dr. Michael Newton. Each on sharing unique but strikingly similar experiences on topics including karma, what it means to be out of the body, past lives and rebirth. A Good for anyone interested in the mysteries of life after death.
“Souls are an expression of beauty, imagination and creativity. The ancient Egyptians said that to begin to understand the soul, one must listen to the heart. I think they were right.” – Michael Newton
A magical and timeless story of a boy who travels the world on a quest to find his riches. The author weaves a tale filled with wisdom and wonder, teaching us to listen to our hearts and follow our dreams. A best selling classic!
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho,
20. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
Author Elizabeth Gilbert Details her inspiring spiritual journey through Italy, India and Bali, after an unfulfilling marriage and bitter divorce. Ultimately, finding balance and the sweet spot between earthly delights and divine transcendence. This book has inspired millions to seek their own path of self-discovery and live a life authentic to them.
“You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
The Dalai Lama answers life’s deepest questions posed to him by psychiatrist Howard Cutler in The Art of Happiness a Handbook For Living. Geared towards a western audience on the subject of how to attain happiness in everyday living no matter what your personal circumstances. This is considered the original book on happiness. Defeat daily anxiety insecurities, anger, discouragement and live a joyful life.
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama
Eckhart Tolle believes that this is a time of transformation from ego and inner conflict to a higher state of mind and consciousness. Drawing on his own personal insights and ancient teachings he seeks to help illuminate and enlighten people to a new way of experiencing the world and live a truly fulfilling existence.
“Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.” – Eckhart Tolle
Set in India, this book follows the journey of a young man on his spiritual quest. His path takes him from a life seeking enlightenment, from poverty to wealth and decadence to ultimately finding spiritual fulfillment through simplicity.
“Most people…are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air, flutters, and falls to the ground. But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path: no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path.” – Hermann Hesse
Awaken your inner intelligence though the science of yoga. Thought leader, visionary, and Yogi Sadhguru presents readers with a time-tested path to achieving absolute well-being and contentment. While many of us in the Western World think of yoga as something to do for to stay in shape, when in actuality yoga is designed to be a system of self-empowerment. Activating our inner energies that connect our heart, mind and body for optimal and joyful living.
“If you resist change, you resist life.” – Sadhguru
Part fiction Part auto biographical this is the story of a world champion athlete on a spiritual journey to learn the truths about the universe and his place in it. With a mysterious mentor he overcomes challenges and temptations, and discovers new ways to see the world and live as a peaceful warrior in it.
26. Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System As a Path to the Self By Anodea Judith
Marrying modern-day science and spirituality, this book will help you to understand the eastern chakra system by adopting it to our western philosophies. Gain insights and understanding into each chakra and how it affects an individual’s development through childhood developmental patterns and experiences. Ultimately, helping to heal past traumas and it attain peaceful balance
“We either get success or lessons. If we learn our lessons successfully, we get both.” – Anodea Judith
Anger is one of the most powerful emotions in our human experience. Not understanding how to cope with your anger, can destroy relationships, ruin lives and derail your spiritual development. Filled with practical tools and advice, you’ll learn how to heal relationships and transform the parts of your life that have been destroyed by anger.
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
28. The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz
The core message of this teaching is to stop our needless emotional suffering, and restore joyful living by discarding our illusions and live the true nature of who we really are. Uncover your inner peace, reframe your perceptions, and unprogram yourself from all the lies that sabotage your life. In doing so you return to love able to live fully in your truth and happiness once again.
“We are born in truth, but we grow up believing in lies. . . . One of the biggest lies in the story of humanity is the lie of our imperfection.” — Don Miguel Ruiz
29. The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson
This book decodes the Enneagram, ancient tool for self-understanding and personal transformation. Based on 9 personality types it helps you to understand and overcome your personal obstacles and find strength and direction using your unique gifts. Blending together modern psychology and spirituality it gives a clear path to self-expression and a higher level of consciousness.
“If we observe ourselves truthfully and non-judgmentally, seeing the mechanisms of our personality in action, we can wake up, and our lives can be a miraculous unfolding of beauty and joy.” – Don Richard Riso
Author Byron Katie healed a 10 year bout with depression by doing a process she calls “The Work”. Wanting to help others to experience the same healing and sense of joy that she discovered, she created a method of self-inquiry based on four simple questions. These questions are used to help shed the stories we tell ourselves and replace them with the truth of what is to create a joyful and peaceful state of being.
Discovered in ancient Peru, this life changing book is part adventure story, part spiritual journey. Filled with dramatic insights into 9 key areas of life and intriguing revelations about our existence on earth and why you are here.
“We can become inspired to shape a higher, more ideal future, and when we do, miracles happen.” – James Redfield
Authors Deepak Chopra and Menas C. Kafatos, take a powerful and provocative look at the nature of science, consciousness and reality. The authors believe that there is a shifting to a new paradigm of reality, which will be completely redefined as a human universe. Sharing a new understanding of who we are and how we can participate mind, body and soul to inhabit a bold new world and reach our greatest potential.
“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” – Deepak Chopra
A comprehensive and practical guide with the life-transforming secrets of tantra and meditation. Many people find the word tantric confusing but in its essence it means “technique” and is used for the discovery of self realization. OSHO shares a set of easy to implement, transformational tools you can use to bring deeper meaning and joy to every aspect of your daily life.
“Life begins where fear ends.” – OSHO
A Modern spiritual classic that has sparked many devoted followers to declare that it has been life changing for them. Powerful and inspired it contains the conversations between a unique teacher and travellers who came from all over the world seeking his assistance. His desire was to end suffering by guiding those seeking his advice to understand their true nature of being.
“The personal needs a base, a body to identify oneself with, just as a colour needs a surface to appear on.”
When author Neale Donald Walsch started writing to god he didn’t expect to ever get an answer, until he did. Through his own pen! This work will speak to spiritual seekers looking for the fundamental truths and lessons in life.
“The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation. You are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew. Seek therefore, not to find out Who You Are, but seek to determine Who You Want to Be.” –
By the author of The Secret, learn how to use The Magic and take a life-changing journey. Applying daily exercises, you’ll be encouraged to use focus and gratitude and create a magical and joyful life.
“There is a truth deep down inside of you that has been waiting for you to discover it, and that truth is this: you deserve all good things life has to offer.” – Rhonda Byrne
A New York Times Bestseller with 365 devotionals to encourage you to shift you to your own personal truth by taking a mindful approach to what you feel, do and think. Use it daily to help overcome personal obstacles and any situation that you struggle with or are trying to work through.
“You don’t get to tell people how to love you; you get to choose if you want to participate in the way they love.” – Iyanla Vanzant
This book by New York Times bestselling author Caroline Myss, is an insightful process for deciphering your own highest purpose or which she calls a secret contract. based on several archetypes it builds on the work of world-renowned thinkers, spiritual masters and prophets. She examines the four stages of a sacred contract and provides clues for discovering your own lifes path and what you are here to learn.
“Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness.” –
This book explores how common people are doing the uncommon to transform themselves and their lives, using a combination of modern scientific information and ancient wisdom With practical tools, learn how to tune into frequencies of consciousness and energy to change your brain chemistry and create a more balanced healthy body and unlimited mind and greater access to the realms of higher spiritual truths. Becoming Supernatural will show you how to experience a more mystical a life.
“Can you accept the notion that once you change your internal state, you don’t need the external world to provide you with a reason to feel joy, gratitude, appreciation, or any other elevated emotion?” – Dr. Joe Dispenza
Being In Balance is a beautifully written, easy to read book that shares 9 principles for creating habits that will help you manifest your deepest desires. The principles are designed to align your thoughts to your ideal reality so you are living in the energy of balance and harmony with the universal laws.
“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer
One of the most beloved authors of our time, the late Louise Hay, expands her teachings of self love, and authenticity. Touching on the topics of parenting, growing older, prosperity, worthiness, creativity and freedom. Dedicated to helping people live a more meaningful life, she also includes wonderful meditations for personal healing.
“You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds…Claim and consciously use your power.” – Louise Hay
Written by a scientist philosopher and Infamous skeptic, Sam Harris’s book is part memoir and part exploration of the modern scientific roots of spirituality. Exploring the important truths that can be found in the contemplation of the modern spiritual experience and a new understanding of reality.
“Consciousness is the one thing in this universe that cannot be an illusion.” – Sam Harris
Your souls plan will give you a greater and deeper understanding of your current life path and how everything happens for a reason. This is a great book for anybody struggling with the uncertainties of life or deeper struggles like the death of a loved one, disabilities addiction or health issues.
“Ultimately, then, the purpose of every life challenge is the same: to grant us the opportunity to embrace that which we have so far resisted.”- Robert Schwartz
Insightful and beautifully written novel with nuggets of hope and wisdom centered around themes that explore life’s essential truths. With the hope that even though pain is part of the human condition, life can be sweeter than you ever imagined.
“God is often in solitude and quiet, through the still, small voice – in the breeze, not the thunder.” – Anne Lamott
Based on the true story from the author and psychotherapist Dr. Brian Weiss about his experience with a young patient riddled with fears and anxieties that were based on past life traumas. What started out as skepticism and doubt by the therapist turned into a new meaningful phase of his own career, that was life changing.
“More learning can occur when there are many obstacles then when there are few or none. A life with difficult relationships, filled with obstacles and losses, presents the most opportunity for the soul’s growth. You may have chosen the more difficult life so that you could accelerate your physical progress” – Brian Weiss
A moving collection of 26 poetic fables, with spiritual, yet practical, inspired advice on love marriage, beauty, life and death. First published in 1923, The Prophet has been translated into more than 40 languages and has sold over 100 million copies, making it one of the best-selling books of all time.
“Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love. And think not you can direct the course of love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.” – Kahlil Gibran
Rumi’s poems perfectly express our deepest desire for connecting with the divine. longing for our lover, poems of Love & Fury sadness and joy and the truth about the beauty of human emotion. Rumi’s poetry tells us to explore the bliss that comes from being fully alive, and take the risk of deeply discovering our authentic self. This translation is considered one of the best and most beautiful of our time.
“Love is the bridge between you and everything.” Rumi
What do you want to create in your life? All creation begins with the power of intention. This book walks you through the principles of intention as well has specific exercises you can do to co-create your life with universal source energy.
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Explore the deepest questions of life and see it from a new perspective. Filled with complex concepts that you might have to digest and reflect on in small bites. For anyone seeking to understand consciousness and the human experience and a deeper sense of healing, health and happiness.
“Make a gift of your life and lift all mankind by being kind, considerate, forgiving, and compassionate at all times, in all places, and under all conditions, with everyone as well as yourself. This is the greatest gift anyone can give.” ~ Dr. David R. Hawkins
Elevate your understanding of the universe and bridge the gap between imagination and reality created by our own beliefs. Whatever you desire from finding love, to a successful career and optimum health, learn how to create miracles in your life through your own imagination.
“I’ve written this book for one reason: to offer a sense of hope, possibility, and empowerment in a world that often makes us feel small, ineffective, and helpless.” – Gregg Braden
Books have always been a passion of mine and in times of darkness a best friend and light at the end of the tunnel. Wherever you are on your path to awakening, we hope that our list of the 50 best spiritual books of all time supports and inspires you, to reach new levels of love, wisdom and enlightenment.
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