Spirituality – what is it? Some say it’s a search for a metaphysical truth while others say that it is a search for our inner selves. In the West, famous philosophers like Plato and Kant had tried to explain what spirituality is in their spiritual books and philosophy theses. In the East, proponents like Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna integrated spirituality into their daily lives. However, the concept of spirituality still escapes us. Currently, in this world where life seems to be tainted by advertisements and shifting from one digital screen to another, people are desperate to find some spiritual peace. We know we are lost – we know we need to find the right path. We just don’t know where to start.
Many people have understood the proclivity of humans to be lost. That’s why spiritual gurus have written many spiritual books. Spiritual books do not guarantee spiritual enlightenment. Rather, the entire focus of such books is to guide you and help you find the right path for yourself. These spiritual books want you to get spiritual independence as well. Here are some of the magnificent spiritual books that will guide you in your spiritual journey:
This is a famous book that elaborates on the famous Law of Attraction. A best-seller in its own right, ‘The Secret’ is all about asking what you want and believing in it. If you ask and believe in what you want, you open yourself up to receive it. Byrne’s philosophy is potent and based on the New Thought movement of the 19th Century.
Purchase it here: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Written like a simple allegory of a shepherd’s journey of discovery, The Alchemist is a bestseller that helps you to look inside and find your worth within. Written in lucid prose, ‘The Alchemist’ will help you embark on a spiritual journey just like the shepherd and help you find your true purpose.
Purchase it here: The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
Howard Cutler was inspired by the ever-smiling face of the Dalai Lama. What made this wonderful man so happy? After all, from the outside, Dalai Lama’s life does not seem quite happy. As a fugitive living outside his country, he should have felt terrible. That’s how the Art of Happiness came into being. It talks about how important happiness is in our lives and why it does not need to go away. Your purpose in life should be to find happiness and it is on this philosophy that the entire book rests upon.
Purchase it here: The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by Howard Cutler
Eckhart Tolle has been a spiritual teacher who has moved several people from the deep recesses of darkness into light. While many of his books have life-transforming power, A New Earth needs a special mention. This spiritual book talks about ego and how it can restrict us from feeling the abundance of life. Ego can cause conflict within us and this book helps us deconstruct ego and find a way to reduce it.
Purchase it here: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
This is a classic book that shot spiritual guru Deepak Chopra into the realm of fame. The book defines the 7 laws of spiritual success which include the purpose of life or dharma and the cause and effect relationship, called karma.
Purchase it here: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
Peck is a psychiatrist and he has found some fascinating truth about people from the years of human study. In this book, Peck tries to understand the concept of the ‘fulfilled human being’. The book is divided into three parts: Discipline, Love, and Grace. Each of these parts is detailed and pursues the concept of spiritual growth.
Purchase it here: The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck
This classic novella has a bird as a protagonist. The tale shows a bird who wishes to perfect his flying. The bird dreams of perfection and soon becomes an outcast in his own group. But he manages to meet seagulls like him on a higher plane and soon, he also returns to his own flock. It is a story of a non-conformer and the journey through rebellion, love, and reaching one’s true potential.
Purchase it here: Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
8. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth took a spiritual journey after a bad divorce. Her journey went from a gastronomic adventure to a subtle taste of romance. She started her adventure from Italy where she connected with the food. She then went on to India for spiritual growth. Eventually, she found a balance between the two in Bali – the balance called Love. Travel and spirituality combined – this book has the perfect formula to please the wanderlust spirit in you.
A dying man’s interview sounds depressing and is yet spiritually enlightening. The book contains a series of interviews with Morrie Schwartz, a former professor who was dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Morrie moved the people who read his interviews covering concepts of love, culture, and life in all its grandness and minuteness.
Ruiz bases his philosophy on ancient Toltec wisdom. The book provides an amazing formula of living well – especially, living with a sense of personal freedom. Ruiz has found a formula that is quite simple and can be easily implemented in your life.
Herman Hesse is a Nobel Laureate who is known to include a little bit of Eastern philosophy in his works. Siddhartha charts the journey of a young man in the times of Buddha who is eager to find spiritual answers and embarks on a journey of spiritual growth. His journey from materialism to a higher spiritual level is truly magnificent and thought-provoking.
Purchase it here: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
This self-published book is an adventure story where a man journeys through Peru and finds nine spiritual insights. While the plot seems clichéd, those spiritual insights can help you dive inside and find your purpose.
Purchase it here: The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
Most of us have been told in the past that we should keep our emotions in check. Hicks takes a different approach to our emotions in this book. According to him, we can use our emotions to guide ourselves towards spiritual growth. He understands life as a stream where we can move upstream and downstream in the right direction.
Purchase it here: The Astonishing Power of Emotions by Esther and Jerry Hicks
The Vortex elaborates on the concept of the Law of Attraction. According to this book, we must increase our vibrational level to match that of what we desire to truly reach out and find it in our grasp.
Purchase it here: The Vortex by Esther and Jerry Hicks
We may see abuse of power or outbursts of political power all around us. But in this book, Myss asks how we can channel grace through ourselves and find our calling. It is our invisible power to influence good around us and she describes invisible acts of power in this book.
Purchase it here: Invisible Acts of Power by Caroline Myss
We all come into this world with a plan. Schwartz looks into this plan and helps us understand why we go through several events of pain and bereavement in this book. He tries to understand how these events can propel us to our soul’s plan.
Purchase it here: Your Soul’s Plan by Robert Schwartz
This is another famous book from the spiritual master, Eckhart Tolle. Stillness speaks in an ode to silence and the present. The book commemorates silence and how important it is for us to be silent and listen to our soul’s voice. It is also a great reminder that we must live in the present.
Purchase it here: Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle
Everyone has a different language for this mystery called ‘Love’. Gary Chapman looks into the languages of love and how the language of love can be interpreted and enhanced between lovers in this book.
Purchase it here: The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Spirituality is beyond religion. It is about being mindful of oneself, being in the present, and determining the quality of our life. Waking Up helps us to wake up to the inner truths of our lives and deal with them.
Purchase it here: Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris
This is just the book you are looking for if you are trying to find the human essence within you. Dive deep within and find the encouragement, belief, love, and guidance to set yourself in the right direction. This book helps to direct you on the right path.
Purchase it here: Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps by Richard Rohr
Jack Kerouac is known for the generation-defining book ‘On the Road’. However, his spiritual writing is mastered in this book where the protagonist, a writer, becomes interested in the theories of Buddhism and becomes influenced by it.
Purchase it here: The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
Sophie’s World is a philosophical book that injects interesting thoughts in your mind. Reading this book will make you question your existence and ‘Where did this world come from?’ These questions will help you dive deep within in search of spiritual answers.
Purchase it here: Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
Swami Vivekananda is a famous Indian mystic and spiritual guru. While his work is mostly focused on Neo-Hinduism, within his work, you will find spiritual insights and wisdom collected after years of penance and observation of mankind. While the book(s) can be quite an investment, it will not only help you dive within yourself but also, get a hint about a unique perspective in deducing the universal truth.
Purchase it here: Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda by Swami Vivekananda
The Seat of the Soul looks into the concept of trust and compassion. In a world where social interactions and kindness are slowly eroding, this spiritual book helps us to understand generosity and how we can bring back our own hint of kindness in our everyday interactions.
Purchase it here: The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
The final book of this list is a well-known and noteworthy book. It is a lecture by Randy Pausch which he gave at Carnegie Mellon University just after he found out that he has terminal pancreatic cancer. With the thought of near death in his mind, he gives a thought-provoking lecture on his life, goals, and spiritual ambitions.
Purchase it here: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
While spirituality may still be a mystery, these spiritual books might help you derive your own kind of spiritual truth from your own life experiences. So, pick up one or many of these spiritual books and use them to guide you.