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My Top 10 Inspirational Spiritual Books – The Count Down!

Find out what I believe is the number one, life-changing spiritual book of all time, with my list of top 10 inspirational spiritual books, to free your mind and awaken your soul!

the-power-of-your-subconsious-mind10. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind – Joseph Murphy

For those beginning their spiritual journey, this is a great introduction to the incredible power of the human mind. This book teaches you the foundation principles behind the law of attraction as well as some of the root theories behind Louise L. Hay’s work. I remember reading this book in my early 20’s in the Caribbean, and being blown away by the creative possibilities and power that lay inside my own mind! For those exploring spirituality from a more intellectual perspective, this book offer’s a mind opening treasure trove of example stories, aswell as a solid introduction to practical techniques which you can apply in your own Life to reprogram your mind.

mans-search-for-meaning09. Man’s Search For Meaning – Victor Frankl

This book is about the experiences of one man as a prisoner of war, and how despite the depths of suffering and horror he was forced to endure, he was still able to find meaning and glimpses of happiness. It is the best, most inspiring example I can think of to help people awaken to the fact that no matter how deep the external suffering we might experience as humans, our soul remain’s untouched and light can be found, even in the darkest of places. I would especially recommend this book to anyone experiencing a dark night of the soul, or beginning to question the meaning of their life. Let Victor’s powerful, true life story inspire you.

Doreen-Virtue-The-Lightworkers-Way-Spiritual-Book-Review08. The Lightworker’s Way: Awakening Your Spiritual Power to Know and Heal – Doreen Virtue PhD

Doreen Virtue is an incredible ‘door opener’ who has helped many people to reconnect with their soul move in the right direction. In this book she shares her personal journey to awakening and encourages you to embrace your personal spiritual gifts. It is a wonderful book to accompany people who are first starting out on their spiritual path. The Lightworker’s Way will help you to realise you are not alone – there are many others experiencing life just like you and we are all in this together. Doreen encourages people to embrace their spiritual power and shows you exactly how to begin to do so.

 

women-who-run-with-wolves-most-important-spiritual-books-of-all-time07. Women Who Run With The Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I believe every woman should own a copy of this book! I bought a copy of this for both my nieces because the parables contained within impart ancient women’s wisdom, about life lessons, female initiation, embracing creativity, soul, and the importance of claiming the right to freely express ourselves as women. It is an empowering, beautiful book which once opened, feels like huddling round a fire, sat in a women’s circle, sharing funny, scary, strange and kooky folk stories. Each fable imparts it’s own special wisdom and lessons for the soul.

Osho-Zen-Tarot-Top-10-Spiritual-Books06. Zen Tarot Book and card Set – Osho

I could honestly put any Osho book here as there’s something startling and awakening about all of his books. Each one addresses many topics of human interest from Sex to Creativity and everything in between, but one of my favourite Osho books is his Book of Secrets. There are many tantric gems in there, my favourite being the ‘body burning’ meditation, for it’s simplicity and power. However, for my ‘Top 10 Spiritual Books’ count down, I’ve chosen the Osho Zen Tarot which is not just a book, but also includes a pack of tarots, with a difference – these are Osho tarots and therefore full of Zen wisdom, and mystical insights. Each of the book’s cards and messages act as deep and powerful ‘awakeners’ – and in typical Osho style, they cut to the point with candid humour and clarity in a way that is designed to snap us out of the trance of human sleepwalk. Osho writes in a way that reveals the core principles at work behind many of our human problems, fuelled by the egos desire for more. This book is written in a way that offers inspiration, wisdom and soulful solutions to the underlying dynamics at play in any given situation.

 

the-diamond-in-your-pocket-gangaji05. The Diamond in Your Pocket – Gangaji

Gaganji explains her awakened approach to life’s challenges in a way that can help us to approach our own life in a more awakened state too. This book is all about the liberation of the heart to help us begin to understand that the true nature of love, is a sense of freedom and non-attachement. Full of sparkling gems of insight and wisdom, I find Gangaji’s words clear, simple, comforting and enlightening to read during challenging times.

a-thousand-names-for-joy04. A Thousand Names for Joy – Katie Byron

I adore this book and often find myself dipping into its pages, when in need of guidance or counsel in my life. It’s like having a fairy god mother on my book shelf. Katie is an enlightened lady and her story is pretty amazing. After suffering years of severe, dark depression, she suddenly woke up. In this book she shares the principles of the ‘The Work’ – a technique she uses to help release people from human suffering, so they may find forgiveness and freedom in their everyday lives. The work is all about challenging the validity of our thoughts – seeing beyond our beliefs, to the truth they conceal, which is a reality of love, peace and joy. She shares her teachings and enlightened perspective on life’s challenges through her own personal stories. A delightful book which brings me a sense of great peace whenever I open it.

 

a return to love best spiritual book by marianne williamson03. A Return to Love – Marianne Williamson

This is like a lighter, shorter, condensed and more easy to digest overview of A Course in Miracles – and for this reason, I recommend reading this book either alongside or before starting ACIM. It explains many of the principles to be found in the A Course in Miracles book, but you certainly don’t need to be ACIM student to understand or enjoy this book. Marianne shares many examples from her own life where she has experienced miracles by practicing the principles of forgiveness, understanding and love. It is an especially good book for those experiencing personal relationship difficulties.

 

the disappearance of the universe02. The Disappearance of the Universe – Gary R. Renard

This book is all about the real life experiences of Gary, a very ordinary man, who suddenly finds himself confronted by two spirits, who decide to visit him and explain more about how to apply the principles of A Course in Miracles in his own life. Gary is at first bemused, and somewhat sarcastic. He writes in a very honest way, about the experiences that are happening to him, but soon comes to respect the wisdom and teachings the spirits are attempting to impart, with many surprising revelations along the way! Gary’s very candid and human approach means the book is written in a down-to-earth and humorous style, making what could be considered some very lofty ‘out there’ ideas – both enjoyable and easy to digest. There’s a number of laugh out loud moments in the book. Another great companion book to A Course in Miracles.

 

a course in miracles acim number one spiritual book of all time01. ACIM ~ A Course in Miracles

You guessed it. My number one spiritual book is… A Course in Miracles.

So, what’s A Course in Miracles all about? I first started seeing ‘ACIM’ referred to on several spiritual sites and YouTube video’s and  kept thinking to myself what is this ‘ACIM’ that people keep mentioning?

I wondered …is it a retreat? …is it an online course? …is it a movie? …What exactly is ACIM?

I got no clear answers until I googled what ACIM stood for, then decided to bite the bullet and order a copy of the book for myself. At first I wondered what I was doing as the book was nothing to look at on Amazon. Being a graphic designer I appreciate good design and I admit I was put off by its drab, biblical looking cover …’Where’s the pretty pictures I wondered?!’ But curious as I am, I proceeded to click ‘Buy now’ and a few days later it arrived- a thick, Archangel Michael blue, doorstopper of a book.

I flicked through, dipped in, read a few sentences and quickly proceeded to shelve it. I wasn’t ready for it, yet.

A few months later. The shit started to hit the fan in my life, so to speak. An old relationship crumbled – he went off and married another girl and my heart and dreams lay in tatters. I felt betrayed and bereft. Something in me, perhaps out of desperation picked the book off the shelf. It was perfect divine timing and I started to read – but it’s language was not easy, yet I persisted, treating the book’s passages as an opportunity to contemplate and meditate upon.

Then something shifted in me and the ACIM words started to sink in, until, over a period of time, much of it started to make sense on a very deep soul level, and I began to look forward to reading more and more of the book’s contents.

I resonated much with ACIM’s talk of ‘holy relationships’ and ancient friends. I found myself crying as the book spoke of forgiveness – about how as we forgive others, we are actually forgiving ourselves. I found myself becoming more involved in this book than I ever believed I would do so. I felt compelled to keep going back to it, and read more about the illusionary nature of this world, our human bodies and material forms.

I wasn’t always 100 percent certain about what I was reading, as it often sounded more extraordinary than a Hollywood movie, yet so much of it also made sense, and I felt like the book was awakening my soul on new levels.

It has since become one of the most powerful awakening tools I have on my book shelf – and in my life!

Since receiving this book, I have shifted exponentially in terms of my spiritual growth, understanding and ability to apply and practice forgiveness in everyday life.

I believe you are meant to read the book from start to finish and work through the course lessons one by one, each building upon the next. But I confess I’ve not been able to do this ….and have instead found myself dipping into the book whenever I feel inspired, by simply asking the Holy Spirit – what would you like me to know today?

It seems to have worked for me so far, but I still have so much to read and to learn. I will probably go through it in order at some stage, but right now, my method of dipping in and out, works for me. It’s amazing how I seem to receive the perfect answers, just by asking a question and opening the book at the right page.

However, ACIM is not for the faint hearted. It is most definitely a book only for those who are ready to go deep. I mean really deep into the nature of themselves, existence and true, divine love.

It is for those whose souls who are thirsty enough to allow their current paradigm to be expanded, and collapsed – while still in human form.

I’d go so far as to say this book is a spiritual initiation in itself, and should therefore only be read by those who really feel the call.

And yes, in hindsight, I now completely understand the no frills design of the cover!

If you would like to discover more about ACIM you can freely enjoy all 365 ACIM lessons with James Twyman by joining here: http://acimrevival.com/signup.html

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So my loves – there you go, My Top 10 Inspirational Spiritual Books!

I hope you enjoyed my count down and I’d love to know what your favourite spiritual book is?

Please feel free to share your favourite books with me in the comments section below.

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List of books that almost made my top 10 list and which I also highly recommend:

  • Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha – Tara Brach
  • The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle
  • The End of Death – Nouk Sanchez and Carrie Triffet
  • The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? – Seth Godin
  • The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Calling in the One: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life – Katherine Woodward Thomas
  • Angels In My Hair – Lorna Byrne
  • Heal Your Body – Louise L. Hay
  • The Vortex – Esther and Jerry Hicks
  • True Love A Practice for Awakening the Heart – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus – John Gray
  • Soul Love: Awakening Your Heart Centre – Sanaya Roman

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