Spirituality is about your connection to something greater and your relationship to it. It is about believing and trusting in life, even when we don’t understand what is going on.
Spirituality looks different for everyone. Some are attracted to organized religion. Some to practices such as yoga, meditation, journaling and many other options.
It does not matter how it looks for everyone else. What does matter is that you feel the inner peace that comes from believing in a higher being. And you have a practice to nurture and celebrate that belief.
One of the best ways to explore spirituality and discover for yourself what it means is to read books. Especially books that both lead you to an understanding of a higher being. And at the same time help you to better understand yourself. The more you know about you and your connection to the divine, the more in touch with your spirituality you can be.
Keep in mind that many spiritual books can be used as references throughout life. And that they can speak to us at different times in our lives. As we change and go through different stages each book or teaching can have a different impact on us. Or even impart different knowledge from the same text.
For example, the first time I read The Four Agreements I did not like it. Fast forward ten years and it has been critical in my spiritual development.
Some of these books may speak to you now, and some may be later! Let yourself be guided to what you need now.
Following is a list of the best spirituality books to explore and deepen your connection.
This book is based on ancient Toltec Wisdom.
It helps us to shed false agreements we have made in life. Thus, coming closer to God and our true self.
This book continues the Toltec teachings from The Four Agreements but with a focus on our relationships with others which ultimately comes from a loving healthy relationship with ourselves.
While this book is geared to people in the creative field, it does go into spirituality.
It is about unlocking your creativity and letting the divine flow through you.
It leads you through a 12-week course to help you get in touch with your artistic side.
This is just one of Eckhart Tolle’s powerful books. This one focuses on living in the present moment.
When we are not living in the present, we create our own anxiety and stress. Learning to be fully present can lead to happiness and peace.
This book is a memoir of Viktor Frankl of his time in a Nazi concentration camp.
Frankl is a psychiatrist, so he pairs this with skills for spiritual survival including how to understand what is meaningful in your life.
In this book, Singer looks at the idea that you are not your thoughts, that you are the quiet space behind your thoughts and that we are not actually our thoughts. Separating the two allows us to find our true self.
This book is the story of a young man named Santiago. It follows him on his journey to find his life purpose, no matter what.
Through his journey, we learn about trust and never giving up.
According to the Dalai Lama, the purpose of life is happiness.
In this book he explains how to achieve this with the help of Dr. Culter, a psychologist, he explores how to find happiness.
You could call this simply one woman’s journey through divorce. But it is more than that.
It is about finding yourself and stepping outside of what society expects of us. Discovering yourself is one of the best ways to learn what spirituality means to you.
This is a series of three books. Each book is about the messages that Walsch received when communicating with God, all starting with a letter he wrote to God when he was struggling in life.
This is a 40-day journey book, focused on helping you understand what you are here for and what God has intended for your life.
This book has a very different take on what forgiveness is.
The idea is that we all make agreements with each other in order to learn the lessons that we need to here in life and that everything we experience is divinely coordinated so that we can grow.
This book takes you on a 40-day journey to shift your life. Each day has a short practice to implement. It walks you through fear, love and more to heal your life.
This book brings together two great spiritual leaders to share their wisdom and advice on finding joy. It was written when they were celebrating the Dalai Lama’s birthday.
They answered questions and discussed the topic – this book is the outcome of those conversations.
This book is Williamson’s take and teachings on The Course in Miracles. It looks at embracing love and eliminating fear to find yourself and God.
This book is a compilation of teaching of the Taoists. The teachings are thousands of years old and have had many translations over the years.
You can read one of the many translations, or there are also many books by teachers living and practicing the lessons. One such book is Wayne Dyer’s Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life.
This course, which is a daily study for a year, is focused on who we are and our relationship to God.
This is a memoir where Moorjani is dying of cancer. Her family is called in for her final hours.
During this time, she has a near-death experience and chooses to come back. Within weeks her cancer is gone, and she now shares her story and what she learned.
No spiritual book list could be complete without the Bible. Telling the story of God, Jesus, and many other spiritual leaders.
While this is not necessarily a read cover to cover book like the rest, the stories contained within all hold lessons to our spirituality. It can be used over and over again.