We can spend our whole lives looking to external sources of contentment and happiness, but deep down we know that for a true sense of personal harmony, we must look within. In this article, we discuss ten of the best spiritual books that we think will help even atheists find a connection to something other than lived experience and material things.
From Islam to Christianity, with titles from Julia Cameron and the Dalai Lama, we've ranked our selection of the top 10 educational and enlightening reads on Amazon and eBay. With many available as eBooks and Audiobooks, as well as hardcover and paperback, it's never been easier to open your eyes to all forms of spirituality.
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Choosing a spiritual book can feel overwhelming as there are just so many options out there! In this part of our article, we will help you to weigh up which are the best editions out there, consider the main world religions and work out what it is you hope to gain from reading your chosen tome.
If you grew up with one particular world religion, or are interested in a certain faith, we recommend a spiritual book based in a specific religious tradition, such as Christianity, Hinduism or Islam. These books are great for reaffirming your faith, renewing your understanding of a lost spiritual practice, or embracing a brand new religion.
Maybe you'd like to read an original spiritual text translated into English. This will allow you to discover the wisdom and teachings of your ancestors, and get to grips with a text that has formed some of the basis of the popular religions we know today.
The only downside is that you may find that older texts aren't always as digestible, even when translated by a contemporary writer. However, as a plus, you'll be able to get right to the heart of whichever religion you're interested in.
Perhaps you're already au fait with the Koran, Bible or Guru Granth Sahib and want a different style of book to help you get closer to its teachings. Modern interpretations bring traditional texts into the modern day with practical advice for the day-to-day life you live.
We have included some titles on our list which give a contemporary twist to ancient texts, written by believers who have studied their religion in detail. These books provide an understanding of traditional texts for the modern world. Most such books contain examples from 21st century living, offering tasks for the reader to mull over and complete in their own time.
Some books on spirituality are not tied to one particular world religion, but rather focus on personal enlightenment. These encourage the reader to look inward, instead of outward, for peace and guidance.
There are many concepts we may find challenging to grasp. 'How can everything I'm looking for already be inside me?' we might ask. Some of the best spiritual titles explore these questions and many more in a bright, clear manner that truly makes sense.
Prayers, for those of us not raised within any particular faith, can sometimes feel old-fashioned, or at least invoke memories of giggling at the back of a school assembly. But for those of us coming to spirituality later in life, a guide to prayer may be just what we need.
This type of book can help us understand our needs, trust in the way the world works and make time to spare a thought for others too. A book on prayer needn't promote any specific faith, and can bring peace and inspiration to anyone!
Take time to consider what type of cover is best for you. Your budget may be a key influence in choosing the right type as hardbacks tend to cost quite a bit more. While hardbacks are pricier and heavier, they are very durable and look great on your shelves. Just be aware that new releases may not yet be available to buy in paperback format.
Waiting for the paperback to be released will likely save you a few quid. This type of book is also lighter to carry around, easy to read in bed and fine if you like to flex the cover back as you read.
Maybe you would like to enjoy the wisdom of your new spiritual book in a different form. We've included information on which of the books we've listed in our ranking can also be digested as eBooks or in audio format.
Both can help you save space, which is ideal if you have a smaller home. Audiobooks also allow you multitask while you listen, and can be a wonderful way to absorb spiritual lessons. They may even help you memorise quotes more easily - it all depends on what kind of a learner you are and the life you lead.
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Michael A Singer
The Untethered Soul｜The Journey Beyond Yourself
A Book to Change Your Life, Religious or Not
The Power of Now｜A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
The Best-Selling Guide to Finding Peace in the Present
The Bhadavad Gita
Hinduism's Key Spiritual Guidebook
Kimberly D Moore
The Bible in 52 Weeks ｜A Year Long Bible Study for Women
A Year of Daily Bible Readings for Women
Secrets of Divine Love｜A Spiritual Journey into the Heart of Islam
Bestselling Book That Interprets Islam as a Source of Inner Peace
The Artist's Way｜A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
Creative Goals in One Spiritually Based Guide
The Art of Happiness｜A Handbook for Living
Practical Wisdom for Lasting Happiness
How to Pray｜A Simple Guide for Normal People
An Accessible Guide to Prayer Based in Christianity
Don Miguel Ruiz Jr
The Four Agreements｜A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
Creating a Positive Energy Shift in Our Lives
Everyday Holiness｜The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar
Everyday Lessons From the Jewish Movement of Mussar
Oprah loves it and so will you! This bestseller really is pretty life-changing, a much-promised but ultimately rare feat for a book to achieve. Possible to devour in under a week, and packed with wisdom you'll want to scribble into your notebook and re-read across the years.
Available in hardcover and paperback, as well as eReader and audiobook format, it insists that we have a choice to not suffer and encourages present awareness. Not based in any particular religious tradition, it simply sheds light on the power we have within ourselves to feel free.
If you haven't yet discovered Eckhart Tolle, where have you been? This book is an absolute classic when it comes to spirituality and that elusive little concept known as enlightenment. It encourages us to return to the present moment and remain aware, rather than being governed by constant regrets from the past, or fear of the future.
Eckhart writes in a no-nonsense style that's easy to digest. We recommend the audio version for his trademark deadpan tone and daydream-busting chimes which ring out between each chapter. Not steeped in any particular religious tradition, it suggests that peace and harmony exist within all of us, no matter our background.
Lauded by many modern-day spiritual speakers, including Jay Sheti and Russell Brand, this book has influenced revered thinkers such as Aldous Huxley, Mahatma Gandhi and Carl Jung. It explores concepts from the psychology of yoga, to the importance of meditation.
The chapters in this book are not interwoven with tasks, rather the book flows easily from chapter to chapter, giving its reader a lot to contemplate within its pages. The stories of Krisha's guidance are timeless, accessible and applicable to life, relationships and self-knowledge.
This year-long study project guides readers through 52 weeks of Bible verses, helping them to use the wisdom within its pages to navigate day to day life. It is not only decorated with endearing illustrations, but also has tons of thought-provoking activities for the reader to ponder over.
This book asks the reader to dedicate 20 minutes a day to reading Bible verses and exploring the related tasks. It encourages regular prayer and communication with God as understood in the Christian faith.
This book takes the teachings of the holy Koran and transforms them into an uplifting recipe for joy in today's hectic and often trying world. Author A. Helwa encourages the reader to deepen their understanding of Allah and get closer to their life's true purpose.
As well as a sumptuously decorated cover, it's written in an easy-to-follow style just right for young, modern Muslims. Within this book are concise chapters on key areas of spirituality, with prayers to try and even suggested wider reading for those with an interest to broaden their relationship with Islam.
For any stumped artists looking to unlock their creative potential, you can't get much better than this 12-week programme that aims to re-awaken the artist child within all of us! From 'the Queen of creativity' Julia Cameron, it's fun, light reading with food-for-thought activities and a gentle spiritual twist.
Though this book isn't about spirituality as such, it does encourage all creatives to trust in a force bigger than themselves. Simply give in to being a conduit for creative work that flows from somewhere unknown.
The Dalai Lama knows what's up. This book of simple, live-able mantras and musings is a lovely way to begin your day, or flick through in times of fear and doubt. It blends the Dalai's Buddhist approach to living, with the translator's more westernised viewpoint. Humour and warmth glow from the pages!
The Art of Happiness can be enjoyed in all formats. Tibetan Buddhism is applied to the kind of daily struggles we suffer in the modern world, making this book truly useful and practical, as well as an eye-opening read.
What we like about this book, is its user-friendly approach. As you become accustomed to prayer, you'll learn how spirituality is simply about having faith that things will be OK. The uplifting P.R.A.Y. acronym (we'll let you buy the book to find out what it stands for!) can be used by children and adults alike.
Although rooted in Christianity, this book will inspire anyone interested in prayer to explore the importance of peaceful reflection, looking outside to the needs of others and acknowledging that we are all part of something bigger than ourselves.
Here is a gorgeous guide to finding inner peace which brings the wisdom of ancient spiritual traditions into an accessible, contemporary format. As with many of the publications on our list, this book encourages us to recognise that suffering is a choice.
Of all the books on our list, this tome definitely errs towards the very spiritual end of the spectrum, referring to life as a dream and looking at the universe from a broad perspective. However, all the teachings are entirely applicable to modern-day living and encourage the reader to choose joy again and again.
This exceptionally in-depth book is a journey towards everyday spiritualism, brought to the reader through the Jewish teachings of Mussar. These are concrete instructions, gleaned from the Torah and other Jewish teachings, which guide the user to a more ethical and meaningful existence.
Brilliantly accessible and applicable to daily life, this book is available in multiple formats. It aims to help the reader let go of the egotistical thinking, bad habits and overwhelming emotions that can disguise the innate holiness that author Alana Morinis believes is in all of us.
If you adore reading and like the sound of these books, we think you'll absolutely love the links below! With suggestions for more books to encourage self improvement and overall good vibes, we've carefully ranked all our favourites according to quality, relevance and reviews.
You should now be armed with a cracking selection of brilliant spiritual books, from ones based in the teachings of key world religions, to those that encourage self reflection, connection and the importance of consciousness. We really hope you enjoy more than one of these insightful, informative books and that your path to spirituality is an exciting and fulfilling one!
Author: Annie Hopkins
No. 1: Michael A Singer｜The Untethered Soul｜The Journey Beyond Yourself
No. 2: Eckhart Tolle｜The Power of Now｜A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
No. 3: Eknath Easwaran｜The Bhadavad Gita
No. 4: Kimberly D Moore｜The Bible in 52 Weeks ｜A Year Long Bible Study for Women
No. 5: A. Helwa｜Secrets of Divine Love｜A Spiritual Journey into the Heart of Islam
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