Obviously, the five books are only a glimpse at what is out there! There are so many amazing resources that can help you grow humanly and spiritually, but some books are simply and will always be essential. Embarking on a spiritual journey will go hand in hand with the need to discover and accept yourself. This same journey will then become an inward pilgrimage where you will need to embrace your wounds so that they may heal and discover the dark shadows that are part of you as well. Only then, when you truly will have discovered the elements that colour your vision of God and of others, will you be able become a light for the world.
I could have added the Bible and other Sacred Scriptures first … but I think these will always be obvious!
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First Book – The Power of Now by Eckart Tollé
Because he insists on the importance of living mindfully, Eckart will definitely be part of your spiritual family. So many of us are stuck in the past. Others are consistently projecting themselves into the future, worrying about things they cannot control. The Power of Now is a reminder that by surrendering to the present, we find a deep and grounding peace.
Second Book – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A classic in so many ways! Through his stories, Paulo Coelho invites us to grasp and deepen our own reality. Following your dreams, listen to your intuition and inner voice, let the synchronicities of life guide your path … are some of the important lessons you will inherit from this book.
Third Book – Letting Go by David. R. Hawkins
David R. Hawkins’ book is similar to Eckart Tollé’s in so many ways. However, this one is more practical and will give you insights on how to practise daily surrender. In response to his students, he offers practical techniques by which to remove the inner blocks to happiness, love, joy, success, health and, ultimately enlightenment.
Fourth Book – Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl
Victor E. Frankl was an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, writer, and Holocaust survivor. In this book, he offers this one necessary tool that helped him survive the horrors of Auschwitz; meaning! Yes, giving a meaning to our lives is the core element we need in order to find happiness even in the midst of the worst challenges.
Fifth Book – Modern Man in Search of a Soul by Carl G. Jung
What a difficult choice in suggesting one of Carl G. Jung’s works. I could suggest so many of his books. As a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology, he offers so many reflections on religion, God, and spirituality.