These celebrated books contain essentially timeless writings on spirituality, religion, and life wisdom. Some of them are recently published, but considered "classic" nonetheless. The image of each book is linked to a book-seller, providing you the opportunity to purchase these gems. Enjoy!
Hildegard of Bingen
by Matthew Fox
Matthew Fox brings the teachings of this philosopher, Christian mystic, and feminist to current day, illustrating Hildegard's passion for bringing light to dark places, speaking against injustice, and celebrating life.
Beauty: the Invisible Embrace
by John O'Donohue
John O’Donohue embraces the divine beauty that calls the imagination and awakens all that is noble in the human heart―focusing on the classical, medieval and Celtic traditions, on art, music, literature, nature and language.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
This classic scripture of Tibetan Buddhism, guides one through the experiences that the consciousness has after death, the interval between death, and the next rebirth. With an introduction by his Holiness, the Dalai Lama, this book addresses not only death and dying, but offers a spiritual understanding of everyday life.
The Return of the Prodigal Son
by Henri Nouwen
Inspired by the classic painting of Rembrandt, Henri Nouwen brings forth the themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation, a source of comfort for those who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy, or anger. The invitation is to love as the father and be loved as the son.
No Time Like the Present
by Jack Kornfield
A classic book of meditation and mindfulness teaching, revealing that we can be happy now with the keys to inner freedom. Jack Kornfield shows how we get stuck and how we can free ourselves.
The Practice of the Presence of God
by Brother Lawrence
It is said that Brother Lawrence, a man of humble beginnings, discovered the greatest secret of living in the kingdom of God here on earth. It is the art of “practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end.” This classic writing provides blessing and instruction to those who long to feel God's loving presence every day.
Black Elk Speaks
by John Neihardt
The story of the Oglala Lakota visionary Nicholas Black Elk offers not only a view of Lakota life, it gives readers visions of the unity of humanity and Earth. Described as an enduring spiritual testament, Black Elk Speaks was found to be so unforgettable by Carl Jung that he urged its translation into German.
For the Inward Journey
by Howard Thurman
Meditations that address the needs and aspirations of the human spirit. Howard Thurman speaks to the quest for meaning, fulfillment, love, peace, and God.
by Herman Hesse
The story of the early life of the Buddha, the young Siddhartha's search for self- realization. His quest takes him from a life of decadence to asceticism, from the illusory joys of sensual love, wealth, and fame, to the painful struggles with his son and the ultimate wisdom of renunciation.
Considered by some to be the all time greatest Christian classic, The Confessions is an extended poetic, passionate, intimate prayer. Augustine’s experience of God speaks to us across time. Translator Maria Boulding is praised for capturing the emotion, humility, and sincerity in Augustine's writing.
The End of Everything
by Katie Mack
Theoretical astrophysicist Katie Mack takes us on a tour of the Cosmos's life journey, and our place in the mystery of mysteries. Cutting-edge science, cosmology, and quantum mechanics give relevance to the meaning of our existence.
The Cloud of Unknowing
translated by Bernard Bangley
Written by an anonymous fourteenth-century monk, this spiritual classic offers a way to enter into the life of prayer and onto the path to knowing God beyond all knowing, through a cloud of unknowing.
A Course in Miracles
transcribed by Helen Schucman
The Course reflects the pearl of wisdom found in world religions and spiritual teachings. The underlying theme is that the greatest miracle is gaining a full awareness of love's presence in one's life, and a recognition of our Oneness with God and each other.
by Ken Wilber
A beautiful and intelligent guide to Eastern and Western approaches to spirituality, personal growth, human consciousness, and the underlying truth of oneness. Ken Wilber is called one of the most important pioneers in the field of consciousness in this century.
The Interior Castle
by Saint Teresa of Avila
Sixteenth century Saint Teresa of Avila guides seekers through seven stages of spiritual development until the soul's final union with the Divine. This modern translation, remarkably free of religious dogma, is a beautiful and practical set of teachings for seekers of all faiths in need of spiritual guidance.
by Nadia Bolz-Weber
This unconventional minister reclaims the term "pastrix," a word used by some who refuse to recognize female pastors. Nadia Bolz Weber's depth of devotion is revealed in this messy, beautiful, prayer-and-profanity laden narrative about an unconventional life of faith.
The Wounded Healer
by Henri Nouwen
A hope-filled book that speaks directly to those who want to be of service. For Henri Nouwen, ministers must be willing to go beyond their professional role and leave themselves open as fellow human beings with the same wounds and suffering—in the image of Christ. In other words, we heal from our own wounds.
Seven Sacred Pauses
by Macrina Wiederkehr
Macrina Wiederkehr invites us to "pray the hours" through the practice of pausing at the seven sacred moments of each day, making our daily passage through time a more sacred pilgrimage. Stunningly beautiful prayers.
The Infinite Way
by Joel Goldsmith
Joel Goldsmith delivers the message that spiritual illumination enables humankind to benefit by the revelation of divine Presence within each person. In this book, Goldsmith gives the reader the richness of the spiritual principles that constitute the message of the Infinite Way.
"With my eyes closed, I would
touch a familiar book and
draw its fragrance deep
inside me. This was enough
to make me happy."
- Harui Murakami
The Book of Joy
by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
We listen to his Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu explore the nature of true joy as confront each of the obstacles of joy — from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness.
by Saint Augustine
The Confessions of Saint Augustine is considered the all time number one Christian classic adn called Augustine's greatest piece of writing. The Confessions are, in fact, an extended poetic, passionate, intimate prayer. Augustine’s experience of God speaks to us across time with little need of revision.
The Science of Mind
by Ernest Holmes
Ernest Holmes's visionary work, based on the teachings of great philosophers, Eastern and Western traditions, and the nature of science, offers a philosophy of religion and psychology emphasizing the touch of Spirit on each person's life, and the limitless potential of the human mind.
Devotional Passages from Hindu Bible
translated by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
Published in 1929, this translation offers mystical passages from the Upanishad, the Gita, and more. From the book: "The one who is beyond time, beyond space, beyond cause and beyond that which follows the cause, knows how to enwrap oneself in a mantle of divine happiness."
Lessons in Truth
by Emilie Cady
Emilie Cady, inspired by the writings or Ralph Waldo Emerson, offers twelve spiritual lessons on faith, affirmations, and the unity of Spirit that guide readers to a metaphysical and practical approach to Christianity.
The Subject Tonight is Love
The fourteenth-century poems of Hafiz are classical poetry about love, wisdom, humor, and kinship with the Divine. This classical piece, translated by Daniel Ladinsky, accesses the mystical, healing dimension of spirituality.
The Tao of Physics
Fritjof Capra brings the mystical implications of subatomic physics to popular consciousness. “Physicists do not need mysticism, and mystics do not need physics - humanity needs both.” It’s a message of timeless importance.
by Mary Oliver
This compilation of a lifetime of work provides an extraordinary invaluable collection of Mary Oliver's passionate, perceptive, and much-treasured observations of the natural world. "It is what I was born for - to instruct myself over and over in joy."
by Kahlil Gibran
The Prophet is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, inspirational. Kahlil Gibran’s work contains 28 chapters covering such topics as love, marriage, children, giving, work, joy and sorrow, reason and passion, friendship, good and evil, prayer, and more.
A Testament of Devotion
by Thomas Kelly
An enduring spiritual classic. Thomas Kelly's writing is a love song to the Divine and an invitation to center our lives on God's presence, to find stillness within modern life, and to discover the satisfying and lasting peace of the inner spiritual journey.
by Paulo Coelho
The mystical story of a shepherd boy who travels in search of a worldly treasure and discovers riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. A tale about the wisdom of listening to our hearts and following our dreams.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou's beloved classic captures the longing of lonely children, the insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Angelou shows how that love for herself, the kindness of others, and the ideas of great authors freed her from a life of imprisonment.
The Purpose Driven Life
by Rick Warren
You are not an accident, says Rick Warren. Even before the Universe was created, God had you in mind and planned you for a great purpose, which extends far beyond the few years you will spend on earth. You were made to last forever!
The Soul is Here for Its Own Joy
by Robert Bly
Robert Bly's collection of spiritual poems celebrates the Divine in beautiful prose. For as long as people have lived together in communities and built enduring cultures, they have sung and written about their relationship with the God or gods they believed in.
The Wisdom Jesus
by Cynthia Bourgeault
In this approach to the Gospels, Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. Cynthia Bourgeault presents an intelligent study of Jesus's vision, and to contemplative practices that take the reader to the heart of the Master Teacher.
Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor Frankl
Called “one of the great books of our time” by Harold Kushner, Viktor Frankl’s riveting account of his time in Nazi concentration camps and his insightful exploration of the human will to find meaning in spite of adversity. This classic book inspires us to find significance in the very act of living.
Life & Teachings of Masters of Far East
by Baird Spalding
Baird Spalding writes of his travels to India and Tibet in 1894 and his contact with "the Great Masters of the Himalayas," who made it clear that, while there is spiritual wisdom to be gleaned from many inspired teachers, the greatest embodiment of the Enlightened state is that of the Christ as personified by Jesus.
The Power of Now
by Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle reminds us to be truly present in our lives, liberated from our past and future. The wisdom of this teaching holds the promise of leading us to our best and highest place within, to resonate with the energy of transformation.
The Coming of the Cosmic Christ
by Matthew Fox
In a passionate discourse of the mystical side of Christianity, Matthew Fox writes of the resurrection of Christ in terms of an earth-based spirituality, the expression of creativity, and the recovery of the feminine aspect of the Divine.