There are so many great spiritual books, I had to do another blog post with book recommendations!
This time I wanted to share some books that can help with your daily spiritual practice. If you are just starting on your journey as a spiritual seeker, it is hard to know where to start. A great place to start practice is with books that have exercises and practices included. The books below all have exercises, prompts, and ideas to focus on for your time of silence, meditation, mindfulness, and prayer. Don’t think you have time to meditate? Take a moment to read a short meditation or use a gatha, which is a short verse, while completing your daily activities. Take a look at these books and learn more about how to develop your spiritual practice even if you don’t have much time. Click here to read Spiritual Books to Open Your Heart & Mind: Books Part 1 if you missed it.
Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul
By Melody Beattie
This book has a new meditation for every day of the year. The mediations are short, beautifully written, and end with a take away from the message and lesson for the day. Even if you don’t have much time to meditate, these are great to read quickly before starting your day to set the tone and/or an intention.
The Power of Naming: A Journey toward Your Soul’s Indigenous Nature
By Melanie Dewberry
This is a gorgeously written and engaging book. At the end of each chapter are exercises to practice the ideas presented in the chapter. Exercises include meditation, journaling, and visualizations to help you integrate the lessons and messages into your experience.
Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit
By Henri Nouwen
In this post-humous book, his students outline Nouwen’s descriptions of movements of the spirit in the journey from the head to the heart. He describes the practices of lectio divina (Divine Reading) and vision divina (Divine Seeing) as ways to enhance our spiritual practices by focusing on texts and images that have spiritual meaning to us. This book also includes exercise for reflection and journaling at the end of each chapter.
Peace is Every Breath
By Thich Nhat Hanh
This book is making an encore appearance here, and for good reason. It’s short chapters are great prompts for silence, prayer, and meditation. In addition, the end of the book includes gathas, which are short verses designed to assist you in focusing on and being mindful during your daily tasks. He includes gathas for just about everything you might be doing during the day, including brushing your teeth, getting dressed, and cleaning, just to name a few. Gathas can be memorized and/or written in places where you can see them every day. These are great practices for people who think they don’t have time for mindfulness and meditation.