Spiritual Books to Open You Heart and Mind: Part 1

I love to read!

The author seems to be speaking to you; sharing their wisdom and insights with you. We have access to their beautiful words as their gift to us even if they have long since passed away. I am starting with just a few titles and will add more in upcoming articles. I read these books again and again and refer back to for insights and guidance. Also, I have a LONG list of books that I plan to read and/or are in process of reading that I can highlight in the future. I tend to read two or three books throughout the day; I have morning readings, day readings, and readings that I do at night before bed provided I don’t fall asleep! Needless to say, it takes me a while sometimes to finish a book. Once I do though, I will be sure to share the ones I will add to my list of go-to spiritual books. I hope these books provide you with comfort, guidance, and inspiration as they have done for me!

What are your favorite, go-to spiritual books? Click here to head over to my Facebook page and share your favorite titles in the comments! My list of books I want to read is long, though I am always looking to add more! Happy reading!

Spiritual Books to Open Your Heart & Mind!

The Autobiography of a Yogi
by Paramahansa Yogananda

What struck me after reading this book is that Yagananda lived his life completely guided by spirit. To me, he is an example of being comfortable with mystery and completely open to Divine guidance. This is an entertaining read, in which he shares about his life and the interesting people he met along the way. He is no longer with us and it is truly a gift that he shared the story and experiences of his life. Paramahansa Yogananda was founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship and teacher of yoga, meditation, and the universal truths underlying all religions.

Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness & Grace
By Angel Kyodo Williams
This book contains clear and easy to understand explanations of Buddhist philosophy and practice. She provides detailed descriptions about how to meditate, including postures and how to still the mind from distractions. Angel Kyodo Williams is a Zen priest and founder of urban PEACE. She is a leader for Transformative Social Change which applies inner awareness practice to social change.

 

Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life
By Henri Nouwen

This book is a compilation of unpublished works and was written posthumous by students of Henri Nouwen. This book gives practices on how to determine the Divine guidance that is all around you. This book also includes Henri Nouwen’s writings about how silence, community, time and many other factors influence the process of how you are Divinely guided. Henri Nouwen was a Catholic priest, professor, and active in numerous causes related to social justice.

 

The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See
By Richard Rohr
In this book, Richard Rohr writes about how to dwell in the present and address dualistic thinking. He offers simple practices that strip away fear and ego. These practices can be great prompts to prayer and meditation at the beginning and/or end of the day. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

Peace is Every Step
Peace is Every Breath
By Thich Nhat Hanh
This is a bonus two for one! Thich Nhat Hanh is a world-renowned Zen master and spiritual leader whose teachings on mindfulness and meditation are both beautiful and accessible. He teaches you how to apply mindfulness techniques to every day, seemingly mundane tasks. He also includes insights, stories, meditations, exercise that can be easily applied to the busiest lives. Both of these books are great for morning and/or evening reading, because they are broken down into short and easy to read sections. These short sections are wonderful to use as prompts for prayer and meditation.