Spiritual Reading List

< Back To The Library   (Wait, aren’t I in the library?)

My Spiritual Library

 

There are so many great books out there on spirituality, personal growth, relationships and consciousness and I’ve read a lot of them.  The list below includes my here are my personal favorites with a little bit about why I love each book or author.

Book - Sentaura Emergence

Sentaura Emergence : Unveiling The Light Within
Co-authored by Steve Bell
Available March 22, 2024

Undoubtedly this is a bit of a homer pick, but as co-author of this book, I felt like I needed to include it.

I recently completed a certification to become a Sentaura Healer, a modality I use regularly in my healing sessions.

As part of the process, I was invited to share my experience in this book.  If you’re interested in a behind-the-scenes look at what my own healing and growth process looks like, you can read about it here.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz book cover

The Four Agreements
by Don Miguel Ruiz

This is the first spiritual book I ever read, and I still consider it one of the best.

In this book, Don Miguel Ruiz,  lays out four simple rules that if implemented, can truly change your life:  Be impeccable with your word, Don’t take anything personally, Don’t make assumptions, and Always do your best.

We can sometimes make the mistake of overlooking simplicity on the spiritual path, this book proves that’s not a very wise thing to do.  🙂

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

The Untethered Soul
by Michael Singer

If I were asked to recommend one single spiritual book, it would be this one.  In it, Michael Singer, provides a beautiful explanation of the spiritual path, what it means, and why we are on it.  It’s simple, practical, useful and makes a whole lot of sense.

This book ignited my spiritual journey over a decade ago, and I still lean on the metaphors he uses in this book to describe the often insane behaviors we humans utilize in an attempt to protect ourselves from emotional injury.

Radical Acceptance - Embracing your life with the heart of a buddha - by Tara Brach

Radical Acceptance
by Tara Brach

Radical Acceptance is a classic in spiritual literature, and for good reason.

Tara Brach lays out the tools of mindfulness practices and meditation as a core spiritual practice, aimed at bringing ourselves home as well as giving a number of really beautiful meditation and inquiry practices.

I find myself picking this book up every few years, and each time it unfolds into something new and beautiful.

All for Love - The Transformative Power of Holding Space by Matt Kahn

All For Love
by Matt Kahn

I’m a big fan of Matt Kahns, all the way back to his early YouTube days.  And I found this book transformational.  It felt like it reached so much beyond the teachings of holding space.

I found it deeply insightful as to why we tend to do the things we do, as he does a great job at helping us point the lens back toward ourselves.  And with all Matt’s work, you can feel the loving energy in the transmission of his words.

Channeled books by Paul Selig

The Channeled Teachings of Paul Selig
by Paul Selig

Paul Selig is a spiritual channel and has released a series of books that contain messages channeled from his guides dating back to 2010.

I’ve been reading Paul’s work since he started publishing, and each time I do, I feel the power of the transmissions in my physical and energy bodies.

While all are aimed at guiding us to our ultimate spiritual truth, the teachings in each book tend to build on each other.  That said, if you’re new to Paul’s work and intrigued, you could jump in with any of his latest trilogies.

Belonging - Remembering Ourselves Home by Toko-pa Turner book cover

Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home
by Toko-pa Turner

In this fractured, modern world we live in, you may be hard-pressed to find a topic more relevant and important than belonging.

Toko-pa Turner is a Sufi, a teacher of belonging and of the dream world, and in this book, she poetically weaves them all.  Through a somewhat biographical work, she beautifully walks us through the pain of unbelonging, how that feels and the impact it has on us, and then lays out a beautiful framework for belonging to ourselves, our families and communities, and the world.

This book was moving, and deeply profound and at the same time very practical.

 

Book Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg

Nonviolent Communication
by Marshall B. Rosenberg

I felt like I knew a lot about communication, even if I wasn’t always perfect in my implementation.  This book taught me otherwise.

I found this book so impactful that after completing it, I immediately invited my wife to listen to it with me, and got a lot from it the second time around.

Communication is essential.  This book is an outstanding guide.

 

Mating In Captivity by Esther Perel book cover

Mating In Captivity : Unlocking Erotic Intelligence
by Esther Perel

Esther Perel is brilliant.  If I could work with anyone in the world, it might be Esther.

In this book, she lays out the interesting contradiction between safety and eroticism that explains why certain relationships lose their eros as they become familiar and comfortable.  She also details ways we can grow our erotic intelligence to foster healthy, fulfilling and exciting relationships.

Any time you have a chance to read or listen to Esther, I highly recommend you do it.  🙂

The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller book cover

The Drama Of The Gifted Child
by Alice Miller

Almost every one of us requires some sort of family-of-origin work, but we may not be entirely clear on what exactly we should do.

Is it helpful to be frustrated at the mistakes our parents made?  Does blaming them simply maintain an excuse for our behaviors?  Should we just forgive them and try to look at the positive aspects of what we did receive?

Alice Miller’s book profoundly altered the way I look at the questions above, and the steps needed to face, feel and overcome the challenges experienced in childhood, so we can be healthier, happier adults.

Carlos Castaneda book series

The Teachings of Don Juan
by Carlos Castaneda

Carlos Castaneda was an anthropologist who was interested in learning about medicinal plants and stumbled upon a brilliant teacher named Don Juan Matus, who took him under his wing and taught him everything he knew.

Some believe these stories are fabricated, and I would say it doesn’t matter if they are – they offer a magical and wild glimpse into the world of shamanism, woven with teachings relevant to all human life.

While there’s a whole series of these books, I find myself reading and rereading books 2, 3 and 4.

A Story Waiting To Pierce You by Peter Kingsley

A Story Waiting To Pierce You
by Peter Kingsley

Peter Kingsley is a spiritual teacher and mystic whose work centers on ancient Greece, the founders of our modern Western civilization.

Beyond an interesting story, this book is full of priceless teachings on the way of the arrow carriers and their method of healing.

I came across this book early in my days of shamanic initiation and mentoring and was truly pierced by it.

The Unfolding Now by A.H. Almaas book cover

The Teachings Of A.H. Almaas
by A.H. Almaas

I’m a big fan of A.H. Almaas’ work.  I chose The Unfolding Now as the image for this section, but I could have chosen several other titles just as easily.  Almaas is a mystic and spiritual teacher, and founder of The Diamond Approach.

His direct experience in realms of consciousness is very advanced, and his teachings reflect that.  So I may not suggest this as a place to start your spiritual journey, but for those with greater spiritual understanding, his teachings are quite profound.

Born To Run by Christopher McDougall book cover

Born To Run
by Christopher McDougall

Ok, ok… This one doesn’t directly have much to do with spirituality.  But reading this book was practically a spiritual experience for me.  I can’t overhear someone saying something about running without immediately asking them if they’ve read this book. 

And the truth is it doesn’t matter if you are a runner or not, it’s just a brilliant story.  So it had to make the list.  🙂