Books are powerful tools used to convey the emotions of the author to their readers. Literature is one of the oldest human art forms. Books can inspire us, entertain us, and motivate us to make changes in our lives. When it comes to recovery, we’re constantly looking for the next thing to help us on our journey. Since recovery calls for us to maintain a level of spirituality, we may find that we struggle in this particular aspect. Reading spirituality books is an awesome and effective way you may circumvent some of your difficulty with the spirituality aspect of the program. They can also reinvigorate your spiritual life or take it to the next level. If spirituality books are right up your alley, you may want to check out these 10 to help you on your journey to recovery and a better life in general.
The Power of Now
Perhaps one of the most popular spirituality books in recent years, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment is a 2009 book by Eckhart Tolle. The premise of the book is to be a guide on day-to-day living and stresses the importance of living in the present moment and avoiding thoughts of the past and future. Much like recovery, The Power of Now puts great emphasis on how crucial staying in the moment is for both spiritual and mental health. Combining the spiritual principles borrowed from Buddhism, Catholicism, and Zen practices, it’s a great read regarding spirituality as opposed to religion.
Another powerful addition to your collection of spirituality books would be The Secret, a 2006 self-help novel written by Rhonda Byrne. It gained an intense following when it was included on Oprah Winfrey’s Book List. The book talks mostly about the law of attraction, which essentially claims that one’s thoughts can directly impact the world around them. By thinking something, negative or positive in nature, it can materialize in your life. The book also includes a three-step process to change your life known as ask, believe, receive.
The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success
Next up on our list of spirituality books is The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, published in 1994 by author Deepak Chopra. Another self-help book, it’s primarily inspired by Hinduist concepts and preaches the ideation that success is not the outcome of hard work but of our basic nature as humans and how to follow the laws of nature. By doing so, everything we want in life can be created.
One of the classic spirituality books, Siddhartha was originally released in 1922 by Hermann Hesse. Written more like a work of fiction, it dictates the spiritual journey of a man Siddhartha during the time of Buddha. As Siddhartha makes his way through the world searching for enlightenment, he learns the true meaning of life.
Eat, Pray, Love
Another recent addition to the list of spirituality books, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia is a memoir published in 2006 by Elizabeth Gilbert. Gilbert recounts her trek around the world after her emotional divorce and shares what she discovered along the way. She learns what spirituality means to her during her trip to India.
Anatomy of The Spirit
Another Oprah Winfrey favorite, the Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing is one of the spirituality books published by Caroline Myss in 1996. It incorporates the synthesis of three spiritual traditions on the human energy system. Myss demonstrates the results of over fifteen years of research on energy medicine as a pathway to spontaneous physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. This book is perfect for any spirituality seekers who find themselves hopeless planted in logistical thinking. Combining science and spirituality seamlessly, the author explains their intricate relationship to one other.
A Return to Love
Published in 1992 by Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles is yet another one of the spirituality books on Oprah’s list. In fact, it was one of the first to be endorsed by Winfrey. The main theme of the book is that applying love to any situation can bring us the inner peace we are so desperate for. By accepting God and love into our lives, we can make our own lives far more fulfilling and create a better world for others as well.
The Celestine Prophecy
James Redfield originally published the novel in 1993, it is both a work of fiction and one of the most profound spirituality books of our time. It combines the ideations of Ancient Eastern traditions as well as New Age spirituality. The protagonist of the novel undergoes a journey to find and comprehend nine spiritual insights from an ancient manuscript in Peru. The book chronicles the character’s spiritual awakening through the process. Although it is technically a work of fiction, the book preaches that coincidences have a personal meaning to those who experience them. It also notes how the world is currently undergoing “an enormous shift in consciousness.”
One Breath at a Time
Of all the spirituality books on this list, this one specifically correlates to recovery. In Kevin Griffin’s 2004 One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps, the book is a memoir of the author’s journey into recovery. He explains recovery perfectly in correlation to Buddhist teachings and practices and how the religion itself can be actively used in recovery while working your program. As a recovering addict himself, it gives the book a really authentic feel to the reader and relies more on personal experience than theory.
Why Science Does Not Disprove God
The tenth and final book on our list, Why Science Does Not Disprove God was published in 2014 by Amir D. Aczel. This is one of my personal favorites when it comes to spirituality books. In the book, Aczel addresses the flawed logic in Atheism and cites a multitude of scientific references from ancient to modern times that can actually strengthen the argument of a Higher Power as opposed to nullifying it. As someone who struggled greatly with the concept of spirituality when I first entered recovery, this book puts advanced theories and ideations in a palpable form and presents a compelling argument against the traditional school of thought that the advent of modern science disproves the existence of “God”,
Whether you’re an avid reader or not, these spirituality books can be a great addition to your current program of recovery. Recovery is a journey of self-discovery and is based solely on the concept of a spiritual, not religious program. As we grow in the program, so does our concept of spirituality. If you’re interested in expanding your mind, give these books a look!
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