on Zen by Osho (2001)
is an extremely simple, yet profound book. One of the best explanations
of "Zen" that I've ever come across. This may be the last
book you ever need to read about religion or spirituality. I believe
the beginning of the end of your journey can be found within its pages.
God by Cornelius G. Hunter (2001)
you wonder about how this world was created? Have you been told evolution
is a fact? This excellent, scientific study points out some serious
flaws in the "Theory" of Evolution. The bottom line
is, Evolutionists, from Darwin to his modern apologists, all use metaphysics
to help substantiate their theories. Their concepts of God affect
their thinking and influence their explanations. Evolution is a theory,
backed up by some physical observations, but there are certainly other
possibilities. Read this book to find out more.
The Missing Link in Christianity by Elizabeth Clare Prophet (1997)
scholarly treatment of the subject of reincarnation and the role it
played in Christian doctrine throughout the ages. Similar in vein
to "The Gnostic Gospels" listed below. This thought provoking
book can be the jumping-off point for many other lines of research.
If you're a Christian, but are sceptical about the concept of reincarnation,
read this book!
Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (1988)
wonderful story about a boy on a journey to find his treasure. A very
entertaining book for people of all ages. Would be excellent for teenagers
searching for their purpose in life. There are many insights into
life, love and the universe. A link to some excerpts
is available on any of the quotations pages on this website.
Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (1997)
wife gave me this book for Christmas and it is simply fantastic. It's
extremely short and offers four simple ideas for transforming your
life. The agreements are based on ancient Toltec wisdom. If you've
read any Castaneda, this book explains many of his ideas in a much
simpler format. If we all strive to follow these ideals, the world
will be a much better place to live. If you only read one book this
year, make this the one.
are No Accidents by Robert H. Hopcke (1997)
you believe in the concept of synchronicity, or just want to find
out more about it, read this book. The author has researched many
stories that exemplify the concept in a wide variety of settings.
It's a heartwarming book and may shed some light into synchronistic
events in your life.
Unleashing the Forces Within by Osho (1999)
is a great book! You can find out more about Osho by looking at our
discussion page. There's also information available at Amazon.com
if you decide to order this book. Say what you will about his lifestyle
(he received a lot of bad press while living in the U.S.) but his
wisdom is clearly evident in his books. This one is about creativity,
but is also a wonderful philosophy of life. This book and the two
that follow are short, but packed with wisdom. Take some time to explore
the teachings of this great man.
The Joy of Living Dangerously by Osho (1999)
second book available by Osho. I'm planning on giving a copy to all
of my teenage nieces and nephews. It deals with choosing your path
in life, not one others want for you, but the best path for yourself.
It's not only for teenagers, but for thinking about why we're really
The Responsibility of Being Oneself by Osho (1999)
third book by Osho. More wonderful teachings on how to live a happy
life. I find myself agreeing with his many observations, on money,
love, sex, religion and spirituality. This book is geared more toward
the process of life and growing more mature as we age. Several stimulating
pages on the concept of growing vertically, not just horizontally.
of Souls by Michael Newton, (2000)
latest book by this author, a licensed counselor and hypnotherapist,
who uses over 60 case studies to help us understand our eternal potential,
and what goes on in the spirit world. Take the author's advice, read
the book and incorporate those parts that make sense into your belief
system. I think you'll find most of it not only makes sense, but speaks
to your heart as well.
Elegant Universe by Brian Greene, (1999)
is a scientific, rather than spiritual book, but I've always found
the mysteries of the universe to be spiritual, even if approached
from a scientific point of view. The book explains, in fairly easy
to understand terms, the relatively new "superstring theory"
which attempts to unify the theories of general relativity and quantum
mechanics. The beauty is that many of his ideas tie into the "new
age" concept of vibrational levels affecting the universe.
and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East
(6 Volumes) by Blair T. Spalding, (1935)
series of books, more than any of the others on this list, tie together
Eastern and Western spiritual thought. Mr. Spalding participated in
an expedition to the Himalayas. I recommend the first three books,
which chronicle the physical and spiritual journeys of the expedition,
and the miraculous lives of the Far Eastern Masters. The books are
easy to read, and full of spiritual insights that can be read again
and again. If you really wish to understand the role of Jesus Christ
in the world, you simply must read these books.
is a Verb by Rabbi David A. Cooper, (1979)
wonderful book, full of insight and marvelous perspective. Discusses
the Kabbalah and mystical Judaism. Presents an approach to God and
living sure to improve any person's situation. Full of superb stories
that enhance understanding. The last chapters provide concrete steps
to live a better life. Highly recommended.
Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels, (1979)
outstanding, brief look at the origins of Christianity based on the
Gnostic texts found at Nag Hammadi. The author does a wonderful job
comparing the development of the Catholic church as it confronts and
eventually triumphs over the "heretical" views of the Gnostics.
See how a very different type of Christianity, emphasizing the spiritual
experience could have developed.
Wheel of Time by Carlos Castaneda, (1998)
compendium of quotation's from Castaneda's first eight books. An excellent
condensed version of his interesting and unique view of spirituality.
In addition to wonderful quotations, there are commentaries on the
background of his earlier works. If you're interested in Castaneda,
or just a fresh opinion on things, give this quick read a try.
Lost Teachings of Atlantis by Jon Peniel, (1997)
book describes a personal journey made to an ancient Tibetan monastery
where the author was taught spiritual concepts that through the
centuries formed the basis of today's world religions. In a nutshell,
the basis of the "lost teachings" boils down to two things: first,
we all must really live the golden rule (love one another unselfishly);
and second, we all must overcome our separate, selfish consciousness
and become one with the universal consciousness (or God). Check
the messages section of our website for a more detailed description.
Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav, (1990)
of the most insightful books I've ever read. Part of the inspiration
behind this website. In the words of the author, "for those
who love to experiment with life, and to decide for themselves what
works and what does not...The message of The Seat of the Soul is
this: The purpose of our journey on this precious Earth is now to
align our personalities with our souls. It is to create harmony,
cooperation, sharing, and reverence for life. It is to grow spiritually."
by Gary Zukav, (2000)
latest book, a Seat of the Soul "lite". Many of the
same principles from Seat explained in smaller "bite-size"
chunks. Plus additional principles explained. Highly recommended.
by Sylvia Cranston and Carey Williams, (1984)
must-read for anyone wanting to learn more about the validity of reincarnation.
A scholarly look at the subject from both a religious and scientific
point of view. Religious viewpoints include Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish,
and Christian. Will open up many other pathways of discovery. An excellent
Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss (1988)
well-known clinical psychiatrist has his world turned upside down
when a patient under hypnosis regresses not to early childhood, but
to past lives. Weiss discovers past life regression not only "cures"
his patient, but has provides him with many personal insights as well.
A wonderful book for those with a skeptical, scientific mind.
of Souls by Michael Newton (1994)
using hypnotic regression, Dr. Newton looks not just at previous lives
but at the state between lives to discover the status of souls between
incarnations. Great insight about our tremendous potential. His writings
tie in quite well with those of Dr. Weiss and Gary Zukav. If you want
to know what goes on in the "spirit world" this is the book
Love is Real by Brian Weiss, (1997)
gradually realizes that two of his patients are "soul-mates"
who shared several previous lives together, and are each missing that
special someone. How he assists them while confronting the delicate
issue of patient confidentiality makes for a wonderful read.
of God by E.L. Doctorow, (2000)
has to be among the best contemporary novels written. A wonderful
look at science and religion today. Get inside the minds of a physicist
in awe of creation, a Presbyterian Priest dealing with a crisis of
faith, and various views of what it means to be Jewish. You won't
want to put it down.
Past Lives by Helen Wambach, (1978)
well-researched scientific study. This psychologist documents evidence
of past lives derived through hypnosis of over 2,000 individuals.
Not long on personal stories, but the aggregate data correlates well
with historical data.
Adam by Martha Beck, (1999)
autobiographical account of a woman's life-changing pregnancy. A Harvard
graduate student gains new spiritual perspective when she discovers
her second child will be born with Down's syndrome. My wife says this
review doesn't do the book justice. Strongly Recommended!
Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh, (1995)
world-renowned Vietnamese Buddhist monk writes on what it really means
to be a Buddhist or Christian today. He discusses similarities between
the two religions. He includes many wonderful ideas to increase individual
Mansions by Gina Cerminara, (1950)
very thorough discussion on reincarnation based on the copious psychic
readings given by the renowned Edgar Cayce. The ideas gleaned from
Cayce's work pre-date similar findings presented by Weiss and Wambach.
The book also includes a brief, well-written account of the interesting
life of the so-called "sleeping prophet".
are Many Truth is One by S. G. McKeever, (1998)
this relatively short book, McKeever writes on numerous themes common
to all major religions and includes key teachings from Hinduism, Judaism,
Buddhism, Islam, Taoism and Christianity. Well-researched and well-written.
From Great Minds by John H. McMurphy, (1991)
look at self-improvement from a more academic perspective. McMurphy
has researched many "Great Minds", from Aristotle to Emerson
to DaVinci to Gandhi. The book is full of wonderful quotes (some of
which appear on our quotations pages) and great insight on how we
can tap into our true potential. The back of the book contains great
meditation and creativity exercises.
Lives, Future Lives by Bruce Goldberg, (1982)
you know all there is to know about reincarnation and karma? Here's
a book that will definitely stretch your thinking. More case studies
from a hypnotherapist who's conducted thousands of past life regressions
and future life progressions. Yes, future lives! I thought the idea
was completely ridiculous at first, but it starts to make sense if
you think about it. An easy-to-read, exciting book.