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Look below for a list of some outstanding books, that will open your eyes and expand your horizons. We only list the truly great books personally read by World Beyond members. Satisfaction Guaranteed. The list will grow. Open your mind to some new ideas!

 

 

 
   
   
Osho on Zen by Osho (2001) This 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.  
Darwin's God by Cornelius G. Hunter (2001) Do 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.  
Reincarnation: The Missing Link in Christianity by Elizabeth Clare Prophet (1997) A 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!  
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (1988) A 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.  
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (1997) My 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.  
There are No Accidents by Robert H. Hopcke (1997) If 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.  
Creativity: Unleashing the Forces Within by Osho (1999) This 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.  
Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously by Osho (1999) A 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 here.  
Maturity: The Responsibility of Being Oneself by Osho (1999) A 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.  
Destiny of Souls by Michael Newton, (2000) The 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.  
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene, (1999) This 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.  
Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East
(6 Volumes) by Blair T. Spalding, (1935)
This 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.  
God is a Verb by Rabbi David A. Cooper, (1979) A 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.  
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels, (1979) An 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.  
The Wheel of Time by Carlos Castaneda, (1998) A 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.  
The Lost Teachings of Atlantis by Jon Peniel, (1997)

This 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.

 
The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav, (1990)

One 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."

 
Soul Stories by Gary Zukav, (2000) Zukav's 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.  
Reincarnation by Sylvia Cranston and Carey Williams, (1984) A 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 reference.  
Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss (1988) A 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.  
Journey of Souls by Michael Newton (1994) Also 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 for you.  
Only Love is Real by Brian Weiss, (1997) Weiss 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.  
City of God by E.L. Doctorow, (2000) This 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.  
Reliving Past Lives by Helen Wambach, (1978) A 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.  
Expecting Adam by Martha Beck, (1999) Awesome 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!  
Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh, (1995) A 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 spirituality.  
Many Mansions by Gina Cerminara, (1950) A 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".  
Paths are Many Truth is One by S. G. McKeever, (1998) In 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.  
Secrets From Great Minds by John H. McMurphy, (1991) A 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.  
Past Lives, Future Lives by Bruce Goldberg, (1982) Think 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.  
     
   
 
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