I was recently asked to list my top ten favourite books for someone who was looking to create a Christmas list for herself. She knew I’d read a few (ahem) books over the years, and wanted to know what I would recommend. I listed 15 for her, and realised that others might be interested in some book recommendations too, but for my blog, I have grouped the books into different categories. These ten books are general spiritual books for all aspects of life; I will post book lists specific to creativity and health soon.
I haven’t included any links, I’m not making any money from these recommendations, and I’m pretty sure you can get them all on Amazon.
I’ve written a little story to go with each book, so you might want to grab a cuppa and get comfy!
#1. Heal Your Life – Louise Hay
I have the gift version of this book, it has beautiful illustrations, and makes me feel better just by looking at it! I bought my copy in the Angel’s Garden, an incredible shop in Pensacola, Florida, that is just filled with angelic goodies. The ladies who own it treat you like a part of the family, offering hugs and home-made lemonade to drink while you browse, and then they gift wrap your purchase in crisp white paper and a multitude of rainbow coloured ribbons! Visiting there is always a magical experience. Going back to the book, I loved reading Louise’s story, and there is so much helpful advice in it. It also contains the list from Heal your Body, which I use as a reference often!
#2. Conversations with God (book 1), Friendship with God, Home With God, What God wants. – Neale Donald Walsch.
I couldn’t choose just one of Neale’s books; in truth, I love them all, and having met Neale a couple of years ago, I love them even more knowing that they were written by one of the humblest souls I have ever known. I first read CWG book 1 back in 2007, when I picked up a copy in town, even though I had resistance to the word ‘God’. For many years I had decided I was atheist, as I couldn’t believe in a vengeful, hateful God as portrayed in some religions. I remember reading it and thinking – yes, this is the kind of God I believe exists. I love how Neale uses he/she interchangeably when referring to God, and the banter in the dialogue. I love the play on words God uses and also how some of the concepts are both simultaneously mind-blowing yet blindingly obvious at the same time. My favourite of all his books is Home with God, as it helped me so much with the subject of death.
#3. The 7 Laws of Success – Deepak Chopra
I picked up this book from the library when I lived in New York in 2008. The local library had a huge spiritual/self-help section, and I read a LOT of books while I lived there. I loved the concepts in this book, it’s the kind of book that makes you go – ah ha!! Pretty much every time you read it. It’s short enough to re-read a few times, and every time, you will get something different.
#4. Stillness Speaks – Eckhart Tolle
This was another find in the library in New York, and I remember being blown away by it. Such simple ideas but so incredibly profound and brilliant. I also loved A New Earth – both of these books are ones I could re-read over and over and find new things to amaze me.
#5. The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield
I found this book in 2007, and I remember staying up until the early hours of the morning, unable to put it down because I was completely caught up in the story. It was one of the first Visionary Fiction novels I’d read, and it resonated so deeply with me, that I bought the accompanying experiential guide to explore the concepts more deeply. I went on to read the Tenth Insight (wasn’t as good, I didn’t feel) The Eleventh Insight (loved it) and the Twelfth Insight (was okay). They made a movie based on The Celestine Prophecy, but aside from the last scene, I was a little disappointed in it, I think it should have been made on the scale of Lord of the Rings, not a made for TV style movie.
#6. Embrace Your Magnificence – Fabienne Fredrickson
This is a beautiful book that made me glow just reading it. I downloaded it to my Kindle and read it so quickly, I plan to re-read it again more slowly, just to absorb the words that made me realise that in order to live the life I wish to experience, I need to fully embrace my true magnificence. As do you 🙂
#7. Ten secrets about life every woman should know – Barbara De Angelis
A wonderful Angel friend of mine gave me this book as a gift, and it is similar to Fabienne’s book in that its beautiful words are designed to uplift and fill you with joy, but its structure provides an easy way to remember each point, and to help you apply them to your life. I would recommend this book for both men and women.
#8. Life Colours – Pamala Oslie
I bought this book after participating in a workshop that Pamala held at the Mind Body Spirit Expo in LA in 2013. I was intrigued by her concept that we have aura colours that we are born with, and that these colours can indicate our personality. When I bought the book, she signed it and wrote in the front what colours she could see around me. Then I did the very lengthy quiz at the beginning of the book and found that she was right! When I read the sections on the colours, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud, as they described me perfectly. I also loved the fact that they fit the Earth Angel concept perfectly too.
#9. The Call – Oriah Mountain Dreamer
I found a copy of this in a charity shop, and there was a sentence on the third page that made me laugh but at the same time think – YES that’s exactly how I feel! So I bought it and loved it. Such a huge lesson learnt from this book, which is – stop battling with your reality! Accept what is in the present moment, stop trying to fight it, change it, hate it, ignore it or resent it. Just accept, love and appreciate it. Just that concept alone has changed things for me. I have ordered her other two books – The Invitation and The Dance, and I very much look forward to reading them too!
#10. The Realms of the Earth Angels – Doreen Virtue
I didn’t include this book in the original list, as the lady who asked me for my top ten books is actually a student in my Earth Angel Training Academy classes, so she had already read this book, but it was probably the most instrumental book in getting me onto my own spiritual path, as it helped me to understand myself and what I’m here on this planet to do.
Have you read any of these books? What are your favourite spiritual books? Comment below and share your thoughts about the books with others.