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Best 30 Books on Spiritual Enlightenment

List Of The Best 30 Books on Spiritual Enlightenment:

#1 Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives by Dan Millman

”Way of the Peaceful Warrior” is a part-fictional, part-autobiographical book based upon the early life of the author Dan Millman. The story essentially chronicles Dan Millman’s story through life to evolve himself into a Peaceful Warrior, with all the powerful lessons that he’s learning from Socrates.

#2 Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa

”Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism” is a book which is addressing many common pitfalls of self-deception in seeking spirituality, that the author coins as spiritual materialism.

“There are numerous sidetracks which lead to a distorted, ego-centered version of spirituality; we can deceive ourselves into thinking we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques. This fundamental distortion may be referred to as spiritual materialism.” – Chögyam Trungpa

#3 Emptiness Dancing by Adyashanti

Adyashanti is an American-born spiritual teacher who is devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. In this book, Adyashanti invites you to wake up to the essence of what you are, through the natural and spontaneous opening of the heart, mind, and body.

#4 Being Upright by Reb Anderson

“Being Upright” is a thorough and clear book about an important, but sometimes a neglected aspect of Zen – the precepts.

#5 Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is one of the most experienced meditation teachers in the United States. In this book, she talks about happiness.

#6 White Fire: Spiritual Insights and Teachings of Advaita Zen Master Mooji by Mooji

Mooji is an internationally renowned sage who points us directly to the imperishable Truth in the most beautiful and vibrant ways. ”White Fire” is a collection of Mooji’s essential spiritual teachings compressed into pill form.

#7 The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker

”The Denial of Death” is a 1973 work of philosophy and psychology by Ernest Becker, in which Ernest Becker builds on the works of Sigmund Freud, Søren Kierkegaard, Otto Rank, and Norman O. Brown.

#8 365 Science of Mind: A Year of Daily Wisdom From Ernest Holmes by Ernest Holmes

Ernest Holmes was the founder of the worldwide Religious Science Movement. The book proposes a science with a new relationship between humans and God.

#9 Nature and the Human Soul by Bill Plotkin

”Nature and the Human Soul” describes the benefits and challenges of the eight nature-and-soul-centered stages of life.

#10 The Seat of the Soul: An Inspiring Vision of Humanity’s Spiritual Destiny by Gary Zukav

In this book, Zukav takes you on a penetrating exploration of the new phase that humanity has entered: one where cooperation, harmony, sharing and reverence for life become more important than the ability to control and manipulate.

”The Seat of the Soul” is a No 1 bestseller and has sold millions of copies around the globe.

#11 The Spoken Words of Spirit: Lessons from the Other Side by Jim Fargiano

”The Spoken Words of Spirit” is a must-read for anyone trying to connect to a more passionate and direct avenue to their permanent happiness.

#12 The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama

”The Art of Happiness” is a book by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, a psychiatrist who posed questions to the 14th Dalai Lama.

#13 Embodied Enlightenment: Living Your Awakening in Every Moment by Amoda Maa Jeevan and John Welwood

In ”Embodied Enlightenment,” Amoda Maa Jeevan dispels the outdated view of a transcendent enlightenment and instead presents a feminine expression of awakened consciousness for all.

#14 The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment by Adyashanti

”The End of Your World” is Adyashanti’s response to a growing need for direction on the spiritual path.

#15 The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan W. Watts

In this book, Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the philosophy of Vedanta.

#16 Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh

In this book, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations which commonly pressure and antagonize us.

#17 The Enlightenment in America by Henry May

In ”The Enlightenment in America,” Henry May treats the Enlightenment as a ‘religion’, even though many of its leading proponents opposed organized religion.

#18 What the F#@k is Enlightenment? by Kamaria G. Powell

In this book, Kamaria encourages you to embrace your own spiritual identity no matter how unorthodox it may seem.

#19 Mindfulness Living in the Moment – Living in the Breath  by Amit Ray

In ”Mindfulness Living in the Moment,” Dr. Ray explores mindfulness as the source of inspiration and inner peace.

#20 A Guide to the Present Moment by Noah Elkrief

This book will help you lose the sense of lack in your life and experience peace in situations which used to be filled with stress and anxiety.

#21 The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi by Ramana Maharshi

This is a collection of Sri Ramana’s instructions and discourses culled from 3 works – Spiritual Instructions, Who Am I?, and Maharshi’s Gospel.

#22 The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

”The Untethered Soul” begins by walking you through your relationship with your emotions and thoughts, helping you uncover the source and fluctuations of your inner energy.

#23 Ultimate Journey by Robert A. Monroe

”Ultimate Journey” presents us with a map of the “interstate” – the route that opens to us when we leave our physical lives, with their entry and exit ramps, their signposts, and their hazards.

#24 The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have by Mark Nepo

In this book, Mark Nepo speaks of spirit and friendship, urging readers to stay in love with this life, no matter the hardships.

#25 Mindful Recovery: A Spiritual Path to Healing from Addiction by Thomas Bien Ph.D. and Beverly Bien M.Ed.

This book provides practical exercises which will help us to develop conscious awareness and inner understanding, and the ways and means to free us from addictions, habits, and unconscious behavior patterns.

#26 Be As You Are by Ramana Maharshi

The simple but powerful teachings of Maharshi, one of India’s most revered spiritual masters, continue to enlighten and enrich over 60 years after his death.

#27 Embraced by the Divine: The Emerging Woman’s Gateway to Power, Passion and Purpose by Michelle Mayur

This is the perfect inspirational book to manifest your dreams and to fully embrace your life purpose at the highest level.

#28 Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed

”Reclaim Your Heart” is not just a self-help book. It is a manual about the journey of the heart in and out of the ocean of this life.

#29 I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj by Nisargadatta Maharaj

”I Am That” preserves Sri Nisargadatta Maharas’ dialogs with the followers who came from around the world seeking guidance in destroying false identities.

#30 Reflections: Handbook for Spiritual Awakening by Stephen Shaw

“Reflections” offers mystical words for guidance, meditation, and contemplation.


Friday 31st of March 2023

Thanks for the list!! Another great on that was published last year and I only JUST finished - Seeking Enlightenment in the Age of Awakening by Rose Rosetree.

It really built upon so much else I had read and learned before.