This list is the best of the best . . . my all-time favorite books.

These books have moved me, opened me up, amazed me, thrilled me, and helped me to feel something profound.

Every book here was an excellent investment in myself, and they have all inspired me to take the next step in personal development. They are uplifting and empowering, and I am grateful for having found them. Therefore, I am happy to give them my highest recommendation.

They are listed in no particular order . . .

The Journey Home: A Kryon Parable, The Story of Michael Thomas and the Seven Angels – by Lee Carroll. Here’s an excellent way to remind yourself of important spiritual principles and perhaps, learn some new ones. It’s an adventure story with uplifting lessons woven throughout. Easy to read – hard to put down.

The Parables of Kryon – by Lee Carroll. A collection of several more stories similar to “The Journal Home” in that the spiritual principles are woven within simple and fun stories. These parables are an excellent way to introduce profound truths to children or people newly interested in spiritual matters. They are also inspiring for those who have been interested in such things for awhile.

Lifting the Veil: The New Energy Apocalypse (Kryon) – by Lee Carroll. This is the eleventh book in the series. I appreciate these books because of how they make me feel. Kryon’s message is one of love, hope and good-will. His style is one of deep appreciation and honoring those of us who are living in this age of the expansion of consciousness. There are scientific references that are fascinating as well as keen insight into current events from the vantage point of a broader perspective. I have read all eleven of the books in this series and all of them were full of insight and inspiration.

The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham – by Esther and Jerry Hicks. This is an excellent primer on the Law of Attraction. Clear and concise, this is the original source for ideas that have spread around the world in recent years.

Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires – by Esther and Jerry Hicks. It continues where “The Law of Attraction” book left off with more in-depth coverage of these powerful, empowering ideas. It also includes 22 processes to help achieve goals. These are effective to help put into practice all the wonderful ideas presented in the first part of the book.

The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent: Living the Art of Allowing – by Esther and Jerry Hicks. More of the best writing I’ve found explaining how things work. On the back cover, Dr. Wayne Dyer calls it “masterful teachings from the great masters of the universe.” In a seminar, publisher Louise Hay said it was the “cleanest” manuscript she had ever seen. That is, no editing was required. I noticed how clear and eloquently every idea was expressed. This book is a study in the art of clear communication and the optimum use of language. To really get a handle on these life-changing principles, I recommend you get all three of these books by Esther and Jerry Hicks. They are so rich and dense with useable information, you can read them every couple of years and get new understanding with every reading.

The Secret – by Rhonda Byme. The author did a commendable job of pulling together empowering information and presenting it in a manner that is accessible to anyone. This book spawned a video by the same name that has been a huge success in exposing millions of people to powerful ideas like the Law of Attraction. The video includes interviews with some of today’s most brilliant philospohers, scientists, and teachers. It’s well-edited so that the ideas are woven together by this diverse collection of articulate teachers who have used “The Secret” (the Law of Attraction) for many years. Their presentations are inspiring. Hearing the message expressed by so many different personalities in so many different ways helps to really “get it” – the message sinks in a little more each time you watch the video. Be sure to watch the special features and deleted sequence. If you are able to find the original edition of the video, it includes Esther Hicks (Abraham), and it is a much more powerful presentation, in my opinion. In the second edition, that footage is gone. Overall, the production is a little over the top with the whispering and the historical histrionics, but I can easily overlook that since I understand the purpose of it is to make the information appealing to the masses. If you haven’t seen this ground-breaking video yet, by all means get it – it’s making history all over the world. Share it with the people you care about. It’s a good way to intoduce these powerful personal development ideas to people who are just beginning to become interested in such things. “The Secret” DVD may turn out to be one of the most important tools ever produced to educate and insire people to take responsibility for their lives and create the life of their dreams. The Secret (Extended Edition)- video DVD.

Siddhartha – by Herman Hesse. The spirituality of the East and West meets in this classic novel. It’s the story of a soul’s long quest for the answers to life’s biggest questions. The name “Siddhartha” is often used to refer to the Buddha and this timeless story is often thought of as one possible road on the tumultuous journey toward “Buddhahood.” Inspiring, simple and heart-warming.

Journey Of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives – Michael Newton PH.D. The author has devoted his life to perfecting his techniques of hypnotic regression to explore the “time” we spend as souls between our physical lives. With countless uncanny similarities between the thousands of regression sessions, this book offers an eye-opening account of on-going life. There are lots of answers here and many details of how it feels to die, what you see immediately after death, spiritual guides, reincarnation and much more. This was truly a ground-breaking book revealing much about the mystery of life in the spirit world.

I found the information in this book to be very inspiring and validating. However, one point needs clarification, according to my present understanding. It’s a matter of semantics. Throughout the book, the author speaks of “our” soul, which infers someone else who “has” a soul. That viewpoint infers that, who we really are, must be flesh and blood bodies who “have” a soul. Instead, a more accurate viewpoint may be that who we really are . . . is soul . . . and, as souls, we occupy a body. We are spiritual beings having a human experience, rather than physical beings who occasionally have spiritual experiences. This viewpoint is reinforced by the information in this book. If you’re ready to expand your horizons on the questions of life after death and the details of how the spirit world functions, this is the book for you.

Destiny of Souls: New Case Studies of Life Between Lives – Michael Newton PH.D. This continues with more in-depth looks at life between lives. There are 67 more case studies presented here illustrating points the author has found in common through his lifetime of this fascinating work. Both of these books are an inspiring and validating glimpse into the heart of the spirit world.

The Prophet – by Kahlil Gibran. Gibran was a poet, philosopher and artist who lived from 1883 to 1931. He considered “The Prophet” his masterpiece and millions of readers all around the world have agreed. The Chicago Post said, “If there is a man or woman who can read this book without a quiet acceptance of a great man’s philosophy and a singing in the heart as of music born within, that man or woman is indeed dead to life and truth.” The book is a collection of short poetic essays on important aspects of life, including love, marriage, work, joy and sorrow, laws, freedom, pain, friendship, time, pleasure and much more. The words of this timeless book have been recited in countless weddings around the world, including ours.

The Spiritual Notebook – by Paul Twitchell. This author wrote dozens of books on a spiritual understanding based on soul travel — the ability of souls to explore other areas of reality beyond the physical world. His ideas grew into a present day religion called Eckankar. I have read all his books and this is one of my favorites. His work was definitely an important catalyst to help me continue looking inward for personal truth, spiritual experiences and understanding.

Tigers Fang – by Paul Twitchell. This is the account of a spiritual journey taken by the author while accompanied by his guide through the many “levels of heaven.” It’s a wild ride and a good opportunity to open up your mind to possibilities way beyond the current understanding and expectations of spirituality.

The Complete Conversations with God (Boxed Set) – by Neale Donald Walsch. Hard questions and blunt answers. Very inspiring and encouraging. The author has had an on-going dialog with God for many years (through a kind of “automatic writing”) and managed to capture it all so we can eavesdrop. The tone is sincere with no pulled punches. The author is very generous with the reader in his willingness to share the details of some of his more painful moments and the answers that came as a result. There are several more books available now in this innovative series, but the three included in this box set were the beginning of the dialog and do a fine job of answering hundreds of questions all of us would love to ask.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – by Eckhart Tolle. There are lots of books on the market these days offering spiritual insight, but my impression is this is definitely a voice of authority. To me, the author comes off as someone who walks his talk and knows his stuff from the inside out. His words ring as truth like few books I have ever read.

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose – by Eckhart Tolle. More from the “voice of authority” as mentioned above. This book deals with how we can take a quantum leap in consciousness on a global level by moving beyond our ego-based consciousness and our limiting identification with who we are. Again, his words have a rare depth and power to communicate on the deepest levels.

Real Magic: Creating Miracles in Everyday Life – Dr. Wayne Dyer. This book was a good friend for quite awhile. Dr. Dyer is very prolific and this is one of his earlier books. We also have the audio version and listened to it many times — maybe ten times! It just flows and has some great insights. Even after experiencing it several times, I never got tired of it. Here’s the audio version: Real Magic Creating Miracles in Everyday Life/272A/Cassettes

The Power of Intention – by Dr. Wayne Dyer. This book was inspiring and interesting to me because it was crystal clear that Wayne Dyer had discovered the teachings of Abraham as presented by Esther and Jerry Hicks. I had been soaking up as much as I could from Abraham for about 15 years, so I was delighted to see so many of those powerful principles repackaged and presented to a much wider audience via Dr. Dyer’s reputation and credentials. I was even more delighted when he gave credit where credit was due in the second edition of this book by saying, “I’d also like to recognize the teachings of Abraham, as brought to us through Esther and Jerry Hicks.” The author is clearly a great communicator, and this book does a fine job in presenting spiritual principles in a way more accessible to the average person.

Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives – by Dan Millman. A moving novel with plenty of spiritual gems. The book is autobiographical, set in present time with the author as a world-champion athlete. He has a nagging feeling that something is missing in his life. The student is ready so the master appears — Socrates, a wise all-night service station attendant (because nothing is more noble than “service.”) This is an easy, breezy read with lots of great insights. We recently saw the Hollywood version — a major motion picture starring Nick Nolte as Socrates. They did a fine job. Here’s the movie: Peaceful Warrior DVD (Widescreen)

The Life You Were Born to Live: A Guide to Finding Your Life Purpose – by Dan Millman. Same author as above, but a much different kind of book. This one explores the mysteries of numerology in a well-written and accessible manner. Deepak Chopra said it’s “absolutely amazing in it’s predictive value. It will help you sort out the conflicts in your life and guide you on the path of fulfillment.” I agree. Every time we bring this book out to share with family and friends, everyone is amazed how accurate it is with its descriptions of personality profiles, tendencies and life paths. Run the numbers on everyone you know and you will have many “ah-ha” experiences related to your interpersonal relationships. There’s a simple step-by-step formula in the book to determine the most important numbers in your life. Then, there are several hundred pages on what those numbers mean. Uncanny! This is a useful reference book and helpful to better understand the major players in your life. Fascinating.

Nothing in This Book Is True, But It’s Exactly How Things Are – by Bob Frissell. This book is diverse, to say the least. It’s all here — every new age belief you have ever heard plus a few more. Gray aliens, ascended masters, free energy, cattle mutilations, crop circles, rebirthing, earth changes, the Great Pyramid, and secret colonies on Mars. Beyond all that, what I really appreciated was the detailed explanations of sacred geometry, and a glimpse at some of the profound truths hidden away in the ancient wisdom schools and secret societies. Much of the subject matter of this “far out” book comes from the teachings of Drunvalo Melchizedek and his “Flower of Life” workshop. Despite the outrageous subject matter of half the book, the author’s goodwill and spiritual intentions are so infectious that the book ends up being a heartwarming experience. There’s lots of food for thought here, but if some of it makes you roll your eyes in disbelief, are you going to hold it against someone who comes up with that kind of a title to his book?

Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East (6 Vol. Set) – by Baird T. Spalding. This is a glimpse into a different world — one that seems very far away from the pace and priorities of the typical Western lifestyle. These books are the author’s descriptions of his travels in the Far East and are instrumental in introducing the profound wisdom of the ages to the West. First published in 1924, this is one of the first widely known works documenting the knowledge that there are many Masters who are assisting and guiding the destinies of mankind. It reads like an exciting adventure novel (but with way more depth and substance).

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – by Stephen Covey. Here’s a classic self-help book full of valuable information on how to solve personal and professional problems in a holistic, integrated and principle-centered way. The principles the book is built around include fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity. This empowering book delivers.

First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy – by Stephen Covey. From the same authors as above, along with Roger and Rebecca Merrill, this book is likely the best book around on productivity, determining priorities, and living according to an understanding of personal purpose. Time-management techniques are detailed as well as valuable information on building loving and fulfilling relationships. The author asks, “If working harder, smarter and faster won’t solve it, what will?” The book begins by asking the reader to pause and think seriously about the three or four “first things” in your life. Are they receiving the care, emphasis and time you really want to give them? If not . . . why not? The book takes off from there and proceeds to detail how to do that in a very intelligent and well-expressed way. This is a good reference book to have on hand so you can refer back to it from time to time.

Autobiography of a Yogi, 2nd Edition: The Original 1946 Edition plus Bonus Material – by Paramahansa Yogananda. This book provides a rare opportunity to experience the life of a dedicated yogi and his life in the ashrams and temples of India. He shares his growth experiences as well as his major breakthroughs in expanded consciousness and understanding. His descriptions of his spiritual teachers bring a rare closeness and personal warmth to the idea of relationships between masters and students. What makes this book unique is that it is one of the few books in English written about the wise men of India, not by a journalist, but by one of their own race and training — a book about yogis by a yogi. This is one of the most inspiring books I’ve come across, written by a man considered by many to be one of the holiest of men of our age.

Be Here Now – by Ram Das. A classic first published in 1971 by a once-professor of Harvard University, Dr. Richard Albert — friend and professional associate of Dr. Timothy Leary. These two unconventional men led the way into the study of expanded consciousness in the West. “Be Here Now” is the story of the transformation of Dr, Alpert into Baba Ram Dass. His years of travel and personal growth in India are documented with descriptions of many colorful holy men he met there. The book is unconventional in every way. It is profusely illustrated and much of it is presented in a free-form, poetic prose that reflect the expanded consciousness that runs through the book. This is one of the first books that opened me up to the ideas that there is much more to life than the typical Western version we are taught in school. The line drawings and unusual cadence make this a fun book to hang out with for extended periods as you let it all sink in.

Three Magic Words – by U.S. Anderson. This is the very first book I ever read that inspired me to embrace a lifetime of personal growth and spiritual priorities. It came out in 1954 and I found it in 1969, my first year in college. I just looked at the tattered cover of my copy of the book and it says, “This is a book about the greatest idea in the world — a splendid secret revealed in just three words — and idea so simple, so startling, so wonderful that it can start you on an adventure that will bring you everything you ever wanted.” As I write these words, it is 38 years after I first read this wonderful book, and I would have to agree with the blurb on the cover — the book definitely “worked” for me. I’m sure my life would have been much different if I would not have found this book when I did. This book was a major turning point in my life — a catalyst that I am grateful for. After all these years, it still holds unquestionable power and value . . . and no, I’m not going to tell you what the three magic words are — I’d rather let the author do it his way, with his own sense of timing.

The Power of Myth – by Joseph Campbell. A very intelligent, well researched look at the myths of man throughout the ages. History is a good teacher and the author does an impeccable job of examining the stories, legends, beliefs, and myths from all over the world. Very enlightening. There is also a well-produced video version of this hosted by Bill Moyer who does a great job of asking Joseph Campbell deep, pertinent questions. It is well produced and we found ourselves nodding in agreement often. This work does a great job of shedding light on the origin of our belief systems which is a good start to be able to see beyond them. Inspiring, thought-provoking, fascinating and eye-opening. Here’s the video version: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

Third Eye – by T. Lobsang Rampa. This is another important book that both Janey and I came across in the early 70’s. It is a good introduction to the magic and wonder of the masters of the Far East and the philosophical teachings that go back for centuries. Long before our Western philosophies were even a twinkle in the celestial sky, the masters of the East were expanding their consciousness with techniques passed down through the centuries. Books like this help you understand the long line of spiritual endeavor on the planet.

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah – by Richard Bach. This is one of my favorite books because it is so full of timeless spiritual truths presented in an easy-to-read, present-day novel format. One of my favorite quotes is from this book: “Argue for your limitations, and they’re yours!” If everyone could read this book, I wonder what kind of world this would be. It’s that kind of book — powerful and profound enough to make a big difference in the lives of those who read it.

Hidden Keys of a Loving, Lasting Marriage – by Gary and Norma Smalley. Good information for couples in general and all relationships in general. Janey and I read it and then listened to the audio version several times. It’s the kind of information that you want to share with everyone you know. My parents really like it too.

Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language – by Richard Lederer. This book is included in this list because it is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read. There’s nothing like a good laugh to lighten your load and help heal yourself of whatever ails you. Read this aloud with your friends and family, and there will be times when you will all be laughing so hard, your sides will be aching and tears will be streaming down your face. This is his original book and there are three more listed below where the laughs just keep on coming. Get this book and lighten up a bit . . . because . . . Life is too important to be taken seriously.

More Anguished English: an Expose of Embarrassing Excruciating, and Egregious Errors in English – by Richard Lederer

The Bride of Anguished English: A Bonanza of Bloopers, Blunders, Botches, and Boo-Boos – by Richard Lederer

The Revenge of Anguished English: More Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language – by Richard Lederer

What God Wants: A Compelling Answer to Humanity’s Biggest Question – by Neale Donald Walsch. This book asks some mighty big “what if” questions. My paraphrase of the biggest question is, “What if the earth’s major belief systems, religions and cultures are based on an inaccurate assumption? What if the fundamental idea, upon which everything else is based . . . is simply incorrect?” I read this little book in two sittings and have been inspired ever since. It’s the kind of book that, upon finishing the last page, I immediately return to page one and start over. I find myself imagining what this world could be like if everyone could be exposed to this kind of common sense spirituality. This is the kind of book that you instantly want to share with everyone you care about. This book is chock full of insightful, unusual, and advanced ideas on God, religion, spirituality, culture, history and man’s place in the overall scheme of things. It doesn’t matter if you agree with all these ideas or not. Just agreeing to consider them is likely to make a lasting impression and could help expand and deepen your belief systems forever. To read my full review article of this remarkable book, click here.

Conversations With God movie (on DVD). This is an inspiring biography of Neale Donald Walsch, the author of the “Conversations with God” series. It’s well-produced and well acted. It’s a fascinating peek behind the scenes at the hardships as well as the triumphs of someone who is dedicated to such important and controversial work.

“Read the best books first . . .
or you may not have a chance to read them at all.

A truly great book teaches me better than to read it.
I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint . . .
What I begin by reading, I must finish by acting.”
- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

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