Spiritual is a global phenomenon – one that transcends nations, cultures and even religious beliefs. Individuals draw strength, courage and resolve through their spiritual beliefs – beliefs that even allow them to make sense of the world around them.
There are an abundance of good books published about spirituality. One of the most widely-read and accepted book on spirituality is Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. This life parable has sold more than 65 million copies worldwide and been translated into 56 different languages – setting a Guinness world record for the most translated book by a living author.
Some books are timeless classics, read by the masses. Others take you by surprise and stay with you long after you’ve finished the final page. Below is a list of five spiritual books that you may or may not have heard of, but you really should read.
The Secret was written by Melbourne television producer, Rhonda Byrne and outlines the laws of attraction: asking for what you want, believing in what you want, and being open to receiving it. Byrne’s book has become a cultural phenomenon, reaching number one on the New York Times Bestseller List.
The Celestine Prophecy
In 1992, James Redfield self-published his first book, The Celestine Prophecy. Part adventure, part new age spiritual novel the book tells the story of one man’s journey through Peru uncovering nine spiritual insights. The book has captivated audiences across the world, affording readers the opportunity to shift their perspective.
Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is considered one of the foremost spiritual stories ever committed to print. The book tells the simple story of a shepherd who journeys to the pyramids of Egypt in search of treasure. The lessons learned, of understanding one’s purpose and of understanding omens and fate transcend religion and speaks to us all.
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
Inspired by the Dalai Lama’s joyful nature in spite of the tumultuous political climate in Tibet, The Art of Happiness is a spiritual book with an emphasis on appealing to a western audience. It narrates the importance of attaining happiness in everyday living, and that true happiness is achieved through a sound mental state, even in times of great spiritual difficulty.
The Road Less Travelled
Written by Psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Travelled merges ideas from a both a clinical and Christian perspective. The book outlines the attributes that Peck feels make a spiritually fulfilled person. Split into three separate sections The Road Less Travelled discusses discipline and spiritual evolution, love and grace.
These are just five examples of books that deal with spirituality. Next time you’re browsing online, or venture into a bookshop pick one up – you won’t regret it!