Best Spiritual/Inspirational Books for Overcoming Depression

If you’re looking for a catch-all descriptor in the spirituality sector, “inspirational” is a good choice. This is the stuff that is not easily labelled–the stuff that bookstores don’t quite know what to do with. Of course, there are plenty more books that could fit into this category. However, if there’s a list on my site that fits the book better, I chose to leave it off this list.

I chose the books in the first section because they inspired me deeply, changed me for the better, and helped me find greater inner peace. The second section features many of the other general inspirational books I’ve come across but may not have read yet or may not be particularly helpful for depression.

Click on any title in the first section for my “depression effectiveness rating,” a book description and more. The titles in the second section lead to relevant book and author links.

By the way, don’t let the title fool you: This is one of my favorite book categories. These books are a bit different in a good way.

Best Spiritual/Inspirational Books for Overcoming Depression:

The Work of Byron Katie: An Introduction, Byron Katie
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell
Who Would You Be Without Your Story?: Dialogues with Byron Katie, Byron Katie
I Need Your Love – Is That True?: How to Stop Seeking Love, Approval, and Appreciation and Start Finding Them, Byron Katie and Michael Katz
What I Know for Sure, Oprah Winfrey
The Shack, William Young
Burn, Baby, Burn, Evan Griffith
Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, Robert Waggoner
A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming, Dylan Tuccillo, Jared Zeizel and Thomas Peisel
Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life, Stephen LaBerge
Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable–and Couldn’t, Steve Volk
The Child Whisperer, The Ultimate Handbook for Raising Happy, Successful, and Cooperative Children, Carol Tuttle
Dressing Your Truth: Discover Your Type of Beauty, Carol Tuttle
Power Versus Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, David Hawkins

Other Recommended Spiritual/Inspirational Books:

Byron Katie:

A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are, Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell
Your Inner Awakening: The Work of Byron Katie: Four Questions That Will Transform Your Life (Audio Recording), Byron Katie
Question Your Thinking, Change The World: Quotations from Byron Katie, Byron Katie
A Friendly Universe: Sayings to Inspire and Challenge You, Byron Katie
Loving What Is: 52 Meditations on Reality (Card Deck), Byron Katie
Byron Katie’s “Katieisms”: Inner Wisdom Cards, Byron Katie and Hans Wilhelm

Deepak Chopra:

Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, Deepak Chopra
Life After Death: The Burden of Proof, Deepak Chopra
Why Is God Laughing? The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism, Deepak Chopra
Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream, Deepak Chopra and Sanjiv Chopra
What Are You Hungry For?, Deepak Chopra
God: A Story of Revelation, Deepak Chopra
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes: Harnessing Our Power to Change the World, Deepak Chopra and Gotham Chopra
Super Genes, Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi
Super Brain, Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi
War of the Worldviews, Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow
The Third Jesus, Deepak Chopra
The Soul of Leadership, Deepak Chopra
The Book of Secrets, Deepak Chopra
The Chopra Center Herbal Handbook, Deepak Chopra and David Simon
The Path to Love, Deepak Chopra
The Way of the Wizard, Deepak Chopra
The Return of Merlin, Deepak Chopra
Ageless Body Timeless Mind, Deepak Chopra
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra
Return of the Rishi: A Doctor’s Story of Spiritual Transformation and Ayurvedic Healing, Deepak Chopra
Perfect Health, Deepak Chopra
Quantum Healing, Deepak Chopra
Creating Health, Deepak Chopra

Gary Zukav:

The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New PhysicsGary Zukav
The Seat of the Soul, Gary Zukav
Thoughts from the Seat of the Soul, Gary Zukav
The Heart of the Soul: Emotional Awareness, Gary Zukav and Linda Francis
Thoughts from the Heart of the Soul: Meditations for Emotional Awareness, Gary Zukav and Linda Francis
The Mind of the Soul: Responsible Choice, Gary Zukav and Linda Francis
Self-Empowerment Journal: A Companion to The Mind of the Soul: Responsible Choice, Gary Zukav and Linda Francis
Spiritual Partnership, Gary Zukav
Soul to Soul, Gary Zukav
Soul Stories, Gary Zukav

Don Miguel Ruiz:

The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery (Toltec Wisdom), Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz
The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship, Don Miguel Ruiz
The Four Agreements Companion Book: Using The Four Agreements to Master the Dream of Your Life, Don Miguel Ruiz
Prayers: A Communion with Our Creator, Don Miguel Ruiz
Wisdom from the Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
Wisdom from the Mastery of Love, Don Miguel Ruiz
The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide To Inner Peace, Don Miguel Ruiz
The Toltec Art of Life and Death, Don Miguel Ruiz

Marianne Williamson:

A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a “Course in Miracles,” Marianne Williamson
The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles, Marianne Williamson
Enchanted Love: The Mystical Power of Intimate Relationships, Marianne Williamson

Imagine What America Could Be in the 21st Century: Visions of a Better Future from Leading American Thinkers, Marianne Williamson
Healing the Soul of America: Reclaiming Our Voices as Spiritual Citizens, Marianne Williamson
A Woman’s Worth, Marianne Williamson
Everyday Grace: Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, And Making Miracles, Marianne Williamson
Illuminata: A Return to Prayer, Marianne Williamson
The Gift of Change, Marianne Williamson

David R. Hawkins:

Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, David R. Hawkins
Transcending the Levels of Consciousness: The Stairway to Enlightenment, David R. Hawkins
Transcending the Levels of Consciousness: Live Your Life Like a Prayer, David R. Hawkins
Success Is for You: Using Heart-Centered Power Principles for Lasting Abundance and Fulfillment, David R. Hawkins
The Eye of the I: From Which Nothing Is Hidden, David R. Hawkins
Truth vs Falsehood: How to Tell the Difference, David R. Hawkins
I: Reality and Subjectivity, David R. Hawkins
Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self: Contemplations from the Teachings of David R. Hawkins, David R. Hawkins and Scott Jeffrey
Discovery of the Presence of God: Devotional NonDuality, David R. Hawkins
Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man, David R. Hawkins
Dealing with the CrazyMakers in Your Life: Setting Boundaries on Unhealthy Relationships, David R. Hawkins
Along the Path to Enlightenment: 365 Daily Reflections from David R. Hawkins, David R. Hawkins and Scott Jeffrey
The Ultimate David Hawkins Library, David R. Hawkins
When Pleasing Others Is Hurting You: Finding God’s Patterns for Healthy Relationships, David R. Hawkins
Breaking Everyday Addictions: Finding Freedom from the Things That Trip Us Up, David R. Hawkins
Never Fight Again . . . Guaranteed!: Groundbreaking Practices for a Win-Win Marriage, David R. Hawkins
The Power of Emotional Decision Making: Using Your God-Given Emotions for Positive Change, David R. Hawkins
Stumbling Toward Obedience: Learning from Jonah’s Failure to Love God and the People He Came to Save, David R. Hawkins
The Clear Pathway to Enlightenment-Four CD Set, David R. Hawkins
Project Y: The Los Alamos Story. Part I: Toward Trinity. Part II: Beyond Trinity, David R. Hawkins and Edith C. Truslow
In the World, but Not of It: Living Spiritually in the Modern World, David R. Hawkins
Healing and Recovery, David Hawkins
The Discovery: Revealing the Presence of God in your Life, David Hawkins
Normal People Do the Craziest Things, David Hawkins

Carol Tuttle:

Remembering Wholeness: A Personal Handbook for Thriving in the 21st Century, Carol Tuttle
It’s Just My Nature!, Carol Tuttle
The Path to Wholeness: A Guide to Spiritual Healing & Empowerment for Survivors of Child Sexual & Spiritual Abuse, Carol Tuttle

Other Authors:

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived, Lee Carroll
Indigo Adults: Understanding Who You Are and What You Can Become, Kabir Jaffe and Ritama Davidson
Personal Development for Smart People, Steve Pavlina
Human Design: Discover the Person You Were Born to Be, Chetan Parkyn and Steve Dennis
Understanding Human Design: The New Science of Astrology: Discover Who You Really Are, Karen Curry
Human Design: The Definitive Book of Human Design, The Science of Differentiation, Ra Uru Hu and Lynda Bunnell
Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment, Thaddeus Golas
The Open Secret, Tony Parsons
Butterflies Are Free to Fly, Stephen Davis
The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, Alan Watts
Keys to the Ultimate Freedom, Lester Levinson
Past the Gate, Esther Teule
God Goes to Work, Tom Zender
The Outlook Beautiful, Lilian Whiting
Kitchen Table Wisdom, Rachel Naomi Remen
The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth, Scott Peck
Messages from Water and the Universe, Masaru Emoto
Add More Ing to Your Life: A Hip Guide to Happiness, Gabrielle Bernstein
In Search of the Miraculous,
P. D. Ouspensky
Grace, Gaia, and the End of Days: An Alternative Way for the Advanced Soul,
Stuart Wilde
Live Your Bliss,
Terry Cole-Whittaker
What You Think of Me is None of My Business,
Terry Cole-Whittaker
The Future of Love,
Daphne Rose Kingma
Mystery Teachings From the Living Earth: An Introduction to Spiritual Ecology,
John Mihael Greer
The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible,
Charles Eisenstein
Living in the Heart: How to Enter into the Sacred Space within the Heart, Drunvalo Melchizedek
Adventures of the Soul: Journeys Through the Physical and Spiritual Dimensions,
James Van Praagh
The Sculptor in the Sky,
Teal Scott
The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose,
Janet Attwood and Chris Attwood
The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling,
James Hillman
Living A Course in Miracles: An Essential Guide to the Classic Text,
Jon Mundy PhD
Kinship with All Life,
J. Allen Boone
The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself,
Eric Pearl
The Seeker’s Guide,
Elizabeth Lesser
The Untethered Soul,
Michael A. Singer
Tao Te Ching,
Stephen Mitchell
A Monk in the World: Cultivating a Spiritual Life,
Wayne Teasdale


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