The world needs more spirituality memoirs. Many more. And as long as it keeps providing them, I’ll keep reading them–and updating this list.
Here are my favorites so far, plus a list of others I haven’t yet read that look promising. Click on the titles to see relevant links and notes.
Best Spirituality Memoirs:
Autobiography of A Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda
Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More, Joe Vitale
Surprised by Joy, C.S. Lewis
Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
Sex, Drugs and Meditation: How One Woman Changed Her Life, Saved Her Job and Found a Husband, Mary-Lou Stephens
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, Jill Bolte Taylor
Medicine Dance: One Woman’s Healing Journey into the World of Native American Sweatlodges, Drumming Meditations and Dance Fasts, Marsha Scarbrough
Learning to Breathe: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life, Priscilla Warner
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage, Elizabeth Gilbert
Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers,
Seth, Dreams and Projection of Consciousness, Jane Roberts
Chasing Spirits: The Building of the “Ghost Adventures” Crew, Nick Groff and Jeff Belanger
How To Stay Married: The Adventures of a Woman Who Learnt to Travel Light in Life, Love and Relationships,
You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends, Mollie Player
The Power of Acceptance: One Year of Mindfulness and Meditation, Mollie Player
What I Learned from Jane, Mollie Player
Other Spirituality Memoirs:
Grief, Meth, Addiction, God & Zen: A 45 Year Old Man’s Journey With Death, Reality & Recovery, David Carlyle and Cynthia Sharp
The Ghosts and the Path: A Buddhist Monk’s Memoir, Ngawang Khechog
The Yoga Stripper: A Las Vegas Memoir of Sex, Drugs and Namaste, Laila Lucent
Meditations of a Modern Mystic, Maurine Doerken
The Buddha and the Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism and Online Dating, Kiera Van Gelder
Bending God: A Memoir, Eric Robison
From Brooklyn to Benares and Back: A Spiritual Memoir, Dada Vedaprajinananda
On the Edge: Living with an Enlightened Master, Yoga Punya
I: A Meditation and a Memoir, Wiz Ji
Walking Home: A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed, Sonia Choquette
The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga: A Memoir, Andy Douglas
And a few more spirituality memoirs to recommend: my own.
Get You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends and The Power of Acceptance: One Year of Mindfulness and Meditation for an uplifting price on Amazon.