Best Spiritual Memoirs

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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
Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair, Anne Lamott
Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year, Anne Lamott
Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers, Anne Lamott
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, Mary-Lou Stephens
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

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And a few more spirituality memoirs to recommend: my own.

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Best book for mystics: “Stitches” by Anne Lamott

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Best book for mystics: Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair by Anne Lamott

Best book for mystics quote:

I mean ‘God’ as shorthand for the Good, for the animating energy of love; for Life, for the light that radiates from within people and from above; in the energies of nature, even in our rough, messy selves.”

For more information on this best book for mystics, see:

Stitches on Amazon

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Best book for mystics: “Operating Instructions” by Anne Lamott

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Best book for mystics: Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year by Anne Lamott

Best book for mystics quote:

My friend Bonnie’s kids went to a kindergarten with a sign over the front door that said, ‘Start out slow, and taper off.’ It’s so easy and natural to race around too much, letting days pass in a whirl of being busy and mildly irritated, getting fixed on solutions to things that turn out to have been just farts in the windstorm.”

For more information on this best book for mystics, see:

Operating Instructions on Amazon

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Best book for mystics: “Help, Thanks, Wow” by Anne Lamott

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Best book for mystics: Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott

Best book for mystics quote:

Matisse actually said the most useful thing I’ve ever heard about praying: ‘I don’t know whether I believe in God or not. I think, really, I’m some sort of Buddhist. But the essential thing is to put oneself in a frame of mind which is close to that of prayer.'”

For more information on this best book for mystics, see:

Help, Thanks, Wow on Amazon

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Best book for mystics: “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramhausa Yogananda

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Best book for mystics: Autobiography of a Yogi
Best book for mystics author: Paramhausa Yogananda

This best book for mystics’ particular appeal:

Autobiography of a Yogi is a classic–and for good reason. It’s a litany of amazement, of spiritual gurus at their best. (And what a life this Yogananda dude has had to have interacted with so many of them.)

This best book for mystics’ outline and highlights:

Autobiography of a Yogi follows the life of the author, who relates story after story of miracles he witnessed firsthand, as well as those experienced by other yogis and holy men he has known.

A practitioner of Kriya Yoga, Paramhausa Yogananda’s spiritual ideas are similar to those we now call New Thought/ New Age. He states that the mind is the source of our experience, and therefore we can control our life experiences as well as the physical world through the mind.

A few theological takeaways:

  • All matter is energy and is part of the divine consciousness, including non-living matter.
  • Discusses an instrument called the “Bose Cresograph, which “. . . has the enormity of ten million magnifications, ” as opposed to the microscope, which magnifies by a few thousand times.
  • Cresograph charts show that plants have a sensitive nervous system and a varied emotional life.
  • Inventor Bose: “Bose instruments have demonstrated that metals, such as steel used in scissors and machinery, are subject to fatigue, and regain efficiency by periodic rest. The life-pulse in metals is seriously harmed or even extinguished through the application of electric currents or heavy pressure.”
  • On Kriya Yoga: “The Kriya Yogi mentally directs his life enemy to resolve, upward and downward, around the six spinal centers . . . which correspond to the 12 astral signs of the zodiac . . .” This is effective because “. . .the ancient yogic technique convert the breath into mind.” Instead of trying not to think, yogis convert their physical bodies to control mind directly.

For more information on this best book for mystics, see:

Autobiography of a Yogi on Amazon

Autobiography of a Yogi on Goodreads

Paramhausa Yogananda on Wikipedia

Official website of Paramhausa Yogananda

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Best book for mystics: “Many Lives, Many Masters” by Brian Weiss

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best book for mystics: Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives by Brian Weiss

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Brian Weiss on Wikipedia

Official website of Brian Weiss

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Best book for mystics: “Proof of Heaven” by Eben Alexander

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Best book for mystics: Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander

This best book for mystics’ particular appeal:

If you don’t love a memoir about a near-death experience, check your pulse; you’re probably already dead.

This best book for mystics’ essence:

As advertised, this book is the story of a neurosurgeon’s near-death (death?) adventure. He also describes why he believes his experience really happened, and goes into some depth on the nature of consciousness.

This best book for mystics’ outline and highlights:

  • “In the 1920s, the physicist Werner Heisenberg (and other founders of the science of quantum mechanics) made a discovery so strange that the world has yet to completely come to terms with it. When observing subatomic phenomena, it is impossible to completely separate the observer (that is, the scientist making the experiment) from what is being observed. In our day-to-day world, it is easy to miss this fact. We see the universe as a place full of separate objects (tables and chairs, people and planets) that occasionally interact with each other, but that nonetheless remain essentially separate. On the subatomic level, however, this universe of separate objects turns out to be a complete illusion. In the realm of the super-super-small, every object in the physical universe is intimately connected with every other object. In fact, there are really no “objects” in the world at all, only vibrations of energy, and relationships.”
  • “What that meant should have been obvious, though it wasn’t to many. It was impossible to pursue the core reality of the universe without using consciousness. Far from being an unimportant by-product of physical processes (as I had thought before my experience), consciousness is not only very real—it’s actually more real than the rest of physical existence, and most likely the basis of it all.”
  • “All the objects in the physical universe are made up of atoms. Atoms, in turn, are made up of protons, electrons, and neutrons. These, in turn, are (as physicists also discovered in the early years of the twentieth century) all particles. And particles are made up of . . . Well, quite frankly, physicists don’t really know. But one thing we do know about particles is that each one is connected to every other one in the universe. They are all, at the deepest level, interconnected. There is nothing about the physics of the material world (quarks, electrons, photons, atoms, etc.), and specifically the intricate structure of the brain, that gives the slightest clue as to the mechanism of consciousness.”
  • Communicating with God is the most extraordinary experience imaginable, yet at the same time it’s the most natural one of all, because God is present in us at all times. Omniscient, omnipotent, personal—and loving us without conditions. We are connected as One through our divine link with God.”

For more information on this best book for mystics, see:

Proof of Heaven on Amazon

Proof of Heaven on Goodreads

Official website of Eben Alexander

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Best book for mystics: “Sex, Drugs and Meditation” by Mary-Lou Stephens

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Best book for mystics: Sex, Drugs and Meditation: How One Woman Changed Her Life, Saved Her Job and Found a Husband by Mary-Lou Stephens

This best book for mystics’ particular appeal:

Ah, how I love a good memoir. Particularly one on the topic of spirituality. There’s just something about knowing that every harrowing, nauseating, triumphant moment described in the book actually happened that is so satisfying as a reader.

This best book for mystics’ essence:

Once upon a time, Mary-Lou Stephens wasn’t the spiritually aware woman she is today. She was a hard-partying codependent rock star. Here’s the story of her first (difficult!) ten-day meditation retreat, all the stuff that got her there . . . and how it changed her life completely.

This best book for mystics’ outline and highlights:

A few of my favorite parts of the book are:

  • When Mary-Lou discusses the role of meditation: “My roaming mind becomes more productive and comes up with a piece of true brilliance. Vipassana is a technique for the overcoming of craving. It teaches us to observe craving without reacting.”
  • When Mary-Lou describes a true law of attraction success story about finding her calling–her long and distinguished career in radio. A quote: “Within a week of discovering my true vocation I was being offered a gig on air. Another sign. A miracle! I said yes.”
  • When Mary-Lou describes an awesome meditation experience, the kind all of us meditators are looking for: “I keep breathing and observing sensations. As the heat and pain build within my body the strangest thing happens. Energy courses along the routes I’ve been mapping with my mind, from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. I feel as though I’m sitting under a gushing tap. It’s extraordinary and overpowering. The force almost knocks me sideways. I’ve never felt the power of the energy in my body like this before. It pours through my skin, wave after wave starting in my scalp, running through my arms, body and legs, down through my toes. A constant stream of sensations that I have access to for the very first time. Perhaps this is it, the mystery of Vipassana.

For more information on this best book for mystics, see:

Sex, Drugs and Meditation on Amazon

Sex, Drugs and Meditation on Goodreads

Mary-Lou Stephens’ website and blog

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