Best Books for Mystics

My 40 All-Time Favorite Books for Mystics

Okay, so these aren’t the expected choices. They’re not all classics or best sellers, or even the most substantial, information-heavy works. But I stand by my choices for my favorite forty books for mystics. They’re the spirituality books I liked the most. The most inspiring, the most fun to read.

A list this important is, of course, a work in progress; check back on the Blog page for additions as well as for expanded notes on those that follow.

Top 40 Books for Mystics:

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle
A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle
Conversations with God, Neale Donald Walsch
Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, Jane Roberts and Seth
The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About the Art of Creative Living, Jane Roberts and Seth
Don’t Think Like a Human: Channelled Answers to Basic Questions, Kryon Book Two, Lee Carroll and Kryon
The 100 Daily Messages Series, Leta Hamilton and Archangel Michael
Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires, Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks and Abraham

How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings From a Leading Neuroscientist, Andrew B. Newberg
Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d, Candace Pert
Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Feel, Candace Pert
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, Joe Dispenza
Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable–and Couldn’t, Steve Volk
The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size, Tor Nørretranders
Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, Robert Waggoner
A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming, Dylan Tuccillo, Jared Zeizel and Thomas Peisel

Dying to Be Me, Anita Moorjani
Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda
The Search For Grace: A Documented Case of Murder and Reincarnation, Bruce Goldberg
Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More, Joe Vitale
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
Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives, Brian Weiss
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, Eben Alexander
Learning to Eat Along the Way, Margaret Bendet

Meditation Without Gurus, Clark Strand
Ten Percent Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story, Dan Harris
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh

The Cross and the Switchblade, David Wilkerson
The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence
Miracles, C.S. Lewis
The Wisdom of the Desert, Thomas Merton

The Child Whisperer, The Ultimate Handbook for Raising Happy, Successful, and Cooperative Children, Carol Tuttle
The Shack, William Young

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Top 150 Books on Meditation

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I haven’t read nearly as many books on meditation as I would like. But the ones I have read have been very worthwhile. I highly recommend those on this first list, and the second list is a collection of other popular titles for your reference. Popularity, after all, counts for something. At least with books.

Note that I will update this list as I discover more meditation authors; I know it is as yet far from complete.

My Favorite Books on Meditation:

Meditation Without Gurus, Clark Strand
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle
Meditation: How to Reduce Stress, Get Healthy, and Find Your Happiness in Just 15 Minutes a Day, Rachel Rofe
Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity, David Lynch
Ten Percent Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story, Dan Harris
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh

Other Top Meditation Books:

Jon Kabat-Zinn:

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Power of Meditation and Prayer, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sogyal Rinpoche, Larry Dossey, and Michael Toms
Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Myla Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness, J. Mark G. Williams, John D. Teasdale, Zindel V. Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn
Arriving at Your Own Door, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Letting Everything Become Your Teacher: 100 Lessons in Mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Mind’s Own Physician: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard Davidson

Sharon Salzberg:

Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, Sharon Salzberg
Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, Sharon Salzberg
Heart as Wide as the World, Sharon Salzberg
Voices of Insight, Sharon Salzberg
Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, Sharon Salzberg
The Force of Kindness: Change Your Life with Love and Compassion, Sharon Salzberg
The Kindness Handbook: A Practical Companion, Sharon Salzberg
Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace, Sharon Salzberg
Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier, Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman

Joseph Goldstein:

The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation, Joseph Goldstein
Seeking the heart of wisdom: the path of insight meditation, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
Insight meditation: the practice of freedom, Joseph Goldstein
The Path of Insight Meditation, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
Insight Meditation: A Step-By-Step Course on How to Meditate, Joseph Goldstein, with Sharon Salzberg
One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, Joseph Goldstein
A Heart Full of Peace, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield

Thich Nhat Hanh:

Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire, Thich Nhat Hanh
Being Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Sun My Heart, Thich Nhat Hanh
Our Appointment with Life: Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh
Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion, Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Diamond Sutra, Thich Nhat Hanh
‘Hermitage Among the Clouds’, Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice, Three Leaves, Thich Nhat Hanh
Cultivating The Mind Of Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Heart Of Understanding, Thich Nhat Hanh
Transformation and Healing: Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh
Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh
True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart, Thich Nhat Hanh
Fragrant Palm Leaves: Journals, 1962-1966, Thich Nhat Hanh
Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Raft Is Not the Shore: Conversations Toward a Buddhist/Christian Awareness, Thich Nhat Hanh and Daniel Berrigan
The Path of Emancipation: Talks from a 21-Day Mindfulness Retreat, Thich Nhat Hanh
A Pebble in Your Pocket, Thich Nhat Hanh
Essential Writings, Thich Nhat Hanh
Anger, Thich Nhat Hanh
Be Free Where You Are, Thich Nhat Hanh
No Death, No Fear, Thich Nhat Hanh
Touching the Earth: Intimate Conversations with the Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh
Teachings on Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
Understanding Our Mind, Thich Nhat Hanh
Buddha Mind, Buddha Body: Walking Toward Enlightenment, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Art of Power, Thich Nhat Hanh
Under the Banyan Tree, Thich Nhat Hanh
Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, Thich Nhat Hanh
Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child, Thich Nhat Hanh
You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Novice: A Story of True Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, Thich Nhat Hanh
Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Pocket, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Art of Communicating, Thich Nhat Hanh
Blooming of a Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh
No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering, Thich Nhat Hanh
Is Nothing Something?, Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindful Movements, Thich Nhat Hanh

Clark Strand:

Waking up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age, Clark Strand
Waking the Buddha: How the Most Dynamic and Empowering Buddhist Movement in History Is Changing Our Concept of Religion, Clark Strand
How to Believe in God: Whether You Believe in Religion or Not, Clark Strand
The Wooden Bowl: Simple Meditations for Everyday Life, Clark Strand
Seeds from a Birch Tree: Writing Haiku and the Spiritual Journey, Clark Strand

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi:

Beacon Light of the Himalayas, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Meditation: Easy System Propounded, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Science of Being and Art of Living – Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Love and God, Spiritual Regeneration Movement, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Yoga Asanas, Spiritual Regeneration Movement, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita – A New Translation and Commentary, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Meditations of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Alliance for Knowledge, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Creating an ideal society: a global undertaking, International Association for the Advancement of the Science of Creative Intelligence, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Results of scientific research on the Transcendental Meditation program, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Enlightenment to every individual, invincibility to every nation, Age of Enlightenment, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Freedom behind bars: enlightenment to every individual and invincibility to every nation, International Association for the Advancement of the Science of Creative Intelligence, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Dawn of the age of enlightenment, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Life supported by natural law : discovery of the Unified Field of all the laws of nature and the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Thirty years around the world: dawn of the Age of Enlightenment, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi’s Programme to create world peace: global inauguration, Age of Enlightenment Press, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi’s master plan to create heaven on earth, Maharishi Vedic University Press, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
A Proven program for our criminal justice system: Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Corrections, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Vedic knowledge for everyone: Maharishi Vedic University, an introduction, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi’s Absolute Theory of Government – Automation in Administration, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi University of Management – Wholeness on the Move, Age of Enlightenment Publications, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Constitution of India Fulfilled through Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Inaugurating Maharishi Vedic University, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi’s Absolute Theory of Defence – Sovereignty in Invincibility, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Celebrating Perfection in Education – Dawn of Total Knowledge, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Forum of Natural Law and National Law for Doctors – Perfect Health for Everyone, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Speaks to Educators – Mastery Over Natural Law, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Speaks to Students – Mastery Over Natural Law, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Celebrating Perfection in Administration, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Ideal India – The Lighthouse of Peace on Earth, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Bhagavad-Gita – Chapter 7, 2009, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Other Books on Meditation:

Zen Meditation in Plain English, John Daishin Buksbazen
Transcendental Meditation: The Essential Teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Jack Forem
The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation, Joseph Goldstein
Meditation: Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice, Richard Chilson
Meditation: Achieving Inner Peace and Tranquility in Your Life, Brian Weiss
Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening, Stephen Batchelor
The Zen Way, Myokyo-ni
The Way of Zen, Zendo
Awakening the Buddha Within, Surya Das
Theta Healing: Introducing an Extraordinary Energy Healing Modality, Vianna Stibal

Hsin Hsin Ming: The Zen Understanding of Mind and Consciousness, Osho and Osho International Foundation
Love, Freedom, Aloneness: The Koan of Relationships, Osho

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I really don’t know how to be humble.

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Reading the wonderful Matt Kahn’s book, Whatever Arises, Love That. (Great title, eh?) So, the main message is to send love to whatever comes up in your experience, which is what Eckhart Tolle, my friend Leta Hamilton, and many others agree is one of the most useful spiritual practices you can do.

And man, I super suck at it.

I don’t love a lot of things. A whole lot of things. My ego is just always–right–there. I can’t let go of my opinion long enough to love what is, even though I know that doing so is the core definition of humility.

I really don’t know how to be humble. But I’m working on it.

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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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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.”

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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.'”

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Law of attraction book: “Communion with God” by Neale Donald Walsch

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Law of attraction author: Neale Donald Walsch

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Free ebook: ‘Happiness is the Truth’

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As part of this blog’s mission is to create awareness of New Age/ New Thought spirituality, I have decided to make my book, Happiness is the Truth, a permanently free offering to the public.

Here, a brief description:

Happiness is the Truth: A Spiritual Manifesto is a plea for a new kind of spirituality that does not limit the freedom and sovereignty of the individual.

The chapters, each of which explains one tenet of this philosophy, include: “Spirituality is good,” “Life is a game,” “There are no rules,” “Absolutes are fine. Certainty is not,” “People are holy,” “We have power,” and, finally, “Happiness is the truth.”

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And here is an excerpt:

“Suffice it to say that I believe in love, and I believe in eternity, and I believe in spirits and in the big mystery that is what we…

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