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.
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 all of the other spirituality memoirs I’ve come across but may or may not have read yet.
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Best Spiritual Memoirs for Overcoming Depression:
Autobiography of A Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda
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
Other Recommended Spiritual Memoirs:
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,
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,
Surprised by Joy, C.S. Lewis
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
What I Learned from Jane, Mollie Player
And, in case you missed it, my memoirs are on the list:
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.