Top Spiritual nonfiction books
I love to read, it is no secret.
The more books I read the better I feel, particularly mind-body-spirit books (depending on the bookstore they might be called new age, spiritual, or just self-help).
In my teens I longed to understand the meaning behind some nasty experiences. I wondered what the point of life was? Why was I struggling to overcome my emotional issues?
Since then I have learned a great deal about our souls and the Universe, mainly through amazing self-help books. Spiritual novels, in particular, made me reflect on their beautiful stories and gave me hope and determination to pursue my dreams.
With the term spiritual novel I mean there is an element of personal growth, new age, spirituality, and self-help on them. Basically stories and parables that promote self-reflection and inspiration.
In this post I have compiled 7 best spiritual novels I have read.
I have also written other best books articles that you might want to check out:
- 21 Self-Help Books That Changed My Life Forever
- 11 Best Reincarnation Books of All Time
- The 9 Best Books on Productivity and Time Management
The following are my all-time favorite spiritual novels:
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
I’ve put The Alchemist first for a reason.
It is the first spiritual novel I read in my late teens and made a significant impact on my life.
It is a simple but profound tale about following our dreams; who doesn’t have a dream they want to come true?
A shepherd boy from Andalusia sets on an adventure through the African desert to find a treasure he has repeatedly been dreaming about.
It is during his journey that you will find many valuable spiritual and life lessons.
The Alchemist has sold 65 million copies and has been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 315 weeks. Those are some outstanding sales! It’s also been translated into 80 different languages, setting the Guinness World Record for the most translated book by any living author.
Just amazing. A wonderful book.
One of my favorite quotes from Paulo Coelho is:
It is the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting
The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield
This book, a first-person narrative of spiritual awakening, explains how the world is undergoing a shift in consciousness and the emergency of New Age Spirituality.
The story relates a man’s journey to Peru to track down an ancient manuscript that contains nine insights.
Those insights are the gems of the book.
Regardless of how much spiritual and new age information you have read in the past, this book is a beautiful awakening to spirituality with mystical experiences.
A great spiritual novel for your library.
Way of the Peaceful Warrior, by Dan Millman
This is another wonderful story about our quest for an understanding of the meaning of life.
This novel is about Dan, a world champion gymnast, and University student.
The story begins when Dan meets his powerful 96-year-old mentor Socrates, an all-night gas station attendant. Socrates teaches Dan many lessons on finding happiness and joy in everyday life.
I love books that make me feel empowered after reading them. This is one of them. Some wonderful nuggets: Keep searching for answers. Do your best to enjoy life. If you find pain, use it.
Great book, spiritual wisdom.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach
This is such a beautiful short book; another amazing story about people who dare to follow their dreams.
In this case, the protagonist is not a person, but a seagull who didn’t follow what the rest did. A simple bird who wasn’t afraid to reach for his dream.
It is hard to explain more because it is a short book with many pictures, but the story is impactful.
It is beautiful and motivational.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, by Robin Sharma
This is an excellent self-improvement book, with clear lessons— no need to decipher much into the message.
This is the story of Julian, a lawyer who suffers a heart attack that leaves him questioning his out-of-balance lifestyle.
This forces him to seek answers to life’s most important questions.
All those lessons are new and great old reminders, such as have the courage to live your own life, or silence and meditation are your friends. This is, of course, an oversimplification of the lessons of this book, but I don’t want to give much more away.
Great much-needed advice with real-life examples.
The Knight in Rusty Armor, by Robert Fisher
This is a very short story, around 74 pages, which tells you how to conquer your fears.
The knight in this story faces an issue: his shining armor cannot be removed. This is his story finding a way to free himself. Along the way he receives the guidance from the wise sage Merlin the Magician who encourages him to embark on a self discovering journey.
The Knight goes through the castles (Silence, Knowledge, and Will and Daring), where he learns the wonderful insights shared in this book.
A lovely short read.
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saing Exupery
This is a novella which was published in 1943 by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
It is a fable about a stranded pilot’s encounter with a young prince who has fallen to Earth from his tiny planet (which has three volcanos and a rose).
The little prince travels the universe, searching and gaining wisdom.
With 140 million copies sold (some articles say 200 million), The Little Prince is one of the highest-selling books ever published. And the most translated book after the bible. It has been translated into 361 languages and dialects.
This is my favorite quote from the book :
And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
A must-have for your library, and my last but not least recommendation.
Do you have a favorite spiritual novels that I have not listed? Please let me know in the comments below. I love to hear about a great book!
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