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Reading For Inspiration Shines Light on the Path to Peace

Benefits of Reading for Inspiration

  • Overcome challenges in our own lives through examples
  • Relax our body while exercising our mind spiritually
  • Open our mind to different points of view and new possibilities
  • Nourish our mind with positive messages
  • Warm our heart and offer us hope that we can “do what others have done”
  • Know we are not alone in our trials and tribulations
  • Reinforce our resolve to make positive change in our lives
  • Strengthen our devotion and discipline
  • Get us in touch with a real sense of love

Just as the food we eat nourishes and strengthens the body, the books we read for inspiration nourish and enrich the mind. I thrive in my life and feed my soul with the reading I do daily. The books I recommend as part of The Practice focus on the lives of the masters, mystics, saints, spiritual teachers, healers, and the great religions and spiritual traditions.

When we take the time to read about the lives and experiences of these incredible human beings, in their own words, it slowly occurs to us that they really did not possess any extraordinary powers; they started out just like us. What does make them extraordinary is their deep desire and unwavering faith to live a life of love, purpose, and meaning. By example, they inspire us to live our most magnificent life! Their words provide us the inspiration we may be looking for and the comfort and support we desire as we go within to find that deep source of love and strength. When I read about the lives of these amazing beings, I feel as if they are my friends showing me the way on this beautiful path of life.

As well as reading the great masters and other inspirational authors, listen to recordings or watch movies of spiritual leaders to enrich your life. Immerse yourself in learning, always!

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Some of Barb’s Favorite Books



Ageless Body Timeless Mind Deepak Chopra
Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing Caroline Myss
The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.
Autobiography of a Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda
Cave in the Snow: Tenzin Palmo’s Quest for Enlightenment Vicki Mackenzie
The Cloud Of Unknowing William Johnston
Concerning The Inner Life Evelyn Underhill
Confessions of St. Augustine Maria Boulding
The Contemplative Heart James Finley
The Dark Night Of The Soul St. John Of The Cross
Empowering Your Soul Through Meditation Rajinder Singh
Entering the Castle: Finding the Inner Path to God and Your Soul’s Purpose Caroline Myss
The Essential Rumi Jalal-al-Din Rumi
The Four Agreements Don Miguel Ruiz
The Game of Life and How to Play it Florence Scovel Shinn
The Gift of Change Marianne Williamson
God’s Fool: The Life and Times of Francis of Assisi Julien Green
The Gospel Of Sri Ramakrishna Swami Nikhilananda
Heal Your Body Louise Hay
Holy Mother: Being the Wife of Sri Ramakrishna and Helpmate in His Mission Swami Nikhilananda
How to Know God Swami Prabhavanda & Christopher Isherwood
In Quest of God: The Saga of the Extraordinary Pilgrimage Swami Ramdas
Inner and Outer Peace Rajinder Singh
The Inner Voice Of Love Henri J. Nouwen
The Interior Castle St. Teresa Of Avila
Into the Heart of Life Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
Invisible Acts Of Power Caroline Myss
Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings Marcus J. Borg
Letters to a Young Poet Ranier Maria Rilke
Living Buddha Living Christ Thich Nhat Hanh
A Man for Others: Maximilian Kolbe, Saint of Auschwitz, In the Words of Those Who Knew Him Patricia Treece
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl
May Cause Miracles Gabrielle Bernstein
Meeting Jesus Again For the First Time Marcus J. Borg
Merton’s Palace of Nowhere James Finley
Muhammad: A Prophet For Our Time Karen Armstrong
No Time to Lose Pema Chödrön
Peace Pilgrim Friends of Peace Pilgrim
The Perennial Philosophy: An Interpretation of the Great Mystics, East and West Aldous Huxley
The Power of Now Eckhart Tolle
The Practice Of the Presence of God Brother Lawrence
The Prophet Kahlil Gibran
Ramakrishna and His Disciples Christopher Isherwood
Reason For Hope; A Spiritual Journey Jane Goodall with Phillip Berman
Reflections on a Mountain Lake: Teachings on Practical Buddhism Ani Tenzin Palmo
Religions Of Man Huston Smith
A Right to Be Merry Mother Mary Francis
The Road Less Traveled M. Scott Peck
St. Teresa Of Avila Marcelle Auclair
Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) Chade-Meng Tan
The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, and Debbie Ford
Spirit Junkie Gabrielle Bernstein
Spontaneous Happiness Andrew Weil, M.D.
Stillness Speaks Eckhart Tolle
Tao Te Ching Lao-Tzu
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Voice Of Knowledge Don Miguel Ruiz
Way of the Peaceful Warrior Dan Millman
The Way Of The Pilgrim R.M. French
When Things Fall Apart Pema Chödrön
Wisdom of Forgiveness the Dalai Lama and Victor Chan
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Sri Swami Satchidananda

The following are representative works from the great religions that I have found inspirational:

  • The Bhagavad Gita
  • The Bible
  • The Dhammapada
  • The Koran (Qur’an)
  • The Torah
  • The Upanishads

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