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10 Spiritual and Religious Books For Creating More Inner Peace

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Spiritual and Religious Books For Creating More Inner Peace

We had a lot of fun creating this reading list of spiritual and religious books for our amazing readers at Everyday Power Blog.

Spirituality isn’t about being religious. Spirituality is the connection with something greater than ourselves. It is the unspoken language between all creations no matter who or what they believe in. Spirituality language includes the Law of Attraction, Kharma, Love, Kindness and gratefulness.  Below are my 10 best books about Spirituality and a brief description of each book. I choose these books because they were highly influential in my spiritual growth. I also, come back at least once a year to read these books over again.

Best Spiritual and Religious Books

 

10) The Shack by William P. Young

Spiritual and Religious Books For Creating More Inner Peace
A life changing event brings Mackenzie Allen Phillips to a place where he finds more than he expected. Mack’s questions in order to discover what he has been searching for is similar to the questions we all ask on our path to self-discovery.
“Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive.”
William Paul Young, The Shack
“Each relationship between two persons is absolutely unique. That is why you cannot love two people the same. It simply is not possible. You love each person differently because of who they are and the uniqueness that they draw out of you.”
William Paul Young, The Shack
“Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person’s throat……Forgiveness does not create a relationship. Unless people speak the truth about what they have done and change their mind and behavior, a relationship of trust is not possible. When you forgive someone you certainly release them from judgment, but without true change, no real relationship can be established………
Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive. But should they finally confess and repent, you will discover a miracle in your own heart that allows you to reach out and begin to build between you a bridge of reconciliation………Forgiveness does not excuse anything………
You may have to declare your forgiveness a hundred times the first day and the second day, but the third day will be less and each day after, until one day you will realize that you have forgiven completely. And then one day you will pray for his wholeness……” ― William Paul Young, The Shack

9) The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho

Spiritual and Religious Books For Creating More Inner PeaceThe Fifth Mountain is an inspiring tale of a man who is blessed by the hands of God who must overcome his worries and frustrations while going through many trials of faith.
“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them.
But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain
“If you have a past with which you feel dissatisfied, then forget it, now. Imagine a new story for your life and believe in it. Focus only on the moments when you achieved what you desired, and that strength will help you to get what you want.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain
“Sadness does not last forever when we walk in the direction of that which we always desired.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain

8) The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

Spiritual and Religious Books For Creating More Inner PeaceDeepak Chopra gives you 7 Spiritual Laws  to acquire success in life. All of these laws will bring you closer to the unseen forces in the universe, as they help those that practice these laws to achieve success in all areas of their lives.
“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.”
― Deepak Chopra
“Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment, are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.”
― Deepak Chopra
“When you struggle with your partner, you are struggling with yourself. Every fault you see in them touches a denied weakness in yourself.”
― Deepak Chopra

Spirituality books about purpose and religion

7) The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Spiritual and Religious Books For Creating More Inner PeaceRick Warren gives you lessons over 40 days that will help you understand God’s plan for your life.
“We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.”
― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
“Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.
It is not enough to just say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. “My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.” Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is “T-I-M-E.”
― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
“You were made by God and for God and until you understand that, life will never make sense.”
― Rick Warren

6) Where There is Love There Is God by Mother TeresaSpiritual and Religious Books For Creating More Inner Peace

 

Mother Teresa takes the reader on a journey with her, her commitment with God and her calling to serve others.  The reader is sure to be inspired by Mother Teresa’s advice and commitment in serving others.
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
― Mother Teresa
“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?”
― Mother Teresa
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
― Mother Teresa

Spirituality books about God and life

5) Why is God Laughing? by Deepak Chopra

Spiritual and Religious Books For Creating More Inner Peace“In this refreshing new take on spirituality, bestselling author Deepak Chopra uses a fictional tale of a comedian and his unlikely mentor to show us a path back to hope, joy and even enlightenment-with a lot of laughter along the way” – amazon.com
“God descends to earth like fresh spring rain, and at every level his grace is received differently. For some it feels like love, for others like salvation. It feels like safety and warmth at one level, like coming home at another.”
― Deepak Chopra, Why Is God Laughing?: The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism
“Churchgoers feel righteous, responsible, and obedient to God’s will. They view anyone unlike themselves as devoid of values, and therefore unworthy of God’s love. By denying God to all those who have strayed from the path of righteousness, the devout are unwittingly taking on themselves a role that belongs only to God.”
― Deepak Chopra, Why Is God Laughing?: The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism
“How can you seek God if he’s already here? It’s like standing in the ocean and crying out, ‘I want to get wet.’ You want to get over the line to God. It turns out he was always there.” Francisco’s eyes began to gleam. “Grace comes to those who stop struggling. When it really sinks in that there’s nothing you can do to find God, he suddenly appears. That’s the deepest mystery, the only one that counts.”
― Deepak Chopra, Why Is God Laughing?: The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism

4) Mohandas K. Ghandi Autobiography 

Spiritual and Religious Books For Creating More Inner PeaceMohandas Mahatas Ghandi takes the reader on a journey into his experiments with truth and nonviolence protests. Ghandi shows us how having a deep understanding of spirituality and love, one can overcome anything. 
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

3) Autobiography of a Yogi – Paramahansa Yogananda

Spiritual and Religious Books For Creating More Inner PeaceThis is an inspiring and entertaining classic that has been selected as on of the Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century.  Yogananda introduces the reader to the ancient science of Yoga and his journey of becoming an Yogi.  This classic was a favorite of Steve Jobs, George Harrison, Elvis Presley and many more.
“Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself……”
― Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi
“You may control a mad elephant;
You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger;
Ride the lion and play with the cobra;
By alchemy you may learn your livelihood;
You may wander through the universe incognito;
Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful;
You may walk in water and live in fire;
But control of the mind is better and more difficult.”
― Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi
“Man’s conscious state is an awareness of body and breath. His subconscious state, active in sleep, is associated with his mental, and temporary, separation from body and breath. His superconscious state is a freedom from the delusion that “existence” depends on body and breath. God lives without breath; the soul made in his image becomes conscious of itself, for the first time, only during the breathless state.”
― Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi

Books about spirituality

2) The Game of Life and How to Play it by Florence Scovel Shinn

Spiritual and Religious Books For Creating More Inner PeaceThis book helps the reader  understand that life is a game and whatever you give to the universe, you will receive from the universe.  Written in the 1920s, this jewel has influenced millions of people to find their purpose. Books like “The Secret” and “What the Bleep Do We Know”  are off-springs of this classic.
“The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.”
― Florence Scovel Shinn
“There is an old saying that man only dares use his words for three purposes, to “heal, bless or prosper.” What man says of others will be said of him, and what he wishes for another, he is wishing for himself.”
― Florence Scovel Shinn, The Game of Life and How to Play It
“The trouble with most people is that they want to know the way and the channels beforehand. They want to tell Supreme Intelligence just how their prayers should be answered. They do not trust the wisdom and ingenuity of God.”
― Florence Scovel Shinn, The Power of the Spoken Word

1) Man’s Eternal Quest by Paramahansa Yogananda

Spiritual and Religious Books For Creating More Inner PeaceThis book was given to me by a friend and as soon as I opened up the pages, my spiritual journey begun. ” For all who have ever sought to understand the enigmas of life, for those who have held within their hearts an uncertain hope about the reality of God.
And for seekers who have already turned toward the Supreme in their quest, this anthology of talks by the author of Autobiography of a Yogi offers illuminating insights and encouragement. In its pages, Paramahansa Yogananda explores little-known and rarely explained aspects of such subjects as meditation, life after death, health and healing, the unlimited powers of the human mind, the equality of man and woman, and the inter-relatedness of all life.” – Amazon.com
“The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s happiness, the happiness of others.”
― Paramahansa Yogananda
“Every morning I offer my body, my mind and any ability that I posses, to be used by Thee, O infinite creator, in whatever way Thou dost choose to express Thyself through me. I know that all work is Thy work, and that no task is too difficult or too menial when offered to Thee in loving service.”
― Paramahansa Yogananda
“God is simple. Everything else is complex. Do not seek absolute values in the relative world of nature.”
― Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi:
 

Which spirituality books have you read before? Which books about spirituality will you add to the list?