Spiritual Books that Grew Me in 2019

Introduction to Spiritual Books That Grew Me

The other day in Spanish class the subject of how many books we had read in the past year came up.  When one of the students asked me I said about 30, I think. 

This elicited some surprise which got me wondering if I had missed the ballpark.

As I write this I am in Panama and don’t have all my records for the year. 

However, a quick check of my Amazon account shows that I had purchased 30 books last year, all of which I read.

Now, this doesn’t count the books I bought at Chapters, the Canadian (but better) equivalent of Barns and Noble. 

Nor did it count the books I read from our family circulating library. (The library runs this way. Any family member who buys a book, puts it into circulation for the family once they have read it. These books travel back and forth as we visit each other. It works great, Try it in your family.)

Altogether I figure I came very close to my target of 52 (one a week) books. 

I don’t do this for bragging rights. 

Simply, I love to read. But not only that, books are the fuel that feeds my fire. All the input means physics demands an output or severe constipation sets in,

I don’t intend to share my entire list with you…boring! Nevertheless, I will share what moved me, what sparked creativity and joy within me, what left a lasting impression, and how today , I am far richer than when I began 2019. 

I found this quote from How Changing Your Reading Habits Can Transform Your Health 

Reading for pleasure can help prevent conditions such as stress, depression, and dementia.

Spiritual Books: This One Sparked An Amazing Amount of Creativity

Writing and the Spiritual Life : Finding Your Voice by Looking Within by Patrice Vecchione  Found in a stack of books I bought at a hospital fundraiser in Lions Head. 

I spent a lot of time with this book. It’s not one to breeze through and throw onto the done pile. 

Here’s my review from Goodreads.

This is a beautifully crafted book filled with the special insights of a poet. Patrice suggests that we tap into our deepest voices through our exploration of our spirituality. The book sparked a lot of creativity within me. Each chapter is followed by exercises and ideas for journaling.

It’s a book to keep by your side, refer to often, and a great source of inspiration.

You don’t have to be a writer to thoroughly enjoy this book. 

Belief in ability rekindles your spiritual nature. It implies confidence in what is yet to come, what is unseen and unapparent. If you stake belief in what is beyond you, even in doubt's presence, you can draw from that which is greater than the solitary self to do your work.

Spiritual Books Two Books About Mindfulness and Manifestation

Neville Goddard has been sitting on my reading list for a long time. This year I finally got around to buying and reading a couple of books.

I wasn’t disappointed. Both books give a very unique view on the subject of manifestation and mindfulness.

The first book is: Awakened Imagination: With linked Table of Contents

Neville Goddard contends that imagination is the key to living the life of our dreams. He is not talking about mere daydreaming but the act of imagining a thing into existence by moving mentally ” from thinking of the end to thinking from the end.” In other words as Joe Dispenza often talks about…”we live as if it has already happened.’

That is the power of imagination.

The book is filled with biblical references to make the point that imagination is the living god within. Neville’s mystic interpretations of those biblical references  brings whole new meanings to light. It’s worth reading the book just for those insights.

“The movement of every visible object is caused not by things outside the body, but by things within in which operate from within outward. The journey is in yourself. You travel along the highways of the inner world. Without inner movement it is impossible to bring forth anything.” Source Awakened Imagination.

The Practice of Mindfulness

The other book Mindful Manifestation: A Uniquely Effective Way to Practice Mindfulness delves into the subject of mindfulness and how to practice mindfulness. This was co-written with Tim Grimes.

Basically. the authors look at mindfulness practices as largely passive in nature. You sit and watch your thoughts and try not to grab onto them, to let them float away. They are just thoughts And to a certain degree, this is part of the practice of mindfulness. 

In the book, the authors suggest that mindfulness is: “…consciously focusing on how you feel and gently molding your inner feelings to your liking. This will in turn, naturally and miraculously shape your outer reality to your liking. ” Later they say, “We should start being more mindful of our assumptions and feelings and how we react emotionally to certain thoughts. If we do this, things in our life can positively transform at a shocking speed.

Personally. I think the idea of mindfulness is far bigger than any one single approach.

Nevertheless,  I like their thinking about taking a more active approach to mindfulness.

We could say that mindfulness is about the expansion of our consiousness to see more deeply and more fully into the illusion, thus bringing about an awakening to the true story of our lives.

The book is an excellent tool for learning to think differently on the subject, and to take a different look at the law of attraction.

The book will certainly expand your universe. It’s well worth your time.

Noble Purpose

Trying to practice mindfulness without purpose makes for difficult going.

Noble Purpose: The Joy of Living a Meaningful Life is the book to read if you’ve never considered that a purpose is an important element in your life, or if you want to learn more about what purpose is about, and how to find and cultivate yours. 

As William Damon suggests “finding something that you truly believe in, something so worth accomplishing that you dedicate yourself to it wholeheartedly, without qualm or self-interest.”

Knowing your purpose anchors to a path and a passion that you can draw from for guidance every step of your spiritual journey. 

It also lends strength to do the things that are yours to do to achieve your purpose.

A mindfulness practice happens as a consequence of knowing your purpose, and your search to find ways to fulfill that purpose.

Noble doesn’t mean something big and heroic. 

Perhaps your purpose is to provide a nurturing home environment for your family that allows each member to grow and express fully without fear or ridicule. 

Damson defines purpose this way:

Purpose is a stable and generalized intention to accomplish something both meaningful to the self and of consequence to the world beyond the self.

This is a short easy, but fascinating read. Add it to your reading list of spiritual books for 2020. 

Feel Good Spiritual Books for 2019

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think (Exponential Technology Series) by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler.

This book is a refreshing change from all the future gloom and doom we hear on the news every day.

It’s not that the authors ignore the difficult challenges ahead of us but rather than use a positive filter instead of a negative one.

If you want to understand how the future is being shaped right now for the better then you need to read this book.

I also used this book to write a piece in my newsletter:

Click here to read Where Are They Hiding the Good News?

In the Flow of Life by Eric Butterfield. 

This book contributed to a beautiful abundant summer last year. 

It also provided a very powerful Affirmation that I used, and recommend you use, often.

I Am In the Flow of Life

I won’t go into detail about the book. 
 

The Book That Set The Theme for My Next Decade

Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative is one of my favorite writers. He has a unique skill that makes reading his works easy, fun and full of surprises. 

Austin writes about creativity and what it means to be an artist. In this book, he focuses on the cycle of creativity. That we need to find ways to keep moving forward through the use of a daily practice. 

How do we keep creating?

Using a daily practice that works for you, not copying a practice someone else suggests. What inspires you. What sets you up for success?

Austin says the uncertainty is the creative edge we need not certainty.

“To be on brand is to be 100% certain of who you are and what you do, and certainly, in art and in life, is not only completely overrated, it is also a roadblock to discovery. Uncertainty is the very thing that art thrives on.”

Source: Austin Kleon  Keep Going

My favorite idea from this book is creating a bliss station. This is either a physical space or a time of day where you disconnect from everything and enjoy the things that please you. For me this is a reading and writing space that includes an array of colored pens and pencils, reading material, a journal, and coffee rings from my coffee mug. 

Where could you create a bliss station?

This isn’t just a book for “artist”, it’s for you and offers ten great ideas that you can put into practice in your life.

Summary

I’m not saying that every one of these books will be your cup of tea. But I hope the list inspires you to try a few of them or to go searching for spiritual books that help you on your journey.

Is there a book you read in 2019 that you think our readers should know about?

Please list it in the comment section below.

Nick 

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