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Inspiration
These books will inspire you. Some of them just don't fit into one of the other categories easily. There are a variety of subjects here. But all of these books are guaranteed to make you ponder, wonder, feel good, continue your quest, help you understand, or just put a big smile on your face.
Emmanuel's Book : A Manual for Living Comfortably in the Cosmos
by Pat Rodegast
Here is the revealing underground classic, a work that stands beside the "Seth" books as a delightful and invaluable guide to our inner spirit and our outer world. Emmanuel speaks to us through Pat Rodegast and shares his wisdom and insights on all aspects of life. Beautifully written and illustrated, Emmanuel's Book I is to be treasured, enjoyed and passed on to a friend. Emmanuel says: "The gifts I wish to give you are my deepest love, the safety of truth, the wisdom of the universe and the reality of God . . . . The issue of whether there is a Greater Reality or not, for me at least, has been settled. I know that there is. So I will speak to you from the knowing that I possess."

Ram Dass, in the introduction, says: "Being with Emmanuel one comes to appreciate the vast evolutionary context in which our lives are being lived . . . And at each moment we are at just the right place in the journey. As Emmanuel points out, 'Who you are is a necessary step to being who you will be.'"


Emmanuel's Book II : The Choice for Love
by Pat Rodegast
A beautifully written sequel to the inspirational Emmanuel's Book, with an introduction by Ram Dass. The Choice For Love offers insight into difficult relationships, aging, illness and healing, learning from AIDS and much more.

Emmanuel's Book III : What Is an Angel Doing Here?
by Pat Rodegast
Continuing the popular teachings begun in the first two Emmanuel books, a beautifully illustrated volume offers Emmanuel's answers to difficult questions, his gentle but often surprising advice, his views on immortality, and his awareness of human struggles.

Love Song of the Universe
by Mary Sparrowdancer
In the pre-dawn hours of September 12, 1988, a woman named Mary was awakened by a bright light shining upon her. Mary's book, The Love Song of the Universe, documents what Mary saw when she opened her eyes and what took place after she walked into the Light with the Being of Light. This, however, is an NDE like no other - the Beings of Light are leaving physical objects as affirmation of their true presence. Mary now has thousands of the physical objects (including ancient pottery, white stones, shells, beads, feathers, and other artifacts) in her possession. This extraordinary and ongoing event has been studied and written about by numerous professionals, including Melvin Morse, M.D., author of "Closer to the Light," a neuroscientist who is on the cutting edge of new research.

A Heaven on Earth : Human Alchemy Through the Practical Use of Universal Principles
by Jenka
An excellent book that has inspired many.
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Siddhartha
by Hermann Hesse
Siddhartha is a story that follows a character throughout most of his life . . . and describes that life in terms of a spiritual journey. For those who are ready to think about what their spiritual journey can be, Siddhartha will be a revelation.

This is one of those books that you can read in one day but you'll be thinking about it for weeks.


The Greatest Salesman in the World
by Og Mandino
I've never been a reader of fiction books, but this is one of my all time favorites. A good friend of mine gave me a copy of this book a couple weeks after I met him. He told me he gives a copy to everyone he knows. Read it and you'll understand why.

Edgar Cayce : An American Prophet
by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick
Edgar Cayce was one of the most humble and influential people of his day, a man whose outstanding psychic abilities appeared to heal hundreds of patients. The F.B.I. and even master magician Henry Houdini couldn't debunk or explain Cayce's amazing gifts. Biographer Sidney D. Kirkpatrick has no interest in probing the question of whether Cayce had legitimate psychic powers. Rather he presents an evenhanded story about the life of this American prophet, using a myriad of sources, including transcripts of his trances as well as Cayce's personal letters and papers. (Kirkpatrick is the only author to be granted unrestricted access.)

Edgar Cayce Handbook for Creating Your Future
by Mark Thurston
This remarkable handbook presents Cayce's twenty-four spiritual keys, which unlock the doors of self-understanding. They operate like formulas that teach us about the mysteries of living and are evident to anyone who is willing and able to look closely at life. As you will see, these principles can be applied to every situation, and you can begin to use them instantly in your everyday life: Everything Happens for a Reason: You Have a Purpose in Life; Love Means Honoring the Other Person's Free Will; Every Crisis Is an Opportunity for a Breatkthrough, and many more. Filled with inspiring counsel, this is a truly accessible guide to the universal principles that govern the grand game of life. It can enable you to become a more creative, productive, and joyful person--a true co-creator with your higher power.

Autobiography of a Yogi
by Paramahansa Yogananda
Yogananda's autobiography has long been regarded as a spiritual classic, revealing the sentiments and teachings of one who helped spread Eastern knowledge in the West.

Metaphysical Meditations
by Paramahansa Yogananda
Paramahansa Yogananda has distilled the essence of devotion to God in this pocket-sized companion for anyone in need of spiritual uplifting. It's appeal is universal and all-encompassing. This book is what "Inspiration" is all about.

The Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book that Changes Lives
by Dan Millman


Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul : 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit of Hope, Healing and Forgiveness
by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Tom Lagana, Jane Davis, et al
Previously available only through free distribution to prisons, this life-changing book is the result of charitable donations from sales of Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul and gifts from thousands of individuals. In the spring of 2000, over 100,000 copies of Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul were distributed to prisoners, prison libraries and prison ministries throughout the United States. The hope was that this collection of stories would touch the hearts of prisoners and offer them hope and encouragement, as well as inspire them to transcend the limiting thinking and behaviors of their past. The book was so successful that the co-authors soon found themselves flooded with requests for the book from family members, correctional officers, prison volunteers and others. Because of this huge demand, the decision was made to also release the book to the general public.

Scholar Warrior : An Introduction to the Tao in Everyday Life
by Ming-Dao Deng
In this beautifully illustrated offering of ancient wisdom, Deng Ming-Dao shares the secrets of the spiritual path handed down to him by Kwan Saihung, his Taoist master, as well as by herbalists, martial artists, and other practitioners of the ancient arts. Deng shows how Taoist philosophy and practice may be integrated into contemporary Western lifestyles for complete physical, mental, and spiritual health. He provides an abundance of philosophical and practical information about hygiene, diet, sexuality, physical exercise, meditation, medicine, finding one's purpose in life, finding the right teacher, death, and transcendence.

The Cloud of Unknowing
by William Johnston (Translator), Huston Smith
Nobody knows who wrote the book, or exactly where he lived, or whether he was a member of a religious order, or even, really, whether he was part of any church at all. The text first appeared in Middle English in the 14th century, and it has inspired generations of mystical searchers (from St. John of the Cross to Teilhard de Chardin). The mysterious conditions of its composition, however, focus the reader's attention squarely on the book's message--an almost Zen rendering of Christianity, which has a great deal to teach our querulous, doctrine-obsessed churches: "And so I urge you," the author writes, "go after experience rather than knowledge. On account of pride, knowledge may often deceive you, but this gentle, loving affection will not deceive you. Knowledge tends to breed conceit, but love builds. Knowledge is full of labor, but love, full of rest."

Spiritual Beings Like You - Like Me
by Frederick A. Johnson
This book has only ten or fifteen words on each page, but they are very inspiring.

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