141 Mind-Altering Books to Awaken Your Spirit

I asked the writers in my Sacred Path program to choose one book to read with a curious mind this month – to peek behind the curtain and see how the book was crafted. As part of that process, I shared some books on writing craft, but noted that any type of book would work.

Since some of my clients are writing in the self-help genre, I also suggested a list I’d made of 99 books on spirituality.

Then I got thinking about how many amazing transformational books I’ve read since I made the list back in 2014. So here’s an updated version, with 42 additional books, for your reading pleasure.


Want to expand your awareness? Create a life full of magick and enchantment? Open yourself up to daily experiences full of joy, love, and support? Of course you do!

Start here, with this list of inspiring books, which itself was inspired by a social media meme. It’s not your ordinary list of the best works of world literature, or books that will help you ace your college entrance exams. These books will, if you let them, change your world by expanding your vision of what is possible.

Perhaps you’ve read some of them already. How did they transform you? Do you have other books that need to be on this list? Please add them in the comments.

Next, pick out a book or two or three from the list, the ones that call to you with clamoring voices. Be careful, though…you’ll never be the same again!

Dive in. I dare you! Extra bonus points if you read them outdoors.


141 Mind-Altering Books to Awaken Your Spirit: The UPDATED List

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker
Always Coming Home by Ursula K. LeGuin
In the Shadow of the Shaman by Amber Wolfe
Pronoia: The Antidote for Paranoia by Rob Brezsny
This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart by Susannah Conway
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
The Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llewellyn
Conscious Dreaming by Robert Moss
Fire in the Head by Tom Cowan
1491 by Charles Mann
Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes
Turtle Island by Gary Snyder
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Evolutionary Witchcraft by T. Thorn Coyle
The Last Coin by James Blaylock
Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia McKillip
The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw
The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
Illusions by Richard Bach
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You by Dorothy Bryant
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Drumming at the Edge of Magic by Mickey Hart
The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
The Collected Autobiographies by Maya Angelou
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
The Dreaming Universe by Fred Alan Wolf
Earth by David Brin
The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. LeGuin
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Oversoul Seven Trilogy by Jane Roberts
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
Infinite Possibilities by Mike Dooley
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Sara, Book 1: Sara Learns the Secret About the Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks
Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Woman Who Glows in the Dark by Elena Avila
Anam Cara by John O’Donohue
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Imajica by Clive Barker
The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav
Real Magic by Isaac Bonewits
A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield
Old Path White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.G. Jung
Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain
The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Otherland Series by Tad Williams
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
The Self-Aware Universe by Amit Goswami
The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot
The Twelve Wild Swans by Starhawk and Hilary Valentine
The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
The Odyssey by Homer
Eureka: A Prose Poem by Edgar Allen Poe
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Skellig by David Almond
E-Squared by Pam Grout
The Art of Uncertainty by Dennis Merritt Jones
Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin
The Good Life by Helen and Scott Nearing
Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith
Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The God Stalker Chronicles by P.C. Hodgell
Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda
Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
His Dark Materials Series by Philip Pullman
The Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix
The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
The Nature of Personal Reality by Seth and Jane Roberts
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
The Essential Rumi by Jalal al-Din Rumi
Owls and Other Fantasies by Mary Oliver
Loving What Is by Byron Katie
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
The Journey Into Spirit: A Pagan’s Perspective on Death, Dying, & Bereavement by Kristoffer Hughes
Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Tantra for the West: A Direct Path to Living the Life of Your Dreams by Marc Allen
Fail. Fail Again. Fail Better by Pema Chodron
The Afterlife of Billy Fingers by Annie Kagan
Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Natural Psychic by Ellen Dugan
The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer
City of Refuge by Starhawk
The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell You by Mike Dooley
Dream Alchemy: Shaping Our Dreams to Transform Our Lives by Ted Andrews
The Book of Ho’oponopono: The Hawaiian Practice of Forgiveness and Healing by Luc Bodin, Natalie Bodin Lamboy and Jean Graciet
The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life, volumes 1 & 2 by Drunvalo Melchizedek
Thank and Grow Rich by Pam Grout
The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
The Seven Archetypal Stones: Their Spiritual Powers and Teachings by Nicholas Pearson
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
Education of a Guardian Angel: The Training of a Spirit Guide by Annie Stillwater Gray
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
The Transformational Power of Dreaming by Stephen Larsen and Tom Verner
The Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
We Were Witches by Ariel Gore
Becoming by Michelle Obama
It’s Not Your Money by Tosha Silver
The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
The Book of Afformations by Noah St. John
The Story Solution by Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt
A Happy Pocket Full of Money by David Cameron Gihandi
Empathic Mastery by Jennifer Elizabeth Moore
Great Goddesses: Life Lessons from Myths and Monsters by Nikita Gill
Magickal Mystical Creatures by D.J. Conway
Becoming Supernatural by Dr. Joe Dispenza
Untamed by Glennon Doyle Melton
Animal Speak by Ted Andrews

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