I am in love with reading books. I often ponder if I am ready to start a new book, since I won’t be able to put it down. That’s how you know you have a problem. 😀

The stories, even though imaginative, consume me entirely. I fall in love with characters – how they are built and how they progress. And as much as I love stories, I also adore spiritual books, books filled with new knowledge and new inspiritation.

I would like to share some of them with you, and maybe inspire you to read more or to just give you some new and fresh ideas.

The Giver of Stars

By Jojo Moyes

“Time flew. And each ended the night full and happy with the rare glow that comes from knowing your very being has been understood by somebody else. And that there might just be someone out there, who will only ever see the best in you.”

A brilliant historical drama set in the US Depression era in Kentucky on real life actual history. The woman leading the book initiative is the brave Margery O’Hare, the daughter of a bootlegger, strong, independent, unafraid, determined and defiant, and with whom Alice finds support and much needed friendship. The women are a disparate group of unconventional, stand out complex characters, that are well developed. This is a terrific read that immerses the reader in this period of US history and the norms, expectations and attitudes of the time, with the drama enhanced by the beautiful location with its wilderness. It touches on issues of racism, class, misogyny, exploitation, and hard lives, with a moving and heartwarming narrative that resonates with our contemporary world where the hard won rights of women can no longer be taken for granted.

The Power of Now

By Eckhart Tolle

“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”

I am a big fan of this book. Huge. Since I picked up this book my life has slowly, but completely changed. The profundity has been in a way where I see the world in a different way and, before, it was upside down. His words are deeply embedded into my soul. He talks about seeing things in a way I’d never even contemplated. For example, he says that clock time is an illusion, that we are not what we ‘think’ but what comes from the space inside us or that we can become supremely happy by just doing one thing – become present. It’s taken a leap of faith to stop hanging on to those aged old beliefs and jump off the cliff in the hope I will fly.

A New Earth

By Eckhart Tolle

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”

Another masterpiece written by this incredible human being that I simply adore. What is so powerful about this book is not that there is much new material here. We’ve all heard about how the ego keeps us chained to our judgements, fears and desires. The difference is in how the author explains his points. Wouldn’t you love it if all the stuff you’ve read about enlightenment suddenly became crystal clear? (I see you all nodding!)

The 49th Mystic and Rise of the Mystics

By Ted Dekker

“Some said there was no irony or coincidence. That the light only used the darkness to reveal its brilliance.”

It elegantly dispatches the misguided dogma of Religion, and it opens a window to the true mystical and spiritual meaning behind some of the greatest teachings of all time. Then to imagine that these teachings are wrapped in a story told by one of the world’s greatest fiction authors – it’s simply too much to ask. But yet here it is, one of the most important books to ever be written. If you are curious of the truth behind Jesus’s teachings, if you know anyone who is a Christian or a Catholic that might be open to challenging their understanding of the nature of God and the Church, this book is the gateway to freedom from delusion. And if you just want a hell of a good story, you can dive in for that too.

Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”

The Alchemist tells a story of a young shepherd boy who goes on a journey and quest for treasure to realize his ‘personal legend’. Along the way, he runs into many obstacles and the journey quickly turns into an adventure. The constant theme in The Alchemist is to pursue your dreams by following what your heart desires.

The Dhammapada

A new translation of the buddhist classics with annotations, by Gil Fronsdal

“We are what our deep, driving desire is. As our deep, driving desire is, so is our will. As our will is, so is our deed. As our deed is, so is our destiny.”

This small collection of 423 verses on the Buddha’s doctrine is so rich in insights that it might be considered the perfect compendium of the Dhamma in its practical dimensions. In the countries of Theravada Buddhism the Dhammapada is regarded as an inexhaustible source of guidance and spiritual inspiration.

City of Girls

By Elizabeth Gilbert

“…at some point in a woman’s life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time. After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is.”

This is a coming of age story of Vivian, a very likeable and vivid character. She’s 19 when we start following her, a college drop out coming from a wealthy family. She moves to New York to live with her eccentric aunt Peg, who owns a theatre, and then, her adventures begin. We follow Vivian until she’s very old. I can easily say, Vivian is a character you’d want to follow, you’d want to listen to her stories because she’s very energetic, sassy, free and fun.

The Signature of All Things

By Elizabeth Gilbert

“I would like to spend the rest of my days in a place so silent–and working at a pace so slow–that I would be able to hear myself living.”

Gilbert is a superb writer who allows her main characters to spring forth as organically as the natural world that they live in. This is a book of well-considered people of the times, who are emblematic of daring and discerning ideas, as well as an absorbing story that will keep the pages flying. The 18th and 19th century comes to life, and botany keeps the composite parts anchored to the earth. It is a both beautiful and intermittently appalling story of humanity and nature.

Conversations with God 1, 2 and 3

By Donald Neal Walsch

“You are afraid to die, and you’re afraid to live. What a way to exist.”

Conversations with God is a book I will refer to time and time again for inspiration, a lift higher and a reality check. Thats all I’m gonna write about it. This is definitely a book for people with an open mind.