My Secret Favorite Inspirational Books


There is a chain email popping around requesting that you share your favorite inspirational reading. It got me thinking: what are my favorite “secret” inspirational books, the ones I have turned to for years, ones you may not have heard of?

We all love Mary Oliver and Rumi remains the best-selling poet of our time and the bracingly wise Steven Pressfield gets us past resistance… but it’s wonderful to venture into new soul territory, too.

For your heart’s consideration:

What I most often turn to:
The Radiance Sutrastranslated by the wonderful Lorin Roche


When I don’t want to be human:
The Largest Possible Life by Alison Luterman


When I need reminding I am the queen of my life, a sovereign agent:
Coming Home to Myself by Marion Woodman with Jill Mellick


When stinking thinking threatens my well-being:
Just One Thing by Rick Hanson

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When I wonder if God exists:
The Wisdom Way of Knowing by Cynthia Bourgeault


When I know God exists:
The Book of Hours by Rilke, translated by Anita Barrow and Joanna Macy


When I need to ignore the critic and get to work:
Making Your Creative Mark by Eric Maisel


When climate change and environmental degradation bring me to my knees:
Earth Prayers by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon


Of course, I could go on and on, but I would much rather hear from you – please share your favorite (and perhaps secret) inspirational source in the comments below. Let’s create a banquet here!



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