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Recommended Reading


Here are some of the books on my bookshelf that I recommend. I'd add a 5-star rating system if I thought it would help but them I realized I'd give all of these five stars. So, with that, here's some of what I've read that I think you'll find interesting. I'll keep adding from time to time and organize it better as it gets longer.


Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent

Annotation by Rami Shapiro

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is a teacher, author, student, columnist, workshop leader and rabbi. In this richly diverse collection of spiritual teaching from across time and place, Rabbi Rami shares his observations in the hope that you will "find yourself transformed into what Saint Francis called 'an instrument of divine peace' and what the Bible calls 'a blessing to all the families of the earth' (Genesis 12:3)."


by Robert Lanza, MD with Bob Berman

​This amazing theory of everything is so compelling! It proposes a world view that I find fascinating: What we perceive as reality is a process that involves our consciousness. Our universe is an active, life-based process. He and Berman also wrote Beyond Biocentrism which is more of the same mind-blowing stuff. 

The Seat of the Soul

by Gary Zukav

Zukav's 1989 book explains that we are evolving from a species that pursues power based on perceptions of the five senses -- external power -- into a species that pursues authentic power -- power that is based on the perceptions and values of the spirit. This beautiful book looks at our thoughts, our evolution and the notion of reincarnation with the eye of a scientist and the soul of a philosopher.

The Book of Awakening

by Mark Nepo

Spend as much or as little time as you like with this one. It is set up with an entry for each day of the year. Nepo's personal journey inspired him. As he writes in his introduction, more aptly named "An Invitation," To write this I've had to live it....Gathering insights for this book has been like finding bits of stone that glistened on the path....After two years, I'm astonished to dump my bag of broken stones to see what I've found." Treat yourself to seeing the world of wonder, prayer and meditation through the words of one of our most spiritual poets alive today.

The Four Agreements

by Don Miguel Ruiz

I think I've given this book to at least a dozen people. The current version on my shelf is one inscribed to me that I found on the bookshelf of the original giver -- I must have loaned it back to her somewhere along her journey! If only we could all live by these four simple agreements, life would be more peaceful and happy for everyone. Based on Toltec wisdom, this philosophy of life draws me back time and time again.

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

by Jonathan Haidt

Have you ever wondered why you and your friend can get along in so many ways but then you feel bewildered by their strong political views? Jonathan Haidt gave us the metaphor of the rider (reasoning-why) and the elephant (emotion/intuition) in The Happiness Hypothesis. In this follow-up he provides the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation. This is one I underlined heavily and will return to again and again.


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