113 Books that Influenced Spiritual Teachers, Energy Healers, Empowerment Coaches, Authors and Mystics

I’m a total book lover. That’s why I asked Radiantly You guests from 2018 to pick the 5 books on their bookshelf that most ‘define’ them or their work. What they offered up for us is a wonderfully diverse list of inspirational books. Some are classics and others are complete surprises. Some are old, some are new. A few made the list of several of guests and it was fun to see the energy that these books have imparted on these authors and teachers of spiritual and personal growth.

If you’re looking for new reads in 2019, this list of 113 books will keep you busy for a looooong time! (Spoiler alert: this ain’t Oprah’s book list.)



Arizona Bell

  • If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence, and Spirit by Brenda Ueland (Originally published in 1938)
  • Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker Palmer (2000)
  • Soul Smart: What the Dead Teach Us About Spirit Communication by Susanne J. Wilson (2017)
  • Tears to Triumph: Spiritual Healing for the Modern Plagues of Anxiety and Depression by Marianne Williamson (2017)



Michaela Boehm

  • Crazy Wisdom by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1991)
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (1983)
  • The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche (2104)
  • Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine (1997)
  • The Wild Woman’s Way by Michaela Boehm (2018)



Dawson Church

  • Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda (1946). Why? It’s a revelation of how spirituality is the foundation of a good life, and the only thing that ultimately counts
  • The Baghvad Gita – Anonymous. Why? It describes the archetypal struggle every human being faces, between the distractions of the restless human mind, and living your soul’s purpose.
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (~170 CE). Why? Written by a great Roman emperor, it’s one of the clearest guides to living a happy, authentic, and honorable life, and it’s almost 2,000 years old!
  • The Rubaiyyat by Omar Khayyam, Fitzgerald translation (1972). Why? It’s a hymn to the beauty of people, the world, and self.
  • The Success Principles by Jack Canfield (2004). Why? This is the book I wish I had when I was 20. Or 30. Or 40 years old! It gives you the 64 habits of successful people, and is the definitive shortcut to success.



Larry Dossey

  • Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Man’s Spiritual Consciousness by Evelyn Underhill (1911)
  • The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley (1945)
  • Quantum Reality by Nick Herbert (1985)
  • The Spectrum of Consciousness by Ken Wilber (1977)
  • What Is Life? Mind and Matter by Erwin Schrödinger (1944)



Brigit Esselmont

  • The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho (1988)
  • The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks (2009)
  • The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss (2007)
  • The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle (1997)
  • Synchrodestiny: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence to Create Miracles by Deepak Chopra (1998)



Rev. Matthew Fox

  • Coming of the Cosmic Christ by Rev. Matthew Fox (1988)
  • Naming the Unnameable: 89 Wonderful and Useful Names for God….Including the Unnameable God by Rev. Matthew Fox (2018)
  • Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action by Rev. Matthew Fox, Skylar Wilson & Jennifer Berit Listug (2018)
  • Original Blessing by Rev. Matthew Fox (1983)
  • Stations of the Cosmic Christ book and Meditation Cards by Rev. Matthew Fox
  • This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein (2014)



Michael Goddart

  • Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess (1980)
  • The Imitation of Christ by Thomas á Kempis (1400s)
  • Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (1962)
  • The Path of the Masters by Julian Johnson (1939)
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1854)



Karen Hager

  • The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron (1992)
  • Ask Your Guides by Sonia Choquette (2005)
  • Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith (1996)
  • No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting by Anne L. Macdonald (1988)
  • The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch (1978)



Gay Hendricks

  • The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment by Thaddeus Golas (1971)
  • The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius by Marcus Aurelius (~170 CE)
  • Meetings with Remarkable Men by Georges Gurdjieff (1963)
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967)
  • Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings by Rob Brezsny (1999)



Mitch Horowitz

  • Occulture: The Unseen Forces That Drive Culture Forward by Carl Abrahamsson (2018)
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton (1667)
  • Resurrection by Neville Goddard (1967)
  • The Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey (1969)
  • Yes I Can by Sammy Davis, Jr. (1965)



Sandra Ingerman

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1943)
  • The Power of Awareness by Neville Goddard (1952)
  • Psychosynthesis by Roberto Assagioli (1965 first printing)
  • The Sacred Balance by David Suzuki (1997)
  • Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self by Sandra Ingerman (1991)
  • What I’ve Always Known: Living in Full Awareness of the Earth by Tom Harmer (2003)



Miranda Macpherson

  • Be as you Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, Edited by David Godman (1989)
  • A Course in Miracles published by Foundation for Inner Peace (1976)
  • The Essential Teachings of Ramana Maharshi: A Visual Journey by Ramana Maharshi (2002). I call this my “magic” book.
  • Meditation for the Love of It: Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience by Sally Kempton (2011)
  • Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-Year-Old Spiritual Masterpiece by Christopher Wallace (2017)



Sunny Joy McMillan

  • The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks (2009)
  • Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck (2001)
  • Kryon Book 1 – The End Times by Lee Carroll/Kryon (1993)
  • The Oversoul Seven Trilogy by Jane Roberts/Seth (1995)
  • Steering by Starlight: The Science and Magic of Finding Your Destiny by Martha Beck (2008)



Avital Miller

  • Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda (1946).
  • Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani (2012)
  • Healing Happens: Stories of Healing Against All Odds by Avital Miller (2018)
  • The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By by Carol S. Pearson (1986)
  • How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality by Paramahansa Yogananda



Richard Miller

  • The Alchemy of Freedom: The Philosophers’ Stone and the Secrets of Existence by A. H. Almaas (2017)
  • The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche (2014)
  • Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-Year-Old Spiritual Masterpiece by Christopher Wallace (2017)
  • Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition by Christopher Wallis (2012)
  • Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker (2017)



Margaret Nies

  • Body Reflexology: Healing at Your Fingertips by Mildred Carter and Tammy Weber (2002)
  • The Energy Cure: Unraveling the Mystery of Hands-On Healing by William Bengston (2010)
  • Letters of the Scattered Brotherhood, Mary Strong (1948)
  • Lifting the Sky by Mackie d’Arge (2009)
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)
  • The Secret Life of Plants: A Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird (1973)
  • The Soul: An Owner’s Manual: Discovering the Life of Fullness by George Jaidar (1995) Margaret’s first and foremost pick!
  • A Story Like the Wind by Laurens van der Post (1972)
  • That Summer in Sicily: A Love Story by Marlena De Blasi (2008)
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962) …and the rest in the triology!



Karen Noé

  • Ask and it is Given by Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks (2004)
  • A Course in Miracles published by Foundation for Inner Peace (1976)
  • Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You by Serena Dyer (2014)
  • There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem by Wayne Dyer (1975)
  • You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay (1984)



Akal Pritam

  • Fairie-ality: The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand by David Downton and David Ellwand (2002)
  • In and Out the Garden by Sara Midda (1981)
  • On Flowers by Kathryn Kleinman and Sara Slavin (1988)
  • The Pleiadian Agenda: A New Cosmology for the Age of Light by Barbara Hand Clow (1995)
  • The Selby is in Your Place by Todd Selby (2010)



Bonnie Rose

  • Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self by Richard Rohr (2012)
  • Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West by Daniel Ladinsky (Translator) (2002)
  • My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging by Rachel Naomi Remen (2000)
  • Our Town: A Play in Three Acts by Thornton Wilder (2003)
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Greg Boyle (2010)



Linnie Thomas

  • All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulgham (1986)
  • Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach (1977)
  • Jonathon Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach (1970)
  • Living Synergistically by Thomas Willhite (1982)
  • The Secret Path by Paul Brunton (1934)



Christine Valters Paintner

  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (2017)
  • Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver by Mary Oliver (2017)
  • Experiencing Hildegard: Jungian Perspectives by Avis Clendenen (2012)
  • Into the Silent Land: The Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird (2006)
  • Jung and the Ancestors: Beyond Biography, Mending the Ancestral Web by Sandra Easter (2016)



Alexia Vernon

  • Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal (2017)
  • Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis (2018)
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough” by Brené Brown (2007)
  • Step Into Your Moxie: Amplify Your Voice, Visibility, and Influence in the World by Alexia Vernon (2018)
  • You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero (2017)



Brad Yates

  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown (2012)
  • Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach (1977)
  • Jonathon Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach (1970)
  • The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles (1910)
  • The Success Principles by Jack Canfield (2004)



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