50 Spiritual Classics
So many of us are searching for a spiritual path. Although our reasons may differ, we share the same basic motivation: to lessen suffering and enhance our sense of fulfillment. 50 Spiritual Classics: Timeless Wisdom from 50 Books of Inner Discovery, Enlightenment and Purpose is an inspirational guide that introduces you to different ideas regarding enlightenment, fulfillment and purpose, ideas that span centuries, continents, spiritual traditions and secular beliefs. In this third work of a series that began with the award-winning 50 Self-Help Classics, Tom Butler-Bowdon explores the complexities of human spirituality by reviewing works from some of the world's greatest figures, including: Muhammad Asad • St. Augustine • Black Elk • Carlos Castaneda • Pema Chîdrîn • Mohandas Gandhi • Hermann Hesse • Aldous Huxley • Carl Gustav Jung • C.S. Lewis • Malcolm X • Thich Nhat Hanh • Starhawk • Mother Teresa • Eckhart Tolle Inspire yourself to reach your own spiritual potential with stories of conversion and spiritual awakening. Expand your perception and achieve a deeper sense of purpose and peace of mind. Gain insight into life's big questions and humanity's spiritual evolution with some of our greatest secular and spiritual thinkers. With insightful commentaries, biographical information on the authors and a guide to other key titles, 50 Spiritual Classics provides a unique overview of a newly resurgent genre.
Contents Introduction 1 Muhammad Asad The Road to Mecca (1954) 2 St. Augustine Confessions (400) 3 Richard Bach Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970) 4 Black Elk Black Elk Speaks (1932) 5 Richard Maurice Bucke Cosmic Consciousness (1901) 6 Fritjof Capra The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism (1976) 7 Carlos Casteneda Journey to Ixtlan (1972) 8 G.K. Chesterton St. Francis of Assisi (1922) 9 Pema Chodron The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times (2001) 10 Chuang Tzu The Book of Chuang Tzu (4th century) 11 Ram Dass Be Here Now (1971) 12 Epictetus Enchiridion (1st century) 13 Mohandas Gandhi An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth (1927) 14 Ghazzali The Alchemy of Happiness (1097) 15 Kahlil Gibran The Prophet (1923) 16 G.I. Gurdjieff Meetings With Remarkable Men (1960) 17 Dag Hammarskjold Markings (1963) 18 Abraham Joshua Heschel The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man (1951) 19 Hermann Hesse Siddartha (1922) 20 Aldous Huxley The Doors of Perception (1954) 21 William James The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902) 22 Carl Gustav Jung Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1955) 23 Margery Kempe The Book of Margery Kempe (1436) 24 J. Krishnamurti Think on These Things (1964) 25 C.S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters (1942) 26 Malcolm X The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1964) 27 Daniel C. Matt The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism (1994) 28 W. Somerset Maugham The Razor's Edge (1944) 29 Dan Millman The Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book that Changes Lives (1989) 30 Michael Newton Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives (1994) 31 Thich Nhat Hanh The Miracle of Mindfullness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation (1975) 32 John O'Donohue Anam Cara: Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World (1998) 33 Robert M. Pirsig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974) 34 James Redfield The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure (1994) 35 Miguel Ruiz The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (1997) 36 Helen Schucman & William Thetford A Course in Miracles (1976) 37 Idries Shah The Way of the Sufi (1968) 38 Starhawk The Spiritual Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (1979) 39 Shunryu Suzuki Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice (1970) 40 Emanual Swedenborg Heaven and Hell (1758) 41 Teresa of Avila Interior Castle (1570) 42 Mother Teresa A Simple Path (1994) 43 Eckhart Tolle The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (1998) 44 Chogyam Trungpa Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (1973) 45 Neale Donald Walsch Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue (1998) 46 Rick Warren The Purpose-Driven Life (2002) 47 Simone Weil Waiting for God (1979) 48 Ken Wilber A Theory of Everything: An Integral Vision for Business, Politics, Science, and Spirituality (2000) 49 Paramahansa Yogananda Autobiography of a Yogi (1946) 50 Gary Zukav The Seat of the Soul: An Inspiring Vision of Humanity's Spiritual Destiny (1990) 50 More Spiritual Classics Chronological List of Titles Credits Acknowledgments
A graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Sydney, Tom was working as a political advisor in Australia when, at 25, he read his first personal development book: Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Captivated by that and by titles by the likes of Anthony Robbins and M. Scott Peck, he came to the view that this was an underrated field of writing. At 30, he left his first career to write the bestselling 50 Self-Help Classics, the first guide to personal development literature and winner of the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award. This book was followed by 50 Success Classics (2004), 50 Spiritual Classics (2005), 50 Psychology Classics (2007) and 50 Prosperity Classics (2008), all published in the U.S. and UK by Nicholas Brealey. With its commentaries on over 250 books in the self-development field, the series has been published in 21 languages and is sold in over 30 countries. Tom has been described by USA Today as "a true scholar of this type of literature." The BBC's Imagine (2007) drew on his knowledge for its program on the personal development industry, and his work is serialized in Psychologies (Hachette) and in the Citywire group's financial publications. Tom is an experienced media guest, having made numerous radio appearances in the UK, the U.S. and Australia. He has given talks to a variety of groups and organizations and also leads discussion groups near his home in Oxford that analyze the major writings and ideas in personal development. Tom's website, Butler-Bowdon.com, with its wealth of free self-development content, has had over a million visits since its launch in 2001. www.butler-bowdon.com/home www.facebook.com/search/?post_form_id=d4edc2d48bfd67a3ec5d313b0a9e9257&q=cathy+loewen+beck&init=quick&ref=search_loaded#!/profile.php?id=629154339&ref=search&sid=Trl-RCPHQpC4S6UBFgt87w.3022415244..1