I didn’t go to church as a child, and my introduction to spirituality came first through music. My Dad had many of the works of the Eastern Spiritual Tradition at home, so I read Lao Tzu before the New Testament. Since practicing Yoga I’ve been draw to several authors whose writing seem to be able to fuse a Western background with Eastern Spirituality. Some of my favorites are:
Eckhart Tolle A New Earth
As well as being a profound book that bears repeated reading I find this work of Tolle’s poetic and descriptive. I’ve read the opening chapter more times than I can count.
Deepak Chopra The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
The title put me of reading it until I saw a DVD about it when on holiday, and since then the book has been a constant bedside companion. Chopra’s gifts as a communicator, and his ability to translate esoteric ideas into concepts Westerners can grasp is unparalleled. This is the book I give as a gift most often.
S.N. Lazarev Diagnostics of Karma
I came across Lazarev’s writings in 1989 when I was studying in Russia. There are many books by him, but this one, the first in the series has only recently been translated into English. I found his style offensive when I first tried reading it, but now am able to suspend my disbelief for long enough to find real kernels of wisdom within. Mind-bending.
Astrid Lindgren Karlsson am Dach
I loved this book as a child and its perfectly suited to my level of German to allow me to read freely without consulting the Dictionary every line.