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Top Inspirational Authors - Awakening

Updated on September 15, 2014
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My Favorite Authors and The Books that I Love

This page is going to showcase my favorite authors and the books that I love. I can not imagine a world without books. I hope that you discover some that you love as well.

Discover the best of Christian authors, fiction and non-fiction authors, Joel Osteen, Scot Peck, Joyce Meyer, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, SARK (Susan Arielle Rainbow Kennedy), Julia Cameron, Scott Peck, Ken Keyes Jr., Neale Donald Walsh, Catherine Ponder, Donna Eden, Robin Sharma, Paula White, James Redfield, Rebecca Wells, Richard Leider (Living On Purpose), and Dr. Helen Schucman (A Course In Miracles). Over 25 exceptional authors and the books that I love. Enjoy!!

Thank you to each reader who has contacted me about this page. I am grateful it has been helpful and appreciate your kindness.


The Little Prince

The Little Prince
The Little Prince

A child can often provide us with wisdom we may have overlooked or forgotten. I rediscover wisdom in many areas each time I read the Little Prince.

I especially love the quote "Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." Chapter XXI The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This quote reminds me to look at things a second time with the heart. What I see with my eyes is not seeing 'rightly' or in other words I am missing a lot of the essential things unless I allow my heart to look as well.

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Joel Osteen

Every Day a Friday: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week

Fans of Joel Osteen are going to love this 2011 release as much as his previous books. The calm consistent motivating voice of faith and motivation. Reviewing my 'inner thoughts' while I read his kind words I realize my thinking have been brainwashed by those who while well meaning have often been wrong. The truth about GOD's Love and Abundance has been lost in the long rants and disappointments over time. Let's step back and start NOW!

No past, No future, just the PRESENT one moment at a time.

And... while we are at it, How about living EVERY DAY as if it is FRIDAY!


I first read this book after my home burned to the ground. Funny thing is, about a year before this event, I found SARK and her amazing fans (who are now DEAREST FRIENDS), they had already began to teach me this beautiful healing philosophy about moving past the past and grasping on to the present. Transformation... INDEED!!! The fire was simply another 'letting go' experience, and the 'new' day has been brighter than any ever before.

Transformation Soup: Healing for the Splendidly Imperfect
Transformation Soup: Healing for the Splendidly Imperfect

As time goes by I realize the friendships I discovered and nurtured from back in the days of the SARK fan community are some of the most cherished of all my friendships today.

There is an element of transparency needed to make a connection with people, and, having the courage to do this takes a lot of faith.

I'm always going to cherish the people I 'met' and got to know over the years. There have even been opportunities to meet face-to-face along the journey of life and THAT meet up always seems as if we are catching up rather than meeting for the first time.


The Artist's Way

The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Artists in Recovery? There have been a lot of transformations in my life, my art, and my development in general as a result of this book and Julia's way of exploring the blocks to our expressing our talents.


Julia Cameron

This is a MUST READ book for any creative souls who want to open up the blocks, move past the cynical thinking, overcome any residual thoughts or beliefs of days gone by, and just "BE".

I still remember the first copy of The Artist's Way I received as a gift from a friend. As he handed it to me he said something like "I can't believe you haven't read this book yet" and once I started I too was amazed I hadn't had the pleasure or the opportunity to read it. But, as they say these little miracles happen exactly at the time and the place they are meant to happen.

The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth
The Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth

I discovered hope, faith, and meaning in every challenge in my life. I discovered that no matter what the challenge, there is hope, and no matter how difficult, there is something 'good' going to come out of it.


Scott Peck

I discovered this book during a time when I was on my knees yet again. I had been staying in a very small RV, due to a change in my life's path, and about two days before the hard frost hit the horizon, I was offered a job in trade for room and board.

On my knees in a large room on the second floor over my new employer's garage I found a sense of awareness God was doing for me what I could not do for myself (once again).

As I prayed a prayer of thanksgiving, beside the 'real bed' inside a warm room, as the temperature fell below freezing outside...I opened my eyes and noticed this book sitting on the night table.

These moments of guidance when books appeared or teachers wandered into my path became and remain a common serendipity which continues to amaze me time after time.

I've heard...

“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.”

Ken Keyes

I found this jewel when I was at yet another cross roads in my life. Was I going to move past a lost relationship and allow myself to love again? This book was a beacon of hope for me in that area. I discovered that perhaps there would be loss again in the future, but, hadn't I actually survived that before?

I decided to jump in with a new heart and find out what love was all about.

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Handbook to Higher Consciousness

Handbook to Higher Consciousness
Handbook to Higher Consciousness

This may be out of print...but over 800,000 copies were printed between 1972-1985 so there must be a copy for you out there someplace! Surprisingly, I still have my copy...It even survived several moves and a fire.

A Course in Miracles: Only Complete Edition-Preface, Text, Student Workbook, Teachers Manual, Clarification of Terms, & Supplements, 3rd edition
A Course in Miracles: Only Complete Edition-Preface, Text, Student Workbook, Teachers Manual, Clarification of Terms, & Supplements, 3rd edition

The copy I have includes the text, lessons, and the teachers manual. Even if you do not plan to teach or participate in a class about this text I would recommend you have this copy.


A Course In Miracles

A very dear friend of mine gave me this book years ago and I honestly had a very difficult time reading it at first. Over time, as more and more of my friends were telling me about it, I began to journey into the pages one paragraph at a time, until one day, it seemed that I had read it all and wanted to read it all over again.

There is magic in this book. It has a way of transforming those hidden scars and liberating the spirit in such a way that you don't notice it at first. Others begin to say things like "...tell me, what have you been doing, you are glowing all the time these days..."

It is a Course in Miracles, and well worth the challenge (if you are like me and take awhile to process it all).

Charles L. Whitfield M.D.

I hesitated to include this book. I do not want to offend anyone who may believe that I did not have a dysfunctional childhood.

That said...perhaps my childhood was divine and I was not capable of processing it in a functional way. Whatever the reason I found myself with the need to heal my childhood experience, this book was dynamic in the healing process regarding the oldest wounds I had to work with.

I still remember the day I could say " I remember" ... sounds silly now. Before that time, I could only recall brief moments for each year of my life. Eventually, as I uncovered and discovered many things, I was able to remember everything and let it heal and move forward.

Healing The Child Within:  Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families
Healing The Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families

I discovered moving forward, isn't really possible until we are given the tools to come to terms with the past. Forgiveness (of self mostly), needs to be planted like a seed, then tended, then celebrated as it grows into a mighty tree (an evergreen), that is when there are never again dark barren places that seem to reach beyond time and space and obstruct our view of a very beautiful world.


Catherine Ponder

I still remember a story I read in the first book I discovered by Catherine Ponder. She was talking about a women who did not have any food in her house and she had children to feed. This women had called her church and they replied " know what you need to do." How seemingly disinterested they were, how uncaring I thought.

Then the women got off the phone, looked out the window and saw some of her flowers were blooming. Next thought was of a dear friend who had been under the weather for some time. She went out in the yard and picked the flowers, then took them to her friend.

When she returned home, she started setting the table. The children who had been a bit anxious and out of control prior to this, began to settle down as they watched their mother setting the table. They then knew that they would soon be fed.

Just as the table was set, someone knocked on the door. They said "...I was across town, and thought of you, then I remembered that I owed you some money and it was heavy on my heart to pay you right now."

I still cry when I think of this story...

The world is just that simple you know. Let go of the lies to make room for the truth. The truth is "...There is always more than enough of all things to use and to share."

Donna Eden

Energy work is another level of growth that I didn't discover until very recently. While I was beginning to feel a bit less enthusiastic about things, I discovered that it was time to balance all of the spiritual work I had been doing with some body work. For me, Donna Eden was a find that I still do not believe it happened.

I entered my favorite bookstore with not particular book in mind, and went to a section that I usually do not go into. This book literally jumped off the shelf into my arms. It was exactly what I needed right at the right time! That seems to happen so much these days. Serendipity!

Energy Medicine is responsible for a new level of awareness for me. I have generally been able to disregard pain. Short version: I have managed chronic pain by ignoring it for over three decades. Now I am learning to reconnect with it, to heal it, and to improve my physical health as a result.

Awareness lends itself very well to this part of the journey. Having the tools to manage pain and heal the source of it from within, has been a joyful journey and an enlightening one.

Luanne Oakes, PH.D.

This book comes with an audio CD that has been wonderful in every way that the book describes. The science of sound...working together to heal from within. I have been using this system for about a year now and I can not express enough how dynamic it is. The book is awesome as well, new approaches using similar foundations, but, with the addition of the element of sound.

I knew that sound has a profound effect on people. Just think about how many times you have been able to see a change in how you feel by simply turning on your favorite song. How some music is better than other music at different times.

Dr. Oakes has discovered a way to create sound that heals every part of our being. It is difficult to put into words, but, when you listen to it (combined with the book's lessons), you will find yourself experiencing less stress (in otherwise stressful situations), and you will discover yourself being able to openly interact in just about any social situation with authenticity and the highest regard for all aspects of our existence. Pure Love...that is what we are and that is our greatest gift to ourselves and others, to just Be who we are without fear.

Eckhart Tolle

Since 'Be Here Now', we have not seen a more focused work of how to take full advantage of 'being here now'. A decade ago we were swept into a new way of thinking that was actually ancient wisdom returning to us. Now...literally, we are here, what next?

Eckhart Tolle shares what next simply and vividly. We are here now and the power is awaiting our command.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

"Ekhart Tolle's message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle's clear writing, supportive voice, and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who's ever wondered what exactly "living in the now" means. Foremost, Tolle is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. More importantly, within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already holding the world in a different container--more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness."--Gail Hudson


A Passion for Writing

It stands to reason, that my passion for reading would translate into a passion for writing at some point. But, it wasn't until about two years ago, just after my father passed away, that I once again realized there were a few novels brewing within me.

My Dad always used to ask "...are you writing a book?" I know he was joking about how I would ask questions until it made everyone around me tired. I had (and still do have) a thirst for knowledge. I want to know everything about people primarily. Not the kind of thing you read in People Magazine, I want to know about what makes people happy, what makes people enthusiastic, how to bring out the pure joy that lives within under the other stuff that is plain deception. I want to know how to show people the beauty that I see in them.

So, I will write...and I have started, thanks to Nanowrimo (update I 'won' the Nanowrimo challenge in November 2006-2007 and it was after my dear father passed away.)

© 2008 Deb Bryan

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  • GypsyOwl profile imageAUTHOR

    Deb Bryan 

    3 years ago from Chico California

    Thank you, Laurel.

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    Laurel Johnson 

    3 years ago from Washington KS

    I loved this lens!! Very well done.

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    Deb Bryan 

    4 years ago from Chico California

    @BarbaraCasey: Hi Barbara! I love Florence as well. I've read The Game of Life a dear friend gave me a copy of it a couple of years ago.

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    4 years ago

    Some great choices here... birds of a feather, maybe? Another of my favorites is Florence Scovel Shinn.

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    5 years ago

    My reading list just got longer. I didn't know some of these books. Thank you!

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    5 years ago

    Very inspirational lens thank you. I would also add Dan Millman, his Way of the Peaceful Warrior is a truly soul lifting read.

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    Deb Bryan 

    5 years ago from Chico California

    @AdamzPg: Thank you, Adam. I will add your suggestion on this page. I have heard of Paulo Coelho and the Alchemist but have not read it. I will create a 'Reader Recommendations' section and include this. I appreciate you taking the time to recommend this author for the Top Inspirational Authors page.

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    5 years ago

    Brilliant list of books but I reslly think Paulo Coelho deserves a spot for his writing.

    âIt's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.â

    â Paulo Coelho, Alchemist

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    5 years ago

    What a great list of books to read - enough here to keep me going for a year or so...!

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    5 years ago

    I found a lot of interesting books here that I would like to read too.

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    Lucky621 LM 

    6 years ago

    I really love all of Eckhart Tolle's books.

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    6 years ago

    Nice job!

    Some great authors listed here.

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    6 years ago

    I go through seasons in my life where I read one inspirational book after another. That knowledge that people share is inspiring, then its up to me to put it to practice.

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    Carolan Ross 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    We have many favorite inspirational authors in common, fabulous collection of wisdom here, truly an inspirational awakening.

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    7 years ago

    Terrific book list to read you got here, Deb. Be sure I will include this in my next book list to read. ~Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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    7 years ago

    GREAT roundup. I loooove "The Celestine Prophecy."

    Personally, one of my favorite books / authors is "Earth's Pivotal Years" by Selacia. I come back to it all the time.

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    Norbert Isles 

    7 years ago from Philippines

    Your list got a few of my favorites, others I know but haven't read and also names I learn about for the first time her. They all seem to me great books, I'll get to read them soon. I love inspirations. Thank you very much!

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    7 years ago

    Oh you have so many of my own favorite inspirational authors on this page! I am sincerely thankful for great books in my life!

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    7 years ago

    Wonderful lens, thank you for reminding me about James Redfield's writings. Blessed.

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    Carolan Ross 

    7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    'Great minds think alike' occurs to me as I peruse your wonderful list here, most of my favorite inspirational authors are listed and I've learned about a few more. Liked & lensrolled to SARK.

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    7 years ago

    Thanks for introducing me to these writers.

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    Kate Loving Shenk 

    8 years ago from Lancaster PA

    I enjoyed going through your list. I did ACIM for many years. Even now, sometimes I think I need to go through it again. Thanks!!

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    8 years ago

    Hi, Deb. I love this lens because it's not all the old familiar famous authors and teachers. You have several that I've never heard of as well as some favorites.

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    Lloyd Pinto 

    8 years ago from Mumbai

    A great resource. Loved your lens. Rated, Faved and lensrolled to my lens on Robin Sharma

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    9 years ago

    Wow, we have a lot of favorite authors in common! You've given me some new ones to discover, too. Thanks!

    Does Luanne Oakes use the Solfeggio scale to create her healing sounds? Research indicates that specific soundwave frequencies can repair damaged DNA. I'm pleased to find another resource for healing sounds right here on your lens. :)

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    10 years ago

    Thank you for another great addition to the best self help books group.

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    10 years ago

    A great selection of inspiring books -- particularly The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. 5*****

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    10 years ago

    I like a lot of these same books. Cool lens. 5 *****


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