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Great Books For Healing The Spirit

Updated on January 1, 2014

I spend a lot of my spare time reading. I have a tremendous love of reading. I am a self help junkie and believe in searching out different ways for healing myself.

I started to search for truths about the Universe, my place in it and healing my body, mind and spirit about ten years ago. In that time I've amassed books and websites along the way.

Let me tell you about these books that have given me answers in various forms and helped to allay my fears when I needed it. As I’ve said, I have many books on my bookshelf but these will be a good place to start.

In The Shack, the main character Mack, experiences a tragedy. His daughter Missy, is taken during a camping trip with the family. The search turns up nothing until the police find evidence of her disappearance in an abandoned shack in Oregon. During his darkest hours, he receives a note that he believes is from GOD asking him to come to the shack.

There at the shack, he finds GOD, and asks all the questions he ever wanted answers to about his daughter, life and the reason for living. He makes an interesting connection that he believed that he’d lost.

It’s a fresh approach to how the Bible sees GOD. We focus so much energy on punishment for so called sins but everything, even the most horrifying has it place and reason for happening. If you enjoy reading with an open mind then this book will be a good read.

The Language of Letting Go, is a book of daily meditations. It came to me when I was going through my separation. I say came to me because most of the spiritual books that I have around me each have a special meaning and showed up at the opportune time. I knew that it was the Universe guiding and loving me. I found this book during a search of a book store that was going out of business. One look inside its covers and I knew that I wanted it on my bookshelf.

It’s like a calendar style with a meditation for each day of the month. Since it’s for co-dependants which I had no idea about at the time, it talks about boundaries, limits, self-care, family, friendship etc, etc.

It’s all about positive affirmations in being who you are. The book is a reminder to me that I don’t have to try to be me. I just am. It’s not what I do, it’s who I am inside that matters. That’s the real me.

People may look at me and see one thing but that’s their subjective view. I don’t have to impress anyone. I can be myself. Real. The time here is short and the happier I feel, the better my experiences will be.

A meditation from Melody Beattie for May 6…….

Feeling Good

Make yourself feel good.

It’s our job to first make ourselves feel better and then make ourselves feel good. Recovery is not only about stopping painful feelings; it’s about creating a good life for ourselves.

We don’t have to deny ourselves activities that help us feel good. Going to meetings, basking in the sun, exercising, taking a walk, or spending time with a friend are activities that may help us feel good. We each have our list. If we don’t, we’re now free to explore, experiment, and develop that list.

When we find a behaviour or activity that produces a good feeling, put it on the list. Then, do it frequently.

Let’s stop denying ourselves good feelings and start doing things that make us feel good.

Today, I will do one activity or behaviour that I know will create a good feeling for me. If I’m uncertain about what I like, I will experiment with one behaviour today.

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff--and it's all small stuff, is a reminder that everything, every, single, thing is small stuff. Often I find myself upset or feeling low and when I pick this book up, it puts things back into perspective for me. I then readjust my attitude and look at my life or the situation in a more open way.

Dr. Wayne Dyer is a phenomenal motivational speaker. I listened to his cd’s and watched him on PBS numerous times. One of my favourite cd is The Power of Intention. He speaks truths that will resonate with you once you listen to him. In his book There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, he looks at solving problems from a spiritual perspective. It’s a pretty deep book that encourages you to drop the ego self and live from the higher self.

He quotes parts of this famous prayer from Saint Francis of Assisi that explains how we should view life.

………….grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,

To be understood, as to understand,

To be loved, as to love;

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.

I find all five books to be immensely empowering and life confirming. They bring me hope that all that I see before me is not what this life is about. The material ego driven self has to be replaced before our higher self can come forward. When we let go of that ego self then the real higher self emerges and we see life as it truly can be.


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      fucsia 6 years ago

      I like read this kind of books, thanks for your advice

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      Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      izettl~ Thanks and I will check those out.

      billyaustindillon ~Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Deelstra~ Sure let me know when it's released and I just might leave you a review. Thanks for checking my hubs.

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      Jan Deelstra 7 years ago

      You're a well of information, and when my next book is released, I hope to see it as one you've read and enjoyed! I'm with you as a self-help junkie! And as the Angel Emporium's sole proprietor, I can tell a lot of "angel stories" too. I'll add you to my favorites list and will be checking in frequently! Nice HUB!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      I agree The Shack is a terrificly powerful book with the flow natural without preaching and showing the love and compassion that abounds. I need to check the others out thanks Chris.

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      Lizett 7 years ago from The Great Northwest

      The Shack is a terrific book- one of my faves! I also like Dr. Greg Peck books like People of the Lie and The Road Less Traveled. Check those out.

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      Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Keith Risden, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. You're appreciated.

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      Uncle Barry 7 years ago from Jamaica

      Great, this hub remind me of my earlier years in studies.I love your great mind. Thanks little hero.

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      Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Micky Dee, I think so. I'm glad you came by. One Love.

      @Philipo, Thanks for sharing too.

      @jacqueline coutain, Hey girl, I like what you're saying. Nice to hear from you and thanks.

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      jacqueline coutain 7 years ago

      I like this it lift my sprit and let me know without me there is no one else so I will take myself out of myself,take A good look at myself, ask my what do I want for myself and work from there thank you for this.

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      Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

      Nice one except the spirituality involved. Thanks for sharing.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      These sound like good reads Chris Eddy. Just came by to check you out too. You've been busy. I'll try to get caught up. One Love Chris!

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      Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @justom, oh that's so true about music and that happens to me too. I love music and couldn't be without it. I'm always singing something in my head.

      @taskeinc, you should enjoy it. It's a book that takes it time to unfold though so you have to be patient.

      @SwanofWar, we are spirits too. I appreciate your comment.

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      SwanofWar 7 years ago from In My Imagination

      Messing with the spiritual realm is extremely dangerous, but the rest of the stuff is good advice :)

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      B. E. Shaw Sr. 7 years ago from Atlanta

      "The Shack" sounds like a fantastic book, I'll have to check it out ..

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      justom 7 years ago from 41042

      Nice hub, I used to read a bit of these types of books. Through the years Wayne Dyer was the guy that seemed like he knew how to take control of life but I was already doing much of what he talked about. Still we all need a little direction at times. I wish you peace in your life, remember music can be good for the soul!! Every time I'm trying to figure life out a song pops into my head to relieve the pressure.