Books I Love

A very common email we receive at my office is for book recommendations. I’ve read thousands of books so far, but have also developed a love of simplicity and lack of clutter way along the way. So there came a time when I realised that holding onto books was clutter too, as much as I could justify my love of them.

As a result, I began passing books onto libraries and friends – a habit that continues more than two decades later. At the time of writing, my collection consists of 262 books. (My six-year old daughter just counted them for me.)

My bookshelf has three shelves. The only books remaining are those I go back to time and again, or books I love to lend to friends. If a new book comes in that must stay but cannot fit, as happens from time to time, an old one must go. Hence, those sitting on my shelves are golden to me. My daughter has two shelves of her own and maintains the same habit.

The books that don’t get to live with us permanently are often fabulous, some of which I still recommend to people even though they didn’t make the cut to stay in my personal collection.

It has been my pleasure to collate this list for you. You may notice there is no book mentioned on meditation. The technique I have practiced for many years, and still do, can only be taught in person. So please visit the Vipassana meditation global website for more information.

While we have all walked different paths and see life from different perspectives, it is natural that not all these recommendations will be a fit for you. But it is my hope that if you need some direction, this list may at least assist your search. The books chosen have either been life-changing for me at some time or another, or are simply old time favourites.

Please enjoy…


Footprints on the Path – Eileen Caddy

The Way of Love – Nigel Watts

A Common Prayer – Leunig

Light the Flame – Andrew Harvey


The Path of Practice – Bri. Maya Tiwari

Cell-Level Healing – Joyce Whiteley Hawkes

Deep Healing – Dr Emmett E. Miller

The Master Key – Robert Peng

My Stroke of Insight – Jill Bolte Taylor

Warrior Pose – Brad Willis/Bhava Ram

Yoga for Life – Colleen Saidman Yee


Inner Engineering – Sadhguru

The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran

The Journey Home – Kryon

Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl

Happier than God – Neale Donald Walsch

Inner Peace

Being Peace – Thich Nhat Hanh

Siddhartha – Herman Hesse

The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz

Mother Earth

Spirit Song – Mary Summer Rain

The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight – Thom Hartmann

Walden – Henry David Thoreau

The Hidden Messages in Water – Masaru Emoto


Kissing the Hag – Emma Restall Orr

The Mists of Avalon – Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Red Tent – Anita Diamant


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

The Snow Leopard – Peter Matthiessen

Emissary of Light – James F. Twyman


The Greatest Miracle in the World – Og Mandino


Keys to the Kingdom – Alison A. Armstrong

The Queen’s Code – Alison A. Armstrong

If the Buddha Dated – Charlotte Kasl

Creating Union – Eva Pierrakos and Judith Saly


Dear Lover – David Deida

Getting Off – Erica Garza

Books by Anaïs Nin


The Soul of Money – Lynne Twist

The Abundance Book – John Randolph Price

The Richest Man in Babylon – George S. Clason


The Memoirs of Cleopatra – Margaret George

The Education of Little Tree – Forrest Carter

All Creatures Great and Small – James Herriot

Mary of Magdalene – Margaret George

I Heard the Owl Call My Name – Margaret Craven

Bitter Greens – Kate Forsyth

Helen of Troy – Margaret George

The Outlander Series – Diana Gabaldon

The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons


Eat. Taste. Heal – Thomas Yarema, Daniel Rhoda, Chef Johhny Brannigan

Raw Addiction – Katrina Ellis

Parenting (of young children)

Attachment Play – Aletha J. Solter

The Push for a Child Philosophy – Dr Maxine Thérèse

How Children Learn – John Holt


Home Grown – Ben Hewitt

Project-Based Homeschooling – Lori Pickert

Free to Learn – Peter Gray


Zen Guitar – Philip Toshido Sudo

The Inner Game of Music – Barry Green with Timothy Gallwey

Children’s Books

A Waltz through the Hills – G.M. Glaskin

The Best of Panchatantra – Fables from India

In My Heart; A Book of Feelings – Jo Witek

Anything by Emily Rodda

For Little Girls (chosen by my 6-year old daughter)

The Magic Treehouse Series – Mary Pope Osborne

Rosie Revere, Engineer – Andrea Beaty

Girl Power – 5-minute stories

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo


The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho


My own three books fall into some of the categories listed above. As I know first-hand how much learning is contained in their pages and have reaped the inner-peace from such journeys, I naturally recommend them all.

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing – Healing, Life, Inner Peace, Memoirs, Self-Love, Relationships, Money, Hope (and a whole lot of Courage).

Your Year for Change: 52 Reflections for Regret-Free Living – Short Stories on Healing, Life, Inner Peace, Self-Love, Hope (and Courage).

Bloom: A Journey of Courage, Surrender, and Breaking Through Upper-Limits – Devotion, Healing, Life, Inner Peace, Womanhood, Memoirs, Self-Love, Relationships, Sexuality, Money, Hope (as well as Health, Chronic Pain, Courage and Surrender).

May you find the magic amongst the pages of the books listed. And above all else, may they help you find the clearest path to your own heart and joy.

Happy Reading!