Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religion & Spirituality - August 2021



Books in the religion genre focus on all the aspects of a specific religion. The books in this genre revolve around the organization of collective cultural and religious beliefs. The main objective of the religion genre is to explain the meaning of life and the origin of the whole universe from the eye of a creator-the God. They also include the origin and the history of specific religions. Books in the spirituality genre depict one’s transformation while recognizing a greater and divine power than oneself. This genre can be about one’s experience of a journey to developing a solid relationship with God/creator. Spirituality can be different from religion in terms of psychological knowledge and personal growth. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Religion & Spirituality.

1. The Authoritarian Moment: How the Left Weaponized America's Institutions Against Dissent


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religion & Spirituality - August 2021

How far are Americans willing to go to force each other to fall in line? According to the establishment media, the intelligentsia, and our political chattering class, the greatest threat to American freedom lies in right-wing authoritarianism. We’ve heard that some 75 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump represent the rise of American fascism; that conservatives have allowed authoritarianism to bloom in their midst, creating a grave danger for the republic. But what if the true authoritarian threat to America doesn’t come from the political right, but from the supposedly anti-fascist left? There are certainly totalitarians on the political right. But statistically, they represent a fringe movement with little institutional clout. The authoritarian left, meanwhile, is ascendant in nearly every area of American life. A small number of leftists - college-educated, coastal, and uncompromising - have not just taken over the Democratic Party but our corporations, our universities, our scientific establishment, our cultural institutions. And they have used their newfound power to silence their opposition. The authoritarian left is aggressively insistent that everyone must conform to its values, demanding submission and conformity. The dogmatic left is obsessed with putting people in categories and changing human nature. Everyone who opposes it must be destroyed.  Ben Shapiro looks at everything from pop culture to the Frankfurt school, social media to the founding fathers, to explain the origins of our turn to tyranny, and why so many seem blind to it. More than a catalog of bad actors and intemperate acts, The Authoritarian Moment lays bare the intolerance and rigidity creeping into all American ideology - and prescribes the solution to ending the authoritarianism that threatens our future. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

  • Author: Ben Shapiro
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, Specific Topics, Human Rights

                 

2. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religion & Spirituality - August 2021

In The Four Agreements , bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. •  A  New York Times bestseller for over a decade •  Translated into 46 languages worldwide   “This book by don Miguel Ruiz, simple yet so powerful, has made a tremendous difference in how I think and act in every encounter.” — Oprah Winfrey “Don Miguel Ruiz’s book is a roadmap to enlightenment and freedom.” — Deepak Chopra, Author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success “An inspiring book with many great lessons.” — Wayne Dyer, Author, Real Magic “In the tradition of Castaneda, Ruiz distills essential Toltec wisdom, expressing with clarity and impeccability what it means for men and women to live as peaceful warriors in the modern world.” — Dan Millman, Author, Way of the Peaceful Warrior

  • Author: Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Publisher: Amber-Allen Publishing, Incorporated (July 10, 2018)
  • Genre: Self-Help, Personal Transformation
  • ISBN: 978-1878424310
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.21 x 9 inches

                 

3. Chasing Fireflies: A Novel of Discovery


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religion & Spirituality - August 2021

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Mountain Between Us comes a powerful story about fishing, baseball, home cooking, and other matters of life and death . . . “Never settle for less than the truth,” she told him. On a stifling summer day, an old Chevy Impala ignored the warning signals and was annihilated by the oncoming train. What no one realized until much later was that the driver had paused just before entering the tracks and kicked a small boy out of the car. A small boy with broken glasses who is clutching a notebook with all his might . . . but who never speaks. Chase Walker was one of the lucky ones. He was in foster care as a child, but he finally ended up with a family who loved him and cared for him. Now, as a journalist for the local paper, he’s moved on and put the past behind him. But when he’s assigned the story of this young boy, painful, haunting questions about his own childhood begin to rise to the surface. And as Chase Walker discovers, learning the truth about who you are can be as elusive—and as magical—as chasing fireflies on a summer night. “Martin understands the power of story and he uses it to alter the souls and lives of both his characters and his readers . . .” —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author Stand-alone novel Book length: 100,000 words Also by Charles Martin: The Water Keeper, Send Down the Rain, Long Way Gone, and When Crickets Cry Includes insights from the author and discussion questions for book clubs

  • Author: Charles Martin
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 10, 2008)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Religion & Spirituality

                 

4. How to Relax (Mindfulness Essentials Book 5)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religion & Spirituality - August 2021

Thich Nhat Hanh continues his exploration of Zen mindfulness practices with this pocket-sized how-to guide that demonstrates the importance of taking time to stop, relax, and recharge How to Relax is part of The Mindfulness Essentials series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, introducing beginners and reminding seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. Pocket-sized, with original two color illustrations by celebrated artist Jason DeAntonis, How to Relax shows how critical it is to regularly interrupt the hub-bub and routine of our lives to stop, relax mindfully, and recharge. Thich Nhat Hanh says that when we relax, we “become calm water, and we will reflect reality as it is. If we’re not calm, the image we reflect will be distorted. When the image is distorted by our minds, it’s not the reality, and it causes lots of suffering.” Relaxation is essential for accessing the tranquility and joy that lead to increased personal well-being. With sections on healing, relief from nonstop thinking, transforming unpleasant sounds, solitude, being peace, and more, How to Relax includes meditations you can do to help you achieve the benefits of relaxation no matter where you are. Scientific studies indicate that meditation contributes tremendously to well-being, general health, and longevity. How to Relax is a unique gift for those who want a simple guide to achieving deep relaxation, controlling stress, and renewing mental freshness and clarity, appropriate for those practicing in any spiritual tradition, whether seasoned practitioners or new to meditations.

  • Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Publisher: Parallax Press (September 18, 2015)
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism

                 

5. How to Be Fine: What We Learned by Living by the Rules of 50 Self-Help Books


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religion & Spirituality - August 2021

A humorous and insightful look into what advice works, what doesn't, and what it means to transform yourself, by the co-hosts of the popular By the Book podcast. In each episode of their podcast By the Book , Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer take a deep dive into a different self-help book, following its specific instructions, rules, and advice to the letter. From diet and productivity to decorating to social interactions, they try it all, record themselves along the way, then share what they’ve learned with their devoted and growing audience of fans who tune in. Before they began their podcast, Jolenta wanted to believe the promises of self-help books, while Kristen was very much the skeptic. They embraced their differences of opinion, hoping they’d be good for laughs and downloads. But in the years since launching the By the Book , they’ve come to realize their show is about much more than humor. In fact, reading and following each book’s advice has actually changed and improved their lives. Thanks to the show, Kristen penned the Amish romance novel she’d always joked about writing, traveled back to her past lives, and she broached some difficult conversations with her husband about their marriage. Jolenta finally memorized her husband’s phone number, began tracking her finances, and fell in love with cutting clutter.  In How to Be Fine , Jolenta and Kristen synthesize the lessons and insights they’ve learned and share their experiences with everyone. How to Be Fine is a thoughtful look at the books and practices that have worked, real talk on those that didn’t, and a list of philosophies they want to see explored in-depth. The topics they cover include: Getting off your device Engaging in positive self-talk Downsizing Admitting you're a liar Meditation Going outside Getting in touch with your emotions Seeing a therapist Part memoir, part prescriptive handbook, this honest, funny, and heartfelt guide is like a warm soul-baring conversation with your closest and smartest friends. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

  • Author: Jolenta Greenberg
  • Genre: Computers & Technology, Internet & Social Media, Podcasts & Webcasts

                 



6. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religion & Spirituality - August 2021

Over 12 million copies sold! A New York Times bestseller for 10 years running. Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge. How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life? In the #1 New York Times international bestseller The 5 Love Languages , you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today. The 5 Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful. Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work. Includes the Couple's Personal Profile assessment so you can discover your love language and that of your loved one.

  • Author: Gary Chapman
  • Publisher: Northfield Publishing; Reprint edition (January 1, 2015)
  • Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
  • ISBN: 978-0802412706
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.39 x 8.5 inches

                 

7. Crystals for Beginners: The Guide to Get Started with the Healing Power of Crystals


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religion & Spirituality - August 2021

Find comfort, balance, and emotional healing with crystals Discover how crystals and healing stones can help you fight stress, cope with anxiety, and more as you explore the basics of crystal energy healing with this beginner’s guide. With simple guidance, you’ll learn to curate your own crystal collection, and detailed crystal profiles will help you choose the crystal that works best for your healing. Unearth the power of healing crystals with: Easy guidance ―Explore every facet of crystal healing, including how to use different crystals and the top 10 crystals for your collection. Healing remedies ―Overcome negative emotions and foster positive growth with specific crystal prescriptions and healing mantras. Comprehensive crystal profiles ―Learn to identify crystal types with 50 detailed crystal profiles that feature images of both worked and unworked versions. Harmonize and heal your body, spirit, and mind with Crystals for Beginners .

  • Author: Karen Frazier
  • Publisher: Althea Press (October 17, 2017)
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, New Age & Spirituality
  • ISBN: 978-1623159917
  • Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches

                 

8. The Secret Messenger: The gripping historical fiction novel from the international bestseller


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religion & Spirituality - August 2021

The highly awaited new novel from the internationally bestselling author of The German Midwife (also published as A Woman of War ). Venice, 1943 The world is at war, and Stella Jilani is leading a double life. By day she works in the lion’s den as a typist for the Reich; by night, she risks her life as a messenger for the Italian resistance. Against all odds, Stella must impart Nazi secrets, smuggle essential supplies and produce an underground newspaper on her beloved typewriter. But when German commander General Breugal becomes suspicious, it seems he will stop at nothing to find the mole, and Stella knows her future could be in jeopardy. London, 2017 Years later, Luisa Belmont finds a mysterious old typewriter in her attic. Determined to find out who it belonged to, Luisa delves into the past and uncovers a story of fierce love, unimaginable sacrifice and, ultimately, the worst kind of betrayal… Set between German-occupied 1940s Venice and modern-day London, this is a fascinating tale of the bravery of everyday women in the darkest corners of WWII, for readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. Praise for The Secret Messenger : ‘Rich and captivating…a vivid story of love, sacrifice and betrayal.’ Woman’s World ‘Intriguing, pacy and fascinating.’ Suzanne Goldring, author of My Name is Eva ‘Unique, emotional and life-affirming.’ Melanie Hudson, author of The Last Letter from Juliet ‘A beautifully written novel, perfect for historical fiction lovers.’ Soraya M. Lane, bestselling author of The Girls of Pearl Harbor ‘Another fantastic page-turner.’ LP Fergusson, author of A Dangerous Act of Kindness ‘I felt I was walking alongside Stella over bridges and along canals at every heartstopping moment… Wonderful.’ Molly Green, author of An Orphan’s Wish ‘One of the stronger novels that pays homage to the women involved in the movements of resistance.’ Reader review ‘Refreshingly different. Even if you think you have read enough war books this year I strongly recommend you read this one.’ Reader review ‘If you like WWII stories, this is a must read.’ Reader review

  • Author: Mandy Robotham
  • Publisher: Avon (December 12, 2019)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction

                 

9. 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religion & Spirituality - August 2021

In her second compilation of published writing, Brianna Wiest explores pursuing purpose over passion, embracing negative thinking, seeing the wisdom in daily routine, and becoming aware of the cognitive biases that are creating the way you see your life. This book contains never before seen pieces as well as some of Brianna's most popular essays, all of which just might leave you thinking: this idea changed my life.

  • Author: Brianna Wiest
  • Publisher: Thought Catalog Books (November 7, 2018)
  • Genre: Medical Books, Psychology
  • ISBN: 978-1945796067
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.01 x 8.5 inches

                 

10. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religion & Spirituality - August 2021

Brené Brown’s game-changing New York Times bestseller, The Gifts of Imperfection, has sold more than 2 million copies in more than 30 different languages and is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in print. Forbes magazine named Gifts one of the "Five Books That Will Actually Change Your Outlook On Life." Through this self-help classic we find courage to overcome paralyzing fear and self-consciousness, strengthening our connection to the world and helping us to believe we are worthy of self-discovery, personal growth, and boundless love. A motivational and inspiring guide to wholehearted living, rather than just the average self-help book, with this groundbreaking work Brené Brown, Ph.D., bolsters the self-esteem and personal development process through her characteristic heartfelt, honest storytelling. With original research and plenty of encouragement, she explores the psychology of releasing our definitions of an “imperfect” life and embracing living authentically. Brown’s “ten guideposts”  are benchmarks for authenticity that can help anyone establish a practice for a life of honest beauty—a perfectly imperfect life. Now more than ever, we all need to cultivate feelings of self-worth, as well as acceptance and love for ourselves. In a world where insults, criticisms, and fears are spread too generously alongside messages of unrealistic beauty, attainment, and expectation, we look for ways to “dig deep” and find truth and gratitude in our lives. A new way forward means we can’t hold on too tightly to our own self-defeating thoughts or the displaced pain in our world. Instead, we can embrace the imperfection.

  • Author: Brené Brown
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing; 1st edition (August 27, 2010)
  • Genre: Self-Help, Creativity
  • ISBN: 978-1592858491
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches