I love going to people’s homes and seeing what’s on their bookshelves. It tells me so much about who they are and what’s important to them (including whether they own any books at all). I have bookcases in nearly every room of my home. They are cozy encasements for dear friends. Some of my book friends have been with me, still teaching me, since I was a teenager.
Between the bookends of my childhood and who I am today, I have literally spent years – both as a reader and an employee – in libraries.
I am an aisle-wanderer. I use book titles as a divination tool. When I was still working as a librarian, yearning for liberation so I could create my own work, I vividly recall one day when my eyes fell on the title I Am Potent. I may first find a book in a library, but if it becomes a true friend, then I have to own it. I read with pen in hand, underlining passages, scribbling notes and exclamation marks in the margins. We are in conversation with each other.
I am convinced that angels inhabit books. Some books in particular. They land in our laps just when we need most what they have to offer. Below are some of the many angels I have encountered in my journey through many pages. Maybe you have met some of them before yourself. These books represent my life-long interest in inspiration and enlightenment.
The vast topic of astrology, which fills more than a few of my bookshelves, is represented here solely by Steven Forrest, both because to name others would double this already overflowing list, and also because to leave him off of it would leave a gap in the works of my primary astrological teacher.
You can find these titles in bookstores or online. You may also find many of them in your local library – which I encourage you to visit, even just for some aisle-wandering. See which titles reach out to you.
A note about arrangement: it is my nature to buck systems that don’t work, and in this case, arranging these books by subject seems slippery. A book’s impact on me often defies classification. It may be a book of poetry, but it moves me spiritually. Or a book on spirituality may have a lasting effect on my relationships.
So, I will leave the Dewey Decimal System out of this. Here are some favorite books, in simple alphabetical order by author. More will be added as I remember (or meet new angels). Annotations and links (for ease) to follow, in time.
Lauren-Miranda’s Book Angels
Ardagh, Arjuna. The Translucent Revolution: How People Just Like You Are Waking Up and Changing the World.
Atkinson, Robert. Mystic Journey: Getting to the Heart of Your Soul’s Story.
Bach, Richard. Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
Bach, Richard. Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah.
Bach, Richard. One.
Bachman, Linda. The Evolving Soul: Spiritual Healing Through Past Life Exploration.
Baron, Renee and Elizabeth Wagele. The Enneagram Made Easy: Discover the Nine Types of People.
Beck, Martha. Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live.
Beck, Martha. Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want.
Bender, Sue. Stretching Lessons: The Daring that Starts from Within.
Blackstone, Judith. Belonging Here: A Guide for the Spiritually Sensitive Person.
Borysenko, Joan. Fire in the Soul: A New Psychology of Spiritual Optimism.
Bowman, Carol. Children’s Past Lives: How Past Life Memories Affect Your Child.
Breathnach, Sarah Ban. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy.
Brown, Jeff. Soulshaping: A Journey of Self-Creation.
Coehlo, Paulo. The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream.
Cousineau, Phil. Soul Moments: Marvelous Stories of Synchronicity – Meaningful Coincidences from a Seemingly Random World.
Estes, Clarissa Pinkola. Women Who Run With the Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman.
Falter-Barns, Suzanne. How Much Joy Can You Stand? A Creative Guide to Facing Your Fears and Making Your Dreams Come True.
Forrest, Steven. The Changing Sky: Creating Your Future With Transits, Progressions, and Evolutionary Astrology.
Forrest, Steven. The Inner Sky.
Forrest, Steven. Yesterday's Sky: Astrology and Reincarnation.
Gibran,Kahlil. The Prophet.
Goldberg, Natalie. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within.
Hart, Tobin. The Secret Spiritual World of Children: The Breakthrough Discovery that Profoundly Alters our Conventional View of Children’s Mystical Experiences.
Heinemann, Klaus & Gundi Heinemann. Orbs: Their Mission and Messages of Hope.
Hill, Nancy J. Unfolding: Slow Down, Drop In, Dare More.
Hillman, James. The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling.
Houston, Jean. A Mythic Life: Learning to Live Our Greater Story.
Johnson, Robert. Balancing Heaven and Earth: A Memoir of Visions, Dreams, and Realizations.
Jung, Carl. Memories, Dreams, Reflections.
Kieves, Tama. This Time I Dance! : Creating the Work You Love.
Kidd, Sue Monk. When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions.
Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.
Larson, Gail. Transformational Speaking: If You Want to Change the World, Tell a Better Story.
Lesser, Elizabeth. Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow.
Levoy, Gregg. Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life.
Louden, Jennifer. The Comfort Queen’s Guide to Life: Create All That You Need with Just What You’ve Got.
Markova, Dawna. I Will Not Die An Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion.
Moore, Thomas. Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life.
Mountain Dreamer, Oriah. The Invitation.
Moss, Robert. Dreaming the Soul Back Home: Shamanic Dreaming for Healing and Becoming Whole.
Moss, Robert. Sidewalk Oracles: Playing With Signs, Symbols, and Synchronicity in Every Day Life.
Nelson, Martia. Coming Home: The Return to True Self.
Nerburn, Kent. Small Graces: The Quiet Gifts of Everyday Life.
Nepo, Mark. Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What is Sacred.
O’Donohue, John. Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom. (plus every recording of his soulful words in his own lovely voice)
O’Donohue, John. To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings.
Oslie, Pamala. Life Colors: What the Colors in Your Aura Reveal.
Palmer, Parker. A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Towards an Undivided Life.
Palmer, Parker. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation.
Peirce, Penney. Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration.
Posada, Jennifer. The Oracle Within: Living the Intuitive Life.
Riso, Don Richard & Russ Hudson. The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types.
Seale, Alan. Intuitive Living: A Sacred Path.
Silver, Tosha. Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead.
Small, Jacqueline. Rising to the Call: Healing Ourselves and Helping Others in the Coming Era.
Sutphen, Dick. You Were Born Again to Be Together.
Toms, Justine & Michael. True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do.
Virtue, Doreen. The Lightworker’s Way: Awakening Your Spiritual Power to Know and to Heal.
Watson, Lyall. The Nature of Things: The Secret Life of Inanimate Objects.
Weiss, Brian. Same Soul, Many Bodies.
Weiss, Brian. Through Time Into Healing.
Whyte, David. Too many to list… all of his audio recordings, books of poetry, and other written works – major inspiration!
Woodman, Marion. The Pregnant Virgin: A Process of Psychological Transformation.
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