5 Bold Spiritual Books with Scientific Backing

If spirituality isn’t a hoax, where’s the proof? I hear you. So, here are 5 pioneer spiritual books with scientific backing.

“If spirituality isn’t a hoax, where’s the proof?”

“Where is this heaven you all keep talking about?”

“Karma? Prove it!”

I hear you. So, I want you to give these questions a true chance to be answered.

So here are 5 books with compelling insights into spirituality, with scientific backing. Don’t believe me? Read them for yourself.

#1 – Return to Life, by Dr. Jim B. Tucker

Over fifteen years of research was put into this book. Hopping from one country to another, Dr Jim B Ticker alongside Dr Ian Stevenson, scientifically investigated the ‘strange’ phenomenon that children still have memories of their past lives.

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Funds were raised, documentaries were made; Return to Life is no less than a thriller!

There are stunning evidences, such as famous people being reborn, humans being ‘possessed’, animals being reborn as humans, psychic powers, near death experiences, and much more.


#2 – Many Lives, Many Masters, by Dr. Brian Weiss

First published in 1988, this book on Past Life Regression still hasn’t been ‘debunked’. As a matter of fact, many organisations have went ahead to set up their own practices and teach regression to the masses. Dr Brian himself continues to conduct past life regression on countless audiences and leave everyone stunned.

What starts off as a case of clinical psychology takes a fun twist of fate. Not just because Dr Brian’s patient, Catherine is supposedly seeing her past lives, but also because the Masters from the ‘beyond’ start talking through the Catherine to Dr Brian. This case study provides shocking evidence of their existence.

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There is a lot more to take away in terms of healing and embracing our life in a new way. And it was this book that inspired me to get my own past life regression done. More on that, another time!

There are several books to follow his works, but Many Lives Many Masters is his first and perhaps the most unconventional on this subject.


#3 – Proof of Heaven, by Dr. Eben Alexander

While other books talk about others’ experiences, this is actually the account of a doctor who had a Near Death Experience. But not on some casual level.

doctor’s illness had led him to his deathbed and his treatment was failing him. Meanwhile, other doctors had given up.

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We’re all looking for a true ‘miracle’ and in today’s age and date, this might be the miracle that changes your worldview for good. But where is the scientific backing? Proof of Heaven extensively explains how the healing and recovery he underwent has no explanation in medical science, till this date!


#4 – Journey of Souls, by Dr. Michael Newton

Another psychiatrist set out to explore what happens between lives, or “after-death”.

This is a complimentary yet distinct study from Dr Brian’s works. Here, you will find heavy introspection (at times, intimidating) for profound questions like – what happens after we die? What happens before we’re born? Why we have challenging lives, and how we actually opt for them.

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Also, how soulmates find their way back to each other, what ‘heaven’ looks like, the truth about spirit guides, etc. A lot of my own initial metaphysical understanding was strengthened by reading Journey of Souls.


#5 – Power of Your Subconscious Mind, by Dr. Joseph Murphy

It is one thing to say we are in control of our destiny, but it is another to prove it. Decades of case studies and a life-changing explanation are provided on how you too, can manifest the kind of life you want regardless of the extent of your current problems.

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I have read many books of Law of Attraction and manifestation, but this was the only one which brought results. The techniques are thorough and require not much investment, other than a couple minutes before bedtime.

Read More : 8 Books on Practical Spirituality

Another unique thing about this book is, it approaches the Subconscious Mind through psychology, but if you are observant enough, you will notice the subtlety with which Dr. Murphy integrates spirituality into his practice.


Concluding Thoughts

This list is not limited to these publications only, ofcourse. There are countless research papers, and other great books going deeper into this thing called ‘Spirituality’. And I’m sure that such scientific backing is enough to silence our doubts.

Even if you aren’t completely convinced, it is my truest belief that you will be stirred and given something new to think about.

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10 Underrated Books That Deserve More Love

My underrated favorite books, highly recommended for 2019.

Here’s my list of underrated books that people aren’t talking about enough, have just a few-thousand ratings or even less on Goodreads, but you should definitely add to your shelves (and also read, don’t just keep them sitting there!).

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#1 – Unthink, Chris Paley

(Goodreads average: 3.55, but it deserves at least 4/5 stars)

Genre? Psychology. Without the boring, scientific details, this short, quick book covers dozens of interesting studies on the human mind (and how it’s being heavily manipulated). Easy to read, Unthink keeps you hooked on every page, and will leave you thinking for a long time.


#2 – An Atheist’s History of Belief, Matthew Kneale

(Goodreads average: 3.82, Me: atleast a 4/5)

I’ll go so far as saying it’s (almost) as fascinating and resourceful as Yuval Noah’s Sapiens. But don’t take my word on it – read it for yourself.

An Atheist’s History of Belief is an essential book to believers and non-believers alike, as this uncovers questions like,

  • Where did the idea of God really originate from?
  • How did idol-worship begin?
  • Why are there strange practices like sacrifices, martyrdom and witchcraft?
  • The conception of polygamy and abstinence,
  • and a LOT more!

Value for money, and a well utilization of 240 pages! No fluke, no fluff.


3. Hypnotherapy by Dave Elman

(Goodreads average: 4.4, Me: 5/5!)

What is hypnosis? Can we be hypnotized without consent? Is it possible that we are often hypnotized even without knowing it? Can hypnosis actually be beneficial? And how can we do it (if at all)?

This is one of the finest books written on the subject, and will surprise you with a ton of information. Mind-blowing!

Disclaimer – the book is rarely published anymore and will be an expensive buy. But most certainly worth it, I assure you!


4. Anam Cara by John O’Donohue

(Goodreads average: 4.31, I’d say 5/5)

Celtic wisdom. Philosophy. Mystical.

If these words intrigue you, pick this book without a second thought. In a world where you get a hundred new quotes per hour on Instagram, the thoughts and ideas in this book still remain widely untouched and uncirculated.


5. Invisible Acts of Power by Caroline Myss

(Goodreads average: 4.06, Me: definitely a 5/5)

“Faith in humanity restored!”
That was my reaction atleast after every 2 pages.

Invisible Acts of Power is a feel-good yet emotion-stirring read. Thought-provoking, yet gentle. An ideal book if you’re finding yourself questioning the ‘purpose in life’, or wondering if there’s any hope left for humanity.

This is written as a series of stories with a deep message and a lot of happy endings (happy new beginnings, rather).

Note : Caroline Myss also has a number of insightful blog posts, if you’d like to get a feel of her work.


6. Old Path White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh

(Goodreads average: 4.49, Me: 5/5 undoubtedly!)

Written by an Enlightened Buddhist Monk himself, this book is such an easy way to understand the Buddhist Way.

Even if not with the intention to become a Monk, or a Buddhist, read this extraordinary piece of work to gain invaluable knowledge about Meditation practices, spiritual discourses, and historic recounting (disputes between the monks, rivalries, the Buddha’s passing into Nirvana etc).


7. No Good Men Among the Living by Anand Gopal

(Goodreads average: 4.45, Me: 5/5)

A Pulitzer prize winner, I would describe as ‘UNPUTDOWNABLE’.

Narrated with three, shocking perspectives – one from a Mujaheddin leader, second from a Taliban member and third from a local citizen of Afghanistan, this book is a personal and immersive experience of what happened to the country, and why it is suffering. Even if you know nothing about Afghanistan (as I didn’t when I read this), this is the only book you’ll need to read.


8. The Terrorist’s Son by Zak Ebrahim

(Goodreads average: 4.09, Me: 5/5 brilliant!)

Haven’t we all wondered how such families are impacted? And what happens to the kids – do they follow their father’s footsteps? This is a (very) quick but brave memoir about the story of a Terrorist’s son. Written by a TED talk speaker, this one is sure to leave a mark on your heart.


9. Return to Life by Jim B Tucker

(Goodreads average: 3.7, Me: 5/5 phenomenal!)

If you want to be challenged into reading something outside your comfort zone, try this. It will question (almost) everything you’ve believed in about life.

The major theme is around cases where children’s memories of past lives could be PROVEN, and there are other compelling evidences such as famous people being reborn, animals being reborn as humans (WTF?), psychic powers, near death experiences, and more.

As eerie as this book sounds, it was a breeze to get through and really shook me to the core.


10. The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer

(Goodreads average: 4.27, Me: 5/5, favorite book ever!)

If there is one book you need to understand how the mind works against us, how to meditate, the concepts of detachment, ego, surrendering, and a vast sea of other spiritual concepts, pick this book and you will not have to look further.

This is a beautiful, meaningful and short book that merges psychology and spirituality. I know I’ve brought this one up before, in my list of spiritual favorites, but I think it’s worth mentioning again!

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5 Spiritual Books Everyone Should Read!

The Spiritual world has a lot to offer, and these are 5 enthralling books that give you a first taste of a ‘soul experience’.

Here’s my list of 5 must-read spiritual books independent of any one God, open to criticism, giving readers goosebumps and hopefully answering some questions about the ‘soul’.

These were the books that I read along the first few months of my awakening and really helped put the journey into perspective. And so, I hope you will enjoy them just as much!

#1 – Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr Brian Weiss 

This was where my journey began. I picked this book up at the airport on a whim, and by the time I reached home from the flight, my life had changed. This work is worth your attention because it’s written by a psychiatrist who’s just as skeptical about writing it, as the reader reading it.

Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr Brian Weiss, Must Read

What does he talk about? Past lives! So, he discovers answers to questions like – do we really reincarnate? Why do we have unexplained fears or likings towards places and people? How does hypnosis work, and is it safe to undergo such therapy? It also reveals fascinating information from the souls that are guiding us from above, who the author calls them Masters.

Many Lives, Many Masters is a compelling read, because you get a good mixture of psychological therapies, healing and some respite on the countless questions we ask about life, and why things are the way they are. Above all, the best part is that even after decades, the book is changing millions of lives, and has compelling evidence scientifically proving the existence of life beyond life.

Read more : 5 Spiritual Books with Scientific Backing

I was so fascinated and inspired, I went for a past life regression too! Stay tuned for more on that.


#2 – Illusions by Richard Bach

The disclaimer on this book by the author was, it’s upto you, if you want to believe this is a true story or not.

In short, it’s an account of a “Master”, except he isn’t walking around like the Buddha, enlightening other people. And, he’s actually quite mischievous and low-key. He’s mystical indeed, and he has a book of spiritual secrets, which he slowly reveals to the author through the course of this book. Book-ception, ha!

illusions by richard bach, Spiritual Books

Short but influential writing. There are many hidden truths in this spiritual book. If you’ve enjoyed the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, you’ll surely love this one.


#3 – Journey of Souls by Michael Newton

Another psychiatrist set out to explore what happens between lives, or after-death. It is complimentary yet distinct from Dr Brian’s book.

In Journey of Souls, you will find heavy introspection (at times, intimidating) for profound questions like – what happens after we die, what happens before we’re born, why we have challenging lives and how we actually opt for them, how soulmates find their way back to each other, what ‘heaven’ looks like, the truth about spirit guides, etc.

Journey of Souls by Michael Newton, Spiritual Books

The fascinating thing is, the book is a collection of credible and validated case studies from dozens of patients who all in ‘Superconscious’ state began to talk about similar experiences of the afterlife. As a result, Dr Newton’s work was a pioneer and revolutionised the approach to metaphysical reality.


#4 – Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch (Part 1)

Okay, so we’ve discussed past lives and between lives. What about this life? One day, the author began automatic-writing. The conversation was literally, with God!

Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch, Spiritual Books

I thoroughly enjoyed this book for its humorous and impartial perspective. One thing this book taught me is – God doesn’t get offended! So, mock him, or love him, he’s all the same. But, it will shake your core religious beliefs, and if you’re an atheist, it might even convert you to a fan of the Universe.

Conversations with God works beautifully to move you from a God-fearing and Karma-fearing to a God-loving and Karma-appreciating person. It also makes you stop resenting God, and take up responsibility for your actions in life. Empowering, funny and revolutionary!

This is a powerful series of 4 parts and you might just end up reading through all of them.


#5 – The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

While the previous books are research-based, somewhat scientific and take longer to accept, this one is grounding, through daily, practical outlook-changes. A practical approach to spirituality.

Related read: 8 Books About Practical Spirituality

What I enjoyed the most about this book is the analogies! This guy knows how to break things down for you. He does this, by giving you a lot of easy practices to try; how to push your own buttons, how to accelerate your spiritual understanding, how to truly heal.

A great deal of explanation is provided on key concepts such as detachment, surrendering, and even the Tao way!

Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer, Spiritual Books

The Untethered Soul isn’t meant to be finished in one-go. But if you give it time to sink in, it will transform your life. Therefore, timeless and essential for every person the Spiritual path learning to deal with their ‘monkey mind’.

Michael continues to inspire the world with his teachings, and my newly found admiration is for his youtube video simplifying the different types of yoga.


Concluding Thoughts

While there are many great spiritual books out there, these books have set the foundation of my own journey in the first year of my spiritual awakening. If you’d like to check out more of my recommendations, here are my other book reviews :

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