Here are some book recommendations about mysticism or subjects related to mysticism from our Board and other contributors. If you would like to recommend other books, please use the comment form at the end of the page.

Recommendations from David Gonci

“The Vaillant and Siegel books explore consciousness from the intersection of interpersonal neurobiology and evolutionary psychology. The Prendergast and Blackstone books express the presence at the heart of embodied nonduality. From the volumes of Wilber’s work, the maps of Integral Psychology are constantly useful. Former Trappist Monk Tom Stella expresses how it feels to heed your heart’s unrest and dwell in mystery.”

  • Spiritual Evolution – George Vaillant
  • Aware – Dan Siegel
  • In Touch – John Prendergast
  • The Enlightenment Process – Judith Blackstone
  • Integral Psychology – Ken Wilber
  • The God Instinct – Tom Stella

Recommendations from Bryce Haymond

  • Mysticism: A Study and Anthology – F.C. Happold
  • New Seeds of Contemplation – Thomas Merton
  • The Perennial Philosophy – Aldous Huxley
  • The Case for God – Karen Armstrong
  • Ecstatic Confessions: The Heart of Mysticism – Martin Buber
  • Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent – Rami Shapiro

Recommendations from Elizabeth Huntington

  • The Cloud of Unknowing – Unknown Author (Christian mystic)
  • And There Was Light – Jacques Lusseyran
  • On Having no Head – Douglas Harding
  • Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions – John (Fire) Lame Deer and
    Richard Erdoes
  • The Varieties of Religious Experience – William James
  • Hildegard of Bingen: The Woman of Her Age – Fiona Maddocks

Recommendations from Deborah Shields

  • Wisdom Way of Knowing – Cynthia Bourgeault
  • Wisdom Jesus – Cynthia Bourgeault
  • Radical Optimism: Practical Spirituality in an Uncertain World – Beatrice Bruteau
  • In Trouble and in Wonder – Lynn Bauman
  • The Heart of the Qur’an – Lex Hixon

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