Vibrant novels that uplift us.
The other day I got a desire to read a really good novel. Preferably a book with an inspiring and heartwarming touch. Not a non-fiction or how-to book, anyway. I typed "good spiritual novels" into the search box and ... found what I was looking for.
"Looking down from the Eiffel Tower, Alan Greenmor stands on the edge, determined to end it all. As he prepares to jump, his thoughts are interrupted by a cough. To his right is a mysterious stranger in a dark suit, smoking a cigar. This is Yves Dubreuil. The person who will change Alan's life. Dubreuil convinces Alan to reconsider his plans, with one caveat: instead of ending his life, he will give his life over to Dubreuil. In return, Dubreuil promises to teach Alan the secrets to happiness and success. And so, Alan embarks on a wild ride of self-discovery. From a humiliating fiasco at a Parisian bakery, to finding the strength to assert himself in his company's boardroom, Alan learns to overcome his deepest fears and self-doubts, face life's unexpected twists and turns, take crazy risks, and fully accept himself in the process. From best-selling author Laurent Gounelle, The Man Who Risked It All explores the fragility of life and the possibilities that are presented to us in the unlikeliest circumstances.
An exciting narrative with fateful encounters that explores the central questions: What is the meaning of existence? What brings fulfillment? How does life take on a new direction?"
Two books by Laurent Gounelle
I liked this novel so much that I immediately ordered another book by the same author: "Alice Asks the BIG Questions". Perhaps not quite as exciting as the former, but in any case very entertaining and at least a very nicely packaged little lesson in religion and atheism: From the publisher's text:
"It all begins the day Alice, a young and successful communications consultant, meets her childhood friend Jérémie again in her hometown of Cluny. He has become a priest and is very frustrated because very few people come to church for services. Alice promises to help him - in her own way.
As an atheist, she begins to delve into various religions and the world of faith and spirituality. In an exciting process of self-knowledge, she not only reads the Bible, but engages with Daoism, Hinduism and Buddhism, discovering a universal truth that not only fundamentally changes her life ..."
Between Celestine and Jesus video
After these two new discoveries, I would like to point out a few more exciting books with a spiritual tinge that I read some time ago.
The Celestine books by James Redfield are almost ancient. Nevertheless, they bring some amusement and deserve to be read again. The plots often seem a bit artificial. But at least Redfield packs essential steps of our spiritual development into easy-to-read material. There is even a film version of the first book, which you can see here.
The Jesus video by Andreas Eschbach, who has been a favorite SciFi author of mine for a long time, was also filmed. At first glance not quite so spiritual, perhaps, but he has his finger on the pulse of time with his books, or - as an author of future novels - ahead of time. The future appears with him mostly rather threatening than paradisiacal, nevertheless his books are not gloomy, but simply exciting. I mentioned "A King for Germany" in this article of the same name. Few of Eschbach's novels are available in English so far.
Not filmed and unfortunately without the last sequel (only available in Spanish or in a free English translation here) are "Ami, Child of the the Stars" and "Ami returns", two extremely endearing "children's" novels. The 12-year-old Pedrito meets the alien Ami, apparently the same age, and is allowed to fly with him! Two books that are addressed to children "because adults can not believe it anyway". But I find them quite believable and simply beautiful! I have already mentioned the novels in this article (only German).
Mirdad and Emanuel
“The Book of Mirdad" is both a thrilling novel and a truly sacred book inspired from very high levels by the Lebanese Mikhaïl Naimy. I read it in one piece, even at night, without sleeping! For me, it is the first book that I consider, without any reservations, as Holy Scripture. Quite different from the Bible, which is falsified in many places. I got to know the holy Vedas only later.
In this blog you will therefore find some quotes from this beautiful novel.
Naimy said, "The book of Mirdad actually departs from any established dogma, in religious, philosophical, and every other field... Its importance lies precisely in the fact that it points out ways to a new contemplation of being."
“Emmanuel's book" and "Emmanuel's book II" by Pat Rodegast are not novels.
I present them here because they are beautiful gems of inspiring poetically captured essences of universal wisdom. And they have long been among my favorite books to look into again and again.
As a pure spiritual being, Emmanuel was in intimate daily contact with Pat Rodegast for several years. He shared valuable insights on numerous radio shows. His most beautiful messages have flowed into the books. Easily digestible, encouraging, humorous and with infinite love, Emmanuel conveys what the "earthly theater" is all about. You will find several quotes from him in this blog.
Yes, there are certainly many, many more moving spiritual novels. I probably won't even know most of them yet.
I still have one: "Zanoni" from Edward Bulwer-Lytton. The novel from 1842 tells about the love between the beautiful singer Viola Pisani and the mysterious magician Zanoni. It takes us into the realms of alchemy and artificial life extension, and finally their transcendence through selfless love.
Oh, and I almost forgot:
In any case, read at least the first of the "Anastasia" books by Vladimir Megre! Maybe you already know them. High spirituality in Siberian!
Update as of July 21, 2022: Today I found the link to the YouTube channel of Patricia. She reads her wonderful poems about exactly the topics that currently occupy us. Her poetry awakens the heart, gets under the skin, is disturbing and at the same time encouraging. She reminds us in many images that we are LIGHT.
So far, 2 volumes of her poetry have been published: Erinnere Dich! and 2020 – Mein Herz schreit nach Wahrheit.
Here is a small example (all poems only German):
I hope you find some useful suggestions in this article, and I would really appreciate if you share your spiritual novel favorites via comment. Many thanks in advance!
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