As I'm traveling the world, people often ask what I'm reading.

The following are books that have been impactful to me and think would be the same for you. While they are not listed here, don't forget to read Build the Life You Want and From Strength to Strength.


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The Way of a Pilgrim


A first-person narrative of a 19th-century Russian peasant seeking to pray without ceasing. Focuses on the power of the Jesus Prayer and spiritual development.


Zen in the Art of Archery

Eugen Herrigel

A German philosopher's account of his studies of Japanese archery under a Zen master. Explores the relationship between Zen principles and mastery of a skill.


The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoevsky

A complex philosophical novel exploring themes of faith, doubt, morality, and free will through the tumultuous lives of three Russian brothers.


How to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie

A classic self-help guide focused on improving communication, building relationships, and increasing influence through positive interpersonal skills.


The Awakened Brain

Dr. Lisa Miller

Blends science and spirituality, exploring the link between a strong spiritual life and mental health by drawing on neuroscience and psychology.


Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

Personal writings of the Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher, offering reflections on virtue, self-control, and navigating life's challenges.


On the Shortness of Life


A Stoic essay reminding us of the brevity of life and the importance of focusing our time and energy on meaningful pursuits.


The Miracle of Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh

A guide to mindfulness meditation by the renowned Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, aimed at cultivating peace and awareness in daily life.


The Art of War

Sun Tzu

An ancient Chinese military treatise on strategy and warfare. Its wisdom has been applied to other competitive fields like business and sports.


The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Sogyal Rinpoche

Explores Tibetan Buddhist philosophy on life, death, and possibilities for spiritual growth that accompany dying.


Dark Night of the Soul

St. John of the Cross

A poem and commentary by the 16th-century Christian mystic describing a profound spiritual crisis as a necessary path to union with the divine.


The Four Cardinal Virtues

Josef Pieper

Philosophical exploration of prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude, the classical "cardinal" virtues from which all other positive traits spring.


The Golden Sayings of Epictetus


A collection of core teachings from the Stoic philosopher, emphasizing self-control, indifference to externals, and living in accordance with nature.


Nicomachean Ethics


A central philosophical work exploring the nature of a good life, focusing on character, virtue, and seeking the ultimate human good of happiness.


Living with the Himalayan Masters

Swami Rama

Spiritual autobiography detailing the author's experiences studying with yogic masters in the Himalayas, and teachings he received in yoga and meditation.


Autobiography of a Yogi

Paramahansa Yogananda

A yogi's introduction of Eastern spiritual practices to the West, including personal stories and encounters with figures considered to be spiritual adepts.


Mere Christianity

CS Lewis

A defense and explanation of core Christian beliefs by the famed author and intellectual, based on radio lectures from World War II era Britain.