The best new age books

4 authors have picked their favorite books about new age and why they recommend each book.

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This Present Darkness

By Frank E. Peretti,

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This book tells the story of a small town told from both the seen realm and the unseen realm. It is as terrifying as it is captivating. This Present Darkness offers a fascinating glimpse into the unseen world of the spirit realm. I had trouble sleeping after reading this series. It is so well written that it has you seeing things and rethinking everything you thought you knew about the spirit realm. 

Who am I?

My love of realms and fantastic imagination comes from growing up in the backwoods of Alabama. The woods inspired me and beckoned me to dance and build and imagine among the trees. I created characters and worlds and could be a witch, a fairy, a troll, or a girl lost in time. I owe my love of creating characters to the woods that built me and one day I will go back and thank them for the beautiful life they gave me.

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The Quest: Forest of Realms

By Shelby King, Crunchy Tubie Mama,

Book cover of The Quest: Forest of Realms

What is my book about?

Zia's people have been enslaved. The princess watched helplessly when giant creatures emerged from outside the city to control her kingdom. But when she finds a map that could guide her through the Forest of Realms, she dashes into the woods in search of answers…

As she treads deeper into the darkness, she must decide who to trust in a magical, unfamiliar world. Unable to tell friend from foe, the royal girl must collect the pieces of a powerful artifact to have any chance of survival. Will Zia reveal the truth of the past and free her people before something sinister stops her quest for good?

Be Here Now

By Ram Dass,

Book cover of Be Here Now

I recall spending a few days with Ram Dass in Aspen, Colorado, several decades back and enjoying his fascinating stories and spiritual perspectives. Back in the sixties, Ram Dass traveled to India and found his trained intellect humbled when confronted with the powerful truths his teacher revealed. He found himself shifting from a mind-based orientation to a heart-based approach. 

I love this book because Ram Dass distills what he learned and shares it from his heart while breaking all the typical rules of what a book should look like. You’ll see it in every aspect: from the cover design to the layout and paper, the illustrations, and the timeless truths—all inspired high-vibe content.

Who am I?

I am a transformational teacher and author based in San Diego, California. I am a being just like you, the very same in essence. Born with an unstoppable yearning for Truth. Through an unwavering quest for the ultimate, I came to a profound realization. Of our infinite nature. You can too! Books played an important part in this quest, especially in the beginning. We are blessed with great teachers speaking to us across time and across dimensions through their words as they transmit their blessings for our enlightenment.

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Just Be: Transform Your Life and Live as Infinity

By Suresh Ramaswamy,

Book cover of Just Be: Transform Your Life and Live as Infinity

What is my book about?

In Just Be, I distill the profound revelations about consciousness and transformation that I came to cognize through intuition and meditation. I felt inspired to share these insights because they can quickly alleviate your suffering and bring you to Truth. 

I offer a framework to understand life and the transformational journey. I share powerful techniques to lift your consciousness. And most importantly, included in this award-winning book is a powerful vibrational component to uplift you and help shift your consciousness.


By Ram Dass,

Book cover of One-Liners: A Mini-Manual for a Spiritual Life Hardcover

"Don't take yourself so personally" says Ram Dass. His humor, his insights, his ability to capture great lessons and truths in one line. This book made me think and laugh at the same time = quite a feat! I so appreciate his fun look at life with his deep sense of spiritual understanding. Fantastic read.

Who am I?

I’ve taught yoga and meditation for decades to children from ages 3 to 93. My Doctorate is in Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I love to experience personal development and child development has a very special place in my heart. I learn so much from them! It is particularly fun to watch children discover and explore life. Everything old is new again! Sages of Young Ages can open our eyes if we simply open our ears to each child’s unique spoken truths.

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Sages of Young Ages

By Joan Budilovsky,

Book cover of Sages of Young Ages

What is my book about?

In a fun new twist on child development, Sages of Young Ages features the itty bitty yet witty words of wisdom from children ages 3-8. Covering over 90 subjects ranging from war and peace to butterflies and baseball. Simple breaths of sweetness in complicated times. The humorous young sages on these pages are sure to put a smile on your face and in your heart.

Staying Alive

By Neil Astley,

Book cover of Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times

This collection, published by Bloodaxe Books, categorizes poems loosely by theme and contains a treasure trove of the best poems to help you keep on living when life is too hard. There is a wide range of themes, as well as some uplifting poems that explore everything beautiful about being alive.

Who am I?

Like my main character, I’m a Norwegian writer with ties to the US, who grew up with various chronic illnesses. I discovered the reason for much of my trouble when I was diagnosed with endometriosis. Isolated and in pain, I have always turned to books. I craved seeing my life reflected. Since Please Read This Leaflet Carefully came out, I’ve heard from many readers. I hope that it can help people who haven’t seen themselves in art before. This list addresses the needs of a life with chronic illness and pain: guidance, darkness, humor, comfort, and poetry. I hope these books will help you as much as they did me. 

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Please Read This Leaflet Carefully: Keep This Leaflet. You May Need to Read It Again.

By Karen Havelin,

Book cover of Please Read This Leaflet Carefully: Keep This Leaflet. You May Need to Read It Again.

What is my book about?

Please Read This Leaflet Carefully is a life told in reverse and a subversion of what we expect from stories of illness. Having been diagnosed with endometriosis in her twenties, we follow Laura Fjellstad in her struggle to live a normal life across New York, Paris, and Oslo, fueled by her belief that to survive her chronic illness she must be completely self-reliant.

Moving backwards through time from 2016 to 1995, we meet Laura’s younger selves: her healthier selves. Laura as a daughter, a figure skater, a lover, and a mother. To be devoured intensely in one sitting, Please Read This Leaflet Carefully is a remarkable debut novel with bracing emotional insights and piercing descriptions of pain that linger in one’s mind long after the last page. 

A Course in Miracles

By Dr. Helen Schucman,

Book cover of A Course in Miracles: Combined Volume

I recommend this book because this spiritual text helped me—more than any other—to see and choose from love instead of fear in my own life. When I left my prestigious law job, I had a storm of fears weaken my creative dreams. This book helped me to find and trust my own inner authority. It also helped me to feel more secure in life, no matter what was going on. At first, I found the language off-putting because it “sounded” religious at times. But this path is not about any religion, other than the love and infinite power in all of us. There are gazillions of spiritual books on the market, but this one is a powerhouse, a classic, and a gamechanger.    

Who am I?

I am moved by the deepest potential in all of us. Having graduated from Harvard Law School and working as an unfilled attorney, I finally left everything to follow my true desire to write. So, I know how vital it is to have support for our inspiration instead of our fears. That’s why I’ve written 5 books to champion visionary minds, creative souls, freedom junkies, and more. And as a TEDx speaker and USA Today featured visionary career coach, I am always reading for my own growth and for my students. I recommend these books because they helped me to trust in greater possibilities. I hope they support your dreams. 

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This Time I Dance! Creating the Work You Love

By Tama J. Kieves,

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What is my book about?

For anyone who has ever yearned to discover or live the true work within them  In This Time I Dance! you’ll find the inspiring story of how Harvard lawyer Tama Kieves left her corporate life to discover her buried creative self and develop the livelihood that stirred her soul and paid the bills. Going beyond the “5 easy steps” self-help formula, Kieves offers you an intimate mentor to map out the real process of realizing your wildest dreams. With her startling honesty and edgy humor, she will stir you to realize your own astonishing capacities. Kieves begins by asking the question she answers with her life: “If you’re this successful doing work you don’t love, what could you do with work you do love?” 

Birds of Heaven

By Ben Okri,

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Birds of Heaven is a tiny book full of noble thoughts on why stories and storytelling are integral to our humanity. Okri, the Man Booker Prize author of ‘The Famished Road’, eloquently states ‘The universe began as a story… we are part human, part stories.’

The text contains two inspirational essays on the meaning of language and its power to shape our lives. The work presents an alternative spiritual response to the problems of the present day. It is bursting with beautiful and insightful gems.

Who am I?

My name is Susan Perrow. I am an Australian whose ‘work’ passion is stories and storytelling. I am an author, storyteller, teacher trainer, and parent educator. For the last 30 years, I have been documenting stories from other cultures, writing stories, and telling stories to groups of children and adults – all this woven in with a career in teaching, lecturing, and consulting in Australia, Africa, Asia, China, Europe, and North America. I currently have four published story collections, in a total of 14 languages. Three of my collections are Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour, An A-Z Collection of Behaviour Tales, and Stories to Light the Night: A Grief and Loss Collection for Children, Families and Communities.

I have chosen my fourth collection to introduce to you below.

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Therapeutic Storytelling: 101 Healing Stories for Children

By Susan Perrow,

Book cover of Therapeutic Storytelling: 101 Healing Stories for Children

What is my book about?

Working with imaginative journeys and the subtle power of metaphor, Susan has developed the art of therapeutic storytelling for challenging behaviour and difficult situations. She encourages us to adopt the premise that ‘stories know the way’. She offers a tried and tested method for creating a unique story to help resolve issues, build emotional resilience and character, and nurture positive values. The 101 examples of therapeutic stories include many for children’s behavioural challenges as well as some for community and global issues, for all ages. The book also provides motivational thoughts and tips for creating your own stories developed from Susan’s work in practice, in many cultures and many countries.

Mastering Witchcraft

By Paul Huson,

Book cover of Mastering Witchcraft: A Practical Guide for Witches, Warlocks, and Covens

This is the book that taught most of my generation of witches their first steps to becoming a witch. "Among those who understand the darkness which is no darkness to them anymore, are those that tread the way of witchcraft. They of their own accord have walked beyond the ring of firelight and learned the paths of the wilderness beyond." Which was heady stuff for those who wanted to learn about ‘real’ witchcraft of the time; the book having been described as one of the main motivators of the so-called ‘occult explosion’ of the 1970s and still in print today.

Who am I?

I am an Initiate of traditional British Old Craft and the Khemetic Mysteries. My own teaching methods and writing draw on historical sources supported by academic texts and current archaeological findings; endorsing Crowley’s view that all magic is an amalgam of science and art, and that magic is the outer route to the inner Mysteries. I have been a member and later Principal of the Coven of the Scales since 2000 having inherited it on the deaths of Bob and Meriem Clay-Egerton and author of some 60 fiction and non-fiction books on the subject of magic and Old Craft in order to shape the reader’s understanding of this particular tradition. 

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Traditional Witchcraft for the Seashore

By Melusine Draco,

Book cover of Traditional Witchcraft for the Seashore

What is my book about?

It isn’t necessary to live by the sea to harness the power of the ocean. The tides that make themselves known to us here are an integral part of traditional witchcraft even if we live miles away from the coast.  Natural tides are what power our magic from simple spell-casting and meditation, through pathworking and ceremonial magic as we follow them through their regular cycles. 

Solar and lunar, oceanic and earth, and the more elusive atmospheric tides all contribute to our understanding of how our magic works and how we harness these energies to empower our witchcraft.  A magical journey along the seashore reveals how to draw upon the powers of the Deep and collect flotsam and jetsam for use as ritual tools.

Become The Most Important Person in the Room

By Rose Rosetree,

Book cover of Become The Most Important Person in the Room: Your 30-Day Plan for Empath Empowerment

This book changed my life when one of my first holistic healers/life coaches I ever worked with recommended it to me. The practices blew me away and helped me to start cultivating an awareness of my sensitivities and subtle energetic perceptions. I can’t recommend this enough especially for someone just starting out on their path of empath empowerment. The simplicity in exercises is incredible – reminds me that the most simple practices can lead to the most potent transformation.

Who am I?

I always sensed I was from another planet, here to help create a new world by nature of my heightened sensitivity and ability to perceive beneath the surface of our supposed reality. After decades of struggling and nearly dying through addiction to mute my sensitivity, my healing path led me to see how being an empath is the greatest gift, once we learn to take care of ourselves and refine our abilities. My book The Empath Experience is the guide I wish I had when I was born, that tells my story and guides life-changing practices to master your energy and harness your empathic gifts as the superpowers they are.

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The Empath Experience: What to Do When You Feel Everything

By Sydney Campos,

Book cover of The Empath Experience: What to Do When You Feel Everything

What is my book about?

Learn to lead an empowered life with this supportive and positive guide for those who are discovering their empath abilities and looking for information to help in understanding their gift, as well as how to embrace it and thrive in everyday life.

This is the book I wish I had when I was born, so I wrote it :-) It is an easy guide to understanding what it means to be an empath and how you can start to work with your sensitivity and energy as a gift instead of a burden. I included all the practices in here that I was sharing with energy healing clients for years – frankly, things I had taken for granted on my own path after going through so much to find solutions to my struggles. You never know how your medicine, especially what you take for granted because of familiarity, can change others' lives.

The Amazing Afterlife of Animals

By Karen A. Anderson,

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I chose this comforting, spiritual book, which is about a concept that I wonder about myself — an afterlife. The idea that those we love can still connect with us after they exit this life is something I want to believe and is something that certainly provides me with comfort. The stories that this author shares offer so much help and enable us to feel closer to our pets who we have sadly lost. Ever since reading this book, I have seen more signs that enable me to believe that the bond I have with dogs I have lost can still be as strong as ever today. 

Who am I?

Ever since I was a young girl, I always turned to writing to work through anything that was happening in my life, ranging from the first time I experienced loss to my parents’ divorce. I have since published three children’s books on tough topics as I have aimed to provide parents, children, and teachers with tools to discuss loss and change. My most recent book, Goodbye, Gus is specifically about the loss of a pet. My dad died when I was 21, and that was the first death (other than my dogs) that I ever experienced. I was able to experience first-hand the fact that the loss of my pets helped prepare me to cope with grief, and I also learned that we can all focus on what we did have and hang on to those memories forever. 

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Goodbye, Gus

By Amy Lee Kite,

Book cover of Goodbye, Gus

What is my book about?

Goodbye, Gus: Exploring grief and finding hope after the loss of a pet is for children ages 2 – 8 although many adults have reported loving the book, as well. For many young children, losing a pet is their first experience with death. This book helps to ease their sadness, address tough questions that may arise, and comfort them with an honest and hopeful message. The book is helpful for adults, too as it not only provides a tool for their discussions with children, but it provides comfort and hope for them, too. 

The Law of Divine Compensation

By Marianne Williamson,

Book cover of The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles

A beautifully written book on the spiritual side of wealth, money, and profit by the ever-stellar Marianne Williamson. She is one of my faves. I demand you see her speak if you ever get the chance.

Who am I?

Jen Sincero is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, success coach, and motivational cattle prod who’s helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her products, speaking engagements, newsletters, seminars and books. Her #1 New York Times bestseller, You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life (2013), spent over 4 years on the NY Times bestseller list, has sold over 3 million copies, is available in over 35 languages, and continues to grow in popularity around the globe. Her follow-ups, You Are a Badass® at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth (2017), also a NY Times bestseller, You Are a Badass® Every Day (2018), and Badass Habits (2020) are written with the same signature sass, down-to-earth humor and blunt practicality that made You Are a Badass® an indomitable bestseller and Jen a celebrated voice in the world of self-development.

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You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

By Jen Sincero,

Book cover of You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

What is my book about?

You Are a Badass at Making Money will launch you past the fears and stumbling blocks that have kept financial success beyond your reach. Drawing on her own transformation--over just a few years--from a woman living in a converted garage with tumbleweeds blowing through her bank account to a woman who travels the world in style, Jen Sincero channels the inimitable sass and practicality that made You Are a Badass an indomitable bestseller. She combines hilarious personal essays with bite-size, aha concepts that unlock earning potential and get real results.

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