a reply to: amazing
Although I do enjoy a good book on philosophy of spirituality every now and again, I find that I discover more meaning and purpose to existence when
those lessons and theories are worked into a compelling narrative. On that front, here are 5 books I would recommend:
01. "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
02. "The Hollow Man" by Dan Simmons
03. "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman
04. "The Dresden Files" series by Jim Butcher
05. "The Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri
Each of those, in its own way, will open you to diverse spiritual experiences and philosophical ideologies. From the clash between theism and atheism
(one of the major plots of The Brothers Karamazov), to the mathematical underpinnings of reality (The Hollow Man), with stops along the way that help
you connect mythology and psychological archetypes (American Gods), to traditional theology and religion (The Divine Comedy), and then teach you how
to embrace those strengths in the modern day (The Dresden Files), you're sure to find much of value in any and all of the titles I listed.
If you don't fancy yourself "too old" to read some graphic novels as well, then I can recommend a couple of those for you to check out too:
06. "Watchmen" by Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons/John Higgins
07. "Habibi" by Craig Thompson
The first is, well, basically about all of those topics you've listed in your opening post. There's a lot of complex writing and intricate studies of
the human condition in there (and even has a half-way decent movie to boot!).
The second, and one of my personal favorite "books", is a meditation on purity, love, and our connection to God, told through Islamic mysticism, in an
exploration of cultural taboos ranging from hedonism to slavery with some Eunuchs, thieves, Djinn, and angels tossed in. It's not hard to read, but it
has some breath-taking artwork, some deep passages, and gives a lot of insight into the human condition and how it relates to human spirituality.
I figure plenty of other members will hand out the good books from the non-fiction and spirituality sections of bookstores, so I hope my reply here
has given you a way to branch out into normal fiction, as plenty of well-written gems are shining among the everyday books as well.
~ Wandering Scribe
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