As I first ventured into meditation/spiritual studies at 33, a friend suggested that I read Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. I lived in New York City at the time and the book seemed to be everywhere in every book store. Once I started it, I barely could put it down. When I finished the book 24 hours later, I was a different person.
Obviously I suggest that if you are into spiritual growth and development get this book and read it. Dear Christian Friends, Yogananda had an intimate and deeply respectful relationship with Jesus Christ. The book explains (in ways the books of The New Testament didn’t include) the workings of the mind of the awakening of an extraordinary child of God.
From Amazon’s Overview: At once a riveting account of an extraordinary life and a remarkably accessible introduction to a little-known spiritual science, Yogananda’s Autobiography is something of a publishing phenomenon. When it first appeared in print in 1946, Newsweek called it “fascinating”. The New York Times hailed it as a “rare account”. … The Autobiography of a Yogi continues to attract countless readers seeking authoritative insight into metaphysical truths.
The book is the description of a fairly normal Indian boy who had and by his growing spiritual intentions invited/provoked/caused extraordinary experiences and relationships to develop in his life. During the many experiences that he faced alone or with friends or with spiritual guides (gurus) I felt his story was relatable. Even though his life was so different from mine, his inspirations and blessings felt familiar and welcome.
I hope you read it and enjoy it. Obviously the book inspired me to live a healthy, worthwhile life where I am Free to Be Young.