Close the Book: Why books don’t fulfill spiritual growth

Are you buying books to fill a spiritual need for growth? To fill a spiritual void? I definitely do this.


Whenever I start to feel a spiritual void, or lull rather, in my life, the first thing I turn to is books. They hold so much knowledge. Learning all that they hold is so exciting to me. I love hearing the stories they contain and hearin the experiences of others. It is human to want to share in their joys and triumphs while crying with the author during hard times. I think: “They (books) must be able to tell me something about my path.” And that is true, in the form of inspiration. I can be inspired to try something new or reflect upon something differently. But they cannot do the spiritual work for me. The key is in the action. I must work my spirituality to truly feel fulfilled and embraced by it. Chances are, this may apply to you too.

In the post Book + Spirit, I saw a mirror of myself in Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I needed to find a way to let out the emotions and feelings that were inside of me. Seeing them in someone else helped me to see them within myself. I was also tuned into the need for prayer (and after repeatedly being beat over the head by it). However, if I don’t pray, I am not going to feel that spiritual connection.

My spirituality is so much more than just prayer. It is communication. It is service. It is spirit and spirits. It is community. It is devotion. But what does all of that look like? And what does it mean to me?

And right now, I don’t know. But I am taking the next couple of weeks to dig in and find out.

Have you been through this tough spot before? If so or if not, leave your comments on it below!

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