CraigSpiritual Book Reviews

A selection of books from and with reviews by author Craig Hamilton-Parker.

If you are a member of our online psychic classes many of these books will reflect some of what you are learning in class. A selection of spiritual books chosen for you by a top author.

Recommended books about spirituality. Many of the books here have had a major influence on the way I think. If you know my work already you may find many of these compliment what you have already read. I have also included some new titles, non-fiction books and a few novels

bookThe Everything Divining the Future Book (Everything Series)
Jenni Kosarin
Jenni mentions this website and has been for a reading with Craig Hamilton-Parker. So this one goes to the top of the list!! An easy to understand introduction to oracles and divination of the future.

bookVoices: a Doris Stokes Collection
Doris Stokes

She inspired me to become a medium. This collection of her stories is a must for anyone wanting to know about the Afterlife.


bookBeyond Coincidence
Martin Plimmer, Brian King
Includes interviews with Craig Hamilton-Parker about the strange coincidences surrounding his family and a number of quotations from stories from this website. Martin Plimmer is an excellent researcher and writer who presents his ideas in an easy to understand way.

book SpiritualismPrinciples of Spiritualism
Lyn de Swarte

I know Lyn- she was the editor of Psychic News and an excellent authority on Spiritualism. This introduction to Spiritualism includes the history and philosophy of Spiritualism; how and where it is practiced; clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience and inspiration; and spirit possession, spirit healing and psychic surgery.

The Rock of Truth
Arthur Findlay

"Have you ever wondered about the true Christian message? Arthur Findlay was a remarkable Spiritualist. Here he reveals the Christian conspiracy. For me this was a life changing book." The author makes incisive commentary on Christianity and compares it to Spiritualism and the philosophy of Spiritualism, which he explains in detail.

The Boy Who Saw True
Cyril Scott

This is a delightful story - the diary of a Victorian boy who had the gift of "second sight". He tells his story naively and with refreshing innocence, describing everyday life and the people he knew from the perspective of seeing their "lights" or aura.

Swan on a Black Sea
Geraldine Cummins

Trance teaching from the Spirit world The scripts are of especial interest because of the involvement of the Society of Psychical Research.

Colin Wilson

Colin Wilson is one of the great contemporary paranormal writers. Afterlife is an intriguing insight into life after death. Colin Wilson is one of my favourite authors. His books are well researched with some unusual insights.

Graceful Exits
Sushila Blackman

This collection of 108 stories recounts the ways in which Hindu, Tibetan and Zen Buddhist masters, both ancient and modern, have confronted their own deaths. It is a really, really beautiful book. Highly recommended. It is a shame the author died before her next book about how Christians face death.

The Art of Happiness
Dalai Lama, Howard Cutler

The Dalai Lama's guide to dealing with everyday human problems and achieving happiness. It addresses such issues as: the sources of happiness; desire and greed; marriage and romance; resolving conflict; facing our suffering; overcoming anxiety; anger and hatred; and finding balance.

Echoes of the Soul
Echo Bodine
Echo Bodine tells the story of her discovery of her psychic abilities, and takes readers on a tour of the parallel universes, beyond the light. Journeying through life, death, and life after death, her simple prose provides a tour of heaven and of the afterlife

bookTalking to Heaven
James Van Praagh

Based in the USA the author, a medium, tells of his communications with the spirits of those who have died. He also advises readers how to get in touch with the spirits for themselves. Lecturer, nationally known medium, and president of Spiritual Horizons in Los Angeles, Van Praagh conveys a strong message of the probability of life after death.

bookLife Between Life
Joel L. Whitton, Joe Fisher

This groundbreaking study confirms that life choices are individually made within a between-life state called Bardo, where explanations for life's burdens and ideas for relief are also offered.

bookDesign for Dying
Timothy Leary

Another one for us ageing hippies from the author of Politics of Ecstasy and other shocking books from the 60's and 70's. Before Timothy Leary dropped out of life and died of prostrate cancer, he wrote his final testament on what he felt life and the afterlife hold for people. A fab book.

Silver Birch Anthology
W M Naylor (Editor)
Classic trance writings by one of Spiritualism's most important spirit guides. Love’s supreme power, what happens after we die and "Who is Silver Birch?" are just three of the topics in this absorbing book. Originally published in 1955, the philosophy within this book is still fresh, vital and valuable

Where Two Worlds Meet
Arthur Findlay

A bit heavy going at times but is nonetheless an fascinating insight into the phenomena of Physical mediumship. Makes an excellent study guide for those wanting to understand the possibilities of mediumship.

Heaven and Hell and Its Wonders : Drawn from Things Heard & Seen
Emanuel Swedenborg

An interesting insight into perhaps the first mediumistic philosopher. A great book for anyone developing a library of classic spiritual books. Includes chapters about Heaven and Hell and the nature of the next life.

Life After Life
Raymond Moody, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

This is a study of more than 100 people who have experienced clinical "death" and survived. Dr Moody reveals their testimonies and their descriptions of "death" and the "beyond", and shows how the way life, death and the spiritual hereafter are viewed have changed.

Still Here
Ram Dass

Great wisdom from the hippie guru and author of 'Be Here Now'. Written in a humorous, accessible way, this text is aimed at those entering the later stages of life and contemplating death. Dass was certainly my favourite Hippie. I ask: Where have all the flowers gone?

Memories, Dreams, Reflections
C.G. Jung, Anelia Jaffe (Editor)

Carl Jung's autobiography and his late thoughts about the unconscious and spirituality. The book contains Jung's systematic thinking about the existence of God. This book had a huge influence on my early ideas about the meaning of life. Includes Jung's astral travel dreams about the afterlife.

bookThe I Ching
Carry F Baynes and Richard Wilhelm
If all the books in the world were to be destroyed but one then this is the one I would salvage. The I Ching is an oracle that will transform your life.

bookOn the Side of Angels
Gordon Higginson

Gordon Higginson was one of the best Mediums that the U.K. has ever seen. Those who saw his work (including me) were left in awe of a humble but spiritually great man who had time for everyone who crossed his path.

bookGuide for the Development of Mediumship
Harry Edwards

Another Spiritualist Classic. The great healer Harry Edwards writes in a very down to earth manner explaining the features and mechanics of psychic activities such as Clairvoyance, Physical Mediumship, Mental Mediumship etc.

bookAn Arthur Ford Anthology : Writings by and About America's Sensitive of the Century
Frank C. Tribbe (Editor), Arthur A. Ford (Editor)

I think the title says it all. Arthur Ford was an amazing medium and gave astonishing evidence of survival. One also gets the feeling that he was a very humble and kind man too. Arthur Ford is a must read for anyone wanting to know about mediumship in the USA.


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Freedom! Escaping the Prison of the Mind
by Ozay Rinpoche

I am biased because this book is by a good friend of mine. However I have to say it is a fantastic story - my wife Jane's mum was so moved she cried when she read it. In places, it is also very funny! Highly recommended. It tells the story of Phill's difficult childhood and youth that eventually lands him in prison. After a botched escape Phill is put in solitary confinement where he undergoes a spiritual transformation. The book is sometimes hilarious and at others will make you weep. I absolutely loved it.

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bookSai Baba - the Embodiment of Love
Peggy Mason, Ron Laing

Peggy Mason was a Spiritualist turned Sai Baba devotee. Here is here story of her encounter with the God-man. Naturally she asks him about mediumship! if you're not a Sai devotee, it might make you start seeing things from a totally new perspective.

bookThe Jesus Sutras
Martin Palmer

This book provides a popular history and translation of these texts. It recounts the story of the first Christian missions to China and explains how the Church of the East blended Eastern and Western spiritual principles, and how Jesus became a Buddha Christ.

Richard Bach

Give it a go if your interested in conscious evolution on Earth; the story is filled with excellent humour and some really excellent insights into living harmoniously on Earth at the beginning of the 21st century.

bookVoyages into the Unknown
Bruce Moen

This books shows how you can develop your skills in handling ghosts, and "people" who have died and don't know which way to go. Looses the plot in places I feel. Very popular in the USA though.

bookTarot Total Rider Waite Tarot With Book
Gunter Hager

The Rider pack is one of the easiest tarot set to use. This one comes with a book though there are other versions you can choose. It's the one I use.

bookThe Cathars and Reincarnation
Arthur Guirdham
This is the story of the oppression of the Cathar Xtians in France 13th cent. Dr Guirdham uses not only the facts of accepted history but the records of a number of people who have far memories of those violent times.

bookVoices from Paradise
Judith Chisholm

An excellent introduction to Electronic Voice Phenomenon. Very popular book at the moment. Judith Chisholm allows readers of her book 'Voices from Paradise' an exquisite and intimate insight into the shadowlands of a mother's grief initiated by the death of her beloved son, Paul.

bookAutobiography of a Yogi
Paramhansa Yogananda

An absolutely wonderful and life changing book. Read it and then read it again! An autobiographical account of an early nineteenth-century yogi as he reaches self-realization, identification with his larger self, mankind, and union with his God.

bookBlack Elk Speaks
Nicholas Black Elk

"Black Elk Speaks" is the acclaimed story of Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) and his people during the momentous, twilight years of the 19th century.

bookMeetings with Remarkable Men
G.I. Gurdjieff

This is one of the few records published by Gurdjieff in which he offers guidance to his 'community seekers', the pupils from many countries who joined him in Paris and New York. A strange book that explores some of the lesser known aspects of Eastern spirituality.

bookThe Journey to the East
Hermann Hesse

Read this and you'll discover what's behind this website's 'Spiritual walks'. This is a wonderful spiritual parable and greatly influenced my writing and thoughts. Another one for the ageing hippies.

bookMan's Eternal Quest
Paramahansa Yogananda

Wonderful philosophy that binds East and West. Includes a little about the Afterlife. In this first volume of the collected talks and essays of Paramahansa Yogananda, readers will journey through some little-known and seldom-explained aspects of meditation, life after death, healing, and the power of the mind.

bookJesus Lived in India
Holger Kersten
As well as coming across age-old links between the Israelites and the East, the author finds evidence of the following - the youthful Jesus who followed the ancient Silk Road to India, while in India he studied Buddhism, adopted its tenets and became a spiritual master, that he survived the crucifixion and, after the "resurrection", he returned to India to die of old age and that he was buried in Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir.

bookCrossing Over
John Edward

This is the man who got mediumistic demonstrations on Television. Copied in the UK this is books shows a sincere man with integrity and a very powerful mediumistic talent. I certainly enjoyed it.

bookThe Original Rider Waite Tarot Pack
by A.E. Waite

In 1909, Arthur Edward Waite encouraged Pamela Colman Smith to produce a tarot deck with appeal to the world of art that would have significance behind the symbols, and thus make the deck more important than tarot packs previously used for centuries. The result was the unique Rider-Waite Tarot deck which has endured as the world's most popular 78-card tarot deck.

bookThe Hero with a Thousand Faces
Joseph Campbell

A study of heroism in the myths of the world - an exploration of all the elements common to the great stories that have helped people make sense of their lives from the earliest times. It takes in Greek Apollo, Maori and Jewish rites, the Buddha, Wotan, and the bothers Grimm's Frog-King

bookIn Tune with the Infinite
Ralph Waldo Trine

A work on spirituality, containing a lifetime's distilled wisdom on the art of living - body, mind and soul. It demonstrates the power of the mind to influence our happiness and is thus one of the earliest examples of positive thinking.

bookJourney of Souls
Michael Newton PhD

Gets a bit carried away in places and some of the claims are debatable. This book offers accounts from people hypnotically regressed to the spirit world, to the 'life between lives' A good read.

bookEdgar Cayce on Atlantis
Edgar Cayce

Drawing on his life readings, and within the context of reincarnation, Cayce offers evidence of the civilisation of Atlantis - showing how its achievements and failures directly relate to the conflict of the late 20th century. Here are insights into mankind's past as seen through Atlantis.

bookLife After Death
Ian Wilson

By the author of "Jesus: the Evidence". This book investigates the question of whether there is life after death, based on real-life experiences. It explores aspects of the near-death experience, such as the floating "out of body" and the "going back" to physical life. I met the author- and liked him even though he can be a bit of a septic.

More Recommended Reading
(By Vi Kipling and Craig Hamilton-Parker 


This is Spiritualism   Maurice Barbanell
Spiritualism Today  Barbanell, Maurice
Life in the World Unseen Anthony Borgia
The History of Spiritualism
Vols I & II  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Guide for the Development
of Mediumship Harry Edwards
The Ghost of 29 Megacycles John G Fuller
The Airmen who would not die  John G Fuller
Arigo: Surgeon of the Rusty Knife John G Fuller
The Ghost of Flight 401 John G Fuller
Life after death:
Living Proof Tom Harrison
Life after Life Raymond Moody
More Life After Life Raymond Moody
Reflections on Life after Life  Raymond Moody
Glimpses of Eternity  Raymond Moody & Paul Perry
The Light Beyond   Raymond Moody & Paul Perry
The Mechanics of Mediumship    Ivy Northage
The Spiritual Keys to the Kingdom   Stephen O’Brien
The Living Image    C Polge and K Hunter
Hints on Spiritual Unfoldment  Ursula Roberts
Phone calls from the Dead S Rogo
In Tune with the Infinite  Ralph Waldo Trine
The Hidden Splendour  Raynor Johnson
Science and the Séance Room  Paul Miller
Silver Birch Anthology   Edited by W Naylor
Silver Birch Companion   Tony Ortzen (comp)
Philosophy of Silver Birch  Austen, AW (Ed)
Silver Birch Speaks  Edited by Sylvia Barbanell
Teachings of Silver Birch   Edited by A W Austen
The Seed of Truth  Tony Ortzen (compiled)
The Spirit Speaks Tony Ortzen (compiled)

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