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"One of the most significant psychospiritual books of the twentieth century."

Common Boundary Magazine Award

Common Boundary’s distinguished committee selected 65 books of the twentieth century which transformed individuals or impacted the fields of psychology and the nature of spirituality, or both.

This list included leading figures from the fields of psychology, philosophy and theology such as Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Martin Buber, Norman Vincent Peale, Carl Rogers, and Rollo May.

Dr. Ira Progoff was selected for his pioneering book on the Intensive Journal method - At a Journal Workshop (original edition 1975).

Simply the Best:
The 65 Most Significant Psychospiritual Books of the 20th Century

by Charles H. and Anne A. Simpkinson

Year Author Title
1901 Richard Bucke Cosmic Consciousness: A Study of the Evolution of the Human Mind
1902 William James The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature
1922 Martin Buber I and Thou
1927 Sigmund Freud The Future of an Illusion
1933 Carl G. Jung Modern Man in Search of a Soul
1936 The Rev. Anton T. Boisen The Exploration of the Inner World: A Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience
1944 Aldous Huxley The Perennial Philosophy
1946 Rabbi Joshua Liebman Peace of Mind
1946 Paramahansa Yogananda Autobiography of a Yogi
1949 Joseph Campbell The Hero with a Thousand Faces
1950 Karen Horney Neurosis and Human Growth: The Struggle Toward Self Realization
1951 Carl Rogers Client Centered Therapy: Its Current Practice, Implications and Theory
1952 Norman Vincent Peale The Power of Positive Thinking
1953 Rollo May Man's Search for Himself
1953 Fulton J. Sheen Life is Worth Living
1955 Gordon Allport The Individual & His Religion
1958 Erik Erikson Young Man Luther: A Study in Psychoanalysis and History
1959 Viktor E. Frankl Man's Search for meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy
1959 Erich Fromm Psychoanalysis and Religion
1960 Gabriel Marcel The Mystery of Being
1961 Carl G. Jung Memories, Dreams, Reflectionsy
1961 O. Hobart Mowrer The Crisis in Psychiatry and Religion
1961 Alan W. Watts Psychotherapy East & West
1964 Abraham Maslow Religions, Values and Peak Experiences
1965 Alberto Assagioli Psychosynthesis
1966 Phillip Reiff Triumph of the Therapeutic: The Uses of Faith After Freud
1966 Agnes Sanford The Healing Gifts of the Spirit
1969 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross On Death and Dying
1969 Charles Tart Altered States of Consciousness
1970 Ram Dass The Only Dance There Is
1971 Aurobindo Ghose The Synthesis of Yoga
1972 Sheldon Kopp If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him!
1972 Mircea Eliade Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy
1972 Virginia Satir People Making
1973 Ernest Becker The Denial of Death
1973 Jerome D. Frank Persuasion and Healing: A Comparative Study of Psychotherapy
1975 Fritjof Capra The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism
1975 James Hillman Re-Visioning Psychology
1975 Ira Progoff At a Journal Workshop
1975 Laurens van der Post Jung and the Story of Our Time
1976 ed. Helen Schucman A Course in Miracles
1976 The Rev. Morton Kelsey The Other Side of Silence: A Guide to Christian Meditation
1976 Heinz Kohut The Restoration of the Self
1977 Ken Wilber The Spectrum of Consciousness
1978 M. Scott Peck The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth
1979 Ana Marie Rizzuto The Birth of the Living God: A Psychoanalytic Study
1980 David Bohm Wholeness and the Implicate Order
1980 Michael Harner The Way of the Shaman: A Guide to Power and Healing
1980 Roger Walsh & Frances Vaughan Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision
1981 James Fowler Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning
1981 Edward Hoffman The Way of Splendor: Jewish Mysticism and Modern Psychology
1981 Alice Miller The Drama of the Gifted Child (formerly titled Prisoners of Childhood)
1981 Eugene Gendlin Focusing
1982 Marion Woodman Addiction to Perfection: The Still Unravished Bride
1985 Robert Belllah et al. Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life
1986 Ken Wilber et al. Transformations of Consciousness: Conventional and Contemplative Perspectives on Development
1988 The Rev. Thomas Berry Dream of the Earth
1988 John Bradshaw Healing the Shame That Binds You
1988 Stanislov Grof The Adventure of Self Discovery
1990 Jon Kabat-Zinn Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness
1990 Robert Bly Iron John: A Book about Men
1992 Clarissa Pinkola Éstes Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories About the Wild Woman Archetype
1992 Thomas Moore Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Lifey
1993 Jack Kornfield A Path With Heart: A Guide Through the Promises and Perils of Spiritual Life
1995 Mark Epstein Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective

Source: "Simply the Best," by Charles and Anne A. Simpkinson, Common Boundary, January/February, 1999, pp. 32-37. Excerpt re-published with the permission of Dr. Charles H. Simpkinson, 2006.