Go ahead, pack a murder mystery or a romance book in your vacation bag. But add a couple of these titles, and you may return with a new level of understanding of your own life… or the universe. 

The Culture Code – Daniel Coyle

From the website: “Culture is not something you are—it’s something you do.”

CosMos: A Co-creator’s Guide to the Whole World – Ervin Laszlo and Jude Currivan

“The discoveries of leading-edge science and the insights of spirituality are converging,” say these authors.

The Cosmic Hologram: In-formation at the Center of Creation – Jude Currivan

Are information, consciousness and the physical world all manifestations of the same energy?

The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

To live fully in the present, we have to let go of our egos.

Stillness Speaks – Eckhart Tolle

The essence of Tolle’s views of the depths of human potential in short, simple essays.

The Seat of the Soul – Gary Zukav

Oprah call this book “One of, if not the most powerful book I’ve ever read, except for the Bible.”

Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics — Gary Zukov

An introduction to quantum physics, told with clarity and humor.

The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart – Mark Nepo

Arianna Huffington recommended this book, calling it “a powerful guide to being in the world without being overwhelmed by it.”

What is Consciousness? Three Sages Look Behind the Veil –Ervin Laszlo, Jean Houston and Larry Dossey

Three scientists consider one of the biggest questions out there: what really makes us who we are?

You are the Universe – Deepak Chopra and Menas C. Kafatos

Chopra and Kafatos believe that each of us holds the power to become co-creators of the reality we live in – not just our immediate environment, but the entirety of time and space. 


  • Clay B. Marsh

    Chief Health Officer, West Virginia University

    Clay B. Marsh, MD, is West Virginia University’s chief health officer, and serves as a member of President E. Gordon Gee’s leadership team. As WVU’s vice president for health sciences, he oversees five health sciences schools and three health campuses.