• The best books on Ecstatic Experiences - The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
  • The best books on Ecstatic Experiences - Moksha: Aldous Huxley's Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience by Aldous Huxley
  • The best books on Ecstatic Experiences - Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred by Jeffrey J Kripal
  • The best books on Ecstatic Experiences - When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God by Tanya Luhrmann
  • The best books on Ecstatic Experiences - Centuries of Meditations by Thomas Traherne

The best books on Ecstatic Experiences, recommended by Jules Evans

States of ecstasy (from the ancient Greek ekstasis, meaning ‘standing outside’) are moments when you lose your ordinary sense of self and feel connected to something greater than you. It can be euphoric, but it can also be terrifying, says the philosopher Jules Evans. Here he selects five books that explore the significance and power of these surprisingly common experiences.

  • Books About Suicide - Remembering Denny by Calvin Trillin
  • Books About Suicide - Darkness Visible by William Clark Styron
  • Books About Suicide - Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Books About Suicide - Night Falls Fast by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Books About Suicide - The Savage God by Al Alvarez

Books About Suicide, recommended by Johanna Reiss

As a young Dutch Jewish girl, Johanna Reiss survived World War II hidden in the attic of a farmer called Johan Oosterveld. Her memoir of that time, The Upstairs Room, is still read in schools today. But while she was researching that book in 1969, her American husband, Jim, killed himself. In this interview, she recommends books on the painful subject of suicide, as well as the music that helped heal the pain.