Unity of Bloomington offers the only public New Thought library in south central Indiana. Located off the Foyer at the Rogers Street entrance, it is a rich resource for readers interested in Unity teachings, spirituality, and progressive religious thought. We welcome you to browse and borrow a few books.
A suggested reading list, for those new to Unity, includes:
Lessons in Truth by H. Emilie Cady (1896). This was the first textbook of Unity teachings, originally serialized in early Unity monthly publications. It is “a clear, concise representation of New Thought philosophy and metaphysical Christianity. The spiritual concepts presented in these twelve lessons show us how to increase our personal empowerment and enhance our spiritual growth. Dr. Cady teaches that our lives can be transformed by the power of our thoughts, words, and beliefs. She encourages us to find our truth as it is written in our own hearts and then apply these truths in every area of our lives.
The Five Principles: A Guide to Practical Spirituality by Ellen Debenport (2009). The five principles constitute the core teachings of the Unity spiritual movement, founded in 1889 by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. These same principles reflect the laws of the universe that apply to everyone, all the time. They show up in every major religion and are all reflected in the teachings of Jesus Christ. The author encourages every reader to “work with these principles, test them, apply them to your life, and watch what happens."
How to Let God Help You by Myrtle Fillmore (1956). This is a spiritual classic that can help us to strengthen our relationships with God and lead to a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. This is a collection of co-founder Myrtle Fillmore's most inspired writings, published articles, and lectures. It explores the intriguing philosophy that helped to build the Unity movement. Learn about the early history of the Unity movement and explore the foundation concepts of this worldwide healing ministry. The introduction is provided by the author’s granddaughter, Rosemary Fillmore Rhea.
Discover the Power Within You: A Guide to the Unexplored Depths Within by Eric Butterworth (1968). In this inspirational classic, Butterworth sees the divine within all of us to be a hidden and untapped resource of limitless abundance. Exploring this “depth potential,” he outlines ways in which we can release the power locked within us and let our “light shine.” The author insightfully addresses such vital subjects as: how to succeed -- how to pray -- how to find confidence -- how to overcome personal problems -- how to find healing.
Keep a True Lent by Charles Fillmore (1953). Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore guides us towards a deeper understanding of the meaning behind Lent. By observing Lent, “according to the spirit rather than the letter,” we can bring lasting change to our lives. Keep a True Lent explores the Unity perspective on this season of spiritual renewal and presents forty-one daily Lenten lessons, leading from Ash Wednesday through Easter.
Divine Audacity: Dare to Be the Light of the World by Linda Martella-Whitsett (2015). “Divine Audacity makes the audacious claim that each of us can be “the light of the world” as Jesus instructed his followers to be. Martella-Whitsett offers a path for living a deep and authentic life outside of the strictures of traditional religious categories. She provides a refreshing approach on how to be spiritual without being religious. We truly find God when we go inside to connect with divine light, realize our oneness with God and others, and let our light shine in the world. The author introduces us to 12 spiritual powers we can all develop and learn to use on a daily basis: faith, understanding, will, imagination, zeal, power, love, wisdom, strength, order, release, and life itself. When we consciously shine our spiritual powers on ourselves, not only are our lives improved, but all of humanity can be enriched and transformed.”