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Best Existential Books Reviewed & Ranked

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Existential books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Existential: The Mission: To Survive (Crucible) (2018)

 Best Existential Books Reviewed & RankedLooking for a blockbuster thriller that combines explosive sci-fi action with intense horror that will have you gripping the page with fear? Then look no further and standby for a roller coaster ride of terror.                                                                                                                                     Buried deep in the rugged Alaskan wilderness lies a secret that could alter the future of mankind–a secret that billionaire Elizabeth Grey has invested…
Author(s): Ryan W. Aslesen

2. Existential–Humanistic Therapy (Theories of Psychotherapy Series®) (2017)

 Best Existential Books Reviewed & RankedExistential-humanistic therapy melds European existential philosophy — which values self-inquiry, struggle, and responsibility — with the American tradition of spontaneity, optimism, and practicality. In this updated edition of their popular book, Kirk Schneider and Orah Krug demonstrate how this unique approach can help clients free themselves from self-imposed limitations and develop a deeper understanding of their authentic life goals by cultivating skills such as experiential reflection.   Schneider and Krug explore…
Author(s): Schneider PhD, Dr. Kirk J., Orah T. Krug

3. The Wiley World Handbook of Existential Therapy (2019)

 Best Existential Books Reviewed & RankedThe Wiley World Handbook of Existential Therapy is a work representing the collaboration of existential psychotherapists, teachers, and researchers. It’s a book to guide readers in understanding human life better through the exploration of aspects and applications of existential therapy. The book presents the therapy as a way for clients to explore their experiences and make the most of their lives. Its contributors offer an accurate and in-depth view of the field. An introduction of existential therapy is provided, along with a summary of its historical…
Author(s): van Deurzen, Emmy, Erik Craig, et al.

4. Existing: An Introduction to Existential Thought (1999)

 Best Existential Books Reviewed & RankedThis ambitious anthology includes the core writings of Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Sartre, as well as generous selections from the work of other important twentieth century existentialist thinkers. Unprecedented in its breadth, this collection also acknowledges the contributions made to existentialist thought through literature….
Author(s): Steven Luper

5. Dialogues on the search for meaning in Existential Therapy (SEA Dialogues) (2019)

 Best Existential Books Reviewed & RankedJoin two esteemed existential thinkers in dialogue as they discuss life stages, therapist humility, causes and interconnection, how to ask questions, death, spatiality, figure/ground, identity, art and how this all relates to existential therapy. Prompted by a conversation that started at a dinner party, Ernesto Spinelli and Gianfranco Buffardi take up a series of ten wide-ranging discussions that they share with the reader. This features an introduction and afterword by editor, therapist and dinner-party host Paola Pomponi.Paola comments,”Existential Therapy employs debate…
Author(s): Ernesto Spinelli , Gianfranco Buffardi, et al.

6. Existential Togetherness: Toward a Common Black Religious Heritage (2019)

 Best Existential Books Reviewed & RankedThe notion of community entails more than just shared space in the here-and-now moment. For African Americans especially, communal engagement is a sacred experience that stretches from the mundane to the spectacular in a cyclical historical pattern. DeWayne R. Stallworth illumines the broadness of this African American religious experience by looking back to the first shared experience of unbiased community that occurred during slavery. He then explores the difficulties of maintaining such a unity under the threat of supremacy as experienced through systemic…
Author(s): DeWayne R. Stallworth, Lewis V. Baldwin

7. Existential Therapies (2016)

 Best Existential Books Reviewed & RankedWhat does it mean to practice therapy in an existential way? What are the different existential approaches? What are their strengths and limitations?   Focusing on practical, face-to-face work with clients, the book introduces students to six existential therapies, highlighting areas of commonality and difference, and discusses key figures and their contributions, including Yalom, van Deurzen, Spinelli, Frankl and Laing. It outlines the critical perspectives and key debates, and presents implications for practice, reflection and further reading.   Fully updated to reflect current issues, this book now includes:  …
Author(s): Mick Cooper

8. Existential Therapy (100 Key Points) (2015)

 Best Existential Books Reviewed & RankedLess of an orientation and more a way of understanding the challenges of being human, existential therapy draws on rich and diverse philosophical traditions and ways of viewing the world. Traditionally it has been seen as difficult to summarise and comprehend and the air of mystery surrounding existential ideas has been exacerbated by the dense language often used by philosophers and practitioners. Existential Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques provides a comprehensive and accessible guide to a fascinating and exciting body of knowledge, and the therapeutic approach it informs. Divided into five parts the…
Author(s): Susan Iacovou

9. Existential Counselling & Psychotherapy in Practice (2012)

 Best Existential Books Reviewed & RankedOffering a concrete framework and practical methods for working from an existential perspective, the bestselling is now in its . Central to the book is the belief that many of our problems arise out of the essential paradoxes of human existence, rather than from personal pathology. From this perspective, the purpose of counseling and psychotherapy is not viewed as problem-solving, but as a mean of enabling people to come to terms with living life as it is, with all its inherent contradictions. Emmy van Deurzen, a leading existential philosopher and therapist, presents a practical method of working, using…
Author(s): Van Deurzen, Emmy

10. The Existential Pleasures of Engineering (Thomas Dunne Book) (1996)

 Best Existential Books Reviewed & RankedHumans have always sought to change their environment–building houses, monuments, temples, and roads. In the process, they have remade the fabric of the world into newly functional objects that are also works of art to be admired. In this second edition of his popular Existential Pleasures of Engineering, Samuel Florman explores how engineers think and feel about their profession.A deeply insightful and refreshingly unique text, this book corrects the myth that engineering is cold and passionless. Indeed, Florman celebrates engineering not only crucial and fundamental but also vital and alive; he…
Author(s): Samuel C. Florman

11. Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy (2015)

 Best Existential Books Reviewed & RankedExistential-Integrative Psychotherapy promises to be a landmark in the fields of psychotherapeutic theory and practice. A comprehensive revision of its predecessor, The Psychology of Existence, co-edited by Kirk Schneider and Rollo May, Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy combines clear and updated guidelines for practice with vivid and timely case vignettes. These vignettes feature the very latest in both mainstream and existential therapeutic integrative application, by the top innovators in the field. The book highlights several notable dimensions: a novel and comprehensive theory of…
Author(s): Kirk J. Schneider

12. This Is My Body: An Existential Analysis of the Living Body by William C. Springer (2009-01-29) ()

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13. An Introduction to Existential Coaching (2019)

 Best Existential Books Reviewed & RankedIn An Introduction to Existential Coaching Yannick Jacob provides an accessible and practical overview of existential thought and its value for coaches and clients. Jacob begins with an introduction to coaching as a powerful tool for change, growth, understanding and transformation before exploring existential philosophy and how it may be integrated into coaching practice. The book goes on to examine key themes in existentialism and how they show up in the coaching space, including practical models as well as their application to organisations and leadership. Jacob concludes by evaluating ethical dimensions of working existentially and offers…
Author(s): Yannick Jacob

14. Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1962)

 Best Existential Books Reviewed & RankedWidely recognized as the finest definition of existentialist philosophy ever written, this book introduced existentialism to America in 1958. Barrett speaks eloquently and directly to concerns of the 1990s: a period when the irrational and the absurd are no better integrated than before and when humankind is in even greater danger of destroying its existence without ever understanding the meaning of its existence. Irrational Man begins by discussing the roots of existentialism in the art and thinking of Augustine, Aquinas, Pascal, Baudelaire, Blake, Dostoevski, Tolstoy, Hemingway,…
Author(s): William Barrett

Best Existential Books Reviewed & Ranked

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Evolutionary Metaphors: UFOs, New Existentialism and the Future Paradigm

Author(s): David J. Moore
ID: 2402707, Publisher: 6th Books, Year: 31 May 2019, Size: 596 Kb, Format: epub

The Existential Crisis of Motherhood

Author(s): Claire Arnold-Baker
ID: 2858634, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity

Author(s): Toby Ord
ID: 2491229, Publisher: Hachette Books, Year: 2020, Size: 4 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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