in New Zealand (and please see the
'Recordings & Books' page for information about books being available
There have been about 50 books
written by Joel Goldsmith. His first book was The Infinite Way,
followed by Spiritual Interpretation of Scripture. The
titles of the books themselves are very interesting, informative (and
helpful!), including titles such as Living The Infinite Way;
Practising the Presence; The Art of Meditation; The Art of Spiritual
Healing; The Contemplative Life; Consciousness Is What I Am; The
Gift of Love; Realisation of Oneness; A Parenthesis in Eternity; The
Thunder of Silence; and Living Between Two Worlds.
Some of the latest books to be
published in the last ten years are based on the Monthly Letters that Joel
sent to students around the world and which had never appeared before in
book form. Some of these titles are The Only Freedom; The
Art of Spiritual Living; God Formed Us for His Glory;
and Living by the Word.
Joel recommends that when
starting to read his books, the following three are the most suitable to
begin with -
Living the Infinite Way; Practising the Presence;
The Art of Meditation
- therefore, in this activity we try to make
sure that these books are available in as many libraries as possible.
The message contained in every one of Joel Goldsmith books includes
practical spiritual principles which, when understood and applied, enrich
our everyday living.
In Aotearoa New Zealand the Joel Goldsmith Library
Activity was set up many years ago and has been operated by several volunteer students
(sometimes in pairs)
to place Joel's books in public libraries around New Zealand. In this way
the public are able to 'discover' his writings and we all appreciate
the benefit of this! This Library Activity is
funded by people who feel drawn to support it by making donations which are
used to buy Joel's books and gift them to public libraries.
The Joel Goldsmith Library Activity
can be contacted through the following address:
P.O. Box 32-392
North Shore City 0744. or by emailing - firstname.lastname@example.org
(with subject reference 'Library')
In 2017 there was a change of
library workers and the system has been re-organised into an easier computer
format. Building upon the outcomes established by Keith
and Pam, we now have an extensive computerized database covering the
majority of Libraries.
The database shows the name of
the main Library (and any district and/or community based libraries
attached) contact details (including the Head librarian in charge of
'Collections'), titles and number of Joel's books held by each library and
notes of response received to our offers of donations.
Currently there are about 150
of Joel's books available in New Zealand libraries, 40 of these being in the
main Auckland library with the rest scattered around the country. The
most distributed books are The Art of Spiritual Healing, The Art of Meditation, The Infinite Way,
Practising the Presence and Thunder of Silence. There are also a few areas
that either have no books of Joel's available at all, or who culled Joel's
books due to lack of patronage.
Responses to queries, I regret
to say, can often be met with an indication that at present the library is
either not interested in extending their collection of Joel's books, or that
they are simply not interested in stocking them at all. Experience has
shown, however, that these responses are not set in stone, so a polite
follow up inquiry is usually sent out again in another six months and can
bring pleasing results.
In addition further placements
are being sourced in other areas, e.g. Spiritual Retreat Centres, Religious
Libraries, Prisons, etc.
Suggestions from students who
may know of other potential outlets for Joel's books are always most welcome
and can be sent to the PO Box address or the email address above.
In Loving Oneness and