Self-help books

Renaissance Art Books & Resources
To discover its philosophical roots, you can read the work of leading figures like Marsilio Ficino, Pico Della Mirandola, Lorenzo de’ Medici, Flavio Mitridate, Yohanan Alemanno, Poliziano, Francesco Petrarca, Ludovico Ariosto. While not chronologically belonging to this period, Dante Alighieri is a must as well. If you are interested in the magnificence of visual arts in the Renaissance, you can look into the work of Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Filippo Brunelleschi, Michelangelo.

If you can read in Spanish, the research of Raimon Arola will give you deep insights about art and symbolism. You can also read the Ars Magna and other works of Ramon Llull, the father of the Catalan language, precursor of informatics, and contemporary of Abraham Abulafia.

Renaissance Spirituality Books & Resources
If you want to know more about what preceded and influenced the world view of the Renaissance, you can read Plotino, a philosopher from the 3rd century who exercised a very direct influence on the Italian Renaissance, with his neoplatonic thought. Plus Ibn Arabi, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Ibn-Rushd (Averroes).

If you want to know more about the spiritual side of the Renaissance from modern authors, see the research of Moshe Idel about Abraham Abulafia. The books of Aryeh Kaplan about the Sefer Yetzirah, Bahir, and Meditation. The collection of books and studies about Kabbalistic Library of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, curated by Giulio Busi.

If you can read in Italian, there are also some very interesting works of fiction, that portray interesting lifes. “Le Confessioni di Abulafia” di Carmelo Zaffora, that has the power to bring back to life the emotions, thoughts and actions of the ecstatic kabbalist. If you want to have a taste of how Flavio Mitridate’s life may have been, you can read “Flavio Mitridate. I tre volti del cabbalista” by Licia Cardillo Di Prima and Angela Scandaliato. And also “Inseguendo un’ombra” by Andrea Camilleri (the author of Commissario Montalbano).

Wellbeing Books
In terms of what makes for a purposeful, harmonic life, you can benefit from the work of Carl Gustav Jung, Eckhart Tolle, Carl Rogers, Alfred Adler, Albert Ellis, Martin Seligman, Dan Siegel, Rick Hanson.