I’m a teacher educator, so I’ll recommend books for teachers “graduating” with their initial license, starting with The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson. His poetic prose is hauntingly eloquent and his message as inspiring as anything you can find. Teachers should read these essays again and again just to touch beauty and remind themselves of the transcendent elements of life itself.
Carr looked for answers to questions of life, soul and God from many sources--the Bible, despite her early intolerance of scripture readings being forced upon her in a pious household; the essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson, particularly striving to emulate his thoughts in "Self Reliance;" the poetry of Walt Whitman in , which encouraged her to see a universal God in all life; works of Theosophy and Buddhism, as introduced to her by the painter Lawren Harris of the Group of Seven, though she ultimately rejected them as too abstract in not incorporating God and Christ; , the textbook of Christian Science, by Mary Baker Eddy; and the teachings of Raja Singh. All of these sources, together with what she observed from Native cultures, combined to help her define her own personal spiritual foundation which served as the basis for her mature work, and as the source of her strength.
A Concordance to the Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson