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Spiritual Reading of the Day: Joseph M. Marshall III on gratitude
More Spiritual Readings
Today's Poem: For What Binds Us by Jane HirshfieldStone by Charles Simic
More Poems for Poetry Month

Current E-Courses
Breaking Free: Spiritual Liberation through Interfaith Dialogue with the Interfaith Amigos
Creating Sanctuary for Ourselves and Others with Terry Hershey and Patricia Campbell Carlson

Updates
04/24/15
Happy Arbor Day: Tips for Sitting Meditation with Trees
Now in Theaters: Adult Beginners, Because I Was Painter, Wa-shoku: Beyond Sushi

04/21/15
Now on DVD: Life Inside Out

04/20/15
Spiritual Literacy Blog: The Long Marriage of Mindfulness and Money

04/17/15
Now in Theaters: Beyond the Reach, The Hand That Feeds, The Human Experiment, True Story

04/15/15
Spiritual Literacy Blog: RIP Eduardo Galeano

04/14/15
Spiritual Literacy Blog: The Future of World Religions
Now on DVD: Antarctic: A Year on Ice, Goodbye to Language, You're Not You

04/13/15
Body Spirituality Blog: This Old Heart of Mine

04/10/15
New Book Reviews: buddhist conversations, body wisdom, spirit, forgiveness, tenderness, wealth and power, a language of prayer, images of God, rust, college
Now in Theaters: Clouds of Sils Maria, Ex Machina, The Longest Ride
Naming the Days: Teilhard de Chardin Day

04/09/15
Naming the Days: Birthday of Paul Robeson

04/08/15
Spiritual Literacy Blog: American Use of Smartphones

04/07/15
Now on DVD: A Celtic Pilgrimage with John O'Donohue, The Immigrant, Monk with a Camera, A Most Violent Year, Pelican Dreams

04/06/15
Spiritual Literacy Blog: The Awesome Experience of Listening to Rock
Naming the Days: Birthday of Ram Dass

04/05/15
Naming the Days: Golden Rule Day
Happy Easter: Easter as a Spiritual Practice

04/03/15
Good Friday: The Gifts of Mercy and Compassion

04/01/15
April Fools' Day: Calling All Fools
In Theaters: Metalhead, , While We're Young, Woman in Gold, 5 to 7

03/31/15
Now on DVD: The Circle, The Imitation Game, The Rewrite, Wild

03/30/15
Civility & Spirituality: The Most Punctual Man In India

03/27/15
Naming the Days: Meister Eckhart Day
Now in Theaters: Man from Reno, The Salt of the Earth, White God

03/26/15
Naming the Days: Walt Whitman Day

03/25/15
Naming the Days: Birthday of Flannery O'Connor

03/24/15
Now on DVD: The Great Invisible, Song One
Naming the Days: Oscar Romero Day

03/23/15
Civility & Spirituality: A Manners Manifesto

03/22/15
Naming the Days: World Water Day

03/20/15
Civility & Spirituality: Inhospitable to Human Beings
Naming the Days: Feast Day of St. Cuthbert
First Day of Spring: 12 Ways to Inaugurate the Season
Now in Theaters: Insurgent, Secret of Water

03/19/15
Naming the Days: Birthday of Sir Richard Burton
New in Books: images of God, 10 perfections of Buddhism, openness, peace, Buddhism in the West, the Internet, wonder, spiritual resilience

03/18/15
Starting Tonight: New Directors/New Films Festival

03/17/15
Now on Blu-Ray/DVD: Daughters of Dolma, Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA, Song of the Sea, Elsa & Fred
Naming the Days: St. Patrick's Day

03/14/15
Naming the Days: Birthday of Albert Einstein

03/12/15
Now in Theaters: Cinderella, Seymour: An Introduction, 3 Hearts

03/10/15
Now on Blu-Ray/DVD: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

03/09/15
Praying the News: For the Oceans and Marine Life

03/06/15
Naming the Days: Jean-Pierre de Caussade Day
Starting Today: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
Now in Theaters: Chappie, Merchants of Doubt, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

03/05/15
Naming the Days: Karl Rahner's Birthday

03/04/15
Naming the Days: Purim begins at sundown

03/03/15
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Jesus in Philadelphia
Now on DVD: Foxcatcher

03/02/15
Praying the News: For All Victims of Violence and Oppression in 2014
Naming the Days: Birthday of Dr. Suess

02/28/15
New Book Reviews: compassion, negative emotions, eldercare, disordered minds, effwords, philosophy, Ayurvedic diet, contemplative approaches, healing, conscious activism, torture, pesticides, spam, pride, Artemis, recovery, awakening, memoir

02/27/15
Now in Theaters: Bluebird, The Hunting Ground, '71

02/26/15
Civility & Spirituality: Mortality Is a Hot Topic Around the World

02/24/15
Now on DVD: Big Hero 6, Code Black, Cyber-Seniors, Whiplash

02/23/15
New in Children's Books: plugged-in kingdoms, a hungry owl, friendship, creativity, gender issues, a monster of her own, helping toads, a clever use of westerns, a quest for spring, looking good, rain, birds in flight, yearning for a child

02/20/15
Now in Theaters: McFarland USA, Wild Tales

02/18/15
Opening Today: Queen and Country
Ash Wednesday
Naming the Days: Birthday of Sri Ramakrishna
Naming the Days: Birthday of Nikos Kazantzakis

02/17/15
Now on Blu-Ray and DVD: Birdman, The Homesman, Life Itself, St. Vincent, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, The Theory of Everything, Watchers of the Sky

02/14/15
Happy Valentine's Day: Practicing Love

02/13/15
New Book Reviews: jail ministry, Benedictine living, sacred sound, the future of God, faith and psychotherapy, presence of God, hospitality, spiritual leadership, girls of Kabul, the sonic boom, silence, enchanted objects
Praying the News: For Three Muslim Students Killed in North Carolina
In Theaters: The Rewrite

02/11/15
Naming the Days: A. J. Muste Day

02/10/15
Now on DVD/Blu-Ray: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Force Majeure; Kill the Messenger; Lilting; Nightcrawler; Olive Kitteridge; Rosewater

02/08/15
Naming the Days: Martin Buber's Birthday

02/06/15
Now in Theaters: Ballet 422, Lovesick, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine

02/05/15
Body Spirituality: My Face

02/04/15
Naming the Days: Birthday of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

02/03/15
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Embracing Boredom
Now on DVD: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby; Hector and the Search for Happiness; Tricked: The Documentary

 

We love single-themed books and marvel at how the authors manage to find such a breadth of material on their subjects. That certainly is the case with award-winning journalist Cynthia Barnett's incredibly creative and insightful omnibus on rain. Explore all the lessons, bounties, and mysteries of rain in this astonishing book.
Read our review of Rain: A Natural and Cultural History.
Read an excerpt on gratitude for rain.


E-Courses


April 13 - May 8 Breaking Free
Breaking Free: Spiritual Liberation through Interfaith Dialogue with the Interfaith Amigos is a one-month online retreat with Imam Jamal Rahman, Rabbi Ted Falcon, and Pastor Don Mackenzie. They look at specific issues we face in a pluralistic society and the spiritual practices that can help us transcend those roadblocks to effective collaboration on the critical issues of our time. Through 12 emails, the Interfaith Amigos will focus on why we need spiritual practices, the five stages of interfaith dialogue, the major ways religious traditions stray, and confronting our major obstacles. Participants will have opportunities to interact with the Interfaith Amigos and share their own interfaith experiences in the online Practice Circle and during a one-hour teleconference. Details here.

May 18 - June 13 Creating Sanctuary for Ourselves and Others
Creating Sanctuary for Ourselves and Others with the Terry Hersey and Patricia Campbell Carlson is a one-month online retreat with Terry Hershey and Patricia Campbell Carlson. Come and explore how to create or reclaim a grace-filled place to be, for yourself and in the wider context of a world in need of safe harbors. Through 12 emails, we will reflect on what we long for in sanctuary, what personal and cultural blocks keep us from fulfilling that yearning, what tools different religious traditions provide for establishing sanctuary, the elements of design and boundaries that make sanctuary effective, and how we can create public spaces that invite people to be replenished. Participants will have opportunities to interact with the e-course teachers and to share their own experiences in the online Practice Circle. Details here.
 
S&P Awards

Every year from the more than 300 books and 300 films we review on this website, we choose 50 Best Spiritual Books for adults, 10 Best Spiritual Children's Books, and 45 Most Spiritually Literate Films. Since we only do positive reviews, these are the best of the best.
See our list of the best spiritual book winners
See our list of children's book award winners
See our list of award winners.
 
Make Me One With Everything

American Tibetan Buddhist teacher Lama Surya Das has a new book, and it provides a doable path to overcoming our illusions of duality and experiencing oneness. "Inter-meditation" takes us from the meditation pillow out into our everyday world where every aspect of our lives becomes part of our spiritual journey. Best of all, the book is packed with practices.
Read our review of Make Me One With Everything.
Read an excerpt on Ten Keys to Inter-Meditation.
Read an excerpt on Thirty-Three Potent Aphorisms.
 
Sanctuary

"A sanctuary is a place that restores us, replenishes us, nourishes us. In this renewal, we are reminded, once again, of what really is important." In his new book, spiritual teacher, inspirational speaker, and garden designer Terry Hershey takes us on a grand tour of sanctuary: why we need one, where to find one, how to set it up, and all the blessings that come with it.
Read our review of Sanctuary.
Read an excerpt about grace.
 
Surprise

Do you have too much or too little surprise in your life? With too little, you are likely to be bored; with too much, you may be anxious. This delightful book encourages us to embrace surprise as a way to jumpstart our creativity and seek out adventures. Included are stories about individuals who have discovered that surprise is immersive, memorable, and transformative.
Read our review of Surprise.
Read an excerpt about awe as an emotion on the surprise spectrum.
 
A Celtic Pilgrimage with John O'Donohue

In this beautifully filmed documentary, we are privileged to join the late poet and writer John O'Donohue on a spiritual journey through Christian and pre-Christian sites in Ireland. Celtic spirituality regards the landscape as alive, a teaching O'Donohue clearly embraces as he surveys stone-filled fields, rugged cliffs, and wind-swept shorelines. Be prepared to be deeply touched when he reflects upon death and reads a final blessing poem.
Read our review of A Celtic Pilgrimage with John O'Donohue.
Watch the film's trailer.
 
Finding God in the Verbs

If you ever feel that your prayer life is stuck in a rut, this book's for you. Spiritual director Jennie Isbell and Quaker retreat leader J. Brent Bill think prayer is the most important conversation we have every day. They describe many types of prayers, starting from the events of everyday life, and offer journal exercises for discerning which ones you want to adopt.
Read our review of Finding God in the Verbs.
Read an excerpt on grace-spotting.
 
Metalhead

"God can also be found in the dark," says the parish priest in a small town in Iceland. "Jesus was an outsider himself. That's the reason they nailed him to the cross." He's talking to a teenager who has embraced metal rock music as her way of dealing with the trauma of her brother's tragic death. A deeply spiritual film in which metal music is a form of grace and a vehicle for transformation, Metalhead is one of the most spiritually literate films of 2015.
Read our review of Metalhead.
 
Being Taoist

Eva Wong describes the Taoist way as "the art of being free and easy wandering." In her poetic and practical guide, she shares Taoist wisdom on living fully in the public, domestic, private, and spirit sectors of life.
Read our review of Being Taoist.
Read an excerpt on contentment.
 
Writing the Icon of the Heart

In this enchanting collection of spiritual essays Maggie Ross reflects on the lost process of "beholding," her appreciation for silence, the art of discretion, ways to reinvigorate worship, and more.
Read our review of Writing the Icon of the Heart.
Read an excerpt on having respect for the Earth.
 
Climate Change

Climate Change We have seen a shift toward greater climate change awareness as more and more spiritual people have taken on this environmental, economic, and social problem as a central element in our spiritual activism. So we have searched through our resources and come up with a large cross-cut of our best content on this subject: quotes, e-courses, spiritual practices, films, books, organizations, teachers, and memes.
See our topic section on Climate Change
 
100 Best Transformational Movies

100 Best Transformational Movies Transformational movies reveal the astonishing ways in which human beings can be changed and set on a new path. We've curated a list of our favorite films in this spiritual genre. We hope you will use it when making your own movie viewing selections and share it with your friends and family.
See our list of the 100 Best Transformational Movies (pdf file). Clicking on the movie titles will take you to our full reviews.
 
Praying the News

Praying the News The daily news summons us to prayer. The people, situations, events, facts, and trends of our times call out for our compassion and God's healing presence. In this blog we will pray in a variety of forms as we lift up the needs of the world.
Pray about the news.
 
Circles of Support

Please remember S&P when you are feeling generous! Be part of our global circle of people vitally engaged with the wisdom and practices of the spiritual traditions, living deeper and fuller lives, and serving our communities and the wider world.
Make a gift today.
 
Spiritual Literacy DVDs

This six-volume DVD series, consisting of 26 meditative and soul-stirring half-hour films, is based on Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat's bestselling book Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life. Award-winning filmmaker David Cherniack has married aha! passages from all spiritual traditions to sense-luscious visuals and emotionally vibrant music.
Read more and get group resources
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