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Best Spiritual Books of 2013
Reviews of spiritually literate children's books

Survival of the Prettiest
BEAUTY
Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty by Nancy Etcoff — A complex and wide-ranging exploration of beauty in diverse cultures.
Read the review and an excerpt on beauty.


Soul and the City
BEING PRESENT
Soul and the City: Finding God in the Noise and Frenzy of Life by Marcy Heidish — Communing with God in the noise, pollution, and crowds of the city.
Read the review and an excerpt on grace.


Information Anxiety
IMAGINATION
Information Anxiety by Richard Saul Wurman — An out-of-the-box classic on understanding.
Read the review and an excerpt on openness.


33
IMAGINATION
33: Understanding Change & the Change in Understanding by Richard Saul Wurman — An information architect's takes on understanding change, learning, and the wave of the future.
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The Book of Common Prayer
DEVOTION
The Book of Common Prayer: A Spiritual Treasure Chest — Selections Annotated & Explained by C. K. Robertson — Uses and interpretations of an Anglican devotional classic.
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Julian of Norwich
DEVOTION
Julian of Norwich: Selections from Revelations of Divine Love — Annotated & Explained by Mary Earle — Insights into the mystical path of this fourteenth century visionary.
Read the review and an excerpt on grace.


Fruitful Aging
FAITH
Fruitful Aging: Finding the Gold in the Golden Years by Tom Pinkson — Good suggestions for meeting the challenges of aging in a skillful manner.
Read the review and an excerpt on questing.


Muhammad
FAITH
Muhammad: The Story of a Prophet and Reformer by Sarah Conover — A fine portrait of Muhammad written for multiple generations and drawn from biographies, the Quran, and hadith.
Read the review and an excerpt on faith.


The Thorny Grace of It All
FAITH
The Thorny Grace of It All: And Other Essays for Imperfect Catholics by Brian Doyle — Forty terse essays on the little things to love about Catholicism.
Read the review and an excerpt on you.


All Rise
JUSTICE
All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity by Robert W. Fuller — An explanation of the lineaments of a dignitarian society.
Read the review and an excerpt on justice.


The Four Virtues
MEANING
Second Journeys: The Dance of Spirit in Later Life edited by Bolton Anthony — A substantive resource for anyone looking for guidance, insight, inspiration, and wisdom in later life.
Read the review and an excerpt on joy.


United America
MEANING
United America by Wayne Baker — An optimistic look at ten core values held by most Americans.
Read the review and an excerpt on openness.


Goddesses
NURTURING
Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine by Joseph Campbell & Safron Elsabeth Rossi — Previously unpublished material from Joseph Campbell on goddesses.
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The Life Organizer
NURTURING
The Life Organizer: A Woman's Guide to a Mindful Year by Jennifer Louden — n interactive guidebook for women covering the whole year.
Read the review and an excerpt on nurturing.


Pick Your Yoga Practice
PEACE
Pick Your Yoga Practice: Exploring and Understanding Different Styles of Yoga by Meagan McCrary — A handy and edifying paperback on the diverse forms of yoga.
Read the review and an excerpt on peace.


Dignity for All
REVERENCE
Dignity for All: How to Create a World Without Rankism by Robert W. Fuller & Pamela A. Gerloff — A down-to-earth and accessible guidebook on moving beyond rankism.
Read the review and an excerpt on reverence.


Gurus of Modern Yoga
TEACHERS
Gurus of Modern Yoga by Mark Singleton & Ellen Goldberg — An enlightening survey of leading yoga gurus from around the world.
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Grist for the Mill
UNITY
Grist for the Mill: Awakening to Oneness by Ram Dass & Stephen Levine — A challenging and enlightening collection of speeches and lectures by Ram Dass on his spiritual journey.
Read the review and an excerpt on questing.


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Children's Books


I Didnt Do It!
FORGIVENESS
I Didn't Do It! by Sue Graves — A children's book about learning how to leave lying behind and start telling the truth.
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Dream Animals
IMAGINATION
Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey by Emily Winfield Martin — A beautifully illustrated book about two children's adventures in various dreamlands.
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Fox Forgets
KINDNESS
Fox Forgets by Suzanne Bloom — A spunky and light-hearted children's book about friendship.
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Forever
LOVE
Forever by Emma Dodd — A children's picture book that illustrates the art of nurturing from a parent's perspective.
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There, There
LOVE
There, There by Sam McBratney — A very welcome children's book featuring a male character who is an emotional caregiver.
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The Tiny King
LOVE
The Tiny King by Nancy Tillman — A children's picture book that illustrates that happiness comes not from excess things but from relationships.
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Something Big
MEANING
The Voyage by Veronica Salinas — A children's picture book with a spiritual message about knowing who you are, asking the right questions, and respecting the differences of others.
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When Christmas Feels Like Home
MEANING
When Christmas Feels Like Home by Gretchen Griffith — A children's book that proves that a house is not a home until there is a ritual that ties past and present together.
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Snow Bears Never Lie
OPENNESS
Snow Bears Never Lie by SAID — A picture book about how a little girl's spiritual practice of kindness opens the door to wonderful adventures.
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I Hate Everything!
PEACE
I Hate Everything! by Sue Graves — A book that shows children that anger can be managed and controlled before it turns into a fire.
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Take a Deep Breath
PEACE
Take a Deep Breath by Sue Graves — A book to help children face their fears and worries by taking a deep breath and thinking calm thought
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Dont Sneeze at the Wedding
PLAY
Don't Sneeze at the Wedding by Pamela Mayer — A whimsical children's book about all the advice a flower girl gets for stopping a sneeze at a wedding.
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Captain Cat
QUESTING
Captain Cat by Inga Moore — A rousing tale of adventure, cats, and greed based on an old Italian tale.
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But What If?
TRANSFORMATION
But What If? by Sue Graves — A children's picture book about a little girl who learns from her grandfather how to look on the bright side.
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Journey
WONDER
Journey by Aaron Becker — A wordless picture book in which a little girl goes on an adventure that reveals her empathy, kindness, and heroism.
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The Snowmans Wish
YEARNING
The Snowman's Wish by Harmen van Straaten — An alluring tale for children about yearning, freedom, and toys.
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Now In Paperback



After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters by N. T. Wright

Bible Babel: Making Sense of the Most Talked about Book of All Time by Kristin Swenson

Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Beginning of a New Awakening by Diana Butler Bass

The Compassionate Life: Walking the Path of Kindness by Marc Ian Barasch

A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted by Will Bowen

The Cosmic Dance: An Invitation to Experience Our Oneness by Joyce Rupp

The Creative Life: True Tales of Inspiration by Julia Cameron

Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences by Jeffrey Long and Paul Perry

Finding Inner Courage by Mark Nepo

For Everything a Season by Joan Chittister

The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary by Angeles Arrien

The Future of Faith by Harvey Cox

The Green Bible: Understand the Bible's Powerful Message for the Earth

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin

How to Be Compassionate: A Handbook for Creating Inner Peace and a Happier World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

If the Church Were Christian: Rediscovering the Values of Jesus by Philip Gulley

Illuminated Life: Monastic Wisdom for Seekers of Light by Joan Chittister

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin

A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough by Wayne Muller

A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith by Brian McLaren

Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade - and How We Can Fight It by David Batstone

Paranormal: My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife by Raymond Moody and Paul Perry

The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus by John Dominic Crossan

The Power of Patience: How This Old-Fashioned Virtue Can Improve Your Life by M. J. Ryan

Seasons of Your Heart: Prayers and Reflections by Macrina Wiederkehr

Seeking Paradise: The Spirit of the Shakers by Thomas Merton and Paul M. Pearson

Simple Ways: Towards the Sacred by Gunilla Norris

Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power - And How They Can Be Restored by Marcus J. Borg

Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren F. Winner

The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse: A Breakthrough Program for Connecting with Your Soul's Deepest Purpose by Debbie Ford

Wabi Sabi Love: The Ancient Art of Finding Perfect Love in Imperfect Relationships by Arielle Ford

The Way of Simplicity: The Cistercian Tradition by Esther De Waal

What's Right with Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West by Feisal Abdul Rauf

When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams

Books & Audios for Spiritual Journeys
Whether you are exploring sacred texts, spiritual teachings, novels, poetry, cultural criticism, essays, or children's books, when reading exercises your faith, fires your imagination, stirs your soul, and expands your circle of compassion, it is a spiritual practice. Frederic and Mary Ann share some specific ways they deepen their reading experiences.

Making Reading Sacred
10 Reasons Why I Love Reading and Reviewing Spiritual Books
Book Awards
The Most Spiritual Books of:

 
Exceptional Excerpts
Many of our book reviews include excerpts that illustrate a writer's insights. Every day we link one excerpt off the top of the "Updates" column on the homepage.

• See an Archive of the Spiritual Readings of the Day.
Special Features
An Inclusive Approach to Prayer: Descriptions of eight multifaith prayer books.
One Nation Under God?: A collection of books that describing the changing landscape of American religion and the growing segment of the population with no religious affiliation or who describe themselves as spiritual but not religious.
SkyLight Illuminations Series: A round up of a series of books on sacred texts from Skylight Paths.
Refining Character as Elders: An annotated bibliography of the best resources for character development late in life.
Tell Me a Story: We have chosen 16 of our favorite collections of spiritual teaching stories from the world's religions.
Best Spiritual Books of 2012: Our choices of the books that most impressed and inspired us — highly recommended for your spiritual journey.
Douglas Wood — A Voice of the Heart: A profile of the remarkable writer and his books for all ages
Children's Books on the Unity of the Human Family: A joyful series of photographic essays
Thanks for Everything, Bill: An Open Letter to Bill Moyers on the Occasion of His Retirement
Jesus Books: a bibliography of titles revealing a wide spectrum of ideas about his teachings, ministry, and mission
100 Multifaith Resources: Resources that explore all the wonderful possibilities for broadening our understanding of both spirituality and practice in our world where people of different traditions are intentionally interacting.
Modern Spiritual Masters Series: An outstanding collection of the essential writings of key teachers from many traditions.
Spiritual Perspectives on September 11: Catholic, Buddhist, Anglican, and others, plus photograph collections
Summer Reading Suggestions: Beyond the Typical Beach Reads
The Spiritual Path of Grief: A collection of comforting words of wisdom from contemporary teachers
A Devotional Toolkit for Times of Crisis: 50 practices from the world's religions and the resources that best describe them.
Books That Speak to Your Condition: a special reading list put together after the 9/11 terrorist attacks — helpful for any difficult time
The Wonder Writers: seven writers who will turn you toward the pole of wonder.
Rich Deposits of Mystical Wisdom: a beguiling fable by Roger Housden and an amazing collection of translations by Daniel Ladinsky that are welcome resources for pilgrims on a mystical path.
The Spiritual Dimensions of Conscious Aging: Good books, videos, and audios that signal a broadening and deepening of the way we see aging.
Interviews
Andrew Harvey on adab, the Sufi practice of courtesy and respect
Mary Pipher on self-care, happiness, the value of Buddhist practices, and her memoir Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World
Elizabeth Lesser on creating your best life, practices for difficult times, connecting with nature, spiritual teachers and mentors, and the role of pain in the spiritual life.
Thomas Moore on the process of becoming a person through your experiences, obedience to one's calling, imagination, mystery, and his book A Life at Work: The Joy of Discovering What You Were Born to Do
Sam Keen on wonder, reverence, and his book Sightings: Extraordinary Encounters with Ordinary Birds
Megan McKenna on justice, following Jesus, and her book On Your Mark
Robert Thurman on Infinite Life
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, author of God's Paintbrush, on children's spirituality
Phil Cousineau on The Olympic Odyssey
Book Galleries
The 12s: Galleries of Inspiring Quotations and Images on Spiritual Practices
A Gallery of Contemplative photography from the book The Practice of Contemplative Photography
Books & Quotes on Joy and Mirth a collections from a variety of books and authors
Winter: Images and Quotes for Reflecting on the Meanings and Messages of the Season
Prayers for Our Leaders: Prayers collected for the Inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States
Shoe Fleur: from photographer Michel Tcherevkoff, a gallery of shoes and purses made from flowers
Meinhard Craighead: A Retrospective: images from the Southwestern artist's Crow Mother and the Dog God
The Sacred Balance: A Visual Celebration of Our Place in Nature: David Suzuki and Amanda McConnell with Maria DeCambra point out connections that give meaning
Put on a Happy Face: Pop culture images to make you smile
Buddha: Asian statues beautifully photographed by Jon Ortner
Talking to God: Stunning photographs of individuals talking to God in their own ways in diverse settings
Timeless Prayers for Peace: Multiple Christian prayers for various settings
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