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

Plant Spirit Medicine
Plant Spirit Medicine: A Journey into the Healing Wisdom of Plants by Eliot Cowan — Spiritual ways to connect with plants.
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Grace at Table
Grace at Table: Small Spiritual Solutions to Large Material Problems by Donna Schaper — The value of a gratitude practice before meals.
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College and University Chaplaincy in the 21st Century
College and University Chaplaincy in the 21st Century: A Multifaith Look at the Practice of Ministry on Campuses by Lucy A. Forster-Smith — Essays from chaplains in a time of transition at campuses.
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Saying No to the Culture of Now
Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now by Walter Brueggemann — A hard-hitting and prophetic attack on the culture of NOW which devalues the Sabbath.
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Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America by Wenonah Hauter — A hard-hitting critique of the big corporations which control our farms and food system.
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The Tao of Intimacy and Ecstasy
The Tao of Intimacy and Ecstasy: Realizing the Promising of Spiritual Union by Solala Towler — An explanation of the passion, balance, mutuality, and harmony inherent in the watercourse way.
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How to Be Spiritual But not Religious
How to Be Spiritual But not Religious by Victor M. Parachin — Quotes, questions, and practices from the flexible and flowing traditions of the East to combine into your own spiritual hybrid.
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Waking the Buddha
Waking the Buddha by Clark Strand — A tribute to a Buddhist lay movement that is demonstrating a new way of being religious.
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Belief Without Borders
Belief Without Borders by Linda A. Mercadante — Far and away the best assessment of the Spiritual But Not Religious movement and its many meanings.
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War of the Whales
War of the Whales by Joshua Horwitz — A remarkable book on the plight of the whales when military values are more important than anything else.
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Awaken the Inner Shaman
Awaken the Inner Shaman: A Guide to the Power of Path of the Heart by Jose Luis Stevens — Ways of tapping into your Inner Shaman and opening to a path of adventure and transformation.
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Brave Parenting
Brave Parenting: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Raising Emotionally Resilient Children by Krissy Pozatek — A presentation of the essentials of transformational parenting.
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Mindful Compassion
Mindful Compassion: How the Science of Compassion Can Help You Understand Your Emotions, Live in the Present, and Connect Deeply with Others by Paul Gilbert and Choden — A substantive presentation of practical mindfulness and compassion practices.
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The Rebirthing of God
The Rebirthing of God by John Philip Newell — A presentation of eight features for a renewal of Christianity plus the guides who can show us how.
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The Myth of the Spoiled Child
The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting by Alfie Kohn — An assessment of the criticism of today's parents as being too permissive with their spoiled and entitled kids.
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Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West by Lucy R. Lippard — A sad and troubling portrait of the degradation of nature in the Southwest.
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Be Nobody
Be Nobody by Lama Marut — An out-of-the-box book on taming the ego.
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Sensation: The New Science of Physical Intelligence by Thalma Lobel — A fascinating report from a new scientific frontier.
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Your (Re)Defining Moments
Your (Re)Defining Moments by Dennis Merritt Jones — Paths to and practices for living an authentic life.
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Children's Books

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd — The wonders that a boy sees at night when he focuses his attention.
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Nancy Knows
Nancy Knows by Cybele Young — An imaginative story for children about remembering things.
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Thank You, God
Thank You, God by J. Bradley Wigger — A devotional celebration of a day during which we tally up our thanks for all God has given us.
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The Legend of Saint Nicholas
The Legend of Saint Nicholas by Anselm Grun — A simple and elegant account of the life and ministry of Saint Nicholas.
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Dear Panda
Dear Panda by Miriam Latimer — How a plucky little girl creatively deals with a scary assignment at her new school.
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Thomas the Toadilly Terrible Bully
Thomas the Toadilly Terrible Bully by Janice Levy — Why trying to be special and standing apart from the crowd can lead to loneliness.
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Never Say a Mean Word Again
Never Say a Mean Word Again: A Tale from Medieval Spain by Jacqueline Jules — A wonderful cross-cultural tale about the spiritual art of turning an enemy into a friend.
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Who's Next Door
Who's Next Door by Mayuko Kishira — A charming children's picture book about finding ways to be friends with people who are very different from you.
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What If . . . ?
What If . . . ? by Anthony Browne — An example of how negative stories about what might happen can nearly ruin our experiences.
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Adventures with Barefoot Critters
Adventures with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White — An alphabet book featuring adorable little critters romping through the months of the year having adventures.
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Hickory Dickory Dog
Hickory Dickory Dog by Alison Murray — The nursery rhyme used to describe to playfulness of a dog who follows his human companion to school.
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Quest by Aaron Becker — A visually alluring story about two children who go on a quest to save a king.
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The Day the Crayons Quit
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt — A clever and creative story about the rebellion of crayons who want more respect and consideration.
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I Feel Five
I Feel Five by Bethanie Deeney Murguia — Touching story about a little boy's disappointment that fifth birthday doesn't seem to bring any genuine change into his life.
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This Day in June
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman — A children's book that salutes the enthusiasm and pride of members of the LGBT community as they march together in parade.
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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
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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.

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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.
Renee Trudeau on nurturing the soul of your family.
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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