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

A Maryknoll Book of Poetry
BEAUTY
A Maryknoll Book of Poetry: Beauty, Truth, and Goodness From Around the World by Michael Leach, Doris Goodnough, and Helen Phillips — A festive and warm-hearted collection of poems.
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Light the Flame
DEVOTION
Light the Flame: 365 Days of Prayer by Andrew Harvey — A collection of short prayers from many traditions.
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Openings
DEVOTION
Openings: A Daybook of Saints, Sages, Psalms and Prayer Practices by Larry J. Peacock — The 2nd edition of a multi-purpose devotional resource for personal spiritual growth and retreats.
Read the review and an excerpt on devotion.


 Convictions
FAITH
Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most by Marcus J. Borg — A summing up by the Jesus scholar of his writings, teachings, concerns, and passions over the past 50 years.
Read the review and an excerpt on X - The Mystery.


We Make the Road by Walking
FAITH
We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation by Brian McLaren — A serious and sensitive year-long curriculum that brings us alive and sends us on our way rejoicing in service of others.
Read the review and an excerpt on faith.


Stuff Matters
GRATITUDE
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials that Shape Our Man-Made World by Mark Miodownik — A spiffy celebration of stuff such as steel, concrete, and glass
Read the review and an excerpt on meaning.


The Divide
JUSTICE
The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi — A hard-hitting look at the shameful happenings in America resulting from severe economic inequality.
Read the review and an excerpt on justice.


Spiritual Guidance Across Religions
LISTENING
Spiritual Guidance Across Religions: A Sourcebook for Spiritual Directors and Other Professionals Providing Counsel to People of Differing Faith Traditions by John R. Mabry — A valuable overview of the need for and practice of interfaith spiritual direction.
Read the review and an excerpt on questing.


A Broken Hallelujah
MEANING
A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen by Liel Leibovitz — A fetching overview of the life, the music, and the meaning of Leonard Cohen as a spiritual seeker.
Read the review and an excerpt on questing.


The December Project
MEANING
The December Project : An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life's Greatest Mystery by Sara Davidson — An illuminating overview of the life and wisdom of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.
Read the review and an excerpt on gratitude.


Experiencing Spirituality
MEANING
Experiencing Spirituality: Finding Meaning Through Storytelling by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham — A collection of wonderful, soul-shaking, and thought-provoking stories.
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The Naked Future
MEANING
The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? by Patrick Tucker — A fascinating look at what our entry into the world of telemetry means.
Read the review and an excerpt on openness.


When Your Life Is On Fire
MEANING
When Your Life Is On Fire: What Would You Save? by Erik Kolbell — Twelve seekers, artists, iconoclasts, and survivors on what values mean the most to them.
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Lunch
NURTURING
Lunch: A History by Megan Elias — An admirably eclectic and enlightening book on lunch written with elan and creativity.
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To Save Everything, Click Here
OPENNESS
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov — An attack on solutionism and Internet-centrism.
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Perspective
OPPENNESS
Perspective: The Calm Within the Storm by Robert J. Wicks — A robust study of openness and the virtues which emanate from this spiritual quality.
Read the review and an excerpt on vision.


Words and Images that Seep Into the Soul
QUESTING
Words and Images that Seep into the Soul by James Phillips Noble — Quotations and poems that reveal a Protestant minister's questing spirit.
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 The People's Platform
SHADOW
The People's Platform: Takeing Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age by Astra Taylor — Giant corporations squeezing money and power through the internet.
Read the review and an excerpt on meaning.


Buddha's Daughters
TEACHERS
Buddha's Daughters: Teachings from Women Who Are Shaping Buddhism in the West by Andrea Miller and the Editors of the Shambhala Sun — A sensitive and stirring anthology of writings by female spiritual teachers in the West.
Read the review and an excerpt on attention.


Paradise in Plain Sight
TEACHERS
Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden by Karen Maezen Miller — A Zen master who is a connoisseur of the commonplace on what she has learned from her garden.
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Sacred Laughter
TEACHERS
Sacred Laughter of the Sufis: Awakening the Soul with the Mulla's Comic Teaching Stories and Other Islamic Wisdom by Jamal Rahman — Superb and substantive meditations on Sufi teaching stories.
Read the review and an excerpt on being present.




The Sufi Path of Annihilation
TEACHERS
The Sufi Path of Annihilation: In the Tradition of Mevlana Jaladuddin Rumi and Hasan Lutfi by Nevit O. Ergin — Sufi poems and sayings from the Itlak path of Sufism.
Read the review and an excerpt on transformation.


What Christians Can Learn from Other Religions
TEACHERS
What Christians Can Learn from Other Religions by J. Philip Wogaman — A sturdy call to listen and learn from all religions and spiritual paths.
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Fear
TRANSFORMATION
Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm by Thich Nhat Hahn — Wise counsel on creating a path of fearlessness.
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Reflections of Amma
TRANSFORMATION
Reflections of Amma: Devotees in a Global Embrace by Amanda J. Lucia — A solid and substantive overview of the life and service of the hugging saint.
Read the review and an excerpt on love.


Getting Older Better
YOU
Getting Older Better: The Best Advice Ever on Money, Health, Creativity, Sex, Work, Retirement, and More by Pamela D. Blair — Ideas and insights on a wide range of subjects for women living in the other country of age.
Read the review and an excerpt on love.


Overwhelmed
YOU
Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte — A thought-provoking look at the plight of working women, our time-starved culture, marriage and family life.
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Children's Books


Share
CONNECTIONS
Share by Sally Anne Garland — A universal story about how difficult it is to relate to irritating people.
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The Geese March in Step
IMAGINATION
The Geese March in Step by Jean-Francois Dumont — A delightful parable about those who march to the beat of their own private drum.
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A is for Awesome
JOY
A is for Awesome by Dallas Clayton — An optimistic and upbeat alphabet of affirmations for children.
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The Bumblebee Bike
JUSTICE
Bumblebee Bike by Sandra Levins — The journey of a young thief who sees the errors of his ways and decides to change.
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Elmer and the Whales
KINDNESS
Elmer and the Whales by David McKee — A feel-good picture book about two lucky elephants.
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Boss No More
NURTURING
Boss No More by Estelle Meens — How a mother guides her bossy son through a rough patch at school where he is rejected by classmates.
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The Big Book of Slumber
PEACE
The Big Book of Slumber by Giovanna Zoboli — Windows into the peaceful world of sleeping animals.
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Claude at the Beach
PLAY
Claude at the Beach by Alex T. Smith — More playful and funny adventures of Claude and his good friend.
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Picnic
PLAY
Picnic by John Burningham — And interactive illustrated story about a patient party of five who endure a series of interruptions before having a pleasant picnic together.
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Zoobots: Wild Robots Inspired by Real Animals
PLAY
Zoobots: Wild Robots Inspired by Real Animals by Helaine Becker — Fascinating explanations and pictures of 12 robots that look and perform like animals.
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Churchill's Tale of Tails
QUESTING
Churchill's Tale of Tails by Anca Sandu — A touching tale about the importance of friendship and things you can learn while on a quest.
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Lately Lily
QUESTING
Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl by Micah Player — The travels of a spunky, curious, and creative little girl.
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Two Little Birds
QUESTING
Two Little Birds by Mary Newell DePalma — An edifying book about the challenges faced by two little plucky and resilient birds on their first migration journey.
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The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger
SHADOW
The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger by Timothy Basil Ering — A children's book about creating fearlessness by befriending the monsters of the night.
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The Great Day
ZEAL
The Great Day by Taro Gomi — A story that demonstrates how physical energy and emotional enthusiasm can create great days.
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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
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Exceptional Excerpts
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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.
Interviews
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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