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Best Spiritual Books of 2014 (So Far)
Reviews of spiritually literate children's books

Fully Alive
ATTENTION
Fully Alive: The Daily Path of Christian Meditation by John Main, ed. Laurence Freeoman — Reflections on the simplicity and humility of Christian meditation.
Read the review and an excerpt on Devotion.


On Looking
ATTENTION
On Looking: A Walker's Guide to the Art of Observation by Alexandra Horowitz — A fascinating invitation to make the most out of ordinary walks around the block.
Read the review and an excerpt on Attention.


The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
ATTENTION
The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levintin — Tips from a bestselling neuroscientist on organizing our lives.
Read the review and an excerpt on Attention.


The End of Absence
CONNECTIONS
The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris — Top-drawer thoughts and insights in the digital world and our need for more solitude.
Read the review and an excerpt on Peace.


The Powers of Two
CONNECTIONS
The Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk — A celebration of the creative collaboration of pairs.
Read the review and an excerpt on Connections.


The Days Between
DEVOTION
The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for The Jewish Holiday Season by Marcia Falk — Insights into the Jewish High Holidays from a master of devotional writing.
Read the review and an excerpt on Pages.


How Do You Pray?
Devotion
How Do You Pray: Inspiring Responses from Religious Leaders, Spiritual Guides, Healers, Activists & Other Lovers of Humanity by Celeste Yacoboni — An inspiring and eclectic anthology which reveals the diversity of ways to pray.
Read the review and an excerpt on Devotion.


Simply Merton
DEVOTION
Simply Merton: Wisdom from His Journals by Linus Mundy — Stirring wisdom passages from Thomas Merton's journals.
Read the review and an excerpt on Silence.


Profiles in Christian Courage
HOPE
Profiles in Christian Courage: Extraordinary Inspiration for Everyday Life by Kerry Walters — Profiles of 18 courageous Christians.
Read the review and an excerpt on Faith.


Teilhard's Mysticism
HOPE
Teilhard's Mysticism: Seeing the Inner Face of Evolution by Kathleen Duffy — A lively, enlightening, and assessable overview of Teilhard 's melding of spirituality, science, and mysticism.
Read the review and an excerpt on Hope.


Dark Light of Love
LOVE
Dark Light of Love by John S. Dunne — is a meditation on darkness, light, love, and the cloud of unknowing.
Read the review and an excerpt on love.


Lila
LOVE
Lila by Marilynne Robinson — A novel about the mysteries of grace, love, trust, aging, and transformation.
Read the review and an excerpt on love.


The Impulse Society
MEANING
The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification by Paul Roberts — A razor-sharp critique of the hedonistic, self-centered Impulse Society.
Read the review and an excerpt on Meaning.


Outrageous Openness
OPENNESS
Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead by Tosha Silver — Creative and soul-stirring essays on being open to God's guidance in our daily lives.
Read the review and an excerpt on imagination.


The Life and Teachings of Hillel
TEACHERS
The Life and Teachings of Hillel by Yitzhak Buxbaum — A summing up of the teachings of a revered Jewish sage.
Read the review and an excerpt on teachers.


Storytelling and Spirituality in Judaism
TEACHERS
Storytelling and Spirituality in Judaism by Yitzhak Buxbaum — An edifying and illuminating overview of Hasidic storytelling.
Read the review and an excerpt on meaning.


Confronting Chronic Pain
TRANSFORMATION
Confronting Chronic Pain: A Pain Doctor's Guide to Relief by Steven H. Richeimer & Kathy Steligo — Wise physical, mental, and spiritual counsel for those dealing with chronic pain.
Read the review and an excerpt on joy.


The Grace in Aging
TRANSFORMATION
The Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older by Kathleen Dowling Singh — An accessible and spiritually rich resource on the value of spiritual practices in elderhood.
Read the review and an excerpt on peace.


Like a Child
TRANSFORMATION
Like a Child: Restoring the Awe, Wonder, Joy & Resiliency of the Human Spirit by Timothy J. Mooney — A challenge to get in touch with our childhood self and to cultivate spiritual renewal.
Read the review and an excerpt on x-the mystery.

Virtual Unreality
TRANSFORMATION
Virtual Unreality: Just Because the Internet Told You, How Do You Know It's True? by Charles Seife — A crisp and clearly written probe of the many ways digital information is changing us and the worlds in which we live.
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Dancing on the Head of a Pen
VISION
Dancing on the Head of a Pen: The Practice of the Writing Life by Robert Benson — A relaxed, pensive, and insightful glimpse into the writing life.
Read the review and an excerpt on silence.


1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop
WONDER
1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin — A playful and entertaining book to draw out your wonderosity.
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The Human Age
WONDER
The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us by Diane Ackerman — An optimistic picture of the future where wonder is a major spiritual practice.
Read the review and an excerpt on being present.


Constructive Wallowing
YOU
Constructive Wallowing: How to Beat Bad Feelings by Letting Yourself Have Them by Tina Gilbertson — A very practical book on embracing negative emotions as a key to healing and wholeness.
Read the review and an excerpt on questing.


Living With Your Body and Other Things You Hate
YOU
Living With Your Body and Other Things You Hate: How to Let Go of Your Struggle with Body Image Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Emily Sandoz & Troy DuFrene — A handy and helpful resource for those struggling with negative body images.
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Untangling the Mind
YOU
Untangling the Mind: Why We Behave the Way We Do by D. Theodore George & Lisa Berger — A treatment program to help people trying to cope with extreme emotions.
Read the review and an excerpt on listening.




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Children's Books


Flashlight
ATTENTION
Flashlight by Lizi Boyd — The wonders that a boy sees at night when he focuses his attention.
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Nancy Knows
CONNECTIONS
Nancy Knows by Cybele Young — An imaginative story for children about remembering things.
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Thank You, God
GRATITUDE
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
KINDNESS
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
LOVE
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
LOVE
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
OPENNESS
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
OPENNESS
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 . . . ?
PEACE
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
PLAY
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
PLAY
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
QUESTING
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
REVERENCE
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
TRANSFORMATION
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
UNITY
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.

• 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
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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