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Best Spiritual Books of 2014
Reviews of spiritually literate children's books

Twenty-First Century Buddhists in Conversation
ATTENTION
Twenty-First Century Buddhists in Conversation Ed. by Melvin McLeod — Conversations with more than 60 contemporary Buddhist teachers.
Read the review and an excerpt on meaning.


Your Body Knows the Answer
ATTENTION
Your Body Knows The Answer by David I. Rome — Reveals the ways in which focused attention and the felt sense of things are tools for self-growth.
Read the review and an excerpt on wonder.


Make Me One With Everything
BEING PRESENT
Make Me One With Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation by Lama Surya Das — A practice-grounded book from the Tibetan Buddhist teacher on inter-meditation in everyday life as a way to achieve oneness.
Read the review and an excerpt on unity.


The Nourishing Homestead
CONNECTIONS
The Nourishing Homestead: One Back-To-The-Land Family's Plan for Cultivating Soil, Skills, and Spirit by Ben & Penny Hewitt — The case for homesteading as a way to connect to the world big time.
Read the review and an excerpt on meaning.


A Biography of the Spirit
DEVOTION
A Biography of the Spirit by John C. Haughey — Daily reflections on the Holy Spirit's mission in relation to the sciences.
Read the review and an excerpt on hospitality.


Finding God in the Verbs
DEVOTION
Finding God in the Verbs: Crafting a Fresh Language of Prayer by Jennie Isbell & J. Brent Bill — Exercises and practices to help you establish a creative, meaningful, and flourishing prayer life.
Read the review and an excerpt on grace.


Come, Holy Spirit
FAITH
Come, Holy Spirit: Inner Fire, Giver of Life, and Comforter of the Poor by Leonardo Boff — A cogent and enlightening glimpse of the outbreaks of the Spirit in our times.
Read the review and an excerpt on love.


Change of Heart
FORGIVENESS
Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace with My Sister's Killer by Jeanne Bishop — A touching true story of a public defense attorney who refuses to exclude from her heart the man who murdered her sister.
Read the review and an excerpt on forgiveness.


The Forgiveness Handbook
FORGIVENESS
The Forgiveness Handbook: Spiritual Wisdom and Practice for the Journey to Freedom by the Editors at SkyLight Paths — Insights and help on practicing forgiveness by more than 50 authors from a variety of traditions and spiritual perspectives.
Read the review and an excerpt on reverence.


Wearing God
IMAGINATION
Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God by Lauren F. Winner — A playful and thoughtful excursion into some fresh images of God.
Read the review and an excerpt on imagination.


The Way of Tenderness
LOVE
The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel — Yearning for tenderness and trying to treat others with tenderness.
Read the review and an excerpt on you.


The Age of Acquiescence
MEANING
The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power by Steve Fraser — An analysis of why Americans don't get bent out of shape about economic inequality.
Read the review and an excerpt on meaning.


Being Taoist
MEANING
Being Taoist: Wisdom for Living a Balanced Life by Eva Wong — A poetic and practical guide to the Taoist art of living fully in the public, domestic, private, and spirit sectors of life.
Read the review and an excerpt on joy.


The End of College
MEANING
The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere by Kevin Carey — A vision of a bold new future made possible by digital learning.
Read the review and an excerpt on connections.


Words Onscreen
MEANING
Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World by Naomi S. Baron — A fascinating summary of the realities and challenges to reading now that more of it is done is done through digital technology.
Read the review and an excerpt on meaning.


Sactuary
NURTURING
Sanctuary: Creating a Space for Grace in Your Life by Terry Hershey — A wonderfully soothing book about sanctuary as a place of grace and healing.
Read the review and an excerpt on grace.


The Anxiety Toolkit
PEACE
The Anxiety Toolkit:Strategies for Fine-Tuning Your Mind and Moving Past Your Stuck Points by Alice Boyes — A down-to-earth toolkit for those who are anxiety-prone.
Read the review and an excerpt on peace.


The Unquiet Monk
QUESTING
The Unquiet Monk: Thomas Merton's Questing Faith by Michael W. Higgins — An assessment of Thomas Merton's legacy.
Read the review and an excerpt on imagination.


Rain
SHADOW
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett — A glorious exploration of rain and all its lessons, bounties, and mysteries.
Read the review and an excerpt on gratitude.


Rust
SHADOW
Rust: The Longest War by Jonathan Waldman — A rousing look at the battle against rust being waged on many different fronts.
Read the review and an excerpt on beauty.


AsapSCIENCE
WONDER
AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World's Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors and Unexplained Phenomena by Mitchell Moffit and Greg Brown — Sprightly, humorous, and informative science servings.
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Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be
SHADOW
Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni — A plea to parents and their children to drop out of the college admissions competition.
Read the review and an excerpt on you.


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Children's Books


Goodnight iPad
ATTENTION
Goodnight iPad by Ann Droyd — A parody of the children's classic set in a home filled with digital gadgets.
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Hoot Owl
Hope
Hoot Owl by Sean Taylor — The nighttime adventures of a clever hunter zipping through the night skies in search of food.
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Cat & Bunny!
HOSPITALITY
Cat & Bunny by Mary Lundquist — An exploration of the pleasure of expanding your circle of friends.
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My Pen
IMAGINATION
My Pen by Christopher Myers — An immensely appealing affirmation of imagination at work via an artist and his pen.
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Not Every Princess
IMAGINATION
Not Every Princess by Jeffrey & Lisa Bone — A poem for children and advice for parents and caregivers to encourage moving beyond gender stereotypes.
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Marilyn's Monster
JOY
Marilyn's Monster by Michelle Knudsen — A little girl's quest for a monster of her own.
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Toad Weather
KINDNESS
Toad Weather by Sandra Markle — How a family makes a rainy day into an adventure while celebrating wonder and kindness in the city.
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Peace Is an Offering
PEACE
Peace Is an Offering by Annette LeBox — Definitions and signs of peace identified by children.
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Rodeo Red
PLAY
Rodeo Red by Maripat Perkins — An entertaining children's picture about a little girl adjusting to a baby brother.
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Finding Spring
QUESTING
Finding Spring by Carin Berger — The story of a little bear who goes looking for spring just as winter arrives.
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Spots in a Box
QUESTING
Spots in a Box by Helen Ward — The quest of a spotless guinea fowl for the right spots for him.
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Peace, Bugs, and Understanding
TRANSFORMATION
Peace, Bugs, and Understanding by Gail Silver — Story about how two children learn to transform anger into lovingkindness.
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Raindrops Roll
WONDER
Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre — A sense-luscious celebration of rain.
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Sweep Up the Sun
WONDER
Sweep Up the Sun by Helen Frost — Color photographs capturing the birds' experience of flying.
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Wish
YEARNING
Wish by Matthew Cordell — A children's picture book about a couple yearning for a child.
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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
Books That Speak to Your Condition: A new series in which we will "prescribe" books to address what might be happening in your life. We hope you find these suggestions helpful.
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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