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

Teach, Breathe, Learn
Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom by Meena Srinivasan — Practical and useful mindfulness practices for use in and out of the classroom.
Read the review and an excerpt on joy.

The Prayer Project
The Prayer Project: The 3-Minute, 3 Times a Day Solution for World Change by Paramahansa Jagadish — Prayers, poems, and other resources from different traditions for a daily practice.
Read the review and an excerpt on love.

A Spirit Walker's Guide to Shamanic Tools
A Spirit Walker's Guide to Shamanic Tools: How to Make and Use Drums, Masks, Rattles, and Other Sacred Implements by Evelyn C. Rysdyk — A guide to sacred instruments used by shamanic practitioners during rituals.
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Unquiet Vigil
Unquiet Vigil: New and Selected Poems by Paul Quenon — A steller collection of poems by a Catholic priest on watching and waiting.
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Daring: My Passages
Daring: My Passages: A Memoir by Gail Sheehy — A memoir of an accomplished journalist and enterprising woman.
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Judaism's 10 Best Ideas
Judaism's 10 Best Ideas: A Brief Guide for Seekers by Arthur Green — Elegant short meditations on the core ideas of Judaism.
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The Case Against the Supreme Court
The Case Against the Supreme Court by Erwin Chemerinsky — A cogent and bold evaluation of the work of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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tHE Chain
The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food by Ted Genoways — A muckraking work on the meatpacking industry and agribusinesses.
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The Death and Life of American Labor
The Death and Life of American Labor: Toward a New Worker's Movement by Stanley Aronowitz — A thoughtful and hopeful delineation of where unions are now and where they can go in the future.
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An Indigenous People's History of the United States
An Indigenous People's History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz — A radical re-visioning of U.S. history from an Indigenous people's perspective.
Read the review and an excerpt on shadow.

Joan Chittister: Essential Writings
Joan Chittister: Essential Writings edited by Mary Lou Kownacki and Mary Hembrow Snyder — A collection of the writings of one of the most popular and prophetic religious voices of our times.
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Gaza: A History by Jean-Pierre Filiu — A substantive history of the 140-square-mile strip of land between Israel, Egypt, and the Mediterranean Sea.
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Loving Our Enemies
Loving Our Enemies: Reflections on the Hardest Commandment by Jim Forest — A good case for loving our enemies, made with great gusto and creative elan.
Read the review and an excerpt on peace.

The Power of the Heart
The Power of the Heart: Finding Your True Purpose in Life by Baptist de Pape — Statements from 18 contemporary spiritual teachers on the heart as a source of love and wisdom.
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Soul Fury
Soul Fury: Rumi and Shams Tabriz and Friendship by Coleman Barks — Commentaries and versions of mystical poetry and sayings by Rumi and his spiritual friend Shams Tabriz.
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Censored 2015: Inspiring We the People
Censored 2015: Inspiring We the People: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2013-2014 by Andy Lee Roth, Mickey Huff, and Project Censored — A roundup of the 25 most censored stories of 2013-2014 and other examples of media bias.
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Don't Worry, Be Grumpy
Don't Worry, Be Grumpy: Inspiring Stories for Making the Most of Each Moment by Ajahn Brahm — 108 teaching stories about ordinary people squaring off against the challenges of everyday life.
Read the review and an excerpt on being present.

The Glass Cage
The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr — Thoughtful meditations on the large role of automation in our lives and where this may lead in the future.
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Life Purpose Book Camp
Life Purpose Boot Camp: The 8-Week Breakthrough Plan for Creating a Meaningful Life by Eric Maisel — An eight-week intensive with ideas, exercises, and practices for bringing more meaning into your days and doings
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The Spiritual City
The Spiritual City: Theology, Spirituality, and the Urban by Philip Sheldrake — A scholarly survey of the vital role cities play in shaping the human spirit.
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Slowing Time
Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door by Barbara Mahany — A fresh and richly lyrical tribute to the Divine wonders of the four seasons.
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Conscious Living, Conscious Aging
Conscious Living, Conscious Aging: Embrace & Savor Your Next Chapter by Ron Pevny — A book of immense value for those yearning for inner growth and spiritual renewal as elders.
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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
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.

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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.
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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