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

Through the Flames
COMPASSION
Through the Flames: Overcoming Disaster Through Compassion, Patience, and Determination by Allan Lokos — A true story of a Buddhist meditation teacher who recovered from a terrible plane crash that left him with burns over 33% of his body.
Read the review and an excerpt on gratitude.


Guilt, Shame and Anxiety
LOVE
Guilt, Shame and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions by Peter R. Breggin — A reframing of our understandings of guilt, shame, and anxiety on the path to emotional freedom.
Read the review and an excerpt on love.


The Age of Dignity
MEANING
The Age of Dignity: Preparing For the Elder Boom in a Changing America by Ai-Jen Poo and Ariane Conrad — A helpful and hopeful overview of the developing crisis around caregiving for elders.
Read the review and an excerpt on nurturing.


Alien Lanscapes?
MEANING
Alien Landscapes? Interpreting Disordered Minds by Jonathan Glover — A richly rewarding look by a philosopher into the inner lives of those with mental illness.
Read the review and an excerpt on reverence.


Effwords
MEANING
Effwords: Faith, Family, Fatherhood & That Other One by Mark Morelli — Punchy parables for meaning makers.
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Lurching Toward Happiness in America
MEANING
Lurching Toward Happiness in America by Claude S. Fischer — An assessment of the messy search for happiness in America.
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Philosophy Bites Again
MEANING
Philosophy Bites Again by David Edmonds & Nigel Warburton — Interviews that present philosophy with flair.
Read the review and an excerpt on imagination.


The Hot Belly Diet
NURTURING
The Hot Belly Diet: A 30-Day Ayurvedic Plan to Reset Your Metabolism, Lose Weight, and Restore Your Body's Natural Balance to Heal Itself by Suhas G. Kshirsagar & Kristin Loberg — Helpful and healing out-of-the-box ideas from the Ayurvedic approach to dieting and renewing one's energy.
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A Contemplative Approach to Understanding World Religions
OPENNESS
A Contemplative Approach to Understanding World Religions: C. G. Jung as Phenomenologist of the Soul by Blake W. Burleson — Thoughtful approaches based on listening to understand other religions.
Read the review and an excerpt on transformation.


Healing Day by Day
PEACE
Healing Day by Day: Scripture, Reflections, Practices and Prayers by Marci Alborghetti — A poetic devotional resource for those who yearn for Divine healing and help.
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The Conscious Activist
QUESTING
The Conscious Activist: Where Activism Meets Mysticism by James O'Dea — The spiritual adventures of a seeker who blends action and contemplation on his path of service.
Read the review and an excerpt on openness.


The Crucified People
SHADOW
The Crucified People: The Suffering of the Tortured in Today's World by John Neafsey — A sobering expose at torture around the world and the trauma suffered by its many victims.
Read the review and an excerpt on compassion.


Our Daily Poison
SHADOW
Our Daily Poison: From Pesticides to Packaging, How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick by Marie-Monique Robin — A hard-hitting muckraking book about the global poisoning of people, animals, and the good Earth by chemical industries.
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Spam Nation
SHADOW
Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime - from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door by Brian Krebs — A top-drawer overview and analysis of digital thieves.
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Vainglory
SHADOW
Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung — An in-depth treatment of the sin of pride.
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Fly While You Still Have Wings
TEACHERS
Fly While You Still Have Wings: And Other Lessons My Resilient Mother Taught Me by Joyce Rupp — An uplifting and totally spiritual memoir about the author's mother.
Read the review and an excerpt on love.


Artemis
TRANSFORMATION
Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen — A fascinating and inspiring portrait of the Greek Goddess as the archetype of the activist.
Read the review and an excerpt on transformation.


Refuge Recovery
TRANSFORMATION
Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction by Noah Levine — An adaptation of Buddhist principles and practices for recovery from addiction and delusion.
Read the review and an excerpt on attention.


Spiritual Awakening
Transformation
Spiritual Awakening (The Easy Way) by Tiom van der Vliet — A spunky and cleverly designed paperback on spirituality as playful, joyous, and pleasurable.
Read the review and an excerpt on X - The Mystery.


Your Life Is a Book
TRANSFORMATION
Your Life Is a Book: How to Craft and Publish Your Memoir by Brenda Peterson and Sarah Jane Freymann — A recommended resource for those getting ready to write a memoir.
Read the review and an excerpt on transformation.


Nine Jewels of Night
X - The Mystery
Nine Jewels of Night: One Soul's Journey into God by Beverly Lanzetta — The spiritual memoir of a contemplative soul and the joys and roadblocks she faces on the mystical path of not knowing.
Read the review and an excerpt on love.


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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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