Everyday spirituality is based on two assumptions: the sacred is all around us at all times, and all our activities can be ways to connect with the divine. Following are our recommendations of books that have helped us make these connections. We encourage you to browse through the list, click on the titles to read our reviews, and check out the excerpts (linked off the reviews) from many of the books. You will find a wide variety of ideas for getting started with hour-by-hour, day-by-day expressions of your personal spirituality.
The Alphabet of Paradise: An A-Z Spirituality of Everyday Life
by Howard Cooper
Manifold insights into everyday riches and the incidents that cry out for meaning.
The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection
by Louisa Thomsen Brits
An exploration of the spiritual practice that has made the Danish people among the happiest in the world.
A Book of Wonders: Daily Reflections for Awakened Living
by Edward Hays
An imaginative, eclectic, and deeply spiritual primer on living in awe every day of the year.
Breakfast Epiphanies: Finding Wonder in the Everyday
by David Anderson
A fascinating and edifying tutorial on the spiritual practice of wonder.
Care of The Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
by Thomas Moore
An essential primer full of insight about restoring life's soulfulness.
Compass Points: Meeting God Every Day at Every Turn
by Margaret Silf
An invitation to discern Divine presence in every moment.
A Commuter's Guide to Enlightenment
by Stewart Bitkoff
Meditations on turning commuting into a path to enlightenment.
Daybreak Within: Living in A Sacred World
by Rich Heffern
A collection of columns that affirm that sacredness lies everywhere we look in our own experience.
Divine Audacity: Dare to Be the Light of the World
by Linda Martella-Whitsett
An enthusiastic book about bold spiritual living.
The Dove in the Stone: Finding the Sacred in the Commonplace
by Alice 0. Howell
An illuminating work in which the author perceives the Divine Guest on the Celtic isle of Iona.
Everyday Epiphanies: Seeing the Sacred in Everything
by Melannie Svoboda
A keen and exuberant celebration of everyday spirituality.
Everyday Dharma: Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha In You
by Lama Willa Miller
A spiritual guidebook on the art of waking up and listening to your inner guidance.
Everyday Miracles: Meditations on Living an Extraordinary Life
by Ardath Rodale
An inspiring collection of essays on blessings in ordinary details.
Everyday Sacred: A Woman's Journey Home
by Sue Bender
One woman's quest to discover the sacred in mundane life.
Everyday Soul: Awakening the Spirit in Daily Life
by Bradford Keeney
Ways to support the search for Spirit in the precincts of the ordinary.
Everything Is the Way: Ordinary Mind Zen
by Elihu Genmyo Smith
An astonishing collection of essays on the wisdom of Zen as it applies to daily living.
The Findhorn Book of Practical Spirituality
by Kathy Gottberg
A down-to-earth approach to spirituality oriented to the present moment.
Fully Awake and Truly Alive: Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Soul
by Jane Vennard
A masterful and timely resource on bringing zest to the ordinary.
God Finds Us: An Experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola
by Jim Manney
Exercises for practicing the art of looking for God in everything.
God in All Moments: Mystical and Practical Spiritual Wisdom from Hasidic Masters
by Ebn D. Leader and Or N. Rose
Spiritual practices for applying Hasidic ideals to daily life.
God in the Moment: Making Every Day a Prayer
by Kathy Coffey
A refreshing and renewing resource on prayer.
God Moments: Unexpected Encounters in the Ordinary
by Andy Otto
An lgnatian perspective on Divine presence.
Grace's Window: Entering the Seasons of Prayer
by Suzanne Guthrie
Personal and profound meditations on taking one's days' experiences to God.
Hiding in Plain Sight: Sabbath Blessings
by Molly Wolf
Intimations of God's grace, playfulness, and love in everyday experiences.
How to Train a Wild Elephant and Other Adventures in Mindfulness
by Jan Chozen Bays
More than 50 mindfulness exercises to enrich daily practice.
I'd Like to Call for Help, But I Don't Know the Number: The Search for Spirituality in Everyday Life
by Abraham J. Twerski
An examination of Twelve-Step Spirituality and character development.
Insights from the Coffeehouse: Miracles, Mysteries and Epiphanies from Everyday Life
by Jonathan Collins
Seventeen stories illustrating the validity and vitality of everyday spirituality.
Inviting a Monkey to Tea: Befriending Your Mind and Discovering Lasting Contentment
by Nancy Colier
A spiritual guidebook offering a way into the discovery of well-being and contentment.
Learning from the Heart: Lessons on Living, Loving and Listening
by Daniel Gottlieb
Inspiring essays on everyday life from the perspective of a man who has lived as a quadriplegic for 30 years.
Light When It Comes: Trusting Joy, Facing Darkness, and Seeing God in Everything
by Chris Anderson
A resource full of ways to be taken out of ourselves and filled with joy.
Listening to Your Life: Daily Meditations
by Frederick Buechner
A classic that tutors us in the art of sensing the sacred within the activities of our day-by-day lives.
Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Paths in Everyday Life
by Trish Harrison Warren
A winsome tribute to the everyday spirituality of chores, maintenance, small moments, and unheralded acts of kindness.
Lunchtime Enlightenment: Meditations to Transform Your Life Now — at Work, at Home, at Play
by Pragito Dove.
Concrete, down-to-earth techniques for being present.
Morning B.R.E.W.: A Divine Power Drink for Your Soul
by Kirk Byron Jones
A soul-stirring devotional resource to jump-start your day.
Morning Sun on a White Piano: Simple Pleasures and the Sacramental Life
by Robin R. Meyers
An elegantly written vision of the "lost arts" of living.
Motherprayer: Lessons in Loving
by Barbara Mahany
A soulful, lyrical, and transformative book by a columnist who has a knack for finding spiritual meaning in everyday rituals and routines
The New Kitchen Mystic: A Companion for Spiritual Explorers by Mary Hayes Grieco
A down-to-earth account that puts the accent on God's immanence.
Nourishing the Soul: Discovering the Sacred in Everyday Life
by Anne Simpkinson, Charles Simpkinson, and Rose Solari
24 essays which map the adventures of making meaning in ordinary life.
by Lynda Sexson
A dazzling book that considers all life sacred.
Ordinary Magic: Everyday Life as Spiritual Path
by John Welwood
An excellent anthology of 35 essays by spiritual teachers, therapists, and creative artists.
The Practice of Presence: Five Paths for Daily Life
by Patty de Llosa
The wisdom of five spiritual paths that all come alive in the present moment.
Prayers of a Roadside Contemplative
by Janet Shea
Poems and prayers illustrating the art and craft of everyday spirituality.
Present Moment, Wonderful Moment: Mindfulness Verses for Daily Living
by Thich Nhat Hanh
A wonderful collection of Buddhist verses to use with ordinary activities.
Sacred Threshold: Crossing the Inner Barrier to a Deeper Love
by Paula D'Arcy
A challenge to love mystery and be open to grace and transformation.
Seeds of Faith: Practices to Grow a Healthy Spiritual Life
by Jeremy Langford
A superb book filled with everyday practices to enrich Christian faith.
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy
by Sarah Ban Breathnach
A marvelous collection of essays on finding epiphanies in the midst of housecleaning, grocery shopping, visits by friends, colds, and mood swings.
Simple Ways: Towards the Sacred
by Gunilla Norris
An exquisitely written masterwork on everyday spirituality.
Simply Open: A Guide to Experiencing God in the Everyday
by Greg Paul
A tribute to the spiritual practice of openness as experienced through the senses.
Small Graces: The Quiet Gifts of Everyday Life
by Kent Nerburn
A salutation to the beauty, the grandeur, and the meaning of ordinary moments and experiences.
Small Mercies: Glimpses of God in Everyday Life
by Nancy Jo Sullivan
Little gems of God's presence and grace in the mundane activities of the day.
Spiritual Fitness: Everyday Exercises for Body and Soul
by Doris Donnelly
Reflections on listening, praising, eating, working, weeping, laughing, and persevering.
Spiritual Maturity: Stories and Reflections for the Ongoing Journey of the Spirit
by Joseph Sharp
A map of the inner rewards and challenges of a deepened spiritual life.
The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions: Finding Balance through the Soul Traits of Mussar
by Greg Marcus
Spiritual practices for an everyday life of harmony and meaning.
Start Now! A Book of Soul and Spiritual Exercises
by Christopher Bamford and Rudolf Steiner
A smorgasbord of Steiner wisdom on practices to help beginning and experienced seekers see everything as a path to inner development.
Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World
by Scott Russell Sanders
Essays which honor seven mysteries connected with place.
Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks
by Gary Thorp
A fine primer for making household routines part of the path of spiritual practice.
The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-paced World
by Haemin Sunim
Cogent bites of spiritual wisdom for everyday life.
The Tibetan Art of Positive Thinking: Skillful Thought for Successful Living
by Christopher Hansard
Insights from the Tibetan Bon tradition on transforming life through positive thinking.
A Tree Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary
by Macrina Wiederkehr
A spiritual classic on the art of reading the world for signs of God.
201 Little Buddhist Reminders: Gathas for Your Daily Life
by Barbara Ann Kipfer Buddhist
Gathas to bring you back to the present moment in everyday activities.
Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today
by Joan Chittister
A map of the relevance of the Rule of St. Benedict to everyday spiritual life.
Word by Word: A Daily Spiritual Practice
by Marilyn McEntyre
A soulful collection of 15 key spiritual practices to savor in our days and doings.