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1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop
John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin
A playful and entertaining book to draw out your wonderosity.
A Joyful Path
Center for Progressive Christianity
A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
A substantive and engaging biography of one of the towering 20th century Christian theologians.
A Literary Education and Other Essays
Essays that showcase a top-drawer writer's erudition, creativity, and wisdom.
A Person Is Like a Tree
An exploration of the many meanings of the Jewish holiday known as the New Year of the Trees.
Adventures with Barefoot Critters
An alphabet book featuring adorable little critters romping through the months of the year having adventures.
An Indigenous People's History of the United States
A radical re-visioning of U.S. history from an Indigenous people's perspective.
Ask the Beasts
Elizabeth A. Johnson
An exploration of the connections between the scientific insights of Charles Darwin and the Christian ideal of the presence of God in the natural world.
Beauty, Wonder and Belonging
An exciting and illuminating book of hours based on a deep appreciation the cosmos and its many mysteries and delights.
Belief Without Borders
Linda A. Mercadante
Far and away the best assessment of the Spiritual But Not Religious movement and its many meanings.
The journey of a young thief who sees the errors of his ways and decides to change.
Censored 2015: Inspiring We the People
Andy Lee Roth, Mickey Huff, Project Censored
A roundup of the 25 most censored stories of 2013-2014 and other examples of media bias.
Arthur I. Miller
Fascinating report on the creativity and enthusiasm afoot in the arenas where science and art are renewing each other.
Companions in Hope
Robert J. Wicks, Thomas E. Rodgerson
Wise counsel on caring for those in crisis.
Confronting Chronic Pain
Steven H. Richeimer, Kathy Steligo
Wise physical, mental, and spiritual counsel for those dealing with chronic pain.
Conscious Living, Conscious Aging
A book of immense value for those yearning for inner growth and spiritual renewal as elders.
Consider the Ravens
Paul A. Fredette, Karen Karper Fredette
A cogent and enlightening overview of contemporary hermit life.
A very practical book on embracing negative emotions as a key to healing and wholeness.
Dancing on the Head of a Pen
A relaxed, pensive, and insightful glimpse into the writing life.
Daring: My Passages
A memoir of an accomplished journalist and enterprising woman.
Dark Light of Love
John S. Dunne
John S. Dunne's last book, a meditation on darkness, light, love, and the cloud of unknowing.
How a plucky little girl creatively deals with a scary assignment at her new school.
Don't Worry, Be Grumpy
108 teaching stories about ordinary people squaring off against the challenges of everyday life.
Eager to Love
A robust and revelatory portrait of Francis and Clare.
Fascinating essays on the many roles objects play in our everyday lives.
The wonders a boy sees at night when he focuses his attention.
John Main , ed. Laurence Freeman
Reflections on the simplicity and humility of Christian meditation.
A wonderful collection illustrating how gardens can be celebrated as spiritual places.
A substantive history of the 140-square-mile strip of land between Israel, Egypt, and the Mediterranean Sea.
Hickory Dickory Dog
The nursery rhyme used to describe to playfulness of a dog who follows his human companion to school.
How Do You Pray
An inspiring and eclectic anthology which reveals the diversity of ways to pray.
How to Be Alone
Makes a good case for the bounties of solitude.
How to Be Spiritual But Not Religious
Victor M. Parachin
Quotes, questions, and practices from the flexible and flowing traditions of the East to combine into your own spiritual hybrid.
How to Change the World
Insights and ideas on how you can find your own role in changing the world
How to Deal with Adversity
Adversity can give birth to good things.
How to Stay Sane
An overview of the doors to change in our lives.
How We Learn
A reframing of our long-held and cherished views of how we learn.
Prescriptions for good sleep that integrate ideas from science and spirituality.
I Feel Five!
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.
Inside the Grass Hut
Commentary on a Zen poem about living lightly on the earth with calm, ease, and simplicity.
Joan Chittister, Mary Lou Kownacki, Mary Hembrow Snyder
A collection of the writings of one of the most popular and prophetic religious voices of our times.
Judaism's 10 Best Ideas
Elegant short meditations on the core ideas of Judaism.
Life Purpose Boot Camp
An eight-week intensive with ideas, exercises, and practices for bringing more meaning into your days and doings
Like a Child
Timothy J. Mooney
A challenge to get in touch with our childhood self and to cultivate spiritual renewal
A novel about the mysteries of grace, love, trust, aging, and transformation
Living a Gentle, Passionate Life
Robert J. Wicks
Following a spiritual path based on single-heartedness and simplicity.
Living With Your Body and Other Things You Hate
Emily Sandoz, Troy DuFrene
A handy and helpful resource for those struggling with negative body images.
Loving Our Enemies
A good case for loving our enemies, made with great gusto and creative elan.
An imaginative resource that reveals how the thirteenth century mystic and visionary still stirs up our consciences and our consciousness with spirit and with spunk.
Minding the Earth, Mending the World
A Zen teacher's medicine kit for regaining our humanity by re-storying and restoring the good earth.
An imaginative story for children about remembering things.
Never Say a Mean Word Again
A wonderful cross-cultural tale about the spiritual art of turning an enemy into a friend.
A fascinating invitation to make the most out of ordinary walks around the block.
Creative and soul-stirring essays on being open to God's guidance in our daily lives.
Powers of Two
Joshua Wolf Shenk
A celebration of the creative collaboration of pairs.
Prayers at 3 A.M.
An edgy and creative anthology of poems, chants, and songs about the allure and mysteries of the night.
Profiles in Christian Courage
Profiles of 18 courageous Christians.
A visually alluring story about two children who go on a quest to save a king.
Reality, Grief, Hope
Hard-hitting prophetic counsel from a feisty Biblical scholar.
Rendez-vous with Art
Phillipe de Montebello , Martin Gayford
Share moments of wonder as they experience great works of art and sculpture around the world.
Sacred Butterflies: Poems, Prayers and Practices
A mix of poem-prayers and spiritual practices for those celebrating the universe story
Second Wave Spirituality
Charts a worldwide movement of engaged spirituality.
Stirring wisdom passages from Thomas Merton's journals
A fresh and richly lyrical tribute to the Divine wonders of the four seasons.
Jelaluddin Rumi, Coleman Barks
Commentaries and versions of mystical poetry and sayings by Rumi and his spiritual friend Shams Tabriz.
Storytelling and Spirituality in Judaism
An edifying and illuminating overview of Hasidic storytelling
Teach, Breathe, Learn
Practical and useful mindfulness practices for use in and out of the classroom.
A lively, enlightening, and assessable overview of Teilhard 's melding of spirituality, science, and mysticism.
Thank You, God
J. Bradley Wigger
A devotional celebration of a day during which we tally up our thanks for all God has given us.
The Art of Travel
Alain de Botton
Looking at travel from both sides.
The Case Against the Supreme Court
A cogent and bold evaluation of the work of the U.S. Supreme Court.
A muckraking work on the meatpacking industry and agribusinesses.
The Day the Crayons Quit
A clever and creative story about the rebellion of crayons who want more respect and consideration.
The Days Between
Insights into the Jewish High Holidays from a master of devotional writing.
The Death and Life of American Labor
A thoughtful and hopeful delineation of where unions are now and where they can go in the future.
The End of Absence
Top-drawer thoughts and insights on the digital world and our need for more solitude.
The Endless Practice
A grand spiritual call to say yes to life, to open our hearts, to improvise, and to be the light of the world.
The Glass Cage
Thoughtful meditations on the large role of automation in our lives and where this may lead in the future.
The Human Age
An optimistic picture of the future where wonder is a major spiritual practice.
The Impulse Society
A razor-sharp critique of the hedonistic, self-centered Impulse Society.
The Language of Houses
Examples of what our buildings tell us about ourselves and our society.
The Legend of Saint Nicholas
A simple and elegant account of the life and ministry of Saint Nicholas.
The Life and Teachings of Hillel
A summing up of the teachings of a revered Jewish sage.
The Myth of the Spoiled Child
An assessment of the criticism of today's parents as being too permissive with their spoiled and entitled kids.
The Oldest Story in the World
A generous tribute to stories and the art of storytelling.
The Organized Mind
Daniel J. Levintin
Tips from a bestselling neuroscientist on organizing our lives.
The Power of the Heart
Baptist de Pape
Statements from 18 contemporary spiritual teachers on the heart as a source of love and wisdom.
The Prayer Project
Prayers, poems, and other resources from different traditions for a daily practice.
The Rebirthing of God
John Philip Newell
A presentation of eight features for a renewal of Christianity plus the guides who can show us how.
This Changes Everything
A cogent and brilliant overview of global warming and its economic and political ramifications.
This Day in June
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.
Thomas the Toadilly Terrible Bully
Why trying to be special and standing apart from the crowd can lead to loneliness.
A steller collection of poems by a Catholic priest on watching and waiting.
Charting the new movement of unretirement.
Untangling the Mind
D. Theodore George, Lisa Berger
A treatment program to help people trying to cope with extreme emotions.
Vampires Are Us
An enlightening examination of our obsession with vampires.
A crisp and clearly written probe of the many ways digital information is changing us and the worlds in which we live.
What If . . . ?
An example of how negative stories about what might happen can nearly ruin our experiences.
Who's Next Door
A charming children's picture book about finding ways to be friends with people who are very different from you.
With Heart in Mind
A substantive assessment of a 48-part Mussar spiritual curriculum.