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Another Politics
Chris Dixon
A reconfiguration of radical politics and transformative social movements.

100 Things That Make Me Happy
Amy Schwartz
A picture book illustrating the practice of counting blessings.

A Biography of the Spirit
John C. Haughey
Daily reflections on the Holy Spirit's mission in relation to the sciences.

A Book of Uncommon Prayer
Brian Doyle
Spunky, lyrical, and snappy informal prayers by one of the most imaginative souls in Christendom.

A Contemplative Approach to Understanding World Religions
Blake W. Burleson
Thoughtful approaches based on listening to understand other religions.

A Joyful Path
Center for Progressive Christianity


A New Buddhist Path
David R. Loy
An examination of the state of contemporary Buddhism in the West.

A Vision for the Aging Church
James M. Houston, Michael Parker
Ideas for how churches can expand their ministries to elders.

Alien Landscapes?
Jonathan Glover
A richly rewarding look by a philosopher into the inner lives of those with mental illness.

All the World
Lawrence A. Hoffman
Jewish Lights Publishing

Anna's Heaven
Stian Hole
Beautifully illustrated story aboaut a caring daughter who takes her restless father on a healing journey.

Artemis
Jean Shinoda Bolen
A fascinating and inspiring portrait of the Greek Goddess as the archetype of the activist.

AsapSCIENCE
Mitchell Moffit, Greg Brown
Sprightly, humorous, and informative science servings.

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.

Awe-Filled Wonder
Barbara Fiand
A lecture on the interface of science and spirituality in the spiritual practice of wonder.

Beauty, Wonder and Belonging
James Conlon
An exciting and illuminating book of hours based on a deep appreciation the cosmos and its many mysteries and delights.

Being Taoist
Eva Wong
A poetic and practical guide to the Taoist art of living fully in the public, domestic, private, and spirit sectors of life.

Belief Without Borders
Linda A. Mercadante
Far and away the best assessment of the Spiritual But Not Religious movement and its many meanings.

Benedictine Living
Kate Ritger
Inspiring meditations and questions to open the heart, mind, and soul.

Between the Dark and the Daylight
Joan Chittister
An uplifting work about the art of reframing drawbacks and imperfections as spiritual teachers

Buddhism
His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Thubten Chodron
An excellent primer on the essentials of Buddhism.

Bumblebee Bike
Sandra Levins
The journey of a young thief who sees the errors of his ways and decides to change.

Calling on God
Peter Bankson, Deborah Sokolove
A treasure-trove of thoughtful and soul-stirring prayers from a progressive Christian congregation.

Cat & Bunny
Mary Lundquist
An exploration of the pleasure of expanding your circle of friends.

Change of Heart
Jeanne Bishop
A touching true story of a public defense attorney who refuses to exclude from her heart the man who murdered her sister.

Christ Actually
James Carroll
The novelist and best-selling author of Constantine's Sword ponders Jesus, the Holocaust, war and hope

Christian Spiritual Formation
Diane J. Chandler
Pathways and practices toward wholeness

Come, Holy Spirit
Leonardo Boff
A cogent and enlightening glimpse of the outbreaks of the Spirit in our times.

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.

Considering Hate
Kay Whitlock, Michael Bronski
An ethically cogent book about hatred, violence, goodness, and the pursuit of justice

Constructive Wallowing
Tina Gilbertson
A very practical book on embracing negative emotions as a key to healing and wholeness.

Counting on Kindness
Wendy Lustbader
A remarkable paperback on elders and the challenges they face when becoming home-bound.

Crucified People
John Neafsey
A sobering expose at torture around the world and the trauma suffered by its many victims.

Dancing on the Head of a Pen
Robert Benson
A relaxed, pensive, and insightful glimpse into the writing life.

Deep Violence
Joanna Bourke
An incisive and shocking overview of the militarization of nearly all aspects of life in the United States.

Dreaming — The Sacred Art
Lori Joan Swick
A helpful guide to using sacred dreams as communications with the Divine.

Eager to Love
Richard Rohr
A robust and revelatory portrait of Francis and Clare.

Effwords
Mark Morelli
Punchy parables for meaning makers.

Embracing Envy
Josh Gressel
A multi-leveled exploration of envy.

Embracing the Divine Feminine
Rami Shapiro
A new translation and insightful commentary on the Song of Songs.

Empathy
Roman Krznaric
Empathy as the Imaginative Leaps taken to identify with others

Enchanted Objects
David Rose
An exciting description of a world transformed by enchanted objects with extraordinary powers

Encounters of the Real Kind
Nader R. Shabahangi
Accounts from students of profound experiences learning from elders with forgetfulness.

Essays After Eighty
Donald Hall
Musings by an elderly poet watching the world go by outside his window.

Fields of Blood
Karen Armstrong
A plea for us all to take responsibility for wars and violence instead of blaming them on religion.

Finding God in the Verbs
Jennie Isbell, J. Brent Bill
Exercises and practices to help you establish a creative, meaningful, and flourishing prayer life.

Finding Peace When Your Heart Is in Pieces
Paul Coleman
Charts the path to inner peace as a heroic journey.

Finding Spring
Carin Berger
The story of a little bear who goes looking for spring just as winter arrives.

Fly While You Still Have Wings
Joyce Rupp
An uplifting and totally spiritual memoir about Joyce Rupp's mother.

Free Yourself
Carolyn Hobbs
A truly transformative work about the sacred dimensions of freedom.

Freedom and Resolve
Gangaji
The challenge of life is to wake up and to revel in the true freedom you possess.

Gems of Wisdom
Nader R. Shabahangi
Wisdom carried in the poems of men and women from assisted living facilities in California.

Goodnight iPad
Ann Droyd
A parody of the children's classic set in a home filled with digital gadgets.

Guilt, Shame and Anxiety
Peter R. Breggin
A reframing of our understandings of guilt, shame, and anxiety on the path to emotional freedom.

Handbook of Psychotherapy and Religious Diversity
P. Scott Richards , Allen E. Bergin
Reasons why mental health professionals should develop competency in the world's religions and spiritual traditions

Healing Day by Day
Marci Alborghetti
A poetic devotional resource for those who yearn for Divine healing and help.

Hoot Owl
Sean Taylor
The nighttime adventures of a clever hunter zipping through the night skies in search of food.

Hop, Skip, Jump
Marney K. Makridakis
A creative resource packed with ideas that will take you to places not usually on your map.

Hope on a Tightrope
Cornel West
Suggestions to help us get unadjusted from injustice.

How the World Was Won
Peter Conrad
An exuberant and intellectually exciting account of the Americanization of the world through movies and entertainment.

Joyfully Aging
Richard Bimler
A rousing collection of essays in support of active elders.

Just Grab The Dust Rag
Brenda Shoshanna
Lessons learned in 40 years of Zen practice in New York City.

Just Right for Two
Tracey Corderoy
A delightful story about a dog who learns how important it is to have a friend.

Life is Spiritual Practice
Jean Smith
An accessible and down-to-earth commentary on Buddha's teachings of the 10 Perfections.

Like a Child
Timothy J. Mooney
A challenge to get in touch with our childhood self and to cultivate spiritual renewal

Lila
Marilynne Robinson
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 the Secular Life
Phil Zuckerman
A chart of the sea change brought on by the "nones", now the fastest religious orientation in the United States.

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.

Lullaby
Debbie Friedman
A soothing and loving children's picture book about the grace and presence of God.

Lurching Toward Happiness in America
Claude S. Fischer
An assessment of the messy search for happiness in America.

Marilyn's Monster
Michelle Knudsen
A little girl's quest for a monster of her own.

Mine!
Sue Heap
A picture book that shows how a little girl learns to quit being possessive and selfish.

Mussar Yoga
Edith Brotman
A wedding of the body practice of yoga with the Jewish self-study practice of Mussar.

My Pen
Christopher Myers
An immensely appealing affirmation of imagination at work via an artist and his pen.

Nine Jewels of Night
Beverly Lanzetta
The spiritual memoir of a contemplative soul and the joys and roadblocks she faces on the mystical path of not knowing.

Not Every Princess
Jeffrey Bone, Lisa Bone
A poem for children and advice for parents and caregivers to encourage moving beyond gender stereotypes.

Once Upon a Memory
Nina Laden
A stunning children's picture book about wonder and connections.

Our Daily Poison
Marie-Monique Robin
A hard-hitting muckraking book about the global poisoning of people, animals, and the good Earth by chemical industries.

Outrageous Openness
Tosha Silver
Creative and soul-stirring essays on being open to God's guidance in our daily lives.

Peace
Tsem Rinpoche
Talks by a Buddhist sage about practicing real life Dharma.

Peace Is an Offering
Annette LeBox
Definitions and signs of peace identified by children.

Peace, Bugs, and Understanding
Gail Silver
Story about how two children learn to transform anger into lovingkindness.

Philosophy Bites Again
David Edmonds, Nigel Warburton
Interviews that present philosophy with flair.

Practicing Compassion
Frank Rogers Jr.
A celebration of the spiritual practice of compassion as manna for a troubled world.

Prayers at 3 A.M.
Phil Cousineau
An edgy and creative anthology of poems, chants, and songs about the allure and mysteries of the night.

Qur'an in Conversation
Michael Birkel
A salutary and enlightening book of Muslim scholars and religious leaders on the meaning of the Qur'an.

Raindrops Roll
April Pulley Sayre
A sense-luscious celebration of rain.

Rediscovering Reverence
Ralph Heintzman
A tribute to reverence and its circle of virtues.

Refuge Recovery
Noah Levine
An adaptation of Buddhist principles and practices for recovery from addiction and delusion.

Rewilding Our Hearts
Marc Bekoff
A plea for ecological action in the face of great danger.

Rodeo Red
Maripat Perkins
An entertaining children's picture about a little girl adjusting to a baby brother.

Rumi Day by Day
Jelaluddin Rumi, Maryam Mafi
Wisdom that is both mystical and practical from Rumi's six-volume Massnavi.

Rust
Jonathan Waldman
A rousing look at the battle against rust being waged on many different fronts.

Sacred Butterflies: Poems, Prayers and Practices
James Conlon
A mix of poem-prayers and spiritual practices for those celebrating the universe story

Sacred Seed
Global Peace Initiative of Women
Spiritual teachers speaking in defense of the sacred seed and against genetically engineered seeds.

Sacred Sound
Alanna Kaivalya
A winning overview of mantra and kirtan, two devotional tools used in India for centuries

Sacred Space
The Irish Jesuits
A very popular devotional resource continues to impress.

Sanctuary
Terry Hershey
A wonderfully soothing book about sanctuary as a place of grace and healing.

Second Wind
Bill Thomas
An enthusiastic vision of the adventures which lie ahead for elders.

Shh!
Chris Haughton
A questing tale for children that illustrates the problem with aggressive behavior.

Silence
Thich Nhat Hanh
The author's simple elegance lights up the spiritual practice of silence

Simply Open
Greg Paul
A tribute to the spiritual practice of openness as experienced through the senses.

Small Victories
Anne Lamott
A delightful collection of essays on finding clues to God's presence in odd places.

Soul Feathers
Sandi Kimmel
A radiant new album of 12 spiritual songs laced with beauty, love, and wisdom.

Sounding the Trumpet
J. Alfred Smith, Sr., Brooks Berndt
A collection of letters in which a social justice minister is spurred on by the wise counsel of his former homiletics teacher.

Spam Nation
Brian Krebs
A top-drawer overview and analysis of digital thieves.

Speed
Stephanie Brown
Insights into the dangers of high speed living as a growing addiction and ways to treat it.

Spiritual Awakening
Tim van der Vliet
A spunky and cleverly designed paperback on spirituality as playful, joyous, and pleasurable.

Spiritual Leadership for Challenging Times
Annmarie Sanders
Speeches that reveal the selfless service and courage of women religious and their leaders

Spiritual Resilience
Robert J. Wicks
An optimistic presentation of what it takes to survive in these tangled and tense times.

Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy for Trauma
Donald F. Walker, Christina A. Courtois, Jamie D. Aten
An examination of the intersections of faith and psychotherapy.

Spots in a Box
Helen Ward
The quest of a spotless guinea fowl for the right spots for him.

Storytelling and Spirituality in Judaism
Yitzhak Buxbaum
An edifying and illuminating overview of Hasidic storytelling

Sweep Up the Sun
Helen Frost
Color photographs capturing the birds' experience of flying.

That's a Mitzvah
Liz Suneby, Diane Heiman
A lively and joyful teaching tool for parents.

The Age of Acquiescence
Steve Fraser
An analysis of why Americans don't get bent out of shape about economic inequality.

The Age of Dignity
Ai-Jen Poo, Ariane Conrad
A helpful and hopeful overview of the developing crisis around caregiving for elders.

The Altruistic Brain
Donald W. Pfaff
We are hardwired to do good.

The Anxiety Toolkit
Alice Boyes
A down-to-earth toolkit for those who are anxiety-prone.

The Art of Taking Action
Gregg Krech
An exploration of doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done.

The Body Keeps the Score
Bessel van der Kolk
Stories about the efforts to help severely traumatized individuals.

The Book with No Pictures
B. J. Novak
A thoroughly engaging children's book that gives parent readers a chance to be really silly.

The Buddha Walks into the Office
Lodro Rinzler
A top-notch resource for those who are serious about doing spiritual practice on the job.

The Conscious Activist
James O'Dea
The spiritual adventures of a seeker who blends action and contemplation on his path of service.

The Divine Art of Dying
Karen Speerstra, Herbert Anderson
Presents practical and keen spiritual insights from the dyin author is a hospice

The End of College
Kevin Carey
A vision of a bold new future made possible by digital learning.

The Endless Practice
Mark Nepo
A grand spiritual call to say yes to life, to open our hearts, to improvise, and to be the light of the world.

The Forgiveness Handbook
Editors at SkyLight Paths
Insights and help on practicing forgiveness by more than 50 authors from a variety of traditions and spiritual perspectives.

The Future of God
Deepak Chopra
A defense of God against spiritual nihilism.

The Grateful Life
Nina Lesowitz, Mary Beth Sammons
A sprightly and snappy resource on the benefits of the spiritual practice of gratitude.

The Hot Belly Diet
Suhas G. Kshirsager, Kristin Loberg
Helpful and healing out-of-the-box ideas from the Ayurvedic approach to dieting and renewing one's energy.

The Human Age
Diane Ackerman
An optimistic picture of the future where wonder is a major spiritual practice.

The Internet Is Not the Answer
Andrew Keen
A thought-provoking criticism of the warps and failings of the individuals and institutions behind the Digital Revolution.

The Jesuit Post
Patrick Gilger
Essays by Jesuits in training on the presence of God in all things.

The Life and Teachings of Hillel
Yitzhak Buxbaum
A summing up of the teachings of a revered Jewish sage.

The Light: A Book of Wisdom
Keidi Keating
New Thought spiritual teachers and writers singing the praises of light.

The Myth of the Spoiled Child
Alfie Kohn
An assessment of the criticism of today's parents as being too permissive with their spoiled and entitled kids.

The Narcissist Next Door
Jeffrey Kluger
A creative and insightful treatment of the epidemic of narcissism afoot in American culture.

The Nourishing Homestead
Ben Hewitt, Penny Hewitt
The case for homesteading as a way to connect to the world big time.

The Only Little Prayer You Need
Debra Landwehr Engle
An explanation of the need for and benefits of a prayer for healing of fear-based thoughts.

The Power of Grace
David Richo
An insightful and lyrical overview of the gift dimension of life available to all beings.

The Radical King
Martin Luther King, Jr., Cornel West
Insights into the radical vision of Martin Luther King, Jr., and what it means for our times.

The Real Cost of Fracking
Michelle Bamberger , Robert Oswald
Stories about human and animal illnesses and deaths caused by fracking in their communities.

The Resilience Dividend
Judith Rodin
A cogent case for governments, communities, organizations, institutions, and individuals to be resilient in the face of so many dangers.

The Science and Practice of Humility
Jason Gregory
A discussion of humility as an evolutionary path into the future.

The Sheep Go on Strike
Jean-Francois Dumont
Another winning morality tale by Jean-Francois Dumont.

The Sonic Boom
Joel Beckerman, Tyler Gray
A rousing overview of the huge role of sound in our public and private lives

The Underground Girls of Kabul
Jenny Nordberg
Three life stories that illustrate the terrible plight of women in Afghanistan

The Unquiet Monk
Michael W. Higgins
An assessment of Thomas Merton's legacy.

The Wisdom of the Beguines
Laura Swan
A sensitively rendered portrait of a fascinating medieval movement and its legacies.

The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo
Kosho Uchiyama, Shohaku Okumura, Molly Delight Whitehead
The wisdom and teachings of a wandering Soto Zen master.

The Zero Marginal Cost Society
Jeremy Rifkin
A map of the changes that are opening the doors to the Third Industrial Revolution.

The Zimzum of Love
Rob Bell, Kristen Bell
A Christian couple's understanding of the flow of energy in a marriage in a space where they can thrive.

This Changes Everything
Naomi Klein
A cogent and brilliant overview of global warming and its economic and political ramifications.

Thomas Berry
Thomas Berry, Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim
Essential writings of the "geologian" who espoused a universe story and an Earth-based spirituality.

Through the Flames
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

To Be a Man
Robert Augustus Masters
A reframing of conventional views of manliness that opens doors to new possibilities for this besieged gender.

Toad Weather
Sandra Markle
How a family makes a rainy day into an adventure while celebrating wonder and kindness in the city.

Twenty-First Century Buddhists in Conversation
Melvin McLeod
Conversations with more than 60 contemporary Buddhist teachers.

Untangling the Mind
D. Theodore George, Lisa Berger
A treatment program to help people trying to cope with extreme emotions.

Vainglory
Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
An in-depth treatment of the sin of pride.

Vampires Are Us
Margot Adler
An enlightening examination of our obsession with vampires.

Virtual Unreality
Charles Seife
A crisp and clearly written probe of the many ways digital information is changing us and the worlds in which we live.

Vital Signs
Gregg Levoy
An enlightening overview of the passion that comes to the fore when we truly come alive.

Voices of the Sacred Feminine
Karen Tate
Advancing the cause of the Sacred Feminine

Walking in Light
Sandra Ingerman
A practice-oriented resources that reveals all the connections that stem from shamanic journeying.

Wanted
Chris Hoke
A sensitive rendering of a listening ministry with prisoners, immigrants, and gang members

Wearing God
Lauren F. Winner
A playful and thoughtful excursion into some fresh images of God.

What's Worth Knowing
Wendy Lustbader
Elders share their stories, experience and wisdom

When the Saints Came Marching In
Kathy Coffey
A compact and creative group of meditations on 14 saints and a batch of "glorious nobodies."

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be
Frank Bruni
A plea to parents and their children to drop out of the college admissions competition.

Wise Mind Living
Erin Olivo
A psychologist's advice on dealing with your emotions and putting your life in turn-around.

Wish
Matthew Cordell
A children's picture book about a couple yearning for a child.

Wonder
Robert C. Fuller
A celebration of the spiritual firepower of the emotion of wonder.

Words Onscreen
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.

Writing the Icon of the Heart
Maggie Ross
An enchanting collection of spiritual essays on the arts of silence and beholding.

Your Body Knows The Answer
David I. Rome
Reveals the ways in which focused attention and the felt sense of things are tools for self-growth.

Your Life Is a Book
Brenda Peterson, Sarah Jane Freymann
A recommended resource for those getting ready to write a memoir.

Your Psychic Pathway to Joy
Sonia Choquette
A nifty little book on joy as a spiritual virtue centered on intuition, discernment, and imagination.

Zen Encounters with Loneliness
Terrance Keenan
A radiant and lyrical mix of edifying meditations and pensive poems.