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A reconfiguration of radical politics and transformative social movements.
100 Things That Make Me Happy
A picture book illustrating the practice of counting blessings.
A Book of Uncommon Prayer
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 Vision for the Aging Church
James M. Houston, Michael Parker
Ideas for how churches can expand their ministries to elders.
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
Beautifully illustrated story aboaut a caring daughter who takes her restless father on a healing journey.
Jean Shinoda Bolen
A fascinating and inspiring portrait of the Greek Goddess as the archetype of the activist.
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.
A lecture on the interface of science and spirituality in the spiritual practice of wonder.
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.
Inspiring meditations and questions to open the heart, mind, and soul.
His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Thubten Chodron
An excellent primer on the essentials of Buddhism.
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
An exploration of the pleasure of expanding your circle of friends.
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
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.
Kay Whitlock, Michael Bronski
An ethically cogent book about hatred, violence, goodness, and the pursuit of justice
A very practical book on embracing negative emotions as a key to healing and wholeness.
Counting on Kindness
A remarkable paperback on elders and the challenges they face when becoming home-bound.
A sobering expose at torture around the world and the trauma suffered by its many victims.
Dancing on the Head of a Pen
A relaxed, pensive, and insightful glimpse into the writing life.
Dreaming — The Sacred Art
Lori Joan Swick
A helpful guide to using sacred dreams as communications with the Divine.
Eager to Love
A robust and revelatory portrait of Francis and Clare.
Punchy parables for meaning makers.
A multi-leveled exploration of envy.
Empathy as the Imaginative Leaps taken to identify with others
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
Musings by an elderly poet watching the world go by outside his window.
Fields of Blood
A plea for us all to take responsibility for wars and violence instead of blaming them on religion.
Finding Peace When Your Heart Is in Pieces
Charts the path to inner peace as a heroic journey.
The story of a little bear who goes looking for spring just as winter arrives.
A truly transformative work about the sacred dimensions of freedom.
Freedom and Resolve
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.
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
A poetic devotional resource for those who yearn for Divine healing and help.
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
Suggestions to help us get unadjusted from injustice.
How the World Was Won
An exuberant and intellectually exciting account of the Americanization of the world through movies and entertainment.
A rousing collection of essays in support of active elders.
Just Right for Two
A delightful story about a dog who learns how important it is to have a friend.
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 the Secular Life
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.
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.
A little girl's quest for a monster of her own.
A picture book that shows how a little girl learns to quit being possessive and selfish.
A wedding of the body practice of yoga with the Jewish self-study practice of Mussar.
An immensely appealing affirmation of imagination at work via an artist and his pen.
Nine Jewels of Night
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
A stunning children's picture book about wonder and connections.
Our Daily Poison
A hard-hitting muckraking book about the global poisoning of people, animals, and the good Earth by chemical industries.
Creative and soul-stirring essays on being open to God's guidance in our daily lives.
Peace Is an Offering
Definitions and signs of peace identified by children.
Peace, Bugs, and Understanding
Story about how two children learn to transform anger into lovingkindness.
Philosophy Bites Again
David Edmonds, Nigel Warburton
Interviews that present philosophy with flair.
Frank Rogers Jr.
A celebration of the spiritual practice of compassion as manna for a troubled world.
Prayers at 3 A.M.
An edgy and creative anthology of poems, chants, and songs about the allure and mysteries of the night.
Qur'an in Conversation
A salutary and enlightening book of Muslim scholars and religious leaders on the meaning of the Qur'an.
April Pulley Sayre
A sense-luscious celebration of rain.
A tribute to reverence and its circle of virtues.
An adaptation of Buddhist principles and practices for recovery from addiction and delusion.
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.
Sacred Butterflies: Poems, Prayers and Practices
A mix of poem-prayers and spiritual practices for those celebrating the universe story
Global Peace Initiative of Women
Spiritual teachers speaking in defense of the sacred seed and against genetically engineered seeds.
A winning overview of mantra and kirtan, two devotional tools used in India for centuries
The Irish Jesuits
A very popular devotional resource continues to impress.
An enthusiastic vision of the adventures which lie ahead for elders.
A questing tale for children that illustrates the problem with aggressive behavior.
Thich Nhat Hanh
The author's simple elegance lights up the spiritual practice of silence
A delightful collection of essays on finding clues to God's presence in odd places.
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.
A top-drawer overview and analysis of digital thieves.
Insights into the dangers of high speed living as a growing addiction and ways to treat it.
Tim van der Vliet
A spunky and cleverly designed paperback on spirituality as playful, joyous, and pleasurable.
Spiritual Leadership for Challenging Times
Speeches that reveal the selfless service and courage of women religious and their leaders
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
The quest of a spotless guinea fowl for the right spots for him.
Storytelling and Spirituality in Judaism
An edifying and illuminating overview of Hasidic storytelling
Sweep Up the Sun
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 Dignity
Ai-Jen Poo, Ariane Conrad
A helpful and hopeful overview of the developing crisis around caregiving for elders.
The Art of Taking Action
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
A top-notch resource for those who are serious about doing spiritual practice on the job.
The Conscious Activist
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 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 Future of God
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
An optimistic picture of the future where wonder is a major spiritual practice.
The Jesuit Post
Essays by Jesuits in training on the presence of God in all things.
The Life and Teachings of Hillel
A summing up of the teachings of a revered Jewish sage.
The Light: A Book of Wisdom
New Thought spiritual teachers and writers singing the praises of light.
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 Narcissist Next Door
A creative and insightful treatment of the epidemic of narcissism afoot in American culture.
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
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
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
A discussion of humility as an evolutionary path into the future.
The Sheep Go on Strike
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
Three life stories that illustrate the terrible plight of women in Afghanistan
The Wisdom of the Beguines
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
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
A cogent and brilliant overview of global warming and its economic and political ramifications.
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
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.
How a family makes a rainy day into an adventure while celebrating wonder and kindness in the city.
Untangling the Mind
D. Theodore George, Lisa Berger
A treatment program to help people trying to cope with extreme emotions.
Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
An in-depth treatment of the sin of pride.
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.
An enlightening overview of the passion that comes to the fore when we truly come alive.
Voices of the Sacred Feminine
Advancing the cause of the Sacred Feminine
A sensitive rendering of a listening ministry with prisoners, immigrants, and gang members
What's Worth Knowing
Elders share their stories, experience and wisdom
Wise Mind Living
A psychologist's advice on dealing with your emotions and putting your life in turn-around.
A children's picture book about a couple yearning for a child.
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
A nifty little book on joy as a spiritual virtue centered on intuition, discernment, and imagination.
Zen Encounters with Loneliness
A radiant and lyrical mix of edifying meditations and pensive poems.