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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
Charles Marsh
A substantive and engaging biography of one of the towering 20th century Christian theologians.

A Literary Education and Other Essays
Joseph Epstein
Essays that showcase a top-drawer writer's erudition, creativity, and wisdom.

A Person Is Like a Tree
Yitzhak Buxbaum
An exploration of the many meanings of the Jewish holiday known as the New Year of the Trees.

Adventures with Barefoot Critters
Teagan White
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
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
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
James Conlon
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.

Bumblebee Bike
Sandra Levins
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.

Colliding Worlds
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
Ron Pevny
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.

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

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

Daring: My Passages
Gail Sheehy
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.

Dear Panda
Mariam Latimer
How a plucky little girl creatively deals with a scary assignment at her new school.

Don't Worry, Be Grumpy
Ajahn Brahm
108 teaching stories about ordinary people squaring off against the challenges of everyday life.

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

Evocative Objects
Sherry Turkle
Fascinating essays on the many roles objects play in our everyday lives.

Flashlight
Lizi Boyd
The wonders a boy sees at night when he focuses his attention.

Fully Alive
John Main , ed. Laurence Freeman
Reflections on the simplicity and humility of Christian meditation.

Garden Blessings
June Cotner
A wonderful collection illustrating how gardens can be celebrated as spiritual places.

Gaza
Jean-Pierre Filiu
A substantive history of the 140-square-mile strip of land between Israel, Egypt, and the Mediterranean Sea.

Hickory Dickory Dog
Alison Murray
The nursery rhyme used to describe to playfulness of a dog who follows his human companion to school.

How Do You Pray
Celeste Yacoboni
An inspiring and eclectic anthology which reveals the diversity of ways to pray.

How to Be Alone
Sara Maitland
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
John-Paul Flintoff
Insights and ideas on how you can find your own role in changing the world

How to Deal with Adversity
Christopher Hamilton
Adversity can give birth to good things.

How to Stay Sane
Philippa Perry
An overview of the doors to change in our lives.

How We Learn
Benedict Carey
A reframing of our long-held and cherished views of how we learn.

Hush
Rubin Naiman
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
Ben Connelly
Commentary on a Zen poem about living lightly on the earth with calm, ease, and simplicity.

Joan Chittister
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
Arthur Green
Elegant short meditations on the core ideas of Judaism.

Life Purpose Boot Camp
Eric Maisel
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

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 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
Jim Forest
A good case for loving our enemies, made with great gusto and creative elan.

Meister Eckhart
Matthew Fox
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
Susan Murphy
A Zen teacher's medicine kit for regaining our humanity by re-storying and restoring the good earth.

Nancy Knows
Cybele Young
An imaginative story for children about remembering things.

Never Say a Mean Word Again
Jacqueline Jules
A wonderful cross-cultural tale about the spiritual art of turning an enemy into a friend.

On Looking
Alexandra Horowitz
A fascinating invitation to make the most out of ordinary walks around the block.

Outrageous Openness
Tosha Silver
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.
Phil Cousineau
An edgy and creative anthology of poems, chants, and songs about the allure and mysteries of the night.

Profiles in Christian Courage
Kerry Walters
Profiles of 18 courageous Christians.

Quest
Aaron Becker
A visually alluring story about two children who go on a quest to save a king.

Reality, Grief, Hope
Walter Brueggemann
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
James Conlon
A mix of poem-prayers and spiritual practices for those celebrating the universe story

Second Wave Spirituality
Chris Saade
Charts a worldwide movement of engaged spirituality.

Simply Merton
Linus Mundy
Stirring wisdom passages from Thomas Merton's journals

Slowing Time
Barbara Mahany
A fresh and richly lyrical tribute to the Divine wonders of the four seasons.

Soul Fury
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
Yitzhak Buxbaum
An edifying and illuminating overview of Hasidic storytelling

Teach, Breathe, Learn
Meena Srinivasan
Practical and useful mindfulness practices for use in and out of the classroom.

Teilhard's Mysticism
Kathleen Duffy
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
Erwin Chemerinsky
A cogent and bold evaluation of the work of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Chain
Ted Genoways
A muckraking work on the meatpacking industry and agribusinesses.

The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt
A clever and creative story about the rebellion of crayons who want more respect and consideration.

The Days Between
Marcia Falk
Insights into the Jewish High Holidays from a master of devotional writing.

The Death and Life of American Labor
Stanley Aronowitz
A thoughtful and hopeful delineation of where unions are now and where they can go in the future.

The End of Absence
Michael Harris
Top-drawer thoughts and insights on the digital world and our need for more solitude.

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 Glass Cage
Nicholas Carr
Thoughtful meditations on the large role of automation in our lives and where this may lead in the future.

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

The Impulse Society
Paul Roberts
A razor-sharp critique of the hedonistic, self-centered Impulse Society.

The Language of Houses
Alison Lurie
Examples of what our buildings tell us about ourselves and our society.

The Legend of Saint Nicholas
Anselm Grun
A simple and elegant account of the life and ministry of Saint Nicholas.

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

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 Oldest Story in the World
Phil Cousineau
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
Paramahansa Jagadish
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
Naomi Klein
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
Janice Levy
Why trying to be special and standing apart from the crowd can lead to loneliness.

Unquiet Vigil
Paul Quenon
A steller collection of poems by a Catholic priest on watching and waiting.

Unretirement
Chris Farrell
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
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.

What If . . . ?
Anthony Browne
An example of how negative stories about what might happen can nearly ruin our experiences.

Who's Next Door
Mayuko Kishira
A charming children's picture book about finding ways to be friends with people who are very different from you.

With Heart in Mind
Alan Morinis
A substantive assessment of a 48-part Mussar spiritual curriculum.