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A reconfiguration of radical politics and transformative social movements.
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.
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 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.
All the World
Lawrence A. Hoffman
Jewish Lights Publishing
An Indigenous People's History of the United States
A radical re-visioning of U.S. history from an Indigenous people's perspective.
Beautifully illustrated story aboaut a caring daughter who takes her restless father on a healing journey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Counting on Kindness
A remarkable paperback on elders and the challenges they face when becoming home-bound.
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.
Don't Worry, Be Grumpy
108 teaching stories about ordinary people squaring off against the challenges of everyday 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.
A multi-leveled exploration of envy.
Empathy as the Imaginative Leaps taken to identify with others
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.
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.
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.
Gems of Wisdom
Nader R. Shabahangi
Wisdom carried in the poems of men and women from assisted living facilities in California.
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 Do You Pray
An inspiring and eclectic anthology which reveals the diversity of ways to pray.
How the World Was Won
An exuberant and intellectually exciting account of the Americanization of the world through movies and entertainment.
How to Be Alone
Makes a good case for the bounties of solitude.
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.
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.
A rousing collection of essays in support of active elders.
Judaism's 10 Best Ideas
Elegant short meditations on the core ideas of Judaism.
Just Right for Two
A delightful story about a dog who learns how important it is to have a friend.
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 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.
Loving Our Enemies
A good case for loving our enemies, made with great gusto and creative elan.
A soothing and loving children's picture book about the grace and presence of God.
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.
A fascinating invitation to make the most out of ordinary walks around the block.
Once Upon a Memory
A stunning children's picture book about wonder and connections.
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.
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.
Profiles in Christian Courage
Profiles of 18 courageous Christians.
Qur'an in Conversation
A salutary and enlightening book of Muslim scholars and religious leaders on the meaning of the Qur'an.
A tribute to reverence and its circle of virtues.
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.
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.
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.
Stirring wisdom passages from Thomas Merton's journals
A fresh and richly lyrical tribute to the Divine wonders of the four seasons.
A delightful collection of essays on finding clues to God's presence in odd places.
Jelaluddin Rumi, Coleman Barks
Commentaries and versions of mystical poetry and sayings by Rumi and his spiritual friend Shams Tabriz.
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.
Insights into the dangers of high speed living as a growing addiction and ways to treat it.
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.
That's a Mitzvah
Liz Suneby, Diane Heiman
A lively and joyful teaching tool for parents.
The Art of Taking Action
An exploration of doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done.
The Art of Travel
Alain de Botton
Looking at travel from both sides.
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 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 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 Divine Art of Dying
Karen Speerstra, Herbert Anderson
Presents practical and keen spiritual insights from the dyin author is a hospice
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 Grateful Life
Nina Lesowitz, Mary Beth Sammons
A sprightly and snappy resource on the benefits of the spiritual practice of gratitude.
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 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 Organized Mind
Daniel J. Levintin
Tips from a bestselling neuroscientist on organizing our lives.
The Power of Grace
An insightful and lyrical overview of the gift dimension of life available to all beings.
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 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 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.
To Be a Man
Robert Augustus Masters
A reframing of conventional views of manliness that opens doors to new possibilities for this besieged gender.
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.
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
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.
With Heart in Mind
A substantive assessment of a 48-part Mussar spiritual curriculum.
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.