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Dennis Merritt Jones
Paths to and practices for living an authentic life.
20 and Something
David H. Kim
A mini-book that provides a snapshot of twentysomethings in America.
A Broken Hallelujah
A fetching overview of the life, the music, and the meaning of Leonard Cohen as a spiritual seeker.
A History of Religion in 5 1/2 Objects
S. Brent Plate
An elegant and illuminating book on the spiritual importance of objects in the religious life.
A is for Awesome
An optimistic and upbeat alphabet of affirmations for children.
A Joyful Path
Center for Progressive Christianity
A Maryknoll Book of Poetry
Michael Leach, Doris Goodnough, Helen Philips
A festive and warm-hearted collection of poems.
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.
Awaken the Inner Shaman
Jose Luis Stevens
Ways of tapping into your Inner Shaman and opening to a path of adventure and transformation.
An erudite examination of awakening by a seasoned meditator.
An out-of-the-box book on taming the ego.
Beauty, Wonder and Belonging
An exciting and illuminating book of hours based on a deep appreciation the cosmos and its many mysteries and delights.
Border Patrol Nation
A wake-up all for those who have not kept up with the morally troubling expansion of the U.S. Border Patrol.
Boss No More
How a mother guides her bossy son through a rough patch at school where he is rejected by classmates.
A presentation of the essentials of transformational parenting.
Andrea Miller, The Editors of the Shambhala Sun
A sensitive and stirring anthology of writings by female spiritual teachers in the West.
The journey of a young thief who sees the errors of his ways and decides to change.
Churchill's Tale of Tails
A touching tale about the importance of friendship and things you can learn while on a quest.
Claude at the Beach
Alex T. Smith
More playful and funny adventures of Claude and his good friend.
College and University Chaplaincy in the 21st Century
Lucy A. Forster-Smith
Essays from chaplains in a time of transition at campuses.
Companions in Hope
Robert J. Wicks, Thomas E. Rodgerson
Wise counsel on caring for those in crisis.
Marcus J. Borg
A summing up by Macus J. Borg of his writings, teachings, concerns, and passions over the past 50 years.
Elmer and the Whales
A feel-good picture book about two lucky elephants.
Everyday Camino with Annie
A personal count of a pilgrim and co-producer of the documentary Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago.
Ernest Kurtz, Katherine Ketcham
A collection of wonderful, soul-shaking, and thought-provoking stories.
Falling into Place
Elegant essays on the wonders and enchantments of the natural world in the Berkshires.
Thich Nhat Hahn
Wise counsel on creating a path of fearlessness.
Fighting For Peace
Carol Howard Merritt, Tyler Wigg-Stevenson
Christians are challenged to become active peacemakers in a world with violence on every street.
A hard-hitting critique of the big corporations which control our farms and food system.
Frames: Season 1: The Complete Collection
A collection of nine little books on some of the big topics of the day written from a Christian perspective.
Getting Older Better
Pamela D. Blair
Ideas and insights on a wide range of subjects for women living in the other country of age.
Grace at Table
The value of a gratitude practice before meals.
Exercises and practices to help you cope with our fast-paced culture.
How to Survive Change . . . You Didn't Ask For
M. J. Ryan
A guide to the skills and practices needed to bounce back from setbacks and become more resilient.
Jun Young, David Kinnaman
A probe of the wonders and pitfalls of our digital domain.
Information Anxiety 2
Richard Saul Wurman
A rousing sequel to the 1989 bestseller about information, understanding, design and culture.
Jesus Was a Migrant
A presentation of the importance of journey and migration in the Judeo-Christian tradition.
The travels of a spunky, curious, and creative little girl.
Learning to Walk in the Dark
Barbara Brown Taylor
A study that models the questing spirit of creativity, openness, and playfulness in an examination of the manifold meanings of re-learning to walk in the dark.
Less Doing, More Living
Practical advice on managing your time and talent by "an achievement architect.
Light the Flame
A collection of short prayers from many traditions.
Living a Gentle, Passionate Life
Robert J. Wicks
Following a spiritual path based on single-heartedness and simplicity.
An admirably eclectic and enlightening book on lunch written with elan and creativity.
Paul Gilbert , Choden
A substantive presentation of practical mindfulness and compassion practices.
Robert J. Wicks
A handy and thought-provoking spiritual formation resource.
O Taste and See
A reflection on Psalm 34:8 as a teaching on the process of coming to and growing in faith.
Larry J. Peacock
The 2nd edition of a multi-purpose devotional resource for personal spiritual growth and retreats.
A thought-provoking look at the plight of working women, our time-starved culture, marriage and family life.
Paradise in Plain Sight
Karen Maezen Miller
A Zen master who is a connoisseur of the commonplace on what she has learned from her garden.
Robert J. Wicks
A robust study of openness and the virtues which emanate from this spiritual quality.
And interactive illustrated story about a patient party of five who endure a series of interruptions before having a pleasant picnic together.
Plant Spirit Medicine
Spiritual ways to connect with plants.
Prayers at 3 A.M.
An edgy and creative anthology of poems, chants, and songs about the allure and mysteries of the night.
Reflections of Amma
Amanda J. Lucia
A solid and substantive overview of the life and service of the hugging saint.
Sabbath as Resistance
A hard-hitting and prophetic attack on the culture of NOW which devalues the Sabbath.
Sacred Butterflies: Poems, Prayers and Practices
A mix of poem-prayers and spiritual practices for those celebrating the universe story
Sacred Laughter of the Sufis
Superb and substantive meditations on Sufi teaching stories.
Bradford Keeney, Hillary Keeney
An enthusiastic overview on the history, basic ideas, and daily practices of an energy practice that can transform your life.
A good case for unbounded love and compassionate action from a perspective blending Zen and Christianity.
A fascinating report from a new scientific frontier.
Sally Anne Garland
A universal story about how difficult it is to relate to irritating people.
Spiritual Guidance Across Religions
John R. Mabry
A valuable overview of the need for and practice of interfaith spiritual direction.
A spiffy celebration of stuff such as steel, concrete, and glass.
The (Un)Common Good
A critique of American selfishness and a call for serving the common good.
The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger
Timothy Basil Ering
A children's book about creating fearlessness by befriending the monsters of the night.
The Authentic Life
A wise, profound, and generous work by a Zen master who always has much to share with the interspirituality community.
The Big Book of Slumber
Windows into the peaceful world of sleeping animals.
The Crusades of Cesar Chavez
A full, rich, and impressive biography of America's most important Latino leader.
The December Project
Sara Davidson, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
An illuminating overview of the life and wisdom of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.
A hard-hitting look at the shameful happenings in America resulting from severe economic inequality.
The Empathy Exams
A talented essayist with a spiritual perspective on empathy and other adventures of her mind, body, and soul.
The Geese March in Step
A delightful parable about those who march to the beat of their own private drum.
The Great Day
A story that demonstrates how physical energy and emotional enthusiasm can create great days.
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 Naked Future
A fascinating look at what our entry into the world of telemetry means.
The Next America
Paul Taylor, The Pew Research Center
A hugely informative and insightful look at upcoming generational clashes.
The People's Platform
Giant corporations squeezing money and power through the Internet
The Sufi Path of Annihilation
Nevit O. Ergin
Sufi poems and sayings from the Itlak path of Sufism.
The Tao of Intimacy and Ecstasy
An explanation of the passion, balance, mutuality, and harmony inherent in the watercourse way.
To Save Everything, Click Here
An attack on solutionism and Internet-centrism.
Two Little Birds
Mary Newell DePalma
An edifying book about the challenges faced by two little plucky and resilient birds on their first migration journey.
Lucy R. Lippard
A sad and troubling portrait of the degradation of nature in the Southwest.
Vampires Are Us
An enlightening examination of our obsession with vampires.
Waking the Buddha
A tribute to a Buddhist lay movement that is demonstrating a new way of being religious.
War of the Whales
A remarkable book on the plight of the whales when military values are more important than anything else.
We Make the Road by Walking
Brian D. McLaren
A serious and sensitive year-long curriculum that brings us alive and sends us on our way rejoicing in service of others.
What Christians Can Learn from Other Religions
J. Philip Wogaman
A sturdy call to listen and learn from all religions and spiritual paths.
What Should We Be Worried About?
150 worries that are the concerns of the globe's brightest and best minds.
Words and Images that Seep into the Soul
James Phillips Noble
Quotations and poems that reveal a Protestant minister's questing spirit.
Summary (phrase): Fascinating explanations and pictures of 12 robots that look and perform like animals.