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Another Politics
Chris Dixon
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
Amy Schwartz
A picture book illustrating the practice of counting blessings.

A Book of Uncommon Prayer
Brian Doyle
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
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
A radical re-visioning of U.S. history from an Indigenous people's perspective.

Anna's Heaven
Stian Hole
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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Don't Worry, Be Grumpy
Ajahn Brahm
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
Richard Rohr
A robust and revelatory portrait of Francis and Clare.

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

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

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.

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.

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
Cornel West
Suggestions to help us get unadjusted from injustice.

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

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

How to Be Alone
Sara Maitland
Makes a good case for the bounties of solitude.

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.

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.

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

Judaism's 10 Best Ideas
Arthur Green
Elegant short meditations on the core ideas of Judaism.

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

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 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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Rediscovering Reverence
Ralph Heintzman
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
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 Space
The Irish Jesuits
A very popular devotional resource continues to impress.

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.

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.

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

Soul Fury
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.

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

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.

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

The Art of Taking Action
Gregg Krech
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
Lodro Rinzler
A top-notch resource for those who are serious about doing spiritual practice on the job.

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

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 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 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
David Richo
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
Paramahansa Jagadish
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
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 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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.