Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Simon & Schuster, 1995

 The classic study of what means to be a true disciple called to follow Jesus Christ, written by one of the martyrs of the 20th century.

Eugene H. Peterson

Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005

This is Peterson's first book in the" conversation" series. He takes the basics of Christianity as revealed in creation, history, and community makes us take notice of how Jesus is around us in it all.

Karen Armstrong

Knopf, 2010

In her newest book, Armstrong has developed a twelve-step process to help the reader to cultivate compassion, a quality which can be found in all religions.

Elise S. Eslinger, editor

Upper Room Books, 2006

This unique worship book centers on spiritual formation and contains liturgies, settings for psalms, and hymns which are thoughtfully chosen for their focus on spiritual life, including those from the Taize community. Published by the United Methodist Church, it is a wonderful resource for various worship services and retreats, as well as family and personal devotion.  

 

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KJ Wuest

Wipf and Stock, 2012

Author, spiritual director, lay minister, and artist, KJ Wuest has written a set of prayers directly out of her own experience of reaching out to God in moments of need.  Whether she is in the car, leaving the house to go to work, or in a coffee shop, her words are rich with the authenticity of longing for God's guidance and love.

Joan Chittister

Bluebridge, 2012

In her newest book, Joan Chittister offers a statement grounded in the precepts of Benedictine rule to follow in the 21st century which gives meaning to those who are seeking for spiritual meaning to their lives.  In the Appendix, Chittister provides a version of the Benedictine Rule for the reader.

Annemarie Schimmel

Carl W. Ernst, Foreword

University of North Carolina Press, 2011

Considered the best introduction to Sufism, the book is now in its thirty-five-year anniversary edition. Harvard professor and Sufism scholar Annemarie Schimmel follows the history of Sufism, the most significant branch of Islamic mysticism, from its origins and up through the nineteenth century, also examining its expression which is most familiar worldwide: poetry.

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Roger Allen

Shawkat M. Toorawa

Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2011

This introduction to Islam, edited by professors Allen and Toorawa, is organized by chapters, each written by a respected scholar. 

Thich Nhat Hanh

Shambhala Publications, 2012

This convenient little book contains the best quotations of Thich Nhat Hanh, the globally admired Vietnamese spiritual teacher and Zen Buddhist monk.  It's a wonderfully handy reference for inspiration and reflection.

Thomas Merton

Thich Nhat Hanh, Foreword

Doubleday Image, 1971

In his classic on prayer, Thomas Merton explores the influences of prayer from Western and Eastern monastic Christian history, such as St. John of the Cross, and Buddhism of the East.