Dorling Kindersley

DK Publishing, 2010

A brand new edition of this exceptional guidebook has added hotel and restaurants and new walking tours of Jerusalem, Israel, Petra, and Sinai.

Robert Frager

James Fadiman, editors

HarperCollins, 1997

This is an excellent introduction to the writings of a great range of Sufi wisdom teachers who are part of this mystical stream of Islam.

Patricia Donegan

Yoshie Ishibashi

Shambhala, 2009

This is a beautifully-rendered book of haiku love poems from ancient to modern, with elegant illustrations.  The editors divide the book into three sections: yearning, passion, and remembrance, expressing the range of love's experience.  It makes a lovely romantic gift.  

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Karen Armstrong

Knopf, 2006

The earliest beginnings of religion in the ninth century BCE is the subject.  Armstrong, Bestselling author and world-renowned religious historian unveils for the reader this fascinatingly unique period of religious ferment known as the Axial Age. 

John Donne

Donald C. Dickson, editor

Edition 3

W. W. Norton, 2006

Every lover of the English language must sample the poems from the literary genius of John Donne which are contemporary with the King James Bible. 

Jelaluddin Rumi

Coleman Barks, translator

HarperOne, 2010

This is the complete lyric poem by Rumi, bestselling poet in the United States today, although he was a Sufi mystic who lived 800 years ago.

Parker Palmer

Jossey-Bass, 2011

Palmer, author of the classic Let Your Life Speak, has written a new book which challenges our current practice of democracy and asks us to embrace the  "the heart's alchemy that can turn suffering into community, conflict into the energy of creativity, and tension into an opening toward the common good."

Mary Oliver

Beacon Press, 2010

Oliver's newest volume is her twentieth, filled with a notable sense of her usual joy that she finds in appreciating the beauty of nature around her and of living in the world.

Jelaluddin Rumi

Translated by Kabir Helminski

Shambhala Publications, 2000

Sufi poet Rumi speaks of the many aspects of spiritual love in this collection of poems which celebrate, ponder, and lament its mystery.  Helminski's biographical introduction explains the unique spiritual relationship between Rumi and Shams Tabriz and the meaning of the "Beloved' so often referred to in the poems. This small volume conveys the intensity of the sacred divine love that enveloped their legeddary and mysterious friendship.  


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Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal, and Ravi Shankar

W. W. Norton, 2007

A unique anthology of multicultural and international poets who evoke their most intimate and universal experiences of life. It's an extraordinary opportunity to be introduced to poets from the other side of the globe and have a glimpse of their lives.

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