i told my soul to sing: finding God with Emily Dickinson by Kristin Lemay — using twenty-five poems by Dickinson as jumping off points for meditation, Lemay explores the rich spirituality of one of America’s most enigmatic poets and relates her insight to the theological landscape of today.
Hearing God: Devoloping a Conversational Relationship with God by Dallas Willard — an updated and expanded edition of Willard’s study on Divine Guidance, with new material and scripture reflections derived from his experience teaching spiritual guidance through the Renovaré Institute.
This is My Beloved Son: The Transfiguration of Christ by Andreas Andreopoulos — the Transfiguration is a key event in the Gospel narratives and am important element of mystical spirituality. This study by an Orthodox theologian reveals the ongoing power of the Transfiguration for Christians today.Gregory of Nyssa: Sermons on the Beatitudes Paraphrased by Michael Glerup — Gregory of Nyssa was one of the greatest of the early Christian mystical theologians. This modern rendering of eight of his sermons — one for each of the beatitudes — makes his thought accessible for devotional reading.
Friends in Christ: Paths to a New Understanding of Church by Brother John of Taizé — Before Rutba House and the Simple Way, there was Taizé. In the spirit of Aelred of Rievaulx, this meditation on spiritual friendship considers how relationships form the heart of Christian spirituality.
Four Elements: Reflections on Nature by John O’Donohue — Celtic spirituality is known for its positive appreciation of nature, and this book collects poetry and meditations by the late Irish contemplative John O’Donohue on the shimmering presence of the Divine in the world.Journey to the Kingdom: An Insider’s Look at the Liturgy and Beliefs of the Eastern Orthodox Church by Vassilios Papavassiliou — lex orandi, lex credendi: praying shapes believing. This book introduces Eastern Orthodoxy to the non-Orthodox by exploring the richness of the Orthodox Divine Liturgy.
Lazarus, Come Forth! by John Dear — noted Jesuit peace activist (and Wild Goose Festival speaker) John Dear uses the Gospel story of the raising of Lazarus to meditate on how Jesus calls us out of the “culture of death” (our culture of violence and war) into the “new life of peace.”
Drawn In: A Creative Process for Artists, Activists and Jesus Followers by Troy Bronsink — Once upon a time, creative geniuses like Bach and Michelangelo were inspired by the Christian faith. Emergent pastor Troy Bronsink seeks to reignite that splendor by celebrating the many links between faith and creativity.The Monastery of the Heart: An Invitation to a Meaningful Life by Joan Chittister — Now in paperback, this prose-poem explores the riches of Benedictine spirituality for those who are not called to actually become nuns or monks.
The Intentional Christian Community Handbook by David Janzen — a nuts & bolts guide to creating and sustaining neo-monastic or other forms of intentional Christian community. Perhaps this could be a new “Rule of St. Benedict” for the third millennium?
Outline of Sufism: The Essentials of Islamic Spirituality by William Stoddart — a concise introduction to the mystical spirituality of Islam, written by a westerner with an appreciation of the religious milieu in which Sufism emerged and thrived.
Wounded Wisdom: A Buddhist and Christian Response to Evil, Hurt and Harm by Ross Thompson — An Anglican priest and Buddhist practitioner, Thompson considers how both faiths respond to the mystery of harm and suffering, culminating in an interfaith “ninefold way” of responding to evil.
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