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Image of Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief
Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief

Huston Smith wrote the best seller “The World's Religions” (book 17). He also did a 5-part PBS special on religions with Bill Moyers. Smith is an internationally recognized expert, having spent his life learning Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the “Chinese Religious Complex.” (For his books I've read, click on his name.)

General Religion Huston Smith
5
17
Image of The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions
The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions

This is a revised and updated edition of Huston Smith's “The Religions of Man.” The revision reflects feedback from the five-part PBS series where Bill Moyers interviewed Huston Smith. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)

General Religion Huston Smith
5
543
Image of America America: A Novel
America America: A Novel

Ethan Canin is on the faculty of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is an author of five other books: the story collection Emperor of the Air and The Palace Thief, the novels For Kings and Planets, Carry Me Across the Water, and Blue River. He is also a physician. (For his books I've read, click on his name.) This was a gift book.

Fiction Ethan Canin
5
8
Image of The Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity, and Caring
The Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity, and Caring

Parker J. Palmer is widely published (as of 1990, 10 poems, 80+ essays, 8 books) and he gives lectures and often leads workshops and retreats. He is a sociologist-philosopher, an activist, and a Quaker. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)

General Religion Parker J. Palmer
5
9
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The Battle for God

Karen Armstrong, a former Roman Catholic nun, has written more than 13 books by 2002. She has commented on the life of Mohammed on PBS. She left the her order in 1969, went to Oxford, and has been a free-lance writer since 1982. (For her books I've read, click on her name.)

Abrahamic Religion Karen Armstrong
5
13
Image of The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace
The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace

Jack Kornfield was trained as a Buddhist monk and taught meditation worldwide since 1974. He has a Ph.D, in clinical psychology. He is a founder of Insight Mediation Society and of Spirit Rock Center. He has written more than 8 books by 2002.

Eastern & Native Religion Jack Kornfield
5
20
Image of A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Karen Armstrong discusses how these religions perceived and experienced God, from Abraham’s time to the present. She shows how they shaped and altered their conception of God and how they influenced each other. This was a NYT Bestseller. (For her books I've read, click on her name.)

Abrahamic Religion Karen Armstrong
5
21
Image of The Luminous Web: Essays on Science and Religion
The Luminous Web: Essays on Science and Religion

Barbara Brown Taylor is an Episcopal priest with a Chair in Religion and Philosophy at Piedmont College in Demorest, GA. As a child she loved science, but was told it was “unfit for a girl.” So she became a priest and wrote many books. (For her books I've read, click on her name.)

Science & Religion Barbara Brown Taylor
5
4
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The Art of Happiness (A Handbook for Living)

The Dalai Lama was interviewed by Howard C. Cutler, a psychologist at the University of Arizona who interviewed and has written about their numerous discussions. “The Art of Happiness” is a “how-to” book based on the worldview and spiritual values of the Dalai Lama. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)

Eastern & Native Religion
5
18
Image of The Prophet (A Borzoi Book)
The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) was a poet, philosopher and artist from Lebanon. He was considered a genus of his age for his works in Arabic. They have been translated into more than 20 languages. He spent his last 20 years in the U.S.A., where he began to write in English. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)

Abrahamic Religion Kahlil Gibran
5
27
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Cry Pain, Cry Hope: a Guide to the Dimensions of Call

This journal focuses on Elizabeth O'Conner’s personal experiences, letting you into her hopes, dreams, anguish, and fears, but most importantly, into her reflections on all the issues that meant the most to her. Its 38 short essays, written over a five years, were organized into this book. (For her books I've read, click on her name.)

Christian Religion Elizabeth O'Conner
5
29
Image of How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life
How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life

This book goes into greater depth of Buddhist thinking than do books 4 and 5 by the Dalai Lama. In this book he discusses other religions and compares them to his Tibetan Buddhism. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)

Eastern & Native Religion the Dalai Lama
5
33
Image of Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

Books 32 and 33, with dedications by Parker J. Palmer, were sent to me by him after I sent him a letter telling him how much his book 8, “The Active Life” has meant to me. In reply he also sent me a letter along with the books. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)

Non-fiction Parker J. Palmer
5
34
Image of Speaking of Sin: The Lost Language of Salvation
Speaking of Sin: The Lost Language of Salvation

“Speaking of Sin” was highly recommended to our church by my pastor. I'm glad I took her advice and read it. See book 21, “The Luminous Web,” for info on Barbara Brown Taylor. (For all my reviews of the author, click on her name.)

Christian Religion Barbara Brown Taylor
5
35
Image of When Science Meets Religion: Enemies, Strangers, or Partners?
When Science Meets Religion: Enemies, Strangers, or Partners?

Ian G. Barbour, professor emeritus of nuclear physics and religion at Carleton College, won the 1999 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion for his pioneering role in advancing the study of religion and science. In 2000 his top 3 books were book 77, book 64, and book 35. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)

Science & Religion Ian G. Barbour
5