Now I'm getting the chance to read books I didn't have time for before. Think of me whenever you see the slogan "So many books, so little time!" Now I've got the time.  Cheers, Fred.

General Religion

Perennial Philosophy

Book Number: 
734
Date Fred Read: 
December 2017
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Arthur Versluis
Total Pages: 
110
Publisher: 
New Cultures Press
Year: 
2015

Arthur Versluis holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan and has published numerous books and articles. Among his books are Magic and Mysticism: An Introduction to Western Esotericism. I thought it would be interesting to compare this brief book with Aldous Huxley’s classic The Perennial Philosophy (Book 667), first published in 1945.  Read more

Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy

Book Number: 
733
Date Fred Read: 
December 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Thomas Moore
Total Pages: 
286
Publisher: 
St Martin’s Press
Year: 
2017

Thomas Moore has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, who now lectures widely on creating a more soulful world and on spirituality. His 1995 book Care of the Soul was a NYT bestseller. A friend highly recommended Ageless Soul to me.  Read more

Forgotten Truth: The Common Vision of the World’s Religions

Book Number: 
728
Date Fred Read: 
November 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Huston Smith
Total Pages: 
173
Publisher: 
HarperOne
Year: 
1992

Huston Smith (1919-2016), born in China to Methodist missionaries, has meditated with Tibetan Buddhist monks, practiced yoga with Hindu holy men, whirled with ecstatic Sufi Islamic dervishes, and celebrated the Jewish Sabbath with a daughter who had converted to Judaism. His world-wide fame was for his classic The World’s Religions (Book 17). (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

Is There a Universal Grammar of Religion? (Master Hsüan Hua Memorial Lecture)

Book Number: 
722
Date Fred Read: 
September 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Henry Rosemont Jr.
Author: 
Huston Smith
Total Pages: 
94
Publisher: 
Open Court
Year: 
2008

Henry Rosemont Jr. and Huston Smith spent some years at MIT with Noam Chomsky, whose work led to his Universal Grammar for languages. Smith applies it to religions; so he says yes. He and Rosemont discussed this question in a public lecture that led to this book. (For Smith's books I've read, click on his name.)  Read more

Common Ground: Lessons and Legends from the World’s Great Faiths

Book Number: 
715
Date Fred Read: 
August 2017
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Todd Outcalt
Total Pages: 
295
Publisher: 
Skyhorse Publishing
Year: 
2015

Todd Outcalt, a United Methodist pastor, is the author of thirty books in six languages. He has contributed to many magazines. This was a gift book.  Read more

Beliefs that Changed the World: The History and Ideas of the Great Religions

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Book Number: 
708
Date Fred Read: 
May 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
John Bowker
Total Pages: 
300
Publisher: 
Quercus Publishing
Year: 
2015

John Bowker is an emeritus professor of Gresham College. London. He has been a Fellow and Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge. A well-known broadcaster on religions, he published more than 40 books. This was a Christmas gift. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

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Practicing Compassion

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Book Number: 
697
Date Fred Read: 
March 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Frank Rogers
Total Pages: 
138
Publisher: 
Fresh Air Books
Year: 
2014

Frank Rogers Jr. Is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and the Muriel Bernice Professor of Spiritual Formation and Narrative Pedagogy and Codirector of the Center for Engaged Compassion ay Claremont School of Theology. His research and teaching focus is on spiritual formation.  Read more

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On Death & Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy & Their Own Families

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Book Number: 
684
Date Fred Read: 
December 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Total Pages: 
262
Publisher: 
Scribner
Year: 
2014

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926-2004) was a Swiss-American psychiatrist, a pioneer in near-death studies and wrote On Death and Dying (1969) - her groundbreaking book on the five stages of grief. This is an anniversary edition of her seminal work.  Read more

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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

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Book Number: 
683
Date Fred Read: 
December 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
the Dalai Lama
Author: 
Desmond Tutu
Author: 
Douglas Abrams
Total Pages: 
352
Publisher: 
Avery
Year: 
2016

the Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and Tibetan Buddhism. Desmond Tutu was a leader in the crusade for justice and reconciliation in South Africa. (For their books I’ve read, click on their names.) Douglas Abrams has collaborated with Desmond Tutu as his cowriter and editor. This book was a NYT bestseller.  Read more

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The Future of God: A Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times

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Book Number: 
682
Date Fred Read: 
December 2016
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Deepak Chopra
Total Pages: 
253
Publisher: 
Harmony
Year: 
2014

Deepak Chopra is the author of more than 80 books translated into over 40 languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. This was a gift book.  Read more

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