When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd
When the Heart Waits is an autobiographical account of Sue Monk Kidd’s spiritual awakening. Her book demonstrates how the discipline of “active waiting” can lead us to realize more of our inner Christ-like nature. This book will help anyone jump start a spiritual journey.
Awareness by Anthony de Mello
Awareness encourages us to “wake up” to every aspect of our lives. Anthony de Mello challenges us to leave our frantic world of illusions and become alive to the world around us. By using short essays, the author inspires us to seek the richness in each divine moment.
Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser
Broken Open offers ways to help us navigate change and transition. Through stories, insights and practical guidance, Lesser presents us the chance to seek transformation over defeat. Her tales and situations may feel familiar and will enourage growth.
The Fire of Your Life by Maggie Ross
Reflections on a year spent in solitude provide the background for this work by the mystic, Maggie Ross. In this pithy little book Anglican hermit, Ross, says we are all hermits in one way or another and calls us to find that hermit place. For those who don’t want another pious book on prayer. (e.g. fasting for Lent is often experienced “rather like an annual case of the flu.”)
Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict by Esther de Waal
A commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict written from the “lived experience of a housewife and mother…” suggests ways in which the timeless monastic Rule is relevant to all people in their daily life and work. In the ten little chapters the book explores the Benedictine concepts of stability and change, leadership and authority, listening, the place of material things and the need for balance in life. de Waal is an historian and a recognized authority on the Celtic and Benedict spirituality.
Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith by Kathleen Norris
After a long period away from organized religion, Norris writes about her return to church and the struggle she had with the language of the Christian religion. She tells of finding words like “faith,” “sinner,” “repentance,” “dogma,” frightening or intimidating and describes how she wrestled to make them her own. Norris is the author two best sellers Dakota: A Spiritual Geography and The Cloister Walk.
An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor
Acclaimed preacher, Barbara Brown Taylor follows Leaving Church, her memoir of leaving full time ministry, with this follow-up that describes how she found God beyond the walls of the church. We walk with her as she explores the Holy in the ordinary stuff of life whether that be hanging clothes on the clothesline, encountering the clerk at the check-out counter or polishing silver. The world becomes her altar and the stuff of life the offering.