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Recommended Readings

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A Woman's Journey to God
by Borysenko, Joan
Riverhead Books, 1999

A personal, scientific, historical, and practical look at the unique ways in which women approach ritual, spirituality, and God.

Women now make up the largest group of religious "dropouts" in Western society, and Joan Borysenko is asking why. Just as medical developments made by and for men were expected to apply to women, so religions created by and for men are somehow expected to work equally well for women. But the religious and ritual forms that have been shaped so much by men can be alienating to women who spend much of their lives searching for their faith.

Through a fresh look at old traditions, case studies, new rituals, her own story, and the stories of others Borysenko has encountered in their struggle to find God, A Woman's Journey to God seeks to help women heal the anger they've felt toward their own spiritual traditions and find a way back that incorporates their needs.

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Addiction and Grace
by May, Gerald G, M.D.
Harper San Francisco, 1988

Explores the psychology and physiology of addiction from the perspective of contemplative spirituality, describing the relationship between addiction and spiritual awareness.

Drawing on his experiences as a psychiatrist working with the chemically dependent, Gerald G. May details the various addictions from which we can suffer. Addiction and Grace examines the "processes of attachment" that led to addiction and describes the relationship between addiction and spiritual awareness.

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Amazing Grace
by Norris, Kathleen
Penguin USA, 1998

From Kathleen Norris, the author who "writes about religion with the imagination of a poet" (Chicago Tribune), comes this unusual, accessible, and profound investigation of Christian faith. Taking as her starting point the "scary words" that can intimidate and distance us from our religious heritage--words like judgment, faith, dogma, salvation and sinner, Norris blends history, theology, storytelling, etymology and memoir to help us reflect on their meanings. Always entertaining, and thought provoking, Norris awakens us to the possibility of belief. Through this exhilarating journey, readers will come to know more about the gradual conversion and the daily struggle for faith that Norris described in her bestseller The Cloister Walk. Amazing Grace will grant an illuminating perspective on how we can embrace ancient traditions and find faith in the contemporary, everyday world.

The beloved author of "The Cloister Walk" takes readers on a moving journey in this thoroughly original investigation of faith. Taking as her starting point the "scary words" that can intimidate and distance us from our religious heritage--words like "judgment, faith, dogma, salvation", and "sinner"--Norris blends history, theology, storytelling, etymology, and memoir to reflect on their meanings.

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And Now I See
by Barron, Robert
Crossroad, 1998

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Care of the Soul
by Moore, Thomas
Harper Trade, 1993

This New York Times bestseller (more than 200,000 hardcover copies sold) provides a path-breaking lifestyle handbook that shows how to add spirituality, depth, and meaning to modern-day life by nurturing the soul.

A guide for cultivating depth and sacredness in everyday life.

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Dakota: A Spiritual Geography
by Norris, Kathleen
Ticknor & Fields, 1993

"A moving and substantial contribution to the literature of the changing contemporary Midwest, and a welcome reminder of the peace that open spaces and extended silences can confer" -- Jane Howard, Washington Post Book World

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Living A Gentle Passionate Life
by Wicks, Robert
Paulist Press, 1998

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Sacred Eyes
by Keck, L. Robert, PhD
by Knowledge Systems, Inc, 1992

Introducing a new science of spiritual evolution, this book considers the 35,000 year history of Soul, with emphasis upon the Soul's current transformation only the second in humanity's entire evolutionary history and the new deep-value system emerging to condition and shape all of human culture.

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Sacred Quest
by Keck, L. Robert, PhD
Chrysalis Books, 2000

Robert Keck's new science of the collective human Soul's evolutionary journey makes sense of current, worldwide paradigm shifts and faith-quakes, and it promotes our participation in spiritual emergence.

Scientists, examining "Lucy's" ancient remains, learned much about how she lived, but nothing about what she valued in her heart. Keck's original Deep-value Research, going beyond science, investigates the deep causal values that shape human cultures and determine why certain thought and behavior become dominant. Despite our longing for stability and predictability, science suggests that the universe is not a steady-state reality. Keck's research suggests a similarity in the spiritual realm: change, evolution, and transformation are basic ingredients of the Soul's history.

Keck's model divides the Soul's evolution into three stages. Epoch I, lasting from about 35,000 to 10,000 years ago, corresponds to "childhood." Epoch II, from 10,000 years ago to the present, is the soul's "adolescence." We are now experiencing the chaos of the transformation to Epoch III, our spiritual adulthood. Keck explains the unique confusion within which we live by identifying those spiritually adolescent values that are dying and those adult ones being born.

"Questions for those on a quest," which conclude each chapter, encourage us to seek the meaning and purpose of our connections-to other people, to nature, and to the Spirit that creates, permeates, and sustains the universe.

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Silence on Fire
by Shannon, William
Crossroad, 1991

Silence on Fire takes readers on a guided journey through a kind of prayer that is built on faith and leads to a unique but accessible way of coming to know God. Shannon, the author of Silent Lamp: The Thomas Merton Story, suggests that intimacy with God is based upon three levels of mindfulness: of the present moment, of others, and of oneself. He describes obstacles to awareness and offers advice for gaining fuller consciousness. Through Silence on Fire comes out of the Christian tradition, like Thomas Merton's books on prayer, it incorporates spiritual insights from the East as well as the West.

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Spiritual Quest
by Hart, Thomas
Paulist Press, 1999

"I wrote this book for spiritual seekers everywhere, but particularly for people raised in the Christian tradition who are now having various difficulties with it. I am 60 years old, and have long been professionally both a theologian and a therapist, a teacher and a counselor. I try to clear a path through the complex questions generated by todayÕs culture-wide spiritual awakening: How can we distinguish the genuine from the spurious in todayÕs spiritual marketplace? What is a religious experience? What constitutes a healthy spirituality? Can we measure spiritual growth? My answers are enriched by stories from many peopleÕs actual experience. In chapters on evolving images of the Mystery, the place of Jesus in the contemporary context, the meaning of spirituality, and the relationship between sexuality and spirituality, I treat the essential foundations for any spiritual life. I draw together the scientific understandings that constitute a new cosmology, showing how this context shapes our spiritual longings and perceptions. I summarize both the guiding principles for a life-giving spirituality and the movements of the Spirit calling individuals and communities to renewal. It is my hope that anyone seeking spiritual growth will find in this book clear and helpful guidance." -- Thomas Hart

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The Awakened Heart: Opening Yourself to the Love You Need
by May, Gerald G, M.D.
Harper, 1991

"Integrating the wisdom of ancient mystics and the insights of contemporary thinkers, May examines the spiritual longings that are often hidden and controlled by society's pressures and expectations."-- Publishers Weekly

"May is addressing the problems faced by all who deny themselves loving relationship with others and with God by the compulsive drive for efficiency, recognition and success. . . . (The Awakened Heart draws) on the wisdom of biblical prophets as well as philosophers such as Francis de Sales, Teresa of Avila, William Blake, Martin Buber and Thomas Kelly."-- The Christian Century

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The Contemplative Heart
by Finley, James
Sorin Books, 2000

James Finley's reflections on contemplative living have their origins in the five years he lived at the cloistered Trappist monastery, studying with Thomas Merton. But they are not only for the monk. Finleys meditations relate directly to our everyday experience of the hectic, modern world.

In The Contemplative Heart, Finley teaches us how to find breathing room in our cluttered lives. He reveals the divine in the mundane and offers remedies to soothe stress and allow mindful living in the present moment.

Difficult as it may seem, a contemplative life is possible in today's world. In fact, it is essential to remain grounded in the meaning and value of our lives beyond what we produce and achieve. The Contemplative Heart maps a path for the journey to insight and self-transformation.

Finley offers guidelines for meditative practices that promote self-reflection. He shows how to include contemplative influences in our lives and root out those that hinder the process.

Each chapter of The Contemplative Heart serves as a "dance lesson" for life. God never said, "Let there be rush hours." But Psalm 46:10 does say, "Be still and know that I am God." Finley shares the lessons he has carried from the monastery to help us discover instruction for contemplative living deep in our individual situations.

The Contemplative Heart is not for believers alone. Non-believers often feel equally lost in the swirl of expectations the world imposes on them. Finley teaches everyone how to navigate these external circumstances without neglecting our internal needs--a lesson too often ignored until facing death. The Contemplative Heart helps us seek a more reflective way of life. The Contemplative Heart teaches us how to live.

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The Courage to Create
by May, Rollo
W.W. Norton & Co, 1975

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The Feminine Face of God
by Anderson, Sherry Ruth & Patricia Hopkins
Bantam Books, 1991

A pioneering look at women's spirituality that has helped thousands of women redefine traditional beliefs and rediscover their own unique spiritual heritage. Drawn from workshops and interviews conducted across the country, 100 women--including Maya Angelou and Marion Woodman--share stories of their spiritual awakenings.

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The Gift of Peace
by Bernardin, Joseph Cardinal
Doubleday, 1998

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin's gentle leadership throughout his life of ministerial service had made him an internationally beloved figure, but the words he left behind about his final journey would change the lives of many more people from all faiths, from all backgrounds, and from all over the world.

In the last two months of his life, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin made it his ultimate mission to share his personal reflections and insights as a legacy to those he left behind. The Gift of Peace reveals the Cardinal's spiritual growth amid a string of traumatic events: a false accusation of sexual abuse; reconciliation a year later with his accuser, who had earlier recanted the charges; a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and surgery; the return of cancer, now in his liver; his decision to discontinue chemotherapy and live his remaining days as fully as possible. In these pages, Bernardin tells his story openly and honestly, and shares the profound peace he came to at the end of his life. He accepted his peace as a gift from God, and he in turn now shares that gift with the world.

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The Holy Longing
by Rolheiser, Ronald
Doubleday, 1999

Ronald Rolheiser makes sense of what is frequently a misunderstood word: spirituality. In posing the question "What is spirituality?" Father Rolheiser gets quickly to the heart of common difficulties with the subject, and shows through compelling anecdotes and personal examples how to channel that restlessness, that deep desire, into a healthy spirituality.

This book is for those searching to understand what Christian spirituality means and how to apply it to their own lives. Rolheiser explains the nonnegotiables--the importance of community worship, the imperatives surrounding social action, the centrality of the Incarnation, the sustenance of the spiritual life--and how spirituality necessarily impacts every aspect of human experience. At the core of this readable, deeply revealing book is an explanation of God and the Church in a world that more often than not doubts the credibility of both.

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The Seat of the Soul
by Zukav, Gary
Simon & Schuster, 1989

With the same extraordinary skill that he used to demystify scientific abstraction and the new physics, Gary Zukay, the award-winning author of The Dancing Wu Li Masters, here takes us on a brilliant and penetrating exploration of the new phase of evolution we have now entered.

With lucidity and elegance, Zukav explains that we are evolving from a species that pursues power based upon the perceptions of the five senses -- external power -- into a species that pursues authentic power -- power that is based upon the perceptions and values of the spirit. He shows how the pursuit of external power has produced our survival-of-the-fittest understanding of evolution, generated conflict between lovers, communities, and superpowers, and brought us to the edge of destruction.

Using his scientist's eye and philosopher's heart, Zukav shows how infusing the activities of life with reverence, compassion, and trust makes them come alive with meaning and purpose. He illustrates how the emerging values of the spirit are changing marriages into spiritual partnerships, psychology into spiritual psychology, and transforming our everyday lives. The Seat of the Soul describes the remarkable journey to the spirit that each of us is on.

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This Blessed Mess
by Livingston, Patricia
Sorin Books, 2000

Finding hope amidst life's chaos.

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To Know As We Are Known
by Palmer, Parker
Harper Collins, 1993

This primer on authentic education explores how mind and heart can work together in the learning process. Moving beyond the bankruptcy of our current model of education, Parker Palmer finds the soul of education through a lifelong cultivation of the wisdom each of us possesses and can share to benefit others.

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When the Heart Waits
by Monk-Kidd, Sue
Harper Collins, 1990

Combining personal experience and classic Christian teachings, this inspirational autobiographical account of a woman's personal pain, spiritual awakening, and divine grace received Virtue magazine's "Book of the Year" award.

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The Enduring Heart
by Au, Wilkie
Paulist Press, 2000

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Silence on Fire
by Shannon, William
Crossroad/Herder & Herder, 2000

Silence on Fire takes readers on a guided journey through a kind of prayer that is built on faith and leads to a unique but accessible way of coming to know God. Shannon, the author of Silent Lamp: The Thomas Merton Story, suggests that intimacy with God is based upon three levels of mindfulness: of the present moment, of others, and of oneself. He describes obstacles to awareness and offers advice for gaining fuller consciousness. Through Silence on Fire comes out of the Christian tradition, like Thomas Merton's books on prayer, it incorporates spiritual insights from the East as well as the West.

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The Shattered Lantern
by Rolheiser, Ronald
Crossroad/Herder & Herder, 2001

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The Holy Longing
by Rolheiser, Ronald
Crossroad/Herder & Herder, 1999

"Long before we do anything explicitly religious at all, we have to do something about the fire that burns within us," writes Ronald Rolheiser. "What we do with that fire, how we channel it, is our spirituality." From the opening chapter, where Rolheiser eloquently compares the burning spiritual fire of Mother Teresa, Janice Joplin, and Princess Diana, readers will be fully engaged in a unique and altogether fascinating discussion of Christian spirituality.

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The Awakened Heart: Living Beyond Addiction
by May, Gerald G. MD
Harper San Francisco, 1991

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Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
by O'Donohoe, John
Cliff Street Books, 1997

A Roman Catholic priest and poet explores the stories and teachings of the Celts, mining their rich religious traditions to provide an accessible approach to spirituality and to such subjects as solitude, friendship, and aging.

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Living the Truth
by Jones, Alan
Cowley Publications, 2000

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The Spirituality of the Celtic Saints
by Woods, Richard
Orbis Books, 2000

This survey of Celtic Saints provides an important analysis of the continuing relevance of the saints and their spiritual message. Ireland, Scotland, Wales and parts of Europe are surveyed in an examination which blends history with spiritual insights. -- Midwest Book Review

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The Wounded Healer
by Nouwen, Henri
Image Books, 1979

The Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective. In this book, Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry. Weaving keen cultural analysis with his psychological and religious insights, Nouwen has come up with a balanced and creative theology of service that begins with the realization of fundamental woundedness in human nature. Emphasizing that which is in humanity common to both minister and believer, this woundedness can serve as a source of strength and healing when counseling others. Nouwen proceeds to develop his approach to ministry with an analysis of sufferings -- a suffering world, a suffering generation, a suffering person, and a suffering minister. It is his contention that ministers are called to recognize the sufferings of their time in their own hearts and make that recognition the starting point of their service. For Nouwen, ministers must be willing to go beyond their professional role and leave themselves open as fellow human beings with the same wounds and suffering -- in the image of Christ. In other words, we heal from our own wounds. Filled with examples from everyday experience, The Wounded Healer is a thoughtful and insightful guide that will be welcomed by anyone engaged in the service of others.

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Out of the Ordinary: Prayers, Poems, and Reflections for Every Season
by Rupp, Joyce
Ave Maria Press, 2000

How often have you searched in vain for just the right prayer or ritual for a small group or parish gathering? How many times have you spent an hour looking for a brief reflection for your faith sharing group or pastoral team? Search no further. Whether it's Advent or Pentecost, a birthday or Valentine's Day, Joyce Rupp has just what you are looking for.

Out of the Ordinary contains over 125 thoughtful compositions drawn from the author's treasure trove of never before published work. Joyce Rupp, whose books have proven to be thoughtful and prayerful companions to their many readers, offers here prayer resources for a wide variety of needs and times, including: The Liturgical Seasons, The Natural Cycle of the Year, Ministry and Service, Mary and the Saints, The Work of Justice, Difficult Times, and Family Occasions.

Including resources for both groups and individuals, these prayers, rituals, guided visualizations, reflections, and poems can be used to open or close meetings, or as the centerpiece of prayer sessions or day of recollection. And when used in the context of worship and small group prayer, they can be duplicated without cost or written permission.

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Meditations on Mary
by Norris, Kathleen
Viking Press, 1999

Meditations on Mary is a beautiful, simple, incandescent book. Essays about the Virgin by Kathleen Norris (excerpts from Amazing Grace and The Cloister Walk), text from the King James Bible (from the Annunciation to the Cross), and fine reproductions of paintings (by artists including Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo) combine to form a mosaic portrait of the mother of Jesus. It's rare to find a gift book appropriate for so many age groups; teenage girls can appreciate this, and grandmothers will love it too. Norris's essays are an especially good choice for this book. Raised Protestant, she now worships with Catholics and therefore writes with a reverence that has overtaken her, to her great surprise. And the surprise appearance of God's presence in life, appropriately enough, happens to be exactly the condition in which Mary found herself when the angel Gabriel first came to give her good news. -- Michael Joseph Gross

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The Cup of Our Life
by Rupp, Joyce
Ave Maria Press, 1997

Anyone thirsting for a more intimate and disciplined life of prayer will find a rich wellspring in The Cup of Our Life. In this original and practical book Joyce Rupp shares how ordinary cups can become sacred vessels that draw us closer to God.

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Spiritual Classics: Selected Readings For Individuals and Groups on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines
by Foster, Richard J. (editor) and Griffin, Emilie (editor)
Harper- San Francisco, 2000

From nearly two thousand years of Christian writing comes Spiritual Classcs,fifty-two selections complete with a profile of each author, guided meditations for group and individual use, and reflections containing questions and exercises. Editors Richard Foster and Emilie Griffith offer their expertise by selecting inspirational writings and including their own commentary and recommendations for further guided reading and exploration.

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Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith
by Nouwen, Henri
Harper San Francisco, 1997

From one of the best-loved spiritual writers of our time--365 original, interlocking meditations provide daily nourishment on a year-long journey of discovery and faith. Intimately personal, vulnerable, yet inspiringa daily feast of fresh insight into the challenges and deep joys of a life lived in conversation with God.

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Making All Things New
by Nouwen, Henri
Harper San Francisco, 1998

Simple yet deeply satisfying responses to questions about the spiritual life.

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The Return of the Prodigal Son
by Nouwen, Henri
Image Books, 1994

Seeing a reproduction of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure. Here he shares the deeply personal meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell.

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Intimacy
by Nouwen, Henri
Harper San Francisco, 1998

Writing from his vast experience as a pastoral counselor, Henri Nouwen addresses the basic question, "How can I find a creative and fulfilling intimacy in my relationship with God and my fellow human beings?" He conducts a rich and insightful exploration into the balance between intimacy and distance, the problems in trying to develop lasting and productive relationships on all levels, and the connections between intimacy and sexuality, prayer, faith, and the mental well-being of the minister. Intimacy is an essential resource for anyone struggling to grasp the profound implications of this most basic of human needs.

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The Cloister Walk
by Norris, Kathleen
Riverhead Books, 1997

A reverent study of the monastic world assesses the meaning of the cloistered life in modern times, journeying through a liturgical year to capture the relevance and spiritual significance of the religious life.

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All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time
by Ellsberg, Robert
Crossroad/Herder & Herder, 1997

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The Intimate Merton: His Life From His Journals
by Merton, Thomas
Harper San Francisco, 2001

Culling the beloved Trappist monk's journals for evidence of spiritual transformation, the author finds evidence aplenty, revealing Merton's passionate explorations of spirituality and the contemplative life, his relationship with Buddhism, his role in the 1960s anti-war movement, and much more.

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Spiritual Direction

Care of Mind Care of Spirit
by May, Gerald G, M.D.
Harper & Row, 1982

For anyone seeking a richer understanding of spiritual experience comes this classic discussion of the nature of contemporary spiritual guidance and its relationship to counseling and psychotherapy. May shows how spiritual direction and psychiatry are alike, how they complement one another, and how they ultimately diverge.

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Tuesdays with Morrie
by Albom, Mitch
Bantan Doubleday, 1997

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live. Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.

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Exploring Spiritual Direction
by Jones, Alan
Seabury Press, 1982

An essay on Christian friendship.

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Holy Listening
by Guenther, Margaret
Cowley, 1992

Margaret Guenther shares with the reader a loving and evocative meditation on the experience of spiritual direction from the perspective of a wise and hospitable spiritual director, who is also a woman, wife, mother, teacher, and priest.

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Protestant Spiritual Traditions
by Senn, Frank C ed
Paulist, 1986

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Spiritual Care
by Bonhoeffer, Dietrich
Fortress, 1985

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Spiritual Direction Beyond the Beginnings
by Ruffing, Janet, RSM
Paulist, 2000

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Spiritual Direction: Principles and Practices
by Morneau, Robert F.
Crossroad, 1992

One of today's most eminent Christian leaders describes 10 principles of spiritual direction and 10 guidelines for prayer, discernment, and asceticism. Morneau shares a rich understanding of reverence, the primacy of joy, and gives a series of delightful spiritual exercises for "eclectic nomads."

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Spiritual Friend: Reclaiming the Gift of Spiritual Direction
by Edwards, Tilden
Paulist, 1980

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The Art of Spiritual Guidance
by Gratton, Carolyn
Crossroad, 1992

Already recognized as an essential reference for both guides and those seeking guidance, this eminently readable work integrates into one coherent whole a wide variety of psychological and spiritual insights about spiritual formation. "A book to reflect on, to ponder, to peruse more than once, and to consult frequently." -- Book Nook

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The Practice of Spiritual Direction
by Barry, William & Connolly, William
Harper & Row, 1982

Fathers Barry and Connolly see the work of spiritual direction as helping people to develop their relationships with God. In thinking and practice they have absorbed the insights of modern psychotherapy, but have not been absorbed by them.

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The Contemplative Pastor
by Peterson, Eugene H.
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1993

Pastor-teacher Eugene Peterson has written a book of wisdom and refreshment for busy pastors illustrated with engaging personal anecdotes and including poetic reflections on the Beatitudes and discussions of such themes as curing souls, the language of prayer, the ministry of small talk, and sabbatical.

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Spiritual Direction: Beyond the Beginnings
by Ruffing, Janet K.
Paulist Press, 2000

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Group Spiritual Direction: Community for Discernment
by Dougherty, Rose Mary
Paulist Press, 1995

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Changing Life Patterns: Adult Development In Spiritual Direction
by Liebert, Elizabeth
Chalice Press, 2000

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Holy Invitations: Exploring Spiritual Direction
by Bakke, Jeannette A.
Baker Books, 2000

Holy Invitations is about how to listen to your heart-and to God. Through the historic practice of spiritual direction, increasing numbers of Christians are discovering the benefits of having a special friendship with someone who can help nurture their awareness of and response to God's love and guidance. Holy Invitations is a comprehensive introduction to spiritual direction written to reclaim the discipline for the contemporary church.

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Fiction

Absolute Truths
by Howatch, Susan
Fawcett Columbine/Ballantine, 1996

In 1965, Charles Ashworth has become bishop of Starbridge, and a staunt opponent of amorality and decadence. Then he finds himself tempted to commit the very acts he has denounced.

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Glamorous Powers
by Howatch, Susan
Fawcett Columbine/Ballantine, 1989

With Glittering Images, Susan Howatch embarked on an ambitious endeavor: a series of works about faith and infidelity, piety and passion. Now, the second, Glamorous Powers is awaited by a large readership. For 17 years, Jon Darrow, clergyman and abbot, had been sheltered from the world. Now he was being called--by a blinding vision--for a mission outside the monastery.

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Glittering Images
by Howatch, Susan
Fawcett Columbine/Ballantine, 1988

Behind the doors of a great English cathedral, the lives and loves of four people intertwine--a brilliant bishop, the wife he once loved, her enigmatic female "companion," and the young man the Church has sent to investigate their unusual household. "A bold and exciting departure for Susan Howatch." -- Los Angeles Times

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Mystical Paths
by Howatch, Susan
Fawcett Columbine/Ballantine, 1993

When Nicholas Darrow follows his father into the Anglican priesthood in 1968 at the age of twenty-five, he is fleeing a troubled past. But when his fascination with his own psychic powers results in a near-tragedy, Nicholas must face the truth about his relationship with his father before he can find his way out of the seemingly impenetrable darkness that engulfs him.

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Old Turtle
by Wood, Douglas
Pfiefer-Hamilton, 1991

This enchanting book for children and adults, promotes a deeper understanding of the earth and our relationship with all the beings who inhabit it.

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Scandalous Risks
by Howatch, Susan
Fawcett Columbine/Ballantine, 1991

As Venetia Flaxton edges closer to the threshold of a love affair with the Dean of the Cathedral--a man old enough to be her father--his hidden emotional past and her moral conflict lead them deeper into the mysteries of the human heart and soul. A powerfully moving novel set in the turbulence of the 1960s. "Passionate."-- Entertainment Weekly

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The Color Purple
by Walker, Alice
Simon & Schuster, 1982

A feminist novel about an abused and uneducated black woman's struggle for empowerment, the novel was praised for the depth of its female characters and for its eloquent use of black English vernacular. Won a Pulitzer Prize in 1983.

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The Giving Tree
by Silverstein, Shel
HarperCollins Children's Books, 1986

This story of a boy who grows to manhood, and of a tree that gives him her bounty through the years, is a moving parable about the gift of giving and the capacity to love.

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The Little Prince
by de Saint-Exupery, Antoine
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1943

"In the exquisite imagery of this fairy tale, the poet-writer shares with children something of the mystic's vision and wisdom of life."-- New York Public Library

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The Other Way to Listen
by Baylor, Byrd & Peter Parnall
Simon & Schuster, 1978

The Caldecott Honor author/illustrator team that brought readers "The Desert Is Theirs" and "The Way to Start a Day" returns with this tale of truly listening to the world around us. In "The Other Way to Listen", a young boy is eager to learn and an old man is happy to share his wisdom.

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The Wonder Worker
by Howatch, Susan
Fawcett Columbine/Ballantine, 1998

Young, lonely, and insecure, Alice Fletcher is on the verge of emotional collapse when she stumbles into St. Benet's Church to dodge the London drizzle. There, an uncanny event shuttles her into a group of psychically gifted healers led by a charismatic young minister.

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Ultimate Prizes
by Howatch, Susan
Fawcett Columbine/Ballantine, 1990

Book three of Susan Howatch's extraordinary sequence of novels, Ultimate Prizes is a brilliantly readable story--a riveting exploration of the interplay of past and present in the human psyche and of theor sin and salvation in the human soul.

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