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Zen Encounters with Loneliness

by Terrance Keenan Wisdom Publications (December 23, 2014)

Embark on a poignant and sometimes comic journey through Zen, poetry, and the transformative, personal practice of writing.

In Zen Encounters with Loneliness Terrance Keenan weaves together poetry, memoir, and...


The Terrorist's Son

by Zak Ebrahim Simon & Schuster/ TED (August 11, 2014)

An extraordinary story, never before told: The intimate, behind-the-scenes life of an American boy raised by his terrorist father—the man who planned the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

What is it like to...


Pope John Paul II

by Tad Szulc Scribner (June 17, 2014)

A comprehensive and exclusive biography on one of the most pivotal figures of the 20th century: Pope John Paul II.

As the spiritual head of more than one billion Catholics and a world statesman of immense stature...


The Beer Drinker's Guide to God

by William B. Miller Howard Books (May 06, 2014)

It’s no accident that Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine! Written by an Episcopalian priest-slash-bar owner, this thoughtful, well-written book of spiritual essays distills lessons about the...


Zen's Chinese Heritage

by Andy Ferguson, Steven Heine & Tenshin Reb Anderson Wisdom Publications (March 09, 2011)

Zen's Chinese Heritage traces twenty-five generations of inlightened Buddhist teachers, supplementing their core teachings with history, biography, and poetry. The result is an intimate and profound human portrait...


Keep Me in Your Heart a While

by Dosho Port Wisdom Publications (January 10, 2008)

"After my death I will come back and haunt over you, checking on your practice." Dainin Katagiri Roshi, one of the greatest pioneers of Zen in America, said this frequently, teasing Dosho Port and his fellow...


Like a Waking Dream

by Lhundub Sopa, Paul Donnelly & Dalaï Lama Wisdom Publications (November 24, 2012)

Among the generation of elder Tibetan lamas who brought Tibetan Buddhism west in the latter half of the twentieth century, perhaps none has had a greater impact on the academic study of Buddhism than Geshe Lhundub...


Novice to Master

by Soko Morinaga & Belenda Attaway Yamakawa Wisdom Publications (January 30, 2012)

Everybody loves Novice to Master! As you'll see in the glowing endorsements and reviews included below, this modern spiritual classic has been embraced by readers of all types.

In his singularly humorous and...


The Lawudo Lama

by Jamyang Wangmo & Dalaï Lama Wisdom Publications (September 23, 2013)

The Lawudo Lama presents two life stories along with an extended introduction laying out their social and cultural context. It takes place in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, the home of the famous Sherpa...


Great Disciples of the Buddha

by Nyanaponika, Hellmuth Hecker & Bodhi Wisdom Publications (January 30, 2012)

A perennial favorite, Great Disciples of the Buddha is now relaunched in our best-selling Teachings of the Buddha series.

Twenty-four of the Buddha's most distinguished disciples are brought to life in ten chapters...


Blue Jean Buddha

by Sumi Loundon Kim & Jack Kornfield Wisdom Publications (February 08, 2013)

In an age when the Dalai Lama's image has been used to sell computers, rock stars have used tantra to enhance their image, and for many, Nirvana calls to mind a a favorite band, what does Buddhism mean to twenty-somethings?...


Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind

by Maura O'Halloran, Beth O'Halloran & Ruth O'Halloran Wisdom Publications (February 08, 2013)

One of the most beloved Buddhist books of all time-having inspired popular musicians, artists, a documentary film, and countless readers-is now in an expanded, new edition, loaded with extras. Absolutely absorbing...


One Hundred Days of Solitude

by Jane Dobisz Wisdom Publications (February 08, 2013)

In One Hundred Days of Solitude: Losing My Self and Finding Grace on a Zen Retreat, American teacher of Korean Zen Jane Dobisz (Zen Master Bon Yeon), recalls her first solitary meditation stint in the woods....


The Voice that Remembers

by Joy Blakeslee, Adhe Tapontsang & Dalaï Lama Wisdom Publications (November 12, 2012)

When Adhe Tapontsang--or Ama (Mother) Adhe, as she is affectionately known--left Tibet in 1987, she was allowed to do so on the condition that she remain silent about her twenty-seven years in Chinese prisons....


The Pastor

by Eugene H. Peterson HarperOne (February 22, 2011)

In The Pastor, author Eugene Peterson, translator of the multimillion-selling The Message, tells the story of how he started Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland and his gradual discovery...


Pope John Paul II

by Editors of Reader's Digest Reader's Digest (May 16, 2011)

From his survival of Nazi-occupied Poland to his joining the priesthood and ascension to the papacy, this account of Pope John Paul II offers unique insight to the man who would be pope with personal stories...


The Broken and the Whole

by Charles S. Sherman Scribner (March 11, 2014)

A wise, uplifting memoir about a rabbi’s search for understanding and his discovery of hope and joy after his young son suffered a catastrophic brain-stem stroke: “Deeply moving, extraordinarily thought-provoking,...


Indie Spiritualist

by Chris Grosso Atria Books/Beyond Words (March 04, 2014)

From a recovering addict, musician, and tattooed indie culturist: a guidebook for today’s generation of spiritual misfits who crave a dogma-free path.

Brutally honest and radically unconventional, Chris Grosso’s...


Manifesting Michelangelo

by Peter Occhiogrosso & Joseph Pierce Farrell Atria Books (January 04, 2011)

“And then it happened . . . a ray of illumination shot straight up and down to the left and the right, forming a pair of axes. My heart began to beat very fast, yet I didn’t blink. I couldn’t have taken...


Journey to Mindfulness

by Henepola Gunaratana & Jeanne Malmgren Wisdom Publications (October 01, 1998)

Bhante Gunaratana - Bhante G., as he is affectionately called - has long been among the most beloved Buddhist teachers in the West. Ordained at twelve, he would eventually become the first Buddhist chaplain...


Escape From China

by Zhang Boli Atria Books (June 30, 2008)

Who can forget the images, telecast worldwide, of brave Chinese students facing down tanks in Tiananmen Square as they took on their Communist government? After a two-week standoff in 1989, military forces suppressed...


Hope Endures: Leaving Mother Teresa, Losing Faith, and Searching for Meaning

by Colette Livermore Atria Books (December 02, 2008)

The searing memoir of an extraordinary woman who served as a nun for eleven years in Mother Teresa's order, Hope Endures is a compelling chronicle of idealistic determination, rigid discipline, and shattering...


Fields of Grace

by Hannah Luce & Robin Gaby Fisher Atria Books (October 22, 2013)

In this remarkable tale of hope and survival, Hannah Luce tells how, as the sole survivor of a terrible plane crash, she came to grips with her faith: “a calamitous, fascinating memoir, written with surprising...


The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership

by Al Sharpton Cash Money Content (October 08, 2013)

Lord knows, Rev Al has had his personal and very public ups and downs - but he's come out bigger and better than ever. Though the host of MSNBC's PoliticsNation is as fiery and outspoken as ever about the events...


Rebbe

by Joseph Telushkin Harper Wave (June 14, 2016)

“One of the greatest religious biographies ever written.” – Dennis Prager

In this enlightening biography, Joseph Telushkin offers a captivating portrait of the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a towering...


Lincoln's Bishop

by Gustav Niebuhr HarperOne (May 27, 2014)

In the tradition of Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals comes Gustav Niebuhr's compelling history of Abraham Lincoln's decision in 1862 to spare the lives of 265 condemned Sioux men, and the Episcopal bishop...


My Spiritual Journey

by Dalaï Lama & Sofia Stril-Rever HarperOne (October 12, 2010)

In this elegant self-portrait, the world’s most outspoken and influential spiritual leader recounts his epic and engaging life story. The Dalai Lama’s most accessible and intimate book, My Spiritual Journey...


Memories of Muhammad

by Omid Safi HarperOne (November 17, 2009)

In Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters, leading Islamic scholar Omid Safi presents a portrait of Muhammad that reveals his centrality in the devotions of modern Muslims around the world. This religious...


A Nun on the Bus

by Sister Sister Simone Campbell HarperOne (April 15, 2014)

In the summer of 2012, Sister Simone Campbell and a group of fellow Roman Catholic nuns toured parts of the country to rally support against Congressman Paul Ryan's budget, a plan that cut vital social programs...


Leaving Church

by Barbara Brown Taylor HarperOne (October 13, 2009)

“This beautiful book is rich with wit and humanness and honesty and loving detail….I cannot overstate how liberating and transforming I have found Leaving Church to be.” —Frederick Buechner, author of...


Dharma Punx

by Noah Levine HarperOne (October 13, 2009)

Fueled by the music of revolution, anger, fear, and despair, we dyed our hair or shaved our heads ... Eating acid like it was candy and chasing speed with cheap vodka, smoking truckloads of weed, all in a vain...


Parish Priest

by Douglas Brinkley & Julie M. Fenster HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

"Father McGivney's vision remains as relevant as ever in the changed circumstances of today's church and society."—Pope John Paul II

Is now the time for an American parish priest to be declared a Catholic saint?...


Augustine

by James J. O'Donnell HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Saint Augustine -- the celebrated theologian who served as Bishop of Hippo from 396 C.E. until his death in 430 C.E. -- is widely regarded as one of the most influential thinkers in the Western world. His autobiography,...


Joan

by Donald Spoto HarperOne (October 13, 2009)

Since her death at the age of nineteen in 1431, Joan of Arc has maintained a remarkable hold on our collective imagination. She was a teenager of astonishing common sense and a national heroine who led men in...


Crossing Over

by Ruth Irene Garrett & Rick Farrant HarperOne (February 26, 2013)

A work Booklist called ଯving and life–affirming, Crossing Over is the true story of one woman's extraordinary flight from the protected world of the Amish people to the chaos of contemporary life.

Ruth Irene...


Beyond the Possible

by Cecil Williams, Janice Mirikitani & Dave Eggers HarperOne (February 05, 2013)

In Beyond the Possible, Reverend Cecil Williams, one of the most well-known and provocative ministers in the United States, reflects on his fifty years creating radical social change as the head of San Francisco's...


The Holy Thief

by Rabbi Mark Borovitz & Alan Eisenstock William Morrow Paperbacks (October 15, 2019)

Mark Borovitz was a mobster, gangster, con man, gambler, thief, and a drunk. He's seen it all. In this inspiring memoir, he takes you on a journey from the streets to discovering his soul in a prison cell.

When...


Sunlight Through Dusty Windows

by Dorcas Smucker Good Books (September 05, 2017)

Imagine raising six spirited kids on a grass farm—today. Newspaper columnist Dorcas Smucker and her brood live out their days in full view in this collection of musings—picking blueberries while watching...


Threading My Prayer Rug

by Sabeeha Rehman Arcade (June 14, 2016)

ONE OF BOOKLIST'S TOP TEN RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY BOOKS OF 2016

ONE OF BOOKLIST'S TOP TEN DIVERSE NONFICTION BOOKS OF 2017

Honorable Mention in the 2017 San Francisco Book Festival Awards, Spiritual Category...


The Magical Play of Illusion

by Trijang Rinpoche, Sharpa Tulku Tenzin Trinley & Dalaï Lama Wisdom Publications (October 02, 2018)

The Dalai Lama’s teacher's autobiography offers glimpses into the young Dalai Lama's spiritual upbringing and his escape from Tibet.

Trijang Rinpoche was born to an aristocratic Tibetan family in 1901 and quickly...


Rebel for God

by Eddie DeGarmo Salem Books (June 26, 2018)

“A fascinating journey … I read Rebel for God front to back nonstop … This book has heart, humor, and seeps with wisdom.”—John Cooper, Skillet

“Trailblazer. Legend. Visionary. Artist … These...


Hear My Heart

by Billy Graham & Rick Warren Howard Books (March 06, 2018)

Millions the world over have heard Billy Graham’s evangelistic messages.

Now hear his heart

America’s pastor has gone home. But his lifelong message, his passion for the gospel, and his compassion for people...


Fatal Discord

by Michael Massing Harper (February 27, 2018)

A deeply textured dual biography and fascinating intellectual history that examines two of the greatest minds of European history—Desiderius Erasmus and Martin Luther—whose heated rivalry gave rise to two...


The Incredible True Story of Blondy Baruti

by Blondy Baruti & Joe Layden Simon & Schuster (May 01, 2018)

The inspirational and true rags-to-riches story of how one young boy made it from the war-torn Congolese jungles to America and onto the silver screen, all the while facing extraordinary trials and twists of...


Zen Odyssey: The Story of Sokei-an, Ruth Fuller Sasaki, and the Birth of Zen in

by Steven Zahavi Schwartz, Janica Anderson, Joan Watts & Sean Murphy Wisdom Publications (January 19, 2018)

Explore two lives—and a relationship—that profoundly shaped American Zen.

Ruth Fuller Sasaki and Sokei-an Shigetsu Sasaki: two pioneers of Zen in the West. Ruth was an American with a privileged life, even...


The Mysteries of John the Baptist

by Tobias Churton Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (October 24, 2012)

The search for the real historical person known as John the Baptist and the traditions that began with him

• Explores why John the Baptist is so crucially important to the Freemasons, who were originally known...


Journey to Mindfulness: The Autobiography of Bhante G.

by Henepola Gunaratana & Jeanne Malmgren Wisdom Publications (November 28, 2017)

The inspiring life-story of from the bestselling author of Mindfulness in Plain English—updated and expanded in honor of his 90th birthday.

Bhante Gunaratana—Bhante G., as he is affectionately called—has...


The Fox Hunt

by Mohammed Al Samawi William Morrow (April 10, 2018)

"A gripping account of terror and escape.”  — New York Times Book Review

The Fox Hunt tells one young man’s unforgettable story of his harrowing escape from Yemen's brutal civil war with the help...


Undivided

by Vicky Beeching HarperOne (June 12, 2018)

Vicky Beeching, called “arguably the most influential Christian of her generation” in The Guardian, began writing songs for the church in her teens. By the time she reached her early thirties, Vicky was...


Paul

by N. T. Wright HarperOne (February 27, 2018)

In this definitive biography, renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright offers a radical look at the apostle Paul, illuminating the humanity and remarkable achievements of...