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The Best Best Amerian Spiritual Writing 2007American Spiritual Writing 2007
By Philip Zaleski (Editor),
Harvey Cox (Introduction) / Paperback / Oct 2007

The best of 35 outstanding authors from 2006.

The Best Best American Spiritual Writing 2006American Spiritual Writing 2006
By Philip Zaleski (Editor), Peter J. Gomes (Introduction) / Paperback / Oct 2006

Philip Zaleski once again assembles the most inspiring, relevant, and thought-provoking essays and poetry on the subjects of faith, spirituality, and the role of religion in modern life. Contributors include Michael Chabon, Malcolm Gladwell, Mary Gordon, John Updike, and others.

The Best Best American Spiritual Writing 2005American Spiritual Writing 2005
By Philip Zaleski (Editor), Barry Lopez (Introduction) / Paperback / Oct 2005

This year's spiritual writing anthology is varied and stimulating, showcasing reflections on the faith of children, Bible reading, Kierkegaard and Martin Luther King Jr. Some contributions are journalistic, others autobiographical, others analytical. Sources are wide-ranging and largely "secular," including literary reviews and such standard-bearing magazines as The New Yorker. With provocative and creative compression, the poetry in particular rewards with the fresh views that thoughtful writing stirs. ... Although some of the material requires more contortion than effort, other writings, using varied paths, reach the goal of inspiring what Barry Lopez in his introduction aptly calls reverence. -- Publishers Weekly

The Best American Spiritual Writing 2004Best American Spiritual Writing 2004
Edited by Philip Zaleski, Introduction by Jack Miles / Paperback / Oct 2004

Readers of Zaleski's anthologies will be glad to know that, after a yearlong hiatus, his spirituality series has found a new home with Houghton Mifflin's Best American books. This sixth volume follows the expected format: some 25 essays and 10 poems that, according to the introduction, "address the eternal oppositions of good and evil, virtue and vice, creation and destruction; the sorrows and exaltations of heart, mind, and soul; the ceaseless quest for God."

Best Spiritual Writing 2002Best Spiritual Writing 2002
Edited by Philip Zaleski. Introduction by Natalie Goldberg/ Paperback / Sep 2002

Zaleski's fifth annual collection of the best spiritual writing achieves something memorable and fresh in a year marked by an upsurge in the sheer quantity of spiritual writing. As usual, Zaleski's collection is to be applauded for its diversity; there are contributions from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, secular and pan-Hindu perspectives, and various pieces tackle spirituality as it impacts the environment, relationships, politics, creativity and literature. Contributions have been culled from a panoply of periodicals and newspapers, from the tony ("New Yorker" and "Vanity Fair") to the plebeian (heck, there's even a selection from "Sports Illustrated"). There are some fascinating biographical essays, such as Bill McKibben's "The Muslim Gandhi" and Sarah Davidson's "The Making of an American Swami." Perhaps the wisest, most understated piece is Walter Wangerin's homage to his deceased father-in-law in "One Man on a Tractor Far Away." Fans of Zaleski's series will not be disappointed with the highly literary quality of this anthology. - Publishers Weekly 

Spiritual Writing 2001Best Spiritual Writing 2001
edited by Philip Zaleski, Introduction by Dubus Andre,III / Paperback / September 2001

Zaleski once again has skillfully skimmed the cream from the top of last yearŐs published spiritual prose and poetry. Although not every faith tradition is represented, Zaleski is generally to be lauded for the diversity of his choices, which this year include works with Christian, Jewish, Native American and Buddhist themes. - Publishers Weekly


Spiritual Writing 2000The Best Spiritual Writing 2000
by Philip Zaleski (Editor), Thomas Moore (Introduction)
paperback / Nov 2000

With a newly designed cover and an introduction by bestselling author Thomas Moore, this fresh collection delights and inspires readers by bringing great new writers to the fore, and featuring them alongside highly distinguished authors. A unique and richly diverse mix of religious traditions and spiritual topics, this edition offers every reader new perspectives on age-old questions that emerge within our day-to-day lives, and is sure to appeal to both literary and spiritual readers.

Spiritual Writing 1999The Best Spiritual Writing 1999
by Philip Zaleski (Editor), Kathleen Norris (Introduction)
paperback / Oct 1999 

Most contemporary readers agree that the best spiritual writing stays grounded in real-life anecdotes, simple and bold language, and a self-scrutinizing honesty that gives a narrator credibility. With only a few esoteric exceptions, every piece in this anthology edited by Philip Zaleski (senior editor of Parabola magazine) passes this litmus test. --Gail Hudson - Amazon.com

Plan B: Plan BFurther Thoughts on Faith
by Anne Lamott / Hardcover / March 2005

Few people can write about faith, parenting, and relationships as can the talented, irreverent Anne Lamott. With characteristic black humor, ("Everyone has been having a hard time with life this year; not with all of it, just the waking hours") she updates us on the ongoing mayhem of her life since Traveling Mercies, and continues to unfold her spiritual journey. Lamott's essays will serve as reminders to readers of the patches of messy mercy and grace in a chaotic world.--Cindy Crosby, Amazon.com

PsalmsPsalms: A spiritual Commentary: A Spiritual Commentary
by M. Basil Pennington / Hardcover / Jan 2006.

When news of Father Pennington's death was announced in June of 2005, readers of his previous works (Centering Prayer; Finding Grace at the Center, etc.) mourned the passing of a man of deep and profound spirituality. In this, his final book, Pennington gives us an eloquent and moving commentary on the Psalms, infusing the text with his love for the scriptures and his sense of unity with God. Selecting 22 of his favorite Psalms, Pennington offers his own unique translation, followed by reflections grounded in a lifetime of study and prayer. His ability to dig beneath the text and find layers of meaning amazes the reader. He sees God, not mere words, in the Bible's sacred pages, finally proclaiming that "Our God is an amazing God" as he drinks deeply from the divine fountain. There are occasional hints that Pennington knows his strength is failing and his time is short. But his eloquence and wonder are fully intact, his feelings of awe emerging on every page. Illustrations by Phillip Ratner accompany each chapter. This is not merely a commentary on the Psalms, but a love letter from a man who immersed himself in their grandeur and majesty. -- Publishers Weekly

Christ Christ Plays in ten Thousand PlacesPlays in Ten Thousand Places
A Conversation in Spiritual Theology
by Eugene H. Peterson / Hardcover / February 2005

In this volume, the first of a projected five, Peterson lays the foundation for "spiritual theology." Following the biblical languages, he asks readers to consider "how our perceptions would change if we eliminated the word 'spirit' from our language and used only 'wind' and 'breath.' Spirit was not 'spiritual' for our ancestors; it was sensual." Beginning with an account of Gerard Manley Hopkins's vivid poem "As Kingfishers Catch Fire," Peterson goes on to employ his own considerable gifts as a writer to uncover the sensual, concrete realities behind biblical texts from Genesis to Revelation. These nuanced and convincing readings help frame the three areas where Peterson sees Christ at "play": the beauty of creation, the tragedy of history and the beloved, bewildering community of the church. "The single most important thing to understand in spiritual theology is that it is not about theology... it is a cultivated disposition to live theology." Rich, generous and wise, Peterson's "conversation" will help readers at every stage of faith to live their faith more deeply.

Eat This Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual ReadingBook:
A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
by Eugene H. Peterson / Hardcover / January 2006

The second part of PetersonŐs momentous five-volume work on spiritual theology, Eat This Book challenges us to read the Scriptures on their own terms, as GodŐs revelation, and to live them as we read them. With warmth and wisdom Peterson offers greatly needed, down-to-earth counsel on spiritual reading. In these pages he draws readers into a fascinating conversation on the nature of language, the ancient practice of lectio divina, and the role of Scripture translations; included here is the "inside story" behind PetersonŐs own popular Bible translation, The Message. Countering the widespread practice of using the Bible for self-serving purposes, Peterson here serves readers with a nourishing entrée into the formative, life-changing art of spiritual reading.

The Jesus The Jesus Way: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual ReadingWay:
A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
by Eugene H. Peterson / Hardcover / March 2007

In The Jesus Way Eugene Peterson continues the thought-provoking spiritual-theological conversation that he began in Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places and Eat This Book. This third volume, offering more of Peterson's singular blend of probing biblical exposition and keen cultural analysis, considers all the ways that Jesus is the Way compared to the distorted ways the modern American church has chosen to follow.

Take This BreadTake This Bread
A Radical Conversion
by Sara Miles / Hardcover / Feb 2007

Where is it written that literary women must move to coastal California (if they don't already live there), become Episcopalians and write conversion memoirs? Think of recent memoirists Diana Butler Bass, Nora Gallagher and Lindsey Crittenden. Sara Miles joins this club with Take This Bread, A Radical Conversion, a book strewn with four star reviews since its publication earlier this year. Miles, a hard bitten left wing journalist, and an atheist, walked into San Francisco's St Gregory's Episcopal Church, took communion, and everything changed. Why would any thinking person become a Christian? is one of the questions she addresses, and her answer is compelling reading.

Strength for the JourneyStrength for the Journey: A Pilgrimage of Faith in Community
by Diana Butler Bass, forward by Phyllis Tickle / Hardcover / January 2002 *

New York Times syndicated religion columnist Bass delivers the ostensible goods an account of her life in eight different Episcopal churches and even if the book stopped there, it would be magnificent. Her parish stories unfold in that riveting, better-than-fiction way that the best sociological case studies always do. Each chapter is more intriguing than the last, and it is a pleasure to see how their titles, such as "Competing Authorities" and "Interim," perfectly label the personal and congregational stories therein. But what strikes the heart is Bass's own journey from conservative evangelicalism to mainline liberalism. A precocious undergraduate who was reading the likes of Luther, Bultmann and Julian of Norwich in her free time, Bass went on to get a seminary degree and a Ph.D. in church history. She joined the Episcopal Church in her early 20s because of her passion for liturgy and the Eucharist, and she initially hoped to "renew" the church, a euphemism for making it more evangelical. Instead, becoming a member made her less evangelical. Each parish story is also the story of her baby steps away from evangelical belief until, finally, the floodgates broke loose and she chose to leave all vestiges of her conservative Christian life behind, including her job and her marriage. This book is more than the chronicle of a baby boomer who stayed in a mainline denomination while most of her peers fled; it records a soul's search for God and communion with God's people. - Publishers Weekly

Knowing Beyond WordsKnowing Beyond Words:
Reflections on the Inexpressible
by John McQuiston II / Hardcover / March 2002

John McQuiston collects words from saints and scientists, thinkers and theologians, poets and prophets on what cannot truly be expressed in words yet has been spoken and written about for centuries. Its interfaith and interdisciplinary reach is deliberately broad, stemming from McQuiston's spiritual and intellectual curiosity and his desire to go beyond the Episcopal prayer book of his lifelong faith. ...The new book embraces wisdom from sources as varied as Abraham Joshua Heschel, Eknath Easwaran, Rumi and Sogyal Rinpoche on the eternal verities of God, forgiveness, prayer and other timeless topics. "I don't contend that all faiths are the same," McQuiston emphasized. "I just think we can learn from them all." - Marcia Z. Nelson, Publishers Weekly.

The Shaping of a LifeThe Shaping of a Life
A Spiritual Landscape

by Phyllis Tickle / Hardcover / Apr 2001 *

"A deeply moving memoir. With consummate skill, Tickle shows us how a busy outer life . . . can give birth to an inner life of prayer and hope."--Philip Zaleski, author of "Gifts of the Spirit"
"Phyllis Tickle is real, honest, human, humorous, and deeply spiritual. Her book is A TREASURE."--John Shelby Spong, author of "Here I Stand"

The The Graces We RememberGraces We Remember
Sacred Days of Ordinary Time
By Phyllis Tickle / Hardcover / April 2004

Tickle finishes her Stories from the Farm in Lucy trilogy with grace, wit and keen spiritual observations. Following previous volumes on the sacred days of Advent and Lent, this one addresses the liturgical season after Pentecost, which the Christian church has traditionally given the modest label "ordinary time." But in Tickle's stories, these feast days of the summer and fall are anything but ordinary. As her family is privileged to witness a bull's remarkable ritual of mourning for a cow that died on their farm, Tickle realizes that they are treated to this display on the day before Michaelmas, "the one day of the year when all Christendom pays at least lip service to invisible realities and unseen orders." Most stories are both funny and luminous.




Christian SpiritualityThe Story of Christian Spirituality
Two Thousand Years, From East to West
Gordon Mursell (Editor) / hardcover / Feb 2001

In this major, fully illustrated book, the great riches of the Christian spiritual tradition are revealed to both the general reader and the student. Drawing from East and West, the authors present a full and fascinating picture of humanity's desire for the divine &emdash; across the centuries. Highlighting the contribution of key individuals, this volume explores the ways in which Christians from the earliest times to the present day have sought to express and live out the deepest truths of their faith.

Listening for GodListening for God : A Minister's Journey Through Silence and Doubt
by Renita Weems / paperback / Dec 2000

Throughout the past two decades, Renita J. Weems has been noted and praised for her writing, galvanizing national speaking, and pioneering scholarship in the field of Old Testament studies. Yet in the midst of her celebrated work, she was experiencing a profound spiritual crisis permeated by a hollow, painful silence that seemed, at times, to mark an irreparable rupture in her communication with God. In this deeply affecting book, Weems addresses the believer's yearning for God through periods of inconstancy, vacillation, and disenchantment. Her own spiritual disquietude will be familiar to all who struggle to maintain faith while the details of daily life -- negotiating with children and spouses, caring for ailing parents, living up to professional expectations, developing hobbies, managing finances, and planning for the future -- compete for energy with one's relationship with God. In sharing her own strategies for redefining mundane rituals so that they contribute to reverence and devotion, Weems offers a beacon of light for all believers struggling to listen for God amidst the din of worldly demands and distractions.

Ordinary GracesOrdinary Graces :
Christian Teachings on the Interior Life
Edited by Lorraine Kisly / Hardcover / Nov 2000 *

An essential collection of the deepest spiritual, religious, and psychological teachings of Christianity -- the fruit of two thousand years of inner experience and insight from Christians of all denominations and all walks of life. Lorraine Kisly has sought out not only unfamiliar passages by famous Christians, but also writers we may have overlooked. As each voice joins the chorus, our understanding of Christianity's inner tradition deepens, and we can see more clearly ways of incorporating its truths into our daily lives.


Poetic ImaginatioinThe Poetic Imagination :
An Anglican Tradition (Traditions of Christian Spirituality)
by Louis William Countryman / Paperback / Jan 2000

Anglicanism, as Countryman argues, is unusual among forms of Western Christianity in being defined primarily in terms of community rather than by authoritative theological principles. In the end, Anglicanism may be characterized by a poetic imagination well reflected in the work of many of the great lyric poets of the English language. Poets ranging from Herbert, Donne, and Vaughn, to Blake, Wordsworth, Owen, Eliot, and Auden, for all their differences, show a common reverence for scriptural and liturgical language, an appreciation for the created world, a sense of the presence/absence of God, and the power of grace.



Abandonment Abandonment to Divine Providence
by Jean-Pierre De Caussade, John Beevers (Translator)
Paperback / Reissued Apr 1993

For more than 250 years, this simple classic of inspiration has guided readers of all faiths to the open-hearted acceptance of God's will that is the sure path to serenity, happiness, and spiritual peace.

Passion for PilgramagePassion for Pilgrimage:
Notes for the Journey Home
by Alan W. Jones / Paperback / Jan 2000 *

"To love is to give yourself away. You can dare throw yourself into the pilgrimage, because God has fallen in love with you so much that he has sent his son into the world to bring you home. That is the basic message of Christianity." - Alan Jones

The Christian spiritual journey is a pilgrimage to wholeness, a search for home that is in God. In this classic work on contemporary spiritual living, Alan Jones explores the various parts of the pilgrimage home.

Other recommended books by Alan Jones: Soul Making : The Desert Way of Spirituality, and Exploring Spiritual Direction

Alan Jones is an Episcopal priest and dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. He was formerly director of the Center for Christian Spirituality at General Theological Seminary in New York City.

In the Spirit of HappinessIn the Spirit of Happiness
by The Monks of New Skete (Editor) / hardcover / Nov 1999 * 

The wise and cheerful monks of New Skete (How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend) believe that our spirits are meant to be happy. So within these pages, the popular monks of Cambridge, NY, offer useful suggestions for mastering the elusive art of happiness. And while this might sound like a book written by jolly Friar Tucks, it is in fact an intelligent, informed discussion on the soothing power of prayer, mercy, compassion, and devotion.

It also opens the doors to the private life of monastic living--helping readers to see that even nuns and monks experience rapture as well as doubt and despair... The result is a thoroughly satisfying package, filled with advice, reflection, warm personal anecdotes, and a delicious taste of what it means to live the contemplative life. --Gail Hudson- Amazon.com

Divine RevelationDivine Revelation
by Susan G. Shumsky / Paperback / Aug 1996

Shumsky has taught thousands of people to trust their instincts and hear the small voice within that embodies the wisdom they need to set a clear direction in life and make life's biggest decisions with confidence. This work presents her proven techniques for opening one's heart, mind and spirit to the riches of inner divine contact.

Field Guide to the SoulA Field Guide to the Soul:
A Down-To-Earth Handbook of Spiritual Practice
by James Thronton / Paperback *

James Thornton, a naturalist and renowned defender of the earth (a former attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council), has compiled a field guide for helping readers identify and appreciate the wonders of the soul, as if it, too, were an natural terrain filled with beautiful mysteries. Other Editions: Hardcover


The Cloister WalkThe Cloister Walk
by Kathleen Norris / Paperback / April  1997 *

Norris's acuity, writing talent, and ten years as an oblate at a Catholic Benedictine monastery have well equipped her to enlighten outsiders to the true ways and spirit of monastic life or, as she refers to it, the real world. Norris, a Protestant, describes how community life is the essence of humanity and celibacy an opportunity for transformation. She demonstrates the applicability of ancient scriptures and liturgies to modern times and tells how daily psalm-reading and prayer, ceremonies, and rituals helped her to overcome depression and gain inner peace.

It is one of the graces of our time that the best of our contemporary spiritual writers are women who are also poets. We have thus been blessed by the writings of, among others, Nancy Mairs, Patricia Hampl, Annie Dillard, and Denise Levertov

Living on the BorderLiving on the Border of the Holy: Renewing the Priesthood of All
by Louis William Countryman / paperback / Feb 1999

 "For anyone struggling with how to live in the thin places between heaven and earth, Dr. Countryman's brilliant book offers hope, companionship, and the fruits of years of experience. His theory of a 'fundamental human priesthood' gives us all a compassionate guide to follow as we enter the borderlands and it should help end the division between clergy and laity. Countryman's human priesthood leads us into the future, where God calls us to be. This book could save the church." --Nora Gallagher, author of Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith (see next)

L. William Countryman , an Episcopal priest, is Professor of New Testament at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.


Things Seen and UnseenThings Seen and Unseen:
A Year Lived in Faith
by Nora Gallagher / Paperback / Dec 1999 *

"I came to this church five years ago as a tourist and ended up a pilgrim," writes Nora Gallagher, speaking of her year at Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara. It started with an occasional Sunday visit, a shy toe dip into the Episcopal Church. Eventually she delved into a yearlong journey to discover her faith and a relationship with God, using the Christian calendar as her compass.  --Gail Hudson - Amazon.com

Gallagher's account is more than that of a woman rediscovering her faith in God. It is also a glimpse into a sort of practical mysticism, in which faith is not an abstract concept but is made real through the deeds of the faithful. Bonnie Johnston - Booklist
Also in hardcover.

Bread and WineBread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter
Hardcover / October 2002

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This book, which offers meditations from a wide spectrum of classic and contemporary Christian writers. Containing selections grouped around such themes as temptation, crucifixion, resurrection, and new life, Bread and Wine can be dipped into at leisure or used as a guide to daily devotions&emdash;and returned to any time of year for spiritual revitalization. For breadth of scope and depth of insight, nothing rivals this collection.

Watch for the LightWatch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas
Hardcover / September 2001 *

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It's hard to go wrong with 40 essays and poems from theological writers such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Day, Madeleine L'Engle, Martin Luther, Kathleen Norris, Henri Nouwen, Philip Yancey, Karl Barth and Síren Kierkegaard. These are not frivolous, feel-good Advent readings; they are deep, sometimes jarring reflections. "The love that descended to Bethlehem is not the easy sympathy of an avuncular God, but a burning fire whose light chases away every shadow, floods every corner, and turns midnight into noon," explain the editors. This collection, born of obvious passion and graced with superb writing, is a welcome even necessary addition to the glutted holiday bookshelves. -- Publishers Weekly

Seven Storey MountainThe Seven Storey Mountain
50th Anniversary Edition
by Thomas Merton / Paperback / Reprint *

A modern-day Confessions of Saint Augustine, The Seven Storey Mountain is one of the most influential religious works of the twentieth century. This edition contains an introduction by Merton's editor, Robert Giroux, and a note to the reader by biographer William H. Shannon. It tells of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man whose search for peace and faith leads him, at the age of twenty-six, to take vows in one of the most demanding Catholic orders-the Trappist monks.

At the Abbey of Gethsemani, "the four walls of my new freedom," Thomas Merton struggles to withdraw from the world, but only after he has fully immersed himself in it. In the half-century since its original publication, this timeless spiritual tome has been published in over twenty languages and has touched millions of lives. Also in hardcover.

Living JesusLiving Jesus: 
Learning the Heart of the Gospel
by Luke Timothy Johnson / Paperback / Dec 1999 *

For Johnson, the real Jesus is not simply a historical figure - a dead man whose authentic words and deeds can be approached through historical research and textual analysis. Rather, the real Jesus is the resurrected Lord of Christian faith - a living savior who can be encountered in the world today. Being a Christian means learning this living Jesus by "putting on the mind of Christ" and being transformed in his image. Also in hardcover.

Traveling MerciesTraveling Mercies:
Some Thoughts on Faith
by Anne Lamott / Paperback / Feb 2000 **

For most writers, the greatest challenge of spiritual writing is to keep it grounded in concrete language. The temptation is to wander off into the clouds of ethereal epiphanies, only to lose readers with woo-woo thinking and sacred-laced clichés. Thankfully, Anne Lamott (Operating Instructions, Crooked Little Heart) knows better. In this collection of essays, Lamott offers her trademark wit and irreverence in describing her reluctant journey into faith.
Also in hardcover.

A Grief ObservedA Grief Observed
by C. S. Lewis / Paperback / reissued Jan 2001 *

This is the book that inspired the film Shadowlands, but it is more wrenching, more revelatory, and more real than the movie. A Grief Observed is a classic account of one man's struggle for a meaningful faith when faced with the loss of his wife from cancer. Filled with the anger and anguish that accompany such senseless loss, this is a beautiful and unflinchingly honest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings.

Waiting for GodWaiting for God
by Simone Weil / Paperback / reissued Sep 1992

Simone Weil is an outsider's saint. The daughter of an agnostic French family of Jewish descent, Weil was never baptized ("God does not want me in the Church," she wrote), and her conversion to Christianity at the age of 23 took her by surprise. Until then, she had been a solemn, committed leftist intellectual. Now she was moving toward a life of divine encounters whose desolate ecstasy, as described by the journals, letters, and essays excerpted in Waiting for God, bear comparison to St. John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila. - Amazon.com

"In an age of inspirational books without inspiration, her writing is unmatched for surprising, sometimes shocking, spiritual insight."--New York Times "Almost too important to be included in one's list of preferred reading for one year only."--T. S. Eliot


Books on related topics of prayer will be found on our Prayer bookshelf

Cloister Books

Cowley Publications, publisher of the New Church's Teaching Series, has a series of books on prayer and spirituality called Cloister Books. The title is drawn from the monastic custom of walking slowly while reading or meditating in the monastery cloister, a place of silence, centering, and calm. In the pages of these books you will find a similar space in which to pray and reflect on the presence of God.

These gift-edition books are designed to be smaller in size: 5" x 7" and about one hundred pages, with graceful covers in matte finish and convenient flaps (as in hardcover books) that serve as bookmarks while reading. They are books to be read over and over, and make thoughtful gifts. You will enjoy Cloister Books.

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An interesting link for suggestions for further reading:

The 100 Best Spiritual Books of the 20th Century

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