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Abide in Love: The Gospel Spirituality of John the Evangelist - John J. Kirvan 2006

Amazon Synopsis: An innovative series that allows everyone an opportunity to spend a few moments a day over a 30-day period with a great spiritual master.

 

All Will Be Well: Based on the Classic Spirituality of Julian of Norwich - Richard W. Chilson 1995

Amazon Synopsis: An innovative series that allows everyone an opportunity to spend a few moments a day over a 30-day period with a great spiritual master.

 

Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth - Mohandas K. Gandhi & Mahadev Desai 2008

Amazon Synopsis: This is Gandhi's autobiography covering his life from early childhood to approximately 1921. In Gandhi's own words: "I simply want to tell the story of my numerous experiments with truth, and as my life consists of nothing but those experiments, it is true that the story will take the shape of an autobiography. But I shall not mind, if every page of it speaks only of my experiments . . . I should certainly like to narrate my experiments in the spiritual field which are known only to myself, and from which I have derived such power as I posses for working in the political field . . . If I had only to discuss academic principles. I should clearly not attempt an autobiography. But my purpose being to give an account of various practical applications of these principles,

I have given the chapters I propose to write the title of The Story of My Experiments with Truth. These will of course include experiments with non-violence, celibacy and other principles of conduct believed to be distinct from truth."

 

The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas - Mahatma Gandhi & Louis Fischer  2012

Amazon Synopsis: Mohandas K. Gandhi, called Mahatma (“great soul”), was the father of modern India, but his influence has spread well beyond the subcontinent and is as important today as it was in the first part of the twentieth century and during this nation’s own civil rights movement. Taken from Gandhi’s writings throughout his life, The Essential Gandhi introduces us to his thoughts on politics, spirituality, poverty, suffering, love, non-violence, civil disobedience, and his own life. The pieces collected here, with explanatory head notes by Gandhi biographer Louis Fischer, offer the clearest, most thorough portrait of one of the greatest spiritual leaders the world has known.
“Gandhi was inevitable. If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. . . . We may ignore him at our own risk.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

With a new Preface drawn from the writings of Eknath Easwaran.

In the annals of spirituality certain books stand out both for their historical importance and for their continued relevance. The Vintage Spiritual Classics series offers the greatest of these works in authoritative new editions, with specially commissioned essays by noted contemporary commentators. Filled with eloquence and fresh insight, encouragement and solace, Vintage Spiritual Classics are incomparable resources for all readers who seek a more substantive understanding of mankind's relation to the divine.

 

The Essential Steiner – Edited by Robert A. McDermott 2007

Amazon Synopsis: Here is a compact, accessible, illuminating introduction to the basic writings of the great modern spiritual teacher who has been an immense influence on contemporary education, literature, art, science, and philosophy. Robert McDermott offers selections from sixty of Rudolf Steiner's published works, showing the extraordinary range, vision, and power of his thought.

In his introduction McDermott recounts Steiner's life and work, from his childhood and education to his work as a natural scientist, philosopher, scholar, educator, artist, interpreter of culture, and seer. He places Steiner in relation to major traditions of thought and explores the reasons why. Although Steiner is credited with major cultural contributions and as the founder of the worldwide Waldorf school movement, he remains remarkably little known by both the academic community and the general public. 

Selections from Steiner's writings are presented in five chapters with introductory commentaries: Knowledge, Nature, and Spirit: early writings (1894-1904) on philosophy of nature, spiritual thinking, and the knowledge of higher worlds; Spiritual Anthropology: on Steiner's theory of human nature as a combination of the physical, etheric, soul-life, and spiritual; Historical Vision: Steiner's interpretation of history from Egyptian and Buddhist culture, to the Greeks and the modern age; Esoteric Christianity: Steiner's esoteric interpretation of the Christ event and Christian revelation; Society and Education: on social philosophy and education, of particular releveance to contemporary issues.

THE ESSENTIAL STEINER is an invaluable compendium and an accessible introduction to the foundational works of Anthroposophy.

 

The Essential Swedenborg – Sig Synnestvedt 1977

Amazon Synopsis: The Essential Swedenborg summarizes in modern terms the basic features of the theology propounded by Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), scientist, inventor, statesman, philosopher, and theologian. The startling concepts of the "Northern Plato" cause the orthodox clergy of the time to consider him a heretic. For over two hundred years, however, Swedenborg has inspired many of the world's greatest intellects with a visionary belief system that emphasizes good works, personal responsibility, and the love of the Lord for all people, regardless of background.

 

50 People Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Spiritual Giants of the Faith - Warren W. Wiersbe

Amazon Synopsis: Christians in the twenty-first century need encouragement and inspiration to lead lives that honor God. When faith is weak or the pressures of the world seem overwhelming, remembering the great men and women of the past can inspire us to renewed strength and purpose. Our spiritual struggles are not new, and the stories of those who have gone before us can help lead the way to our own victories.

50 People Every Christian Should Know gives a glimpse into the lives of such people as Charles H. Spurgeon, G. Campbell Morgan, A. W. Tozer, Fanny Crosby, Amy Carmichael, Jonathan Edwards, James Hudson Taylor, and many more. Combining the stories of fifty of these faithful men and women, beloved author Warren W. Wiersbe offers today's readers inspiration and encouragement in life's uncertain journey.



Gandhi: His Life and Message for the World – Louis Fischer 2010

Amazon Synopsis: This is the extraordinary story of how one man's indomitable spirit inspired a nation to triumph over tyranny. This is the story of Mahatma Gandhi, a man who owned nothing-and gained everything.


God Awaits You: Based on the Classic Spirituality of Meister Eckhart - Richard Chilson 1996

Amazon Synopsis: An innovative series that allows everyone an opportunity to spend a few moments a day over a 30-day period with a great spiritual master.

 

Journey to Enlightenment: The Life and World of Khyentse Rinpoche, Spiritual Teacher From Tibet - Matthieu Ricard 1996

Amazon Synopsis: Poet, scholar, philosopher, and master of Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche led a life of profound dedication to spiritual enlightenment and teaching. During the final fourteen years of his life his personal assistant was Matthieu Ricard. Together they traveled throughout Tibet, Bhutan, India, and Nepal, returning to the places of Khyentse Rinpoche's youth: his birthplace in Eastern Tibet; the monastery of Shechen which he had entered at the age of eleven; and the retreats where he spent years in meditation and study. At every stop on his journey, Khyentse Rinpoche was welcomed with elaborate ceremonies and outpourings of devotion.

Ricard's deeply personal photographs of this journey are enhance by a biographical narrative that is interspersed with extensive passages from the writings and teachings of Khyentse Rinpoche. Together, these images and texts form an inspiring portrait of one of the great spiritual leaders and teachers of our time. Many masters of Tibetan Buddhism studied with Khyentse Rinpoche, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who regarded him as his principal instructor in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Journey to Enlightenment brings us the color and pageantry of the spiritual life and cultures of
Tibet, Nepal, India, and Bhutan-- the countries where Khyentse Rinpoche taught and traveled. The story imparts a rare view of a spiritual leader's journey to enlightenment, against a backdrop of a land whose traditions are both ancient and remarkably relevant to our times.

 

Let Nothing Disturb You -Teresa of Avila, John Kirvan & Caroline Myss 2008

Amazon Synopsis: An innovative series that allows everyone an opportunity to spend a few moments a day over a 30-day period with a great spiritual master.

 

Let There Be Light: Based on the Visionary Spirituality of Hildegard of Bingen -John J. Kirvan & Hildegard of Bingen 1997

Amazon Synopsis: An innovative series that allows everyone an opportunity to spend a few moments a day over a 30-day period with a great spiritual master.

 

Living in the Presence of God: The Everyday Spirituality of Brother Lawrence - John J. Kirvan & Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection 1997

Amazon Synopsis: An innovative series that allows everyone an opportunity to spend a few moments a day over a 30-day period with a great spiritual master.

 

Meetings with Remarkable Men – G.I. Gurdjieff 2010

Amazon Synopsis: 2010 Reprint of 1963 Edition. These are the memoirs of the great mystic and teacher who inspired a generation of disciples and followers before, during and briefing after the Second World War. In Meetings With Remarkable Men Gurdjieff introduces us to some of the companions he encountered in his travels to the most remote regions of Central Asia. With colorful episodes from his adventures, he brings to life the story of his own relentless search for a real and universal knowledge. The book can be read as a colorful narrative or psychological autobiography, but the meaning of its contents can be better appreciated in relation to the expositions of his previously published ideas.

 


Miss Gladys and the Edgar Cayce Legacy – Mary Ellen Carter

Synopsis: The story of the stenographer who witnessed and recorded many of the Edgar Cayce readings and lived with the family for many years.

 

No Greater Love - Mother Teresa 2002

Amazon Synopsis: No Greater Love is the essential wisdom of Mother Teresa — the most accessible, intimate, and inspiring book of her teachings. Thematically arranged to present her revolutionary vision of Christianity in its graceful simplicity, the book features her thoughts on love, generosity, forgiveness, prayer, service, and what it means to be a Christian. A passionate testament to deep hope and abiding faith in God, No Greater Love celebrates the life and work of one of the world’s most revered spiritual teachers.

 

Out of My Life and Thought – Albert Schweitzer 2009

Amazon Synopsis: Published to commemorate Albert Schweitzer’s only visit to the United States 60 years ago, this anniversary edition of his autobiography gives 21st-century readers a unique and authoritative account of the man John F. Kennedy called "one of the transcendent moral influences of our century."

Schweitzer is celebrated around the world as a European pioneer of medical service in Africa, a groundbreaking philosopher and musical scholar, and a catalyst of environmental and peace activism. Yet people most revere Schweitzer for his dedication to serving others and his profound and influential ethic of reverence for life. For Schweitzer, reverence for life was not a theory or a philosophy but a discovery—a recognition that the capacity to experience and act on a reverence for all life is a fundamental part of human nature, a characteristic that sets human beings apart from the rest of the natural world.

This anniversary edition coincides with several high profile celebrations of his 1949 visit, as well as the release of a new feature film starring Jeroen Krabbe and Barbara Hershey. In addition to a foreword by Nobel Laureate and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, this edition features a new foreword by Lachlan Forrow, president of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.

 

Peace of Heart - Saint Francis of Assisi & John Kirvan 2009

Amazon Synopsis: An innovative series that allows everyone an opportunity to spend a few moments a day over a 30-day period with a great spiritual master.

 

Quest: The Life of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross – Derek Gill 1980

Synopsis: A biography of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, the twentieth century physician/ psychologist whose books on death and dying became classics on the subject.

 

Rabbi Rami's Guide to God: Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Teacher - Rami Shapiro 2011

Amazon Synopsis: Written by one of the nation’s top theologians, this is a down-to-earth, tolerant, and uplifting guide to the God shared and revered by all religions and spiritual practices. Published simultaneously with Rabbi Rami’s Guide to Forgiveness, It is the first book in a series of eight.

 

Remarkable Encounters with Ram Dass - Ram Dass 2012

Amazon Synopsis: Stories about spiritual aspirants and the transformation of their lives through meeting Ram Dass.



Set Aside Every Fear: Love and Trust in the Spirituality of Catherine of Siena - John Kirvan 1997

Amazon Synopsis: An innovative series that allows everyone an opportunity to spend a few moments a day over a 30-day period with a great spiritual master.

 

Set Your Heart Free - Francis de Sales, John Kirvan & Caroline Myss 1997

Amazon Synopsis: An innovative series that allows everyone an opportunity to spend a few moments a day over a 30-day period with a great spiritual master.

 

Simply Surrender: Based on the Little Way of Therese of Lisieux -John Kirvan 1996

Amazon Synopsis: An innovative series that allows everyone an opportunity to spend a few moments a day over a 30-day period with a great spiritual master.

 

Spiritual Classics: Selected Readings on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines - Renovare 2007

Amazon Synopsis: The Brightest Lights of the Christian Tradition

St. Augustine, Thomas Merton, Fredrick Buechner, Evelyn Underhill, A.W. Tozer, G.K. Chesterton, Thomas More, Martin Luther King, Jr., Amy Carmichael, Simone Weil, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Hildegard of Bingen, John Milton, Dorothy Day, Leo Tolstoy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and more. . . 

From nearly two thousand years of Christian writing comes Spiritual Classics, 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.

 

Total Freedom: The Essental Krishnamurti - J. Krishnamurti 2011

Amazon Synopsis: Total Freedom is both an introduction to Krishnamurti and an essential, comprehensive collection of his most profound writings and talks. Including a wide variety of selections, from his early speeches to his last journal, this book offers his insights into the nature of the self, meditation, sex, love, and the mysteries of life and death. Here are his core teachings that inspire us to recognize “Truth is a pathless land,” to accept no spiritual authority—not even himself—and to think critically, that we may free our minds and see clearly on our own personal journey.

 

True Serenity -Thomas a Kempis & John Kirvan 2009

Amazon Synopsis: An innovative series that allows everyone an opportunity to spend a few moments a day over a 30-day period with a great spiritual master.

 


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