12 Basic Books

All Saints by Robert Ellsberg offers portraits of the lives and work of 365 saints, prophets, poets, and writers who continue to open our hearts and lift our spirits.

Bread for the Journey by Henri J. M. Nouwen collects passages from the Catholic priest's books that provide spiritual direction on many issues, including the difficult subject of death.

The Cosmic Dance by Joyce Rupp combines prayers, rituals, and meditations on the extraordinary beauty and majesty of the natural world.

Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer by David Steindl-Rast is a masterwork on the spiritual practice of gratitude as the linchpin of a devotional life animated by faith, lifted by hope, and nurtured by love.

On the Threshold of Transformation by Richard Rohr provides a bold and wide-ranging mix of insights from the Christian path, psychology, mythology, and anthropology on transforming pain and tragedy into gift and blessing.

Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating assesses contemplative prayer and its benefits of greater peace, joy, humility, and charity.

Pray All Ways by Edward Hays is an imaginative survey of prayer as gift-giving, simplicity, patience, fasting, feasting, napping, and much more.

Sadhana, A Way to God by Anthony de Mello is a path-breaking devotional work with 47 mystical exercises for training the whole person — body, mind, soul, imagination, and memory.

Seeds by Thomas Merton and Robert Inchausti offers selections from the Trappist monk and visionary's writings on real and false selves, the world we live in, antidotes to illusion, and love in action.

Send My Roots Rain by Megan McKenna shares meditations on two important spiritual practices supplemented with commentaries on Jesus' parables and the Gospel witness to serve the poor.

A Tree Full of Angels by Macrina Wiederkehr is a classic on everyday spirituality that teaches us the art of seeing the abundant wonders of God in the midst of our activities.

Wisdom Distilled from the Daily by Joan Chittister offers teachings on the practices that give meaning and purpose to monastic life along with explanations of their relevance to the lives of ordinary people.

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