The books listed here are off my shelves. There are many others still on the shelves, but these are the ones that touched me deeply, are ones to which I return often, or have used successfully in my workshops and teaching. Some of them are quite old now, but they started me off on my journey, so I share them with you. Again, because it is my context, many deal with the questions of life from a Christian perspective.
If you have something to recommend, please feel free to let me know. For a more complete bibliography of resources for the posts on this site, click here.
BOOKS (Arranged by Step and Question)
Mary Conrow Coelho – Awakening Universe, Emerging Personhood. The Power of Contemplation in a Evolving Universe
Anthony de Mello, Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality
Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart
Barbara Marx Hubbard, Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence
Rick Fields, Chop Wood, Carry Water
Ronald S. Miller, As Above, So Below
Tom Rath, StrengthsFinder 2.0
David Richo, How To Be An Adult
Brian Luke Seward, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water
Anne Wilson Schaef, The Addictive Organization
Carol Adams, ed. Ecofeminism and the Sacred
Irene Diamond and Gloria Feman Orenstein, eds. Reweaving the World: The Emergence of Ecofeminism.
Ivone Gebara, Longing for Running Water: Ecofeminism and Liberation
Judith Plant, ed., Healing the Wounds: the Promise of Ecofeminism
Rosemary Radford Ruether, Women Healing Earth: Third World Women on Ecology, Feminism, and Religion
Vandana Shiva, Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development
Karen J. Warren, Ecofeminist Philosophy
Berry, Thomas. Thomas Berry and the New Cosmology
Liebes, Sydney, Elisabet Sahtouris, and Brian Swimme. A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us, The Evolution of Life on Earth.
Swimme, Brian. The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos: Humanity and The New Story.
Bacik, James J. Spirituality in Transition. Kansas City: Sheed & Ward. 1996
Downey, Michael: Understanding Christian Spirituality. NY: Paulist. 1997
Holt, Bradley, Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality. Minneapolis: Fortress. 2005.
Lane, George A. Christian Spirituality – an historical sketch. Chicago: Loyola University Press. 1984.
Placentra Johnston, Margaret. Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of People Who Left Their Church Behind. Wheaton, IL: Quest. 2012.
Spretnak, Charlene. States of Grace: The Recovery of Meaning in the Postmodern Age. NY: Harpercollins. 1993.
Thomas Keating, Invitation to Love
Ken Wilber, The Marriage of Sense and Soul
__________, A Theory of Everything
__________, The Eye of the Spirit
__________, The Integral Vision
__________, et al, Integral Life Practice
Margaret Benefield, The Soul of a Leader
Richard Daft, The Executive and the Elephant
Leonard Doohan, Spiritual Leadership: How to Become a Great Spiritual Leader
____________, Spiritual Leadership: The Quest for Integrity
____________, Courageous Hope: The Call of Leadership
____________, The One Thing Necessary
Joseph Jaworski, Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership
Who Is God?
Borg, Marcus. The God We Never Knew: Beyond Dogmatic Religion to a More Authentic Contemporary Faith. NY: HarperCollins. 1997.
__________. The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering A Life of Faith. NY: HarperCollins. 1993.
Eck, Diana L. Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banaras. Boston: Beacon. 2003.
Finley, James. Merton’s Palace of Nowhere: A Search for God through Awareness of the True Self. Notre Dame, ID: Ave Maria. 1978.
Johnson, Elizabeth A. Women, Earth and Creator Spirit. NY: Paulist. 1993.
Moore, Robert L. Facing the Dragon: Confronting Personal and Spiritual Grandiosity. Wilmette, IL: Chron. 2003.
Moorwood, Michael. God Is Near: Trusting Our Faith. NY: Crossroad. 2002
Rolheiser, Ronald. The Shattered Lantern: Rediscovering A Felt Presence of God. NY: Crossroad. 2004.
What Does God Look Like In An Expanding Universe? Ed. by Jim Schenk. Cinncinati, Ohio: ImagoEarth. 2006.
Who Are We?
Bolte Taylor, Jill, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey. Viking. 2006. (See the link to her Ted.com presentation in “Links to Explore”)
Brizendine, Louann. The Female Brain. NY: Random House. 2006.
Chilton Pearce, Joseph. The Biology of Transcendence: A Blueprint of the Human Spirit. Rochester, VT. Park Street. 2002.
Glendinning, Chellis. “My Name Is Chellis & I’m in Recovery from Western Civilization.” Boston, Shambala. 1994.
Hüther, Gerald, Ph.D., The Compassionate Brain: How Empathy Creates Intelligence, Boston, MA: Shambala, 2006 (English Translation).
Johnson, Robert A. Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche. NY:Harpercollins. 1991.
Paths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision. ed. by Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., and Frances Vaughan, Ph.D. NY: Penguin. 1993.
Wilber, Ken. Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy. Boston: Shambala, 2000. [If you have not read Wilber, I recommend you begin with his book, The Marriage of Sense and Soul. ]
Sahtouris, Elizabet. Gaia: The Human Journey from Chaos to Cosmos. NY: Pocket Books. 1989.
Where Are We?
Berry, Thomas. Thomas Berry and the New Cosmology, Mystic, CT: Twenty-third Publications. 1987.
Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. NY: Norton. 1999.
Ferris, Timothy. Coming of Age in the Milky Way. NY: Doubleday. 1988.
Liebes, Sydney, Elisabet Sahtouris, and Brian Swimme. A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us, The Evolution of Life on Earth. NY: Wiley. 1998.
Maclagan, David. Creation Myths: Man’s Introduction to the World. London: Thomas and Hudson, 1977.
Swimme, Brian. The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos: Humanity and The New Story. MaryKnoll, NY: Orbis. 1996.
Why Are We Here ?
Capra, Fritjof & David Steindle-Rast with Thomas Matus. Belonging to the Universe: Explorations on the Frontiers of Science and Spirituality. NY: HarperCollins. 1992.
Conrow Coelho, Mary. Awakening Universe, Emerging Personhood: The Power of Contemplation in an Evolving Universe. Lima, OH: Wyndham Hall. 2002.
Elgin, Duane. Awakening Earth : Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness. NY : Morrow. 1993.
How Are We to Be Here With Others ?
Byock, Ira. The Four Things That Matter Most. NY: Free Press. 2004
Grigg, Ray. The Tao of Relationships. NY: Bantam Book, 1998.
Killian, D. Beyond Good and Evil: Marshall Rosenberg on Creating a Nonviolent World. The Sun, February 2003.
Available at: http://www.thesunmagazine.org/_media/article/pdf/326_Rosenberg.pdf
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