Books & More for Santa Cruz Readers...
"In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you."
— Mortimer Adler
A Variety of Philosophical and Psychological Approaches to Spirituality
After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
by Kornfield, Jack
Harvesting an entire generation's spiritual work in the West, this book is one of the most authentic and convincing accounts ever written of the lifelong path of inner transformation. Written by a Buddhist teacher and meditation master of international renown, this moving and fascinating book also draws on the firsthand experiences of dedicated leaders and practitioners within the Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Sufi traditions. The result is a uniquely intimate and honest understanding of how the modern spiritual journey unfolds-and of how we can prepare our own hearts for awakening.
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
by Dalai Lama XIV, H.H.
Drawing on more that 2,500 years of Buddhist tradition and teaching, the spiritual leader demonstrates how to confront the negative emotions, stresses, and obstacles of everyday life in order to find the source of inner peace.
The Best American Spiritual Writing 2008
by Zaleski, Philip
A selection of the finest spiritual writing of the year offers essays and articles on faith, spirituality, and their influence on politics, creativity, literature, and other fields, reflecting Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and other diverse perspectives.
Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
by Moore, Thomas
A therapist draws on the world's religions, music, art, and his own experiences with patients to examine the connections between spirituality and the problems of individuals and society.
Chop Wood, Carry Water
by Fields, Rick
Discusses the spiritual aspects of learning, sex, family life, work, money, play, health, technology, social action, and ecology.
by Merton, Thomas
This is Thomas Merton at his contemplative best, applying ancient wisdom to the longings of our age through his thoughtful commentary on Scripture and important writers of the Western spiritual tradition.
Conversations With God: An Uncommon Dialogue
by Walsch, Neale Donald
Presents answers to the author's questions concerning everyday life and how man should respond to opportunities and challenges.
Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth
by Fox, Matthew
Discusses the origins of liberation theology and celebrates a religious transformation that addresses social, spiritual, and environmental concerns of contemporary society.
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
by Trungpa, Chogyam
Examines the self-deceptions, distortions, and sidetracks that imperil the spiritual journey as well as awareness and fearlessness of the true path.
The Divine Matrix: Bridging Time, Space, Miracles, And Belief
by Braden, Gregg
An extraordinary journey bridging science, spirituality, and miracles explores the role of technology in spirituality, offering new evidence that demonstrates that each individual holds the power to speak directly to the force that links all of creation.
The Essential Rumi
by Barks, Coleman
The premier interpreter of Rumi presents a definitive one-volume collection of the enduringly popular spiritual poetry by the extraordinary thirteenth-century Sufi mystic.
by Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly
Based on research that indicates most people are either in a state of high anxiety or passive boredom but rarely in between, this guide suggests readers challenge themselves with tasks that require skill and commitment in order to balance their lives.
Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life
by Hollis, James
A Jungian analyst describes the sometimes difficult emotional process of transitioning into the second half of life, counseling readers on how to discover career fulfillment, renew a stagnating relationship, face mortality, and more.
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
by Ruiz, Miguel
The author uses ancient Toltec wisdom to fashion a personal philosophy around these four principles--be impeccable with your word, don't take anything personally, don't make assumptions, and always do your best.
Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart
by Epstein, Mark
A Buddhist psychiatrist challenges the preoccupation of Western psychology with the ego and its satisfaction, showing readers how to attain true happiness through Buddhist spirituality and through favoring being over doing.
Illuminata: Thoughts, Prayers, Rites of Passage
by Williamson, Marianne
Presents a compilation of contemporary prayers and meditations for people of all faiths, covering such topics as business, friendship, reconciliation, and anger.
Infinite life : awakening to bliss within
by Thurman, Robert
Furnishing a life-changing series of lessons, a guide to understanding the human role in the universe and the path to true fulfillment introduces the Seven Virtues, which integrate the power of the body and mind to reduce negative consequences and enhance the positive.
Legacy of the Heart: The Spiritual Advantages of a Painful Childhood
by Muller, Wayne
Contending that childhood pain can be the source of happiness, this book includes a twelve-step outline to help adult children of troubled families heal childhood wounds that are prohibiting happiness in adulthood, describes how to gain spiritual strengths from the trials of childhood, and offers advice on coming to terms with feelings of anger, fear, and guilt.
Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
by Salzberg, Sharon
Explains how the Buddhist path can help individuals discover the inner joy within themselves, and shares simple Buddhist teachings and suggestions for meditation.
Man's Search for Meaning
by Frankl, Viktor
The first part of this work is a deeply moving essay about Frankl's imprisonment in Auschwitz and his struggle to find reasons to live. The second part describes the therapeutic method he pioneered as a result of his experiences, reflecting his belief that man's deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose.
New Seeds of Contemplation
by Merton, Thomas
A spiritual classic introduces western readers to the mystical dimensions of the human soul, inviting readers to develop and nurture a contemplative and vital sense of spirituality.
Notes from the Universe: New Perspectives from an Old Friend
by Dooley, Mike
Presents inspirational affirmations and reminders designed to help readers achieve the life they desire, suggesting that a positive attitude brings serendipitious changes.
Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel
by Keating, Thomas
Explores the process of Centering Prayer, a specifically Christian form of meditation.
A Path With Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
by Kornfield, Jack
A guide to reconciling Buddhist spirituality with the American way of life addresses the challenges of spiritual living in the modern world and offers guidance for bringing a sense of the sacred to everyday experience.
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
by Nhat Hanh, Thich
Teaches the practice of mindfulness, the act of keeping one's consciousness alive to one's experiences, and offers methods for continuing the quest for spiritual fulfillment amid daily modern life.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
by Tolle, Eckhart
A counselor and spiritual teacher shares the secret of his own self-realization and the philosophy he has developed for living in the present.
The Prophet's Way: Touching the Power of Life
by Hartmann, Thom
Drawing together mysticism and physics, the author describes his own dramatic spiritual journeys in the farthest corners of the earth to illuminate specific techniques readers can use to achieve spiritual transformation.
The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth
by Peck, M. Scott
A classic primer on personal growth guides readers gently through the hard and often painful process of change toward a higher level of self-understanding.
Sacred Therapy: Jewish Spiritual Teachings on Emotional Healing and Inner Wholeness
by Frankel, Estelle
This inspirational guide uses Biblical, Hasidic, Talmudic and Kabbalistic traditions to teach that healing begins with brokenness and leads to transformation, wholeness, and renewal.
Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul's Potential
by Beckwith, Michael Bernard
A spiritual teacher describes how to tap inner powers to change the world for the better, explaining the importance of turning inward rather than imposing personal values on others in order to promote dignity, equality, and peace.
When All You'Ve Ever Wanted Isn't Enough
by Kushner, Harold
A "useful spiritual survival manual" which guides readers to a heightened sense of joy, purpose, and meaning.
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
by Chodron, Pema
Describes a traditional Buddhist approach to suffering and how embracing the painful situation and using communication, negative habits, and challenging experiences leads to emotional growth and happiness.