Religious Reads for Today

by Candice

Books to navigate the various situations of our modern time, with a religious bent.

Party of one : truth, longing, and the subtle art of singleness

Joy Beth Smith

Religion, Self Help

"With humor, self-awareness, and been-there perspective, Party of One delves into the insecurities and struggles of singleness and encourages you to find the good, the true, and the beautiful, to delve headfirst into community, and stop pressing pause on a life you never expected." --

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Sort of a 'sex and the single [Christian] girl', from the editor of Christian Times magazine. -Candice

I've been thinking... : reflections, prayers, and meditations for a meaningful life

Maria Shriver

248.482 /Shriver
Religion, Self Help

"As a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be. In this moving and powerful book, she shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, get them laughing, and help them in their journey to what she calls The Open Field--a place of acceptance, purpose, and passion--a place of joy."

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Shriver compels her readers to live with thoughtfulness, gratitude, and kindness. -Candice

Advice not given : a guide to getting over yourself

Mark Epstein

294.3444 /Epstein
Religion, Self Help

The Harvard-trained psychologist and author of The Trauma of Everyday Life explores how the traditions of Buddhism and Western psychotherapy can complement each other to promote a healthier ego and maximize the human potential for living a better life. --Publisher

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Advice on letting go of the ego, in order to life a fuller, more honest life. -Candice

Girl, wash your face : stop believing the lies about who you are so you can become who you were meant to be

Rachel (Event planner) Hollis

248.843 /Hollis
Religion, Self Help

Drawing from her life experiences as a lifestyle guru, the author presents a guide to becoming a joyous, confident woman by breaking the cycle of negativity and burnout and pursuing a life of exuberance. With unflinching faith-- and rock-hard tenacity-- Hollis shows readers how to give yourself grace without giving up.

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Hollis' book helps one to look beyond the negative stories we tell ourselves, in order to get at what really is important and fulfilling in life. -Candice

The things you can see only when you slow down : how to be calm and mindful in a fast-paced world

author Hyemin

294.344 /Hyemin

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Mindfulness and gentleness make for happiness and mental health; Hyemin's teachings come from a Korean Buddhist tradition. -Candice

How to live : what the Rule of St. Benedict teaches us about happiness, meaning, and community

Judith Valente

Religion, Self Help

The Rule of St Benedict, an ancient text for cloistered monks, has been inspiring readers for centuries. But what does a text aimed at monks have to say to readers living in the world? Valente's contemplative and personal book deftly weaves principles from the teaching of Benedict throughout her chapters and demonstrates how the ancient wisdom can help us to live better.

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A text originally intended for monks who separated themselves from the world, the Rule of St. Benedict can still provide valuable insight into how to live one's life in a balanced, fulfilling way. -Candice

Become the Force : 9 lessons on how to live as a Jediist master

Daniel (Daniel M.) Jones

299.93 /Jones
Nonfiction, Religion, Self Help

"Daniel M Jones founded the Church of Jediism in 2007 following the Jedi Census phenomenon of 2001; it now has over 500,000 members around the world. This is the book his fans have been waiting for. In it, Daniel outlines the Jedi perspective and provides practical tools for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of how to use the Force in everyday life. A metaphor for the universal life energy that connects us all, the Force can be both light and dark, good and bad. Now, more than ever, it is our responsibility to overcome the Dark Side. This book does not aim to convert, but to inspire its readers to live a life of meaning and purpose according to the universal spiritual teachings of 'the way of the Jedi'"

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Yes, lessons for life based on the holy text of Star Wars. Seemingly combines elements of Christianity, Buddhism, and Taoism, among others, and useful in a number of 'self help' ways. Plus, light sabers. -Candice

Knights in training : ten principles for raising honorable, courageous, and compassionate boys

Heather Haupt

248.845 /Haupt
Religion, Nonfiction

"In an age when respect and honor seem like distant and antiquated relics, how can we equip boys to pursue valor and courageously put the needs of others before their own? This book helps parents to inspire their boys by captivating their imagination and honoring their love for adventure. Heather Haupt explores how knights historically lived out various aspects of the knights' Code of Chivalry, as depicted in the French epic Song of Roland, and how boys can embody these same ideals now. When we issue the challenge and give boys the reasons why it is worth pursuing, we step forward on an incredible journey towards raising the kind of boys who, just like the knights of old, make an impact in their world now and for the rest of their lives." - Book Jacket.

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An addition to the recent number of books on raising kind children, this one focuses on the idea of chivalry and manners. -Candice

Spiritual guides : pathfinders in the desert

Fred R. (Fred Reinhard) Dallmayr

230 /Dallmayr
Religion, Philosophy

"In Spiritual Guides: Pathfinders in the Desert, Fred Dallmayr challenges the "desert character" of modern culture. Political and economic corruption, incessant warmongering, spoliation of natural resources, and, above all, mindless consumerism and greedy self-satisfaction are all symptoms of what he contends is an expanding wasteland or desert where everything creative and nourishing decays and withers. Through an alternative interpretation of Nietzsche's saying "the desert grows," this book calls for spiritual renewal, invoking in particular four prominent guides or pathfinders in the desert: Paul Tillich, Raimon Panikkar, Thomas Merton, and Pope Francis. What links all four guides together is the view of spiritual life as an itinerarium, a pathway along difficult and often uncharted roads."

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Thoughtful advice from four prominent thinkers, about cultivating and protecting spirituality in a world that can seem overly-consumerist and bereft at the same time. -Candice