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Following is a listing of books that many have found helpful for their spiritual growth


Finding God Beyond Religion (image)

Stella, Tom. Finding God Beyond Religion (2013);:

"I'm spiritual but not religious" is a phrase no longer voiced by only the young and those who have left the church. It is now a phrase used to describe the spiritual lives of the middle-aged and beyond, as well as those who continue to seek sustenance for their souls within church settings. Whether young or old, church-connected or not, there is a spiritual restlessness among those who seek an authentic faith life but do not find conventional religious teachings meaningful.

This accessible guide to a meaningful spiritual life is a salve for the spiritually anxious and hungry. It reinterprets traditional religious teachings central to the Christian faith: God, Jesus, faith, prayer, morality and more in a way that connects with those who have outgrown the beliefs and devotional practices that once made sense to them. It helps readers find new ways to understand and relate to traditional, narrowly defined Christian "truths" that honor their full spiritual power and scope.

Available at: Amazon or Barnes and Noble or Skylight Paths

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Stella, Tom. A Faith Worth Believing : Finding New Life Beyond the Rules of Religion (2004)
How can we have an authentic faith when we no longer have "literal" beliefs? Where do we turn to better understand our relationship with God when the simplistic messages of the church fall short?" This is a book for all those who are asking the tough questions and are not satisfied with the answers they are receiving. Using the Baltimore Catechism to structure his exploration, Tom Stella candidly and systematically questions various doctrines of the faith using personal reflections on his religious journey to come to new and more meaningful understandings of traditional truths.

Available at: Amazon or Barnes and Noble


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Stella, Tom; The God Instinct: Heeding Your Heart's Unrest: Sorin Books (2001)
In this simple, elegant, and literate book, Stella shows what can happen when we move from certitude to doubt, from stability to searching. When cherished beliefs, attitudes, and answers come into question. When life experiences seem to tell us that the "right" answers no longer seem so "right." Such a time is an enriching time, a time when life is no longer a matter of going from "question to answer, but from question to question." And like the many, many people Stella has encountered in his work he concludes that "life in all its messiness is a sacred affair."

Available at: Amazon or Barnes and Noble


Ten Poems to Last a Life Time, Ten Poems to Change Your Life Again and Again, Ten Poems to Change Your Life, Ten Poems to Open Your Heart, Ten Poems to Set You Free, edited by Roger Housden, Harmony Books
Using the poetry of Mary Oliver, Rumi, Kabir, Thomas Merton, Naomi Shihab Nye, and others, Housden, drawing on his own personal life and loves, invites us to look deeply within ourselves

Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott Anchor Books
With an exuberant mix of passion, insight, and humor, Anne Lamott takes us on a journey through her often troubled past to illuminate her devout but quirky walk of faith. In a narrative spiced with stories and scripture, with diatribes, laughter, and tears, Lamott tells how, against all odds, she came to believe in God and then, even more miraculously, in herself.

An Interrupted Life, Etty Hillesum Pocket Books
"I want to be sent to every one of the camps, I want to be there at every front, I don't ever want to be what they call 'safe'..."
These haunting words were written by Etty Hillesum, a young Jewish woman who died at Auschwitz at the age of twenty-nine. Composed during the last two years of her life, the diaries reveal the gradual transformation of an independent woman preoccupied with worldly pleasures into a vibrant, brave one of new spiritual depth.

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