spiritualityandpractice.com – best spiritual books of 2011

I stumbled across a new website this morning—Spirituality & Practice.  Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, who co-authored Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (of which I realized I actually own a copy), have created this website to serve as a resource for spiritual seekers.

“We believe in the power and potential of the Internet to create, support, and sustain individual and group spiritual practice. We focus upon personal and cultural resources that are expressive of the quest for meaning and purpose, wholeness and healing, commitment and community, contemplation and social activism.”

Among numerous other tools to be found on their website, the Brussats have also compiled a list of 50 spiritual books that they deem to be the best of 2011. Just doing a quick scan of the list, I already want to read half of them.

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quote du jour ~alda

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you’ll discover will be wonderful.  What you’ll discover is yourself. 

~Alan Alda

my faith ~kerry egan

CNN Belief Blog

Editor’s Note: Kerry Egan is a hospice chaplain in Massachusetts and the author of “Fumbling: A Pilgrimage Tale of Love, Grief, and Spiritual Renewal on the Camino de Santiago.”

By Kerry Egan, Special to CNN

As a divinity school student, I had just started working as a student chaplain at a cancer hospital when my professor asked me about my work.  I was 26 years old and still learning what a chaplain did.

“I talk to the patients,” I told him.

“You talk to patients?  And tell me, what do people who are sick and dying talk to the student chaplain about?” he asked.

I had never considered the question before.  “Well,” I responded slowly, “Mostly we talk about their families.”

“Do you talk about God?

“Umm, not usually.”

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quote du jour ~beck

I think we’re all born with a set of preferred activities and talents, but more than that, with an inexplicable inner knowledge of the things we are meant to do and be, the changes we are meant to make in the world.

~Martha Beck



well-chosen words

Such simple words! But words are mighty things;
They cast us down, or lift us up to rest;
They charm and strengthen, till our angel sings
The last of all the life-songs, and the best.

~Sarah Doudney, Some Words

Words have always held great power for me. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been transported by words magically strung together into stories and poems and plays and songs. The right words, stumbled across at the right time, have comforted me in difficult times and galvanized me in better times, but mostly they’ve simply touched my heart or made me think.

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you’ve probably figured out that I’m a fan of quotations.  Continue reading

wu wei’s pot ~mark nepo

“And suddenly, those tired of the world were falling on their knees to drink from the rain that was dripping through the crack in the heart that belonged to everyone.”

~Mark Nepo

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