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You may order the titles below by calling 517-266-4035.  There is an additional charge for shipping. Michigan residents please add 6% sales tax on the book(s) and shipping. Single copies are sent Media mail unless you call and indicate otherwise.


Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong
The Twelve Steps Armstrong suggests, begin with "Learn About Compassion" and close with "Love Your Enemies." In between, she takes up "compassion for yourself," mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and "concern for everybody." She suggests concrete ways of enhancing our compassion and putting it into action in our everyday lives, and provides, as well, a reading list to encourage us to "hear one another's narratives." Throughout, Armstrong makes clear that a compassionate life is not a matter of only heart or mind but a deliberate and often life-altering commingling of the two.

Science as a Sacred Metaphor: An Evolving Revelation by Elizabeth Michal Boyle, OP
In Science as Sacred Metaphor, Sister Boyle leads the reader to unravel the fascinating threads of science and follow them to the marvelous skein of spiritual insight and contemplative wonder. With a blend of scientific fact, powerful poetry, and spiritual exploration, she helps the reader discover anew and more deeply the ever-gracious Mystery in whom all that exists "lives and moves and has its being."

Called to Happiness: Where Faith and Psychology Meet by Sidney Callahan
A Renowned psychologist and spiritual teacher shows us how the pursuit of happiness and the path to holiness lead to the same destination: wholeness and healing.

Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement by Phil Cousineau (Editor) and Huston Smith (Foreward)
Profound wisdom from noted writers on following forgiveness with making amends. As indispensable as forgiveness has been to the healing process throughout history, there is another equally profound action that is needed for reconciliation, which Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi calls "the other side of the coin." Turning over the coin of forgiveness, we discover atonement, the half-hidden, much-overlooked other half of the reconciliation process. Includes 15 essays and interviews by high-profile thinkers and activists including: Huston Smith, Jacob Needleman, Arun Gandhi, and Azim Khamisa. Discussed atonement as a process that can enable us to become unstuck from the past and live in the present. This rich and powerful book shows how acts of atonement can relieve us of the pain of the past and give us a hopeful future.

Can Religious Life Be Prophetic? by Michael Crosby
This bold and visionary new book calls monks, priests, and nuns to rediscover their heritage as propetic witnesses. Challenging the watered-down sense of prophecy in the present day, he ignites us to return to the scriptures as the center of religious life. Only propetic life grounded in Jesus Christ can nourish and give direction to attempts at social change and reformation.

Sacred Threshold: Crossng the Inner Barriers to a Deeper Love (Revised) by Paula D'Arcy
In the midst of her own story of recovery from devastating events, we journey with Paula D'Arcy as she counsels clients and relates to others when conventional ways fail. You'll hear of her journey with Morrie Schwartz, of Tuesdays with Morrie, as he discovers what is really important in life when facing mortality. These powerful stories invite us to reconsider thresholds we must cross in order to love honestly.
The Questions of Jesus: Challenging Ourselves to Discover Life's Great Answers by John Dear
The illuminating examination of the Gospels reveals how the questions Jesus asks of his followers lead the way to a deeper understanding of the meaning of life and the mystery of God. The Gospels are filled with stories, parables, miracles, commandments, and the dramatic incidents that trace Jesus' life and recount his teachings. A close reading of the Gospels reveals, however, that they are also filled with questions. As John Dear points out in this remarkable book, Jesus, like any great teacher and rabbi, "has a question for everyone he meets, for every occasion, for every experience, for every potential disciple." Dear uses these questions as a starting point, an invitation to readers to discover the lessons they contain by searching their own hearts and minds for answers. Throughout The Questions of Jesus, Dear interweaves insights from ethical and religious teachers ranging from Buddha to Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr. Using recent events as powerful and poignant examples, he shows why a renewed commitment to Jesus' message of nonviolence, compassion, justice, and peace is essential to healing a world torn by violence and war.

The Emergent Christ: Exploring the Meaning of Catholic in an Evolutionary Universe by Ilia Delio
Ilia Delio makes fascinating sense of the universe, beginning with the story of cosmic evolution, coursing through the meaning of God in evolution and the emergence of Christ, and concluding with new ways of seeing Christ in all things. As Teilhard de Chardin did in The Divine Milieu, Ilia Delio reveals the sacrament of God at work in the world. She also explores the spiritual evolution within each of us and suggests that it will change the cosmos as well as the church. She shows that we are at a stage in evolution where our choices will determine what happens next. "Love," she writes, "always seeks the best for the beloved but God is a beggar of love who waits at the soul's door without daring to force it open. The question of Christ emerging as the personal center of the universe is not a question of yes or no but a question of how that love will evolve." She makes one thing perfectly clear: it is happening and the evidence is astounding. The Emergent Christ is an antidote to the new atheism that says there is no place in evolution for God, let alone a God of love. It is also a spiritual tonic for Christians interested in understanding their place and purpose in this evolving universe.

From Religion Back to Faith: A Journey of the Heart by Barbara Fiand
The author of In the Stillness You Will Know offers us the new story of religion, spirituality, and science. Drawing on her own influential work and the writings of Diarmuid O'Murchu and others, Fiand lays out a passionate vision of the spiritual life as the overlooked core of all religions and religious quests. Topics include Taking the Son Seriously, Primordial Faith, Community, Incorporating the Past, Symbol and Metaphor, Thought as Energy, and Consciousness and Light.
Jesus: A New Understanding of God's Son by Joseph F. Girzone
In his immensely popular Joshua novels, Joseph Girzone painted Jesus in today's world, using fiction to illuminate Jesus' message and teachings. Now he gives us a powerful non-fiction perspective on Jesus. He combines the gospel accounts of Jesus' life with stories from his own and from people around the world to create an uncommon and profoundly inspiring portrait of love.
Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God by Elizabeth A. Johnson
"Since the middle of the twentieth century," writes Elizabeth Johnson, "there has been a renaissance of the new insights into God in the Christian tradition. On different continents, under pressure from historical events and social conditions, people of faith have glimpsed the living God in fresh ways. It is not that a wholly different God is discovered from the One believed in by previous generations. Christian faith does not believe in a new God but, finding itself in new situations, seeks the presence of God there. Aspects long-forgotten are brought into new relationships with current events, and the depths of divine compassion are appreciated in ways not previously imagined." This book sets out the fruit of these discoveries. The first chapter describes Johnson's point of departure and the rules of engagement, with each succeeding chapter distilling a discrete idea of God. Features are transcendental, political, liberation, feminist, Black, Hispanic, interreligious, and ecological theologies, ending with the particular Christian idea of the one God as Trinity.
In the Beginning Was the Spirit: Science, Religion, and Indigenous Spirituality by Diarmuid O'Murchu
An astonishing synthesis of humankind's understanding of the Great Spirit that energizes, sustains, and runs through all creation. Poets knew it. Mystics knew it. Indigenous people knew it. Now Diarmuid O'Murchu unearths what religion has often forgotten or ignored — the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the breath of all things. Using insights from science and spirituality, O'Murchu recaptures the enduring fascination of an ancient belief. He gives us a contemporary and unforgettable understanding of the Source of everything. In the Beginning Was the Spirit is the crowning achievement of an author whose seminal works have influenced the way we understand God, religion and the world.
Adult Faith: Growing in Wisdom and Understanding by Diarmuid O'Murchu
This relatively new culture of the adult faith-seeker originated in the closing decades of the twentieth century as developmental psychology highlighted the changing nature of growth and maturity at different life-stages. Accompanied by the information explosion, adult people particularly began to ask questions for which they sought adult answers. The co-dependency of earlier times, expecting adults to simply accept what religious authorities taught, is alien to adult religious maturity. Adult faith has arrived at a new threshold, requiring novel approaches and strategies in the religious development of adult people. Diarmuid O'Murchu charts this evolutionary development, highlighting dimensions of conventional religion which no longer inspire or offer hope, along with those that nurture and mature, and sheds new light on the spiritual horizons which contemporary adults seek to embrace. The result is a path-breaking book that empowers adult faith-seekers to confidently grow in widsdom and in grace, and that enables the church to use its resources to strengthen the faith of its people at a time of great change in how people think about religion.
Ancestral Grace: Meeting God in Our Human Story by Diarmuid O'Murchu
This astounding account of humankind, from our beginnings in Africa seven million years ago through the life of Jesus to the present, blends history, anthropology, and spirituality to demonstrate that God has been and always will be with us. It's one of those rare books that will change the way you see everything!
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr
A fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout life. In Falling Upward, Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or "gone down" are the only ones who understand "up." Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as "falling upward." In fact, it is not a loss but somehow actually a gain, as we have all seen with elders who have come to their fullness. Explains why the second half of life can and should be full of spiritual richness. Offers a new view of how spiritual growth happens and loss is gain. Richard Rohr is a regular contributing writer for Sojourners and Tikkun magazines. This important book explores the counterintuitive message that we grow spiritually much more by doing wrong than by doing right.

Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self by Richard Rohr
In his bestselling book, Falling Upward, Rohr talked about ego (or the False Self) and how it gets in the way of spiritual maturity. But if there's a False Self, is there also a True Self? This book likens True Self to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives.

Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality by Richard Rohr
In this exploration of central themes of Scripture, Rohr transforms the written word, discovering in these ancient texts a new and vital meaning, relevant and essential for modern Christians.
Secularity and the Gospel: Being Missionaries to Our Children by Ronald Rolheiser
Introduced and edited by Fr. Rolheiser, this book features contributions by several leading authorities in the field of spirituality and addresses a major theme regarding the future of faith.

Embracing the World: Praying for Justice and Peace by Jane Vennard
Embracing the World is your guide to finding a deeper relationship with God through prayer and to seeing how your prayers can contribute to healing the world. Author Jane E. Vennard helps you understand how to best use your spiritual gifts and graces to serve God, as well as the cause of peace and social justice here on earth. Embracing the World reveals the two-fold nature of prayer: as both contemplation and action. Vennard explains that prayer is a cycle where prayer leads to service and service leads to reflection and back to God. Throughout the book, she explores many different forms of outward-reaching prayer and includes a wealth of vivid descriptions, helpful explanations, captivating storeis, and biblical and theological reflections.


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