Recommended Reading

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We are gathering short introductions or reviews of books that we have found valuable, informative, and inspiring in nurturing Spirituality for Mission. If you have recommendations that you believe would be helpful to our readers, please call our attention to them. Or, better yet, do a short introduction or review that you would be willing to submit to us for publication here along with a picture of the book.  Thank you! And fruitful reading to you!

THE GIFTS OF NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES

Wonder about death? Afterlife? This rich work from the Linns relates the near-death experiences [NDEs] of many who seemingly entered death, but then returned transformed. It suggests to us how to grow spiritually in the wisdom and transforming power that NDEs have offered so many people through processes of prayer....

Vesper Time

 VESPER TIME: The Spiritual Practice of Growing Older  by  Frank Cunningham; Published by Orbis Books, 2017        Author and Publisher Frank Cunningham has given all those of us moving into our elder years a priceless gift in his recent book, Vesper Time: The Spiritual Practice of Growing Older with a Foreword...

On the Brink of Everything Grace, Gravity & Getting Old

Parker Palmer, turning 80, doesn’t want to fight the gravity of aging but collaborate with it, viewing it as a passage of discovery and engagement. His twenty-four brief essays and several of poems offer a mixture of reality, possibility, story, and reflection that is soul stirring, even fun....

The Book of JOY: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

The Book of JOY is a treasure! You will meet His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu as they share their learnings, wisdom, and laughter befitting close friends who admire and enjoy one another. “Joy practices” and a reader’s guide” invite you to share in their beautiful joy....

The Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben is mind-blowing. A delightful read, it has power to profoundly deepen and expand our contemplation of nature. It is a rich resource for praise, reverence, and caring service, for growth in prayer and spiritual growth. Treat yourself to an amazing contemplative experience....