December is Spiritual Literacy Month! According to Chase's Calendar of Events, Spiritual Literacy "promot[es] respect for and among the world's religions and spiritual traditions." Here are some great spiritual books to read to put you in the right frame of mind.
Essential Chan Buddhism: The Character and Spirit of Chinese Zen
By Chan Master Guo Jun
Chan Master Guo Jun shares his wisdom and insights from the heart and soul of Chan. Chan is related, to but distinct from, its close relation, Japanese Zen. Guo Jun gives us glimpses of his own arduous ascetic path and the ways Chan embodies not only Buddhism but Taoism and Confucianism.
Hinduism: World Religions
By Madhu Bazaa Wangu
This book clearly and succinctly presents the customs and beliefs of Hinduism as it is practiced today and deals as well with the mysteries and myths that sustained its growth over the centuries.
Judaism: World Religions
By Martha Morris and Stephen F. Brown
Morris and Brown offer a clear account of the history and ritual observances of Judaism, including its rites of passage, its places of worship, its sacred use of the ancient Hebrew language, and the role of the faith in preserving the Jewish identity and establishing the contemporary nation of Israel.
Lighting the Seventh Fire: The Spiritual Ways, Healing, and Science of the Native American
By F. David Peat
This book describes a stress-free and inspiring way of life so very different from the harsh, complex world in which we live. Dr. F. David Peat, a theoretical physicist, addresses topics on: healing and disease, science, mathematics, history and myth, language, and time.
My Spiritual Alphabet Book
By Holly Bea
Illustrated by Kim Howard.
Bea's book combines playful rhyming text with warm and joyful illustrations to introduce young children to the world of the spirit.
The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth
By M. Scott Peck, M.D.
Dr. Peck guides his readers through the hard and often painful process of change toward a higher level of self-understanding on the journey to spiritual growth. Written in a voice that is timeless in its message of understanding, The Road Less Traveled continues to help us explore the very nature of loving relationships and leads us toward a new serenity and fullness of life.
We hope that these books lift your spirits. Check out more spiritual books at MLC.