A Bibliography for Seekers

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To reverse an old aphorism: We must pray as if it all depends on us, and work as if it all depends on God (yes, you read that correctly)! God is humble and never comes if not first invited, but God will find some clever way to get invited.    

One clever way God invites us is through the thoughts, opinions, and research of others. I have loved reading ever since I got my first library card back in 1955. “Books and doors are the same, said Jeannette Winterson, open them and you go through to another world.”

They also give you another perspective from a different time and place. Most of Catholicism’s teachings have been based on the interpretations of Scripture by the “Fathers of the Church” and then by the male theologians and saints who are called “doctors” of the church. There are 36 such “doctors” but only four of them are women!

The major influences in Catholic theology and teaching has come from popes, cardinals, bishops and male clerics who were the founders or members of religious orders like the Benedictines, Dominicans, and the Franciscans. Their female counterparts were usually relegated to insights about prayer and spirituality and not too influential regarding doctrines, dogmas, and teachings. Most of the latter has come from popes and theologians who were male. Patriarchy is a systemic problem in the Catholic Church and indeed in Christianity! It gives a very limited perspective.

Here is a Biliography that might interest anyone who wants to nurture their Spiritual Well-Being.

By Category

Some of my favorite books

Spiritual

Well-Being

Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious Linda A. Mercadante

Spirituality in the Flesh Robert C. Fuller

The New Cosmic Story John F. Haught

God, Galileo, and Geering A Faith for the 21st Century Robert Jones

Spiritual but not Religious Robert Fuller

The Varieties of Religious Experience William James

Atheism in Our Time Ignace Lepp

Myth and Reality Mircea Eliade

Myths to Live By Joseph Campbell

The Return of the Prodigal Son Henri Nouwen

Reclaiming Our Humanity Henri Nouwen

The Naked Now Learning to See as the Mystics See Richard Rohr

Henri Nouwen and Spiritual Polarities Wil Hernandez

The Divine Dance Richard Rohr

Spiritual Pilgrims: Carl Jung and Teresa of Avila John Welch

Spiritual but not Religious Robert Fuller

The Holy Longing: A Search for Christian Spirituality Ronald Rolheiser

The Shattered Lantern Ronald Rolheiser

The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling James Hillman

Field of Compassion How the Cosmology is Transforming Spiritual Life Judy Cannato

Radical Amazement Judy Cannato

The Road to Character David Brooks

The Tao of Pooh Benjamin Hoff

The Ladder of the Beatitudes Jim Forest

The Kingdom Within John A. Sanford

To Have or the Be Erich Fromm

Ageless Soul Thomas Moore

The Kingdom of God is Within You Leo Tolstoy

A Religion of One’s Own Thomas Moore

Care of the Soul Thomas Moore

A Pilgrimage to Eternity Timothy Egan

Church

Clericalism: The Death of Priesthood George Wilson, S.J.

The Other Side of the Altar: One Man’s Life in the Catholic Priesthood Paul E. Dinter

The Liberation of the Laity Paul Lakeland

Empire Baptized: How the Church Embraced What Jesus Rejected  Wes Howard-Brook

A Pilgrimage to Eternity Timothy Egan

The Truth At The Heart of the Lie  James Carroll

For the Love of God: How the Church is Better and Worse Than Ever Natasha Moore

What Jesus Meant Gary Wills

Christ in Crisis Jim Wallace

 In the Closet of the Vatican Frederic Martel

The Kingdom of God is Within You Leo Tolstoy

Whose Church? Daniel C. Maguire

Bad Shepherds: The Dark Years in Which the Faithful Thrived While the Bishops Dod the Devil’s Work Rod Bennett

 A People Adrift Peter Steinfels

Head and Heart By Gary Wills

The Other Side of the Altar Paul Dinter

Christianity

Saving Paradise Rita Nakashima Brock, Rebecca Ann Parker

Why Christianity Must Change or Die John Shelby Spong

After Jesus Before Christianity Erin Vearncombe

The Triumph of Christianity How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World Bart Erhman

Head and Heart: A History of Christianity in America Gary Wills

A Pilgrimage to Eternity Timothy Egan

Discipleship J. Henrich Arnold

Christology

Jesus, The Christ,in the Light of Psychology G. Stanley Hall

Christ in Evolution Ilia Delio

Jesus Symbol of God    Roger Haight

Excavating Jesus   John Dominic Crossan

Jesus John Dominic Crossan

The New Dance of Christ Anthony Massimini

Misquoting Jesus Bart D. Ehrman

Jesus and Buddha edited by Marcus Borg

Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time Marcus Borg

Jesus Bart Ehrman

Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography Bruce Chilton

Christ in Crisis Jum Wallis

Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography John Dominic Crossan

God and Empire: Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now John Dominic Crossan

Jesus Before the Gospels Bart Erhman

Scripture

Mary Magdalen: Myth and Metaphor Susan Haskins

Woman First Among the Faithful Francis J. Maloney, SDB

The Women Around Jesus Elizabeth Moltmann-WEndel

Women in the New Testament Mary Ann Getty-Sullivan

Psalms Now Leslie F. Brandt & Corita Kent

A Short Dictionary of the Psalms Jean-Pierre Prevost

The Spirituality of the Psalms Carroll Stuhmueller

The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic  John Shelby Spong

Jesus Before the Gospels Bart Ehrman

Jesus Symbol of God Rodger Haight

Religion

The New Cosmic Story John F. Haught

God, Galileo,and Geering A Faith for the 21st Century Robert Jones

Spiritual, But Not Religious Robert Fuller

Back Pocket God  Denton and Flory

The Varieties of Religious Experience William James

A Religion of One’s Own Thomas Moore

Anatomy of the Sacred James C. Livingston

The Sacred Quest Cunningham, Kelsay, et al.

Beyond Religion David Elkins

Studying Religion Gary E. Kessler

Introduction to the Study of Religion Ring, Nash, et al.

The Elementary Forms of Religious Life Emile Durkheim

The Range of Religion Denise and John Carmody

Religion in Human Evolution Robert Bellah

The Great Transformation Karen Armstrong

Caesar’s Coin: Religion and Politics Richard P. McBrien

What is Religion? John F. Haught

Religion in Exile Diarmuid O’Murchu

Why Religion Matters Huston Smith

Theories of Primitive Religion E.E.Evans-Pritchard

A History of Religious Ideas Mircea Eliade

At the Altar of Wall Street Scott W. Gustafson

Anthropology and Religion Robert L. Winzeler

Faith/Belief

Atheism in Our Time Ignace Lepp

Christian Faith at the Crossroads Lloyd Geering

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Spirituality

The Spirit of One Earth Ursula King

The Gift of Years Joan Chittister

The Spiritual Life Evelyn Underhill

Care of the Soul Thomas Moore

Prayer: Our Deepest Longing Ronald Rolheiser

Wrestling With God Ronald Rolheiser

Divine Essence John-Roger

Beyond Religion David Elkins

Through the Narrow Gate Karen Armstrong

Modern Spiritual Exercises David Fleming, S.J.

Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality Richard Rohr

The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See Richard Rohr

Prayer

This Little Light Michael O’Neil McGrath

Everything Belongs Richard Rohr

Divine Essence John-Roger

Behold the Beauty of the Lord Henri Nouwen

God

The Battle for God Karen Armstrong

The Case for God Karen Armstrong

A History of God Karen Armstrong

The God Gene Dean Hammer

The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Armand Nicholl, Jr.

Engagement with God Hans Urs von Balthasar

The Mind of God Jay Lombard

The God Who Won’t Let Go Peter van Breemen, S.J.

No God but God Reza Aslan

An Unsettling God Walter Brueggmann

The Tripersonal God Gerald O’ Collins, S.J.

The Three Persons in One God Gerald S. Sloyan

God, Galileo, and Geering Robert Jones

The Tears of God Wilfred Harrington

Autobiography

The Long Loneliness Dorthy Day

Through the Narrow Gate Karen Armstrong

Biography

MORE to COME!!