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Philosophy & Religion Book Reviews

This section will host reviews of books on philosophy or religion.

A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor
Flannery’ O’Connor’s A Prayer Journal provides a personal glimpse into a writer’s faith in her craft and her God with transcendent ideas relevant to all readers.

The Aleppo Codex by Matti Friedman
In The Aleppo Codex, Matti Friedman, a correspondent for the Associated Press, tells the true story of tracking the journey of the tenth-century bible known as the Aleppo Codex from Syria to Jerusalem.

The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho's 'The Alchemist' is a short and inspirational parable about the importance of pursuing one's dreams. Originally published in 1988 in the Brazillian author's native Portugese, it has since been translated in close to 70 languages and has become one of the best-selling books in history.

Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life
In 'Born to Be Good,' Dacher Keltner marries Eastern notions of kindness and reverence with evolutionary science in order to get at the answer to three salient questions: How can we be happy? What are the origins of kindness? How can we be good?

The Best American Spiritual Writing 2008
Poems and essays by and about people who hold fast to particular religious traditions — Catholics, Jews, Lutherans, Zen Buddhists — as well as essays and poems on current events, science, and nature.

Nothing to Be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes
Barnes weaves personal and historical experience, philosophy, and literature to weave a long meditation on death that is oftentimes humorous, insightful and life-affirming (if not hopeful).

The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Pico Iyer speaks to the many facets of the Dalai Lama in a delightful portrait based upon three decades of the author's acquaintance with the Tibetan leader.

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Spiritual teacher and author Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now) advocates present moment awareness and the dismantling of the ego as the path towards awakened living.

The Mandala of Being
In The Mandala of Being, Richard Moss invites us to build relationships with our true selves, to bring our awareness fully into the Now.

The Visionary State:A Journey through California's Spiritual Landscape
The Visionary State weaves text and image into a compelling narrative of religion, architecture, and consciousness in California, from neopaganism to televangelism, UFO cults to austere Zen Buddhism.

West of Jesus by Steven Kotler
In West of Jesus, Steven Kotler explores why surfing - not tennis, archery, softball, or NASCAR - is unique in the sense of spiritual fulfillment it provides the practitioner.

The Jesus Papers by Michael Baigent
Michael Baigent asserts that what we know about Jesus and the circumstances leading to his death have been heavily mythologized.

The Best Buddhist Writing 2005
This second volume in an annual series brings together the year's most notable prose inspired by the power and insight of Buddhist practice.

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
Under the Banner of Heaven tells the story of two fundamentalist Mormon brothers who took their faith to the ultimate extreme.

The Road to Delphi: The Life and Afterlife of Oracles
Michael Wood explores the enduring popularity of oracles and examines how they are interpreted and why.

Hardcore Zen by Brad Warner
80s punk rocker turned Zen master, Brad Warner explores Buddhism and metaphysics through a philosophy he dubs "Hardcore Zen."

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