Over 400 places in the UK and Europe for the best yoga activities. Tells you what yoga is and how and where to get started on this ancient spiritual path to good health and healing.
The more we become aware of the world’s religions, the more we can see the common threads of life woven by God. Here are excerpts from the great Hindu sacred spiritual masterpiece.
A selection of talks to help you along your spiritual journey by a Buddhist monk who was born and educated in America, Japan and Thailand.
One of the most famous of all confessions of a soul. It remains a work which inspires us to realise that no matter how low we fall in life there is hope that we can rise again. The story of a sinner who became one of the world’s most loved and influencial saints.
A new and fresh look at the famous Christian Divine Office which is the book of daily prayers used by monks and nuns. Brother Mark, a monk himself, takes us on a journey through his days with prayers with thoughts and observations on God and life that have been written with love and understanding.
St. John is one of the greatest poets of Spain and Spanish literature and among the most famous Christian saints and mystics. Previous translations in English have been done from a strictly traditional Christian point of view and often in obscure and out-of-fashion language. Starr’s new translation is done from an wide-open spirituality perspective in everyday modern language. It is a wonderful way to discover the thinking and inspiration of this mystic and it makes him available to everyone.
Put aside all those ’little books’ that they sell today and try this one instead. Here is wisdom from men and women who went to the wilderness and listened to God. Short, snappy, and right to the point saying. Some will make you laugh with self-recognition and others help you to live a sacred life. You may be like thousands before you and find you love these first hermits who yearned for God above all else.
A collection about saints and holy men and women who were gay. This book will help to heal the wounds of all who have experienced rejection and exclusion from organised religions and to inspire everyone, gay or not.
Written by a respected Roman Catholic theologian, this book is directed at lesbian and gay people but is an inspiration for anyone who may read it. Hard hitting, bibically sound, and doesn’t avoid current church issues.
Reviewed by Urs Mattmann, author of Coming In – Gay and Lesbian people reclaiming the spiritual journey.
Happily in the past 45 years dozens of affirmative, liberating and inspiring Christian books have been written from different angles, debunking religious homophobia, urging the full acceptance and inclusion of LGBT people. This new book, The Gay Gospels by Keith Sharpe, makes another valuable contribution.
It makes is the point that the Good News of Jesus is also Good News for LGBT people and tries to emphasis what this practically means in practical terms. One is aware that it does this from an evangelical angle and tries to reach people with rather conservative understanding of the bible.
A first part called The Defensive Testament looks at the few passages in the Bible that have been misused to harm LGBT people and gay men in particular by the church and the societies it affected. There is little new to discover as this subject has been explored so many times, but it is helpful to have all the argument s gathered together in a concise and well structured form.
With many great books on this subject already written, the main unique contribution of the book is in its second part: Here in an more original, positively provocative way the author explores biblical texts where he sees a specific gay friendly narrative and message. Besides the already familiar examples like that of David & Jonathan, the narrative examines themes and stories that have been less or not at all highlighted in the past. For example, in chapters like Jesus was no family man or The Transgendered Christ stand out.
Much has been written lately about a special relationship of Jesus with Mary Magdalena which reflects our contemporary interest in sensationalism about historic figures. In The Gay Gospels, the author makes a very enlightening point with challenging implications about the relationship of Jesus with the Beloved Disciple as much more important.
The Good Retreat Guide can highly recommend The Gay Gospels as it offers a vision of the Christian Faith which is full of hope for LGBT people.
The author invites us to take a fresh look at the omnipresence of God. One of the founders of the Sea of Faith Network, www.sofn.org.uk, he sets out to explore what this God-is-everywhere idea means for Christians. He aims to help readers to refresh their faith and get some new vision as to their understanding of God in their lives.
Seeing a reshaping of the Christian fait, he declares that faith, as we understand it, has got to change. Exactly what this means I am not sure since Christianity is always in a state of change anyway. Perhaps he just wants us to hurry up and get back to some basic God centred changes in the way we view our life in God and the way we live this vision. Quite right too, when you look around at the state of the world.
He explores how the secular world has kidnapped the idea of spirituality and transplanted it into the Western feel-good -factor, so successfully used by industry and the advertising world to sell their products on the basis of life-style values. So he starts us off in the bathroom and suggests we mistake the experience of spirituality by mixing it up with lavender scents, flickering candles, and bubbly baths and all the other stuff that promotes the idea we can buy calmness of the self and, thus, closeness to God in the supermarket. .This might appear so from articles in magazines and newspapers and from television shows and even from the huge amount of things we buy that hold out the promise of a better self. In reality I suspect the majority of people have a better understanding than that of what is true spiritual experience and what is not. After all, a British survey in the 1980s showed that well over sixty percent of people said they had had a life experience outside of the ordinary that they believed was of a holy and spiritual nature. Do people really confuse God’s presence with advertising messages? Isn’t God always there in our deepest self so that our consciousness is never too far from awareness of Him? In any case if the author is talking, as he appears to be, to believers then it is unlikely that they would mistake pleasurable relaxation with essential oils as a spiritual experience. In any case, God might be greatly pleased to find me in a state of physical and mental calm. After all, as many retreat houses know, saunas, massage and Jacuzzi’s help people to relax and enter into the present moment. It is this being in the present moment when anxieties, worries and the concerns of a too busy life may slip away. From that place, such a stilled mind aware only of the moment, may find the presence of God.
The author writes that Faith’s miracles are childish conjuring tricks compared to the awesome powers of the atom and the computer chip. In view of the rising up of Lazarus from the dead and making the blind see, surely he says this with tongue in cheek? For me the power given by the atom and the computer chip is an human illusion of the kind of power Christ condemned while Faith’s miracles show the power of God’s love.
In his chapter on Creation the author makes a distinction between God and the world God makes. For me this reflects false duality, because if God is everywhere and in everything and is omnipresence, then He cannot be separated from his own Creation. He is either here and in it or not. Islam would say God transcends all and Thomas Aquinas added …but is in and of all things. The author’s point that God is everywhere gets on sticky ground when he discusses Creation doctrine. Yet he reclaims solid ground and his argument with the conclusion that there is no search for God, for we are already with and in God.
This book for me was a statement of one man’s understanding of his faith and his earnest and evangelistic urge to share that understanding with others. All good stuff, but the message of this faith in the book seems to be summed up in his lines: In God our journey into life is deepened through our journey into Christ into our humanity. If he wants us to be radical Christians, then this statement of faith, profound as it may be to explore, is for me about as radical as a wet noodle. On the other hand the author is addressing Christians, particularly churchgoers and his sincerity shines through the text. He longs for their refreshment in Christ, for their renewal of faith and for them to become more aware that God is everywhere.
On this score, I felt that this book was good for those who as Anglicans or Catholics would readily call themselves Christians, but who may have drifted away from feeling the presence of God and Christ in their everyday lives. As Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection reminded us long ago: I am with God when I am cooking my little omelette. If Brother Lawrence had bathed, which in his day was unlikely, he might have written as the author did: I am with God when I am taking my bath.
When the author writes that our exploration of ourselves as persons runs parallel to our exploration of the person of god, he seems to have firmly grasped his theme and with much clarity goes on to explore god in our love, spirit, faith, earth, and death and in the bath with scented oils as well, of course. God is everywhere and indeed we Christian forget this most of the time. Dom Edmund Jones, the first Catholic priest to celebrate the Eucharist on British television, once wrote in discussing being in the presence of God -and much to the embarrassment of many of his readers back in the still shock able world of the fifties: you can pray even in the toilet. Reading this book, I am sure the author would agree.
Here is a good beginning to understand the silent and still power of the spirituality of Zen Buddhism.
Whiteaker’s belief in the importance of spiritual harmony and peaceful integration of mind and body is often inspiring and always compelling. Daily Express
Good Living in Hard Times explains how you can get the best from the life you have now and ﬁnd a peacefulness that no bank or politician or credit card company can take away from you. The goal is for you to live a contented life no matter your present situation.
From the Middle East Spring to the Occupy Wall Street movements, people are demanding changes to economic, social and political systems that have failed them. To succeed, their demands of Dignity! and People before Proﬁts! will mean a change in their society’s moral and ethical values. While vigorously supporting collective eﬀorts, the author believes that the way to sustain such change when it comes is by the way we live our own life.
Good Living in Hard Times discusses those values which have stood the test of time and need once again to be our benchmarks for living. Self-reliance, personal dignity, and economic reality are the major themes. Fresh air, sound sleep, eating real food, sexuality, laughter, hospitality and other values are discussed which make for a stable contentment that raises you above your present circumstances. The author does not oﬀer quick ﬁ x solutions or self-development practices which soon fall out of use because they have no attachment to real life.
With practicality, Good Living in Hard Times explains things that make you poor, healthy and rich. With such understanding, Staﬀord Whiteaker believes we become self-reliant and discover a lasting union with our neighbours, our planet and ourselves. He claims that when we live this way we not only ﬁnd deep contentment but we contribute to the common good of our society.
The beneﬁts of paying attention to our spiritual life are legendary and bring emotional, psychic, and physical healing which connects us to values that neither money nor power can buy. Staﬀord Whiteaker, internationally recognized for his writing on spirituality, discusses the part it plays in giving us a vision beyond just the tiny bit of the world we see and touch. He reminds us that “our bodies and minds may be limited by time, but our spirit is an eternal force as strong as the stars and as tender as a mother’s touch.”
Immensely popular and easy to read modern translation of the bible. Likle most people you probably use many expressions every day which springs from the bible. Here is a chance to find out the story behind those words – and to be inspired by the ‘greatest book ever written.’
I ordered this book and the audio programme as soon I heard about it.
The book is clear and concise and backs up all the claims it makes.
The explanation of the technique for using the healing code is clear and a child can do it. However, for those who want/need more direction and a deeper experience with more fine tuned codes, you must turn to the full healing codes program. This doesn’t mean it’s a pitch for pulling you into an expensive program to get benefit. Dr. Lloyd’s commitment to getting this information to as many as he can is strong and keeps the program within reach of everyone
This book will help anyone who picks it up on whatever level they’re willing to utilise the code. I highly recommend it.
Br. Martin, the author, was a close disciple of Father Bede Griffiths and still lives and teaches at his Shantivanam Ashram in India. He travels widely promoting inter-religious dialogue, trying to explain how the visions of the Indian Upanishads and that of the Bible can be reconciled. While the author does not enjoy the same ease of writing style nor often the simple clarity of thinking of Bede Griffith, he does takes us deeper in the ways and meanings of key concepts in the two great spiritualities he explores.
When he writes that religion that is based on the scriptures takes away human will and intellect, Br. Martin, Licentiate in Spirituality in the Gregorian University in Rome, makes it loud and clear where he stands. He is profoundly concerned, even at some points almost angrily so in his sincerity, with spirituality and the great vision of life and eternity that can be found in Holy Scriptures but not holy scripture as the basis of an established religion. He condemns a faith that demands the giving up of human will and intellect. He deplores how religions and scriptures become greater than people. In the sense that the God of such scriptures takes away human will and intellect, Br. Martin says that in this way God is in effect like our murderer. He agrees with Nietzsche that God is dead means our freedom. When that happens, he declares we can take life into our own hands. We can become free spirits.
Br. Martin’s retreat talks in Britain are well attended and praised and in this book, which is a collection of his articles which appeared in the newsletters of the Shantivanam Ashram, he covers a lot of troublesome ground in the common land of our spiritual journey, offering us what he sees as the real vision of God in our lives. Whether we are Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims or Buddhist he believes our spiritual life has two aspects. One is the historical, which gives rise to structured religions and takes away our freedom and is an aspect of our human ego. The other aspect is the eternal one, which belongs to the image and likeness of God. He tells us that in order to give birth to the God of I am what I am, one has to discover one’s own I am what I am, reminding us once again that Know thyself is the universal key to all spiritual understanding. For this holy exploration we need, as Br. Martin points out, freedom of intellect and will.
The teacher of the importance of bio-diversity in nature and our need to recognize its importance. This book may seem strange on a list of spirituality readings, but read it and you will regain consciousness of the wonder of our earth and the marvel of life.
Here we share in the initiation of a group of young monks as they are introduced to the practice of prayer. We learn about the prayer process. A dazzling insight into little known and traditionally hidden ways to God.
John Drane explains in an easy to understand way these most famous of all sacred texts. People, places, and the meaning of events bring a deeper and clearer understanding of the message of God.
A short but charming study of the story of Jonah and the whale. While being theologically sound, is both amusing and inspiring in our struggle to recognize our human failings and the voice of God in our lives.
This is a good translation into English of the sacred book of Islam which all serious pilgrims on the spiritual path should read and study for inspiration and guidance on their journey.
An international best-seller, translated into over seven languages. Do you sometimes feel swamped? Or ask, “Where’s the real me?” Such eternal questions can be answered deep inside us in the sanctuary of our essential spirit. This indispensable little book shows you how to find this place of retreat from the hectic world – and how to emerge from it fresh and renewed.
Buddhist monk and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh has long been involved in Buddhist Christian dialogue and, as always in his writing, he brings new insights into Christianity and an appreciation that invites us to explore the common meeting place of compassion and holiness in the these two world religions. An easy and inspiring read which is helpful whether you are Buddhist, Christian or not commited to any particular faith.
Getting in touch with our spiritual self and practising the sacred in our everyday lives is our birthright. It is essential for our physical, mental and emotional health. However, few of us know where to look, and also how it will help if we manage to catch a glimpse of the true self at the heart of our being. In this book Stafford Whiteaker offers ten gateways to letting spirituality flourish in our lives. These can be explored no matter where or who we are – Christian, Buddhist, New Age or of no particuilar persuasion. Included is the use of silence, meditation, midfulness, prayer and the arts of loving, dreaming and celebration.
“Buy it!” – Daily Express
The thoughts of a profound mystic which are as meanful for our lives today as when they were first written centuries ago.
If we are to understand the importance and place of Islam in our lives and to be helped spiritually, then it is important to read about the life of the last prophet of God.
One of the very best translations of the history of God in the lives of men and women. These words are meant for everyone. The holy scriptures that changed the world.
Christian monk and a writer who reached the hearts of many men and women, Merton is always seeking God and inspires us to do the same through this book and his many others.
Another monk writing here for us in a time of the world which finds everything we know and understand changing. A book which helps all who wish to accept the challenge of living to the full their Christian vocation… and for all perhaps who want and need structure and comprehension in the way they live out a sacred life.
If you have ever been drawn to live alone in solitude for spiritual reason, then Eve Baker’s book will be a good introduction to the solitary life as a part of your spiritual journey.
The international best-seller based on the profound spiritual concept of living in this moment and letting the past go and not worrying about the unknown future – which you can not control anyway. Living in the present moment is a basic spiritual concept of both Christian and Buddhist practices and gives great strength and perspective to anyone who achieves it. The writing and instructions on the practice of living in the present moment – the NOW of life – in this book are clear and accessible to all.
The happiest of spiritual guidance books! Written centuries ago by a modest monk in plain language, this little book explains how to live in the presence of God every minute of the day – not just when you pray but when you cook and scrub and go to your office and drive the car. This humble but holy man really got it right.
Here are just a few of the profound aspects of a spirituality that could not be killed or forgotten and that lives today in our modern lives, answering many of our quests for a more spiritual life and one which is connected to the life of all things.
The most beauty of Sufi mystics and one of the world’s great poets. No mind that seeks God should be without knowledge of this remarkable and gifted holy man.
This is an excellent book about the indigenous spirituality of the Japanese people.
That sentence expresses the single unifying ‘fact’ about Shinto, but telling us everything yet nothing about it because Shinto is multi-layered in nature with a notable absence of dogma. It is an ancient spiritual pathway which has adapted with ease to a modern, highly urban society which is the Japan of today. While having an organised religious practice, it is more importantly an attitude of mind or a sensibility that exists below the level of consciousness, shaping an individual’s thoughts and actions.
Shinto is a nature focused faith of sacred mountains and forests, which sees the divine in rocks and streams, communing with spirit worlds through twigs of bamboo and the evergreen sakaki tree. Yet, it is also the manicured suburban garden and the blades of grass that rise between cracks in city paving stones. It is a faith based around ritual cleansing and purification, but it has no concept of ‘sin’. It reveres ancestors, but thinks little about the after-life and asks its followers to live in and improve the present or living in the now which is very much popular spiritual concept in the West at the moment. Shinto can be also be seen as a local variant of universal spiritual motifs.
Jewish Hasidism produced many rabbis whose deeds and stories still can impact on our souls and inspire our lives. Elie Wiesel, Editor is one of the great tellers of tales in our time and here he brings us the delight and adventure of the Hasidic spiritual masters.
A wonderful book that tells you in words and images what icons are really about and how you can create them. Here is all you really need whether you are an amateur or a professional who wants to embark on a new creative and deeply spiritual expression. This comprehensive and beautifully produced book on the techniques of icons and wall painting is lllustrated with over 450 color images and with a text by Aidan Hart, one of the world’s foremost icon painters, the book is worth every penny of its price. Both the author and the publisher is to be congratulated on this indispensable reference book.
The author tells us about the discovery and subsequent history of this long lost gospel which is one of the earliest Christian documents. Devoid of the story material surrounding the sayings of Jesus which we find in the other established Gospels, the reader is invited to gain a new vision of Jesus through a text which concentrates on the sayings of Jesus rather than the stories. Many scholars now believe we have a document closer to Jesus’ actual words than we have ever possessed before. An interesting and stimulating book for Christians and those who long for a spiritual teacher but wish to make no commitment to an established religion.
A very old spirituality book but one which remains ever popular for its direct manner and appeal to the way most people feel. Perhaps an old-fashioned kind of language but still very helpful in the spiritual life.
Postmodernism is an intellectual movement which involves many fields of thinking from social and behavioural sciences to art and literature and, unlike religion, it is a movement which tolerates differences. It is considered non-concrete in that it allows us a variation of understandings of ethical problems. Postmodernism is the basic premises from which Robert Rocco Cottone in his book examines the contemporary concerns of tolerance in religions.
He finds in the Postmodernism Movement answers to such issues. He identifies and discusses twelve ethical principles which he believes reflect the ideals of religion in the post modern era. These includes loving relations, reverence for life, responsible parenthood and guardianship, respect for nature, optimism and faith that life persists through enduring relationships, freedom of thought, speech, and communication and freedom of religious expression.
Dr. Cottone is a Professor of Counseling and Family Therapy at the University of Missouri and is a leader in the postmodern religious movement.
The classic book about shaumanism and the way of the spirit world by a man who not only studied the subject but who made his own journey through this invisible realty.
An excellent book about Buddhism which explains this religion in ways easy to understand for Western men and women.
In addition to the Amazon links above, we’ve always been impressed with the service at
Founded in 1989 Wisdom Books is an independent book distribution and mail order company focusing on Buddhism and its related subjects of meditation, Tibet and the rapidly developing dialogue between east - west philosophies and cultures.