23 Best Books on Religion

  • The Story of Hebrew

    Lewis Glinert

    The Story of Hebrew explores the extraordinary hold that Hebrew has had on Jews and Christians, who have invested it with a symbolic power far beyond that of any other language in history. Preserved by the Jews across two millennia, Hebrew endured long after it ceased to be a mother tongue, resulting in one of the most intense textual cultures ever known. Hebrew was a bridge to Greek and Arab science, and it unlocked the biblical sources for Jerome and the Reformation. Kabbalists and humanists sought philosophical truth in it, and Colonial Americans used it to shape their own Israelite political identity. Today, it is the first language of millions of Israelis. A major work of scholarship, The Story of Hebrew is an unforgettable account of what one language has meant and continues to mean.

    @justinspratt Lucretius - On The Nature of Things & a book called The Story of Hebrew.

  • A forceful and accessible discussion of Christian belief that has become one of the most popular introductions to Christianity and one of the most popular of Lewis's books. Uncovers common ground upon which all Christians can stand together.

    Book 16 Lesson: People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed. https://t.co/elHKncbT9A

  • Eleven Rings

    Phil Jackson

    Daily Book Recommendation Title: Eleven Rings Topic: The Art of Coaching Phil Jackson's memoir is a great book on the "soft skills" of coaching with useful insights on how to connect with people, build culture, and foster a sense of belonging. Link: https://t.co/yneYqr5xcf

  • Anam Cara

    John O'Donohue

    Discover the Celtic Circle of Belonging John O'Donohue, poet, philosopher, and scholar, guides you through the spiritual landscape of the Irish imagination. In Anam Cara, Gaelic for "soul friend," the ancient teachings, stories, and blessings of Celtic wisdom provide such profound insights on the universal themes of friendship, solitude, love, and death as: Light is generous The human heart is never completely born Love as ancient recognition The body is the angel of the soul Solitude is luminous Beauty likes neglected places The passionate heart never ages To benatural is to be holy Silence is the sister of the divine Death as an invitation to freedom

    This is my book Hall of Fame https://t.co/l0qtMU2U3W

  • There are moments in life when one is caught utterly unprepared. Drawing on both his rabbinical training and his scholarship in Buddhism, Lew leads readers on a journey from confusion to clarity, from doubt to belief, as he opens a path to self-discovery that is accessible to readers of all faiths.

    From Alan Lew's wonderful rumination on the Jewish 'Days of Awe' (the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur): https://t.co/J6LCVkQyog

  • A modern classic, A History of Christian Theology offers a concise yet complete chronicle of the whole of Christian theology, from its background in the history of Israel to the liberation and postliberal theologies of recent years. This updated thirtieth anniversary includes expanded treatments of theological developments at the end of the twentieth century, and preliminary trajectories for theology in the twenty-first century. It also includes updated bibliographies and revised chapters on important innovations in biblical studies, and their impact on theology. This updated and revised edition will continue to aid the work of both students and faculty for years to come. William C. Placher.is to be congratulated for having done what many would have considered impossible. In slightly more than 300 pages he has chronicled the whole history of Christian theology, from its background in the history of Israel to the various modes of liberation theology in the late 20th century. Moreover, he has touched almost all of the important bases and has dealt with significant figures, issues, movements in an incisive and illuminating manner. This intellectual history, a story of people and their ideas, is a delight to read. I predict it will be widely used not only in college and seminaries, but also in lay institutes and study groups. -- John D. Godsey in The Christian Century

    @JasonBordoff @Ed_Crooks @shannonpareil @AimeePKeane @rkapkap @turi @aasseily @christianhern @matthewclifford @TheAnnaGat @chris_wigley @azeem @brettbivens @gonsanchezs @sowers @eporres @rahulpowar @cee @itsflamant @robertwrighter @KimGhattas @arusbridger @MazzucatoM @drissbb @jtepper2 @shumonbasar @zinkovigor @MatildeGiglio @h0d3r @emmavj @Zielina @hannahsarney @YuanfenYang @rasmus_kleis @mfilippino @ointhefield @lilahrap @Emiliyadotcom @CardiffGarcia @BobbyAllyn @EricGPlatt @SycoraxPine @elliottholt @annaknicolaou @ConorDougherty @bermanjeff @neal_katyal @dpatil @OSullivanMeghan @jahimes no photo as mine are all digital: + Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz + The History of Christian Theology by Phillip Cary + Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke + Dominion by Tom Holland + Disunited Nations by Peter Zeihan + LifeSpan by David Sinclair

  • @nerissimo Another awesome book

  • Drawing on wisdom from Ecclesiastes, David Gibson persuades us that only with a proper perspective on death can we find satisfaction in life--and see just how great God is.

    I’m not religious, and there was a time I’d have scoffed at reading this book, but it is thought provoking. Good reminder for me that you earn a high return on an open mind. “Our excesses are the best clues to our own poverty, and our best way of concealing it from ourselves” https://t.co/eOXExdJJ2n

  • A Book of Life

    Rabbi Michael Strassfeld

    Charts a path to a spiritually rich Judaism, explaining traditional rituals and offering new ones for modern life. Encourages daily spiritual awareness as we seek the two fundamental goals of Judaism: to become better humans and to be in God's presence.

    @lacker Wanted to learn more about the Jewish Sabbath -- the best book is a chapter in A Book of Life, by Strassfeld, which isn't on Kindle. Best book on the Sabbath isn't Settings of Silver, Essential Judaism, or other books I checked out.

  • In this contribution to The New International Commentary on the Old Testament, Trevor Longman takes a canonical-Christocentric approach to the meaning of the fascinating but puzzling book of Ecclesiastes.

    The Book of Ecclesiastes is, of course, one of the greatest works of Western culture. I find myself (re)reading it constantly.

  • The essence of perennial Stoic wisdom in aphorisms of stunning insight and simplicity. The West's first and best little instruction book offers thoroughly contemporary and pragmatic reflections on how best to live with serenity and joy.

    What is one book that is a quick and easy read, but contains a tremendous amount of wisdom? A few examples: - The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant - Meditations by Marcus Aurelius - Manual for Living by Epictetus - A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy What else?

  • This is the first-ever English-language edition of the book Leo Tolstoy considered to be his most important contribution to humanity, the work of his life's last years. Widely read in prerevolutionary Russia, banned and forgotten under Communism; and recently rediscovered to great excitement, A Calendar of Wisdom is a day-by-day guide that illuminates the path of a life worth living with a brightness undimmed by time. Unjustly censored for nearly a century, it deserves to be placed with the few books in our history that will never cease teaching us the essence of what is important in this world.

    What is one book that is a quick and easy read, but contains a tremendous amount of wisdom? A few examples: - The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant - Meditations by Marcus Aurelius - Manual for Living by Epictetus - A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy What else?

  • This is the first-ever English-language edition of the book Leo Tolstoy considered to be his most important contribution to humanity, the work of his life's last years. Widely read in prerevolutionary Russia, banned and forgotten under Communism; and recently rediscovered to great excitement, A Calendar of Wisdom is a day-by-day guide that illuminates the path of a life worth living with a brightness undimmed by time. Unjustly censored for nearly a century, it deserves to be placed with the few books in our history that will never cease teaching us the essence of what is important in this world.

    ~ Hidden gem alert! ~ @RyanHoliday told me that Leo Tolstoy considered this his best book. It's a collection of quotes from places like the Bible, the Koran, and the Talmud. It's sweet, simple, and super fun to read. https://t.co/2ok8xmIKGs

  • The Reason for God

    Timothy Keller

    Arguing that most Americans are members of the Christian faith, a response to promoters of science and secularism addresses key questions about suffering, exclusivity, and the belief that Christianity is the only true religion. Reprint.

    100% committed to this strategy right now. Reading multiple books: - The Timeless Way of Building - Wisdom of Crowds - The Brothers Karamazov - The Reason for God Group reading. Much more fun.

  • The essence of perennial Stoic wisdom in aphorisms of stunning insight and simplicity. The West's first and best little instruction book offers thoroughly contemporary and pragmatic reflections on how best to live with serenity and joy.

    @impcapital Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son by Lorimer The Quest of the Simple Life by Dawson Manual for Living by Epictetus

  • The Book of Life

    Jiddu Krishnamurti

    Krishnamurti is a leading spiritual teacher of our century. In The First and Last Freedom he cuts away symbols and false associations in the search for pure truth and perfect freedom. Through discussions on suffering, fear, gossip, sex and other topics, Krishnamurti's quest becomes the readers, an undertaking of tremendous significance.

    @seanlondon He’s not an easy read. “The Book of Life” is the least unapproachable.

  • A Hidden Wholeness

    Parker J. Palmer

    In A Hidden Wholeness, Parker Palmer reveals the same compassionate intelligence and informed heart that shaped his best-selling books Let Your Life Speak and The Courage to Teach. Here he speaks to our yearning to live undivided lives—lives that are congruent with our inner truth—in a world filled with the forces of fragmentation. Mapping an inner journey that we take in solitude and in the company of others, Palmer describes a form of community that fits the limits of our active lives. Defining a “circle of trust” as “a space between us that honors the soul,” he shows how people in settings ranging from friendship to organizational life can support each other on the journey toward living “divided no more.” This paperback edition includes two new and useful features. Circles of Trust is a DVD containing interviews with Parker J. Palmer and footage from retreats he facilitated for the Center for Courage & Renewal (www.CourageRenewal.org). Bringing the Book to Life, by Caryl Hurtig Casbon and Sally Z. Hare, is a reader's and leader's guide to exploring the themes in A Hidden Wholeness. The DVD illuminates and illustrates the principles and practices behind circles of trust. The guide includes questions that connect the DVD to the book, offering "a conversation with the author" as well as an engagement with the text. Together, these features give readers new ways to internalize the themes of A Hidden Wholeness and share with others this approach to sustaining identity and integrity in all the venues of our lives. Inspired by Palmer’s writing and speaking—and challenged by the conditions of twenty-first century life—people across the country, from many walks of life, have been coming together in circles of trust to reclaim their integrity and help foster wholeness in their workplaces and their world. For over a decade, the principles and practices in this book have been proven on the ground—by parents and educators, clergy and politicians, community organizers and corporate executives, physicians and attorneys, and many others who seek to rejoin soul and role in their private and public lives. A Hidden Wholeness weaves together four themes that its author has pursued for forty years: the shape of an integral life, the meaning of community, teaching and learning for transformation, and nonviolent social change. The hundreds of thousands of people who know Parker Palmer’s books will be glad to find the journey continued

    A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life https://t.co/hwQzCv0GMR https://t.co/BKxMfDVizy

  • Dream Yoga

    Andrew Holecek

    Lucid dreaming—waking up and becoming fully conscious in your dreams—has intrigued legions of those seeking to explore their vast inner worlds. Yet for many, "getting lucid" for the first time can be elusive. And for those who have, there are few resources that show us how to use this extraordinary state for the greater goal of awakening to all of reality, day or night. With Dream Yoga, Andrew Holecek brings us a practical guide for meditators, seasoned dream travelers wanting to go deeper, and total beginners eager to experience lucidity for the first time. Here, you’ll join this expert teacher of dream work and meditation to learn: How to awaken in your dreams naturally by using modern scientific principles with the insights and practices of Tibetan dream and sleep yoga • Proven guidance to overcome common obstacles, enhance dream recall, focus and amplify awareness while dreaming, work with nightmares safely, resolve emotional blockages, and glean wisdom from your dreams • A wealth of practices and tips that have helped thousands enjoy successful dream-time exploration • Essential Buddhist teachings and tools for navigating the many realms of sleep (dreaming is just one of them) • Direct insights into the continuation of consciousness beyond the physical body and death • How to bring your skills together to engage with the hundreds of thousands of dream opportunities that most of us forget or dismiss Have you ever wondered what happens when you sleep and dream? Desired to wake up in your dreams and have the time of your life? Or wanted to use your sleep hours to fully explore these dimensions, heal, and evolve? Dream Yoga answers these questions—not academically but directly—by showing you how to access this profound universe for yourself.

    @2Serve2Day @danielgross https://t.co/83HhyTXeUS

  • The Book of Life

    Jiddu Krishnamurti

    Krishnamurti is a leading spiritual teacher of our century. In The First and Last Freedom he cuts away symbols and false associations in the search for pure truth and perfect freedom. Through discussions on suffering, fear, gossip, sex and other topics, Krishnamurti's quest becomes the readers, an undertaking of tremendous significance.

    @ckoumoussis “The Book of Life.” He is a hard read. Osho is much easier, can try “The Great Challenge.”

  • Servant Leadership

    Robert K. Greenleaf

    Robert K. Greenleaf has been a powerful voice in the dialogue to reshape management and leadership policy. He developed his theory of servant leadership while an executive at AT&T.

    Every founder should read ‘Servant Leadership’ by Robert Greenleaf. This book is not only timeless but was incredibly innovative when it was published in 1977. Greenleaf’s ideas are even more relevant today. I have no doubt leaders w/ a service mentality will create the future. https://t.co/5qf6ZwjFk5

  • Question: What's better than a magic wand, fairy dust, or good luck? Answer: The power to take control of your life and improve your situation. You hold the keys your to success. Use your amazing powers to choose what you want in life, see where your current choices are leading you, and take action to keep your life on course. Charles Marshall shows how to learn from failure, lead with character, and believe when others don't. He provides the inspiration and guidance you need to flourish in every area of your life, including... deep and meaningful relationships financial responsibility and freedom emotional balance and vitality Question: You are designed to succeed, but are you destined to succeed? Answer: It's up to you.

    @semil Read Seven Powers. https://t.co/1yVsUoBedX

  • Tao Te Ching

    Stephen Mitchell

    In eighty-one brief chapters, Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao—the basic principle of the universe. Stephen Mitchell's bestselling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.

    @patrick_oshag If you have less than one hour: Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell If you want an entertaining success story: Born Standing Up by Steve Martin If you want to broaden your thinking: The Art of Possibility by Zander If you want to listen to a great writer: Just Kids by Patti Smith

  • The essence of perennial Stoic wisdom in aphorisms of stunning insight and simplicity. The West's first and best little instruction book offers thoroughly contemporary and pragmatic reflections on how best to live with serenity and joy.

    @JoshShipp Not sure what this is for, so here's my top 10 list: https://t.co/i5Bqljxrzk If I had to pick: Manual for Living by Epictetus