A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-first Century by John Buehrens. For over a generation, conservative religion has seemed dominant in America. But there are signs of a strengthening liberal religious movement. For it to flourish, laypeople need a sense of their theological heritage. House for Hope shows how religious liberals have countered fundamentalists for generations, and provides progressives with a theological and spiritual foundation for years…
The Bhagavad Gita (Classics of Indian Spirituality) by Eknath Easwaran. Prince Arjuna asks direct, uncompromising questions of his spiritual guide on the eve of a great battle; contextualizes the book culturally and historically and explains the key concepts of Hindu religious thought and the technical vocabulary of yoga.
The Sacred and The Profane: The Nature of Religion by Mircea Eliade. Observes that while contemporary people believe their world is entirely profane, or secular, they still at times find themselves connected unconsciously to the memory of something sacred. It's this premise that both drives Eliade's exhaustive exploration of the sacred—as it has manifested in space, time, nature and the cosmos, and life itself—and buttresses his expansive view of the human experience.
Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion (Vintage) by Alain De Botton. Argues that we can benefit from the wisdom and power of religion—without having to believe in any of it.
Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy. The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, the depletion of oil, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face this crisis so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power.
Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069 by Neil Howe, Generations is at once a refreshing historical narrative and a thrilling intuitive leap that reorders not only our history books but also our expectations for the twenty-first century.