The World's Religions (Plus) by Huston Smith. Explores the essential elements and teachings of the world's predominant faiths, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and native traditions. Emphasizing the inner—rather than the institutional—dimension of these religions; attention to Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, and Jesus; conveys the unique appeal and gifts of each of the traditions and reveals their hold on the human heart and imagination.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Argues we dramatically undervalue introverts; shows how much we lose in doing so; charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture; introduces us to successful introverts. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people.
God Makes the Rivers to Flow: An Anthology of the World's Sacred Poetry and Prose by Eknath Easwaran. Deep, ongoing inspiration from the sacred literature of all traditions — the great river of wisdom that is always flowing throughout the world.
God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences Matter. Argues that persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct problem that each tradition seeks to solve. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003F1WMAC/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_6RQhxb1QSA81Z
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.
Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott. It is these three prayers – asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us – that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward. In Help, Thanks, Wow, Lamott recounts how she came to these insights, explains what they mean to her and how they have helped, and explores how others have embraced these same ideas.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. “This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.” http://www.amazon.com/dp/0812993543/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_gU9Xvb0EW5439
26 Books That Will Change The Way You See The World
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch | 26 Books That Will Change The Way You See The World Warning: This might make you cry. It’s a nonfiction book about Pausch, who is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given a few months to live. Before he passed, he wrote this book about what being positive really means. It will help you realize that even when you’re dealt something terrible, it doesn’t mean you can’t make a positive difference.