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.
The Birthday of the World: And Other Stories by Ursula K. Le Guin. in each story and novel, created a provocative, ever-evolving universe filled with diverse worlds and rich characters reminiscent of our earthly selves. Now, in The Birthday of the World, this gifted artist returns to these worlds in eight brilliant short works, including a never-before-published novella, each of which probes the essence of humanity. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0060509066/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_6Ktlwb1EGW41B
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.
Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton In this, her bestselling journal, May Sarton writes with keen observation and emotional courage of both inner and outer worlds: a garden, the seasons, daily life in New Hampshire, books, people, ideas―and throughout everything, her spiritual and artistic journey. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0393309282/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_J7PTvb01SSD35
For the short story fan, Englander makes it look so easy! What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Stories (Vintage) by Nathan Englander,http://www.amazon.com/dp/0307949605/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_J-8Gsb1J1CN964ZN
For the perfectionist: The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown,http://www.amazon.com/dp/159285849X/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_lY8Gsb0M3KPJHZV3
Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening by Diana Butler Bass. The data is clear: religious affiliation is plummeting across the breadth of Christian denominations. And yet interest in "spirituality" is on the rise. So what is behind the sea change in American religion? A fresh interpretation of the "spiritual but not religious" trend.