Authors and books that have impacted me over the years…
Abraham Joshua Heschel “Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity” and his other writings. His insights are profound, not to mention his challenge to a spiritual life.
Joseph Campbell “The inner reaches of Outer space” and all of his
works. His challenge to open us to new horizons and understandings is profound.
Ken Wilber “The Collected Works of Ken Wilber” and all of his writings. A profound thinker of our times who integrates the insights of psychology, social sciences, development theories, and the mystics. Heavy reading but well worth it!
Unknown English mystic “The Cloud of Unknowing”
One of the great mystical Classics from the 14th century who offers a guide to contemplation. His writings demonstrate an awareness of the spiritual road that is surfacing today in a variety of ways. A must read!
John Jacob Raub “Who told you that you were naked?” The main focus of the book is on believing in our true identity – – our True Self and our false self. A great help in grasping the development of the false self.
Eckhart Tolle “The Power of NOW” A guide to Spiritual enlightenment
Paulo Coelho “The Alchemist” and other novels. His novels are easy readings with profound insights on the path of our journey.
Anthony de Mello “Awareness” “Spirituality means waking up” A powerful treatment of how we get stuck – how the ego, the false self dominates our lives. It requires an openness to letting go of what we have deemed important.
J. Krishnamurti “To Be Human” — all of his works are full of insights on the spiritual journey, witch require openness and serious reflection.
Catherine Cornille “Interreligious Hermeneutics” Christopher Conway (Editors)
A current dialogue among scholars which is interesting and insightful to the challenges we face.
Raimon Panikkar “A Dwelling Place for Wisdom” A rich source of insights from mystics of the past and insights into Spiritual
freedom. He presents a dialogue between a Hindu and a Christian Theologian that is revealing of our conditioning.
Osho “Meetings with Remarkable People” The book offers one the opportunity to explore the insights of mostly eastern mystics. The treatment of the “ego” is dominant which points to the lack of
understanding for centuries within the Christian faith group. One consoling statement was, “ the sinner is closer to God than the saint, because the sinner wants to get out of his bondage and the saint is enjoying an ego-trip!”
Richard Rohr “Falling Upward” He explores what he calls the “Two Halves of Life.” It’s a good treatment of the forming of our self images, the false self, and then hopefully one will transcend it and no longer identify with it. It’s rather easy reading several times.
Swami Abhishiktananda “Essential Writings” It’s about the struggle of a French Benedictine Monk, Henri Le Saus, who went to India and became a Hindu Monk. He pursued his goal after Vatican II to discover
the riches of the Eastern mysticism – he discovers the riches, but struggles with integrating it all with Catholic teachings.
John and Linda Keenan “ I Am / No Self” A commentary on the Gospel of St. John as the basis for his Christian commentary on the Heart Sutra, from the Buddhist tradition. It opens one to an awareness of the riches of both traditions and sheds light on what is essential in
the spiritual journey.
Raimon Panikkar “The Rhythm of Being” The Gifford Lectures
Panikkar is one of the outstanding theologians of our times. Interesting fact is that he is a priest and married but Rome never punished him. Many feel that they were afraid he would expose the flaws in canon law and church leaders, so they left him free. It’s an excellent piece of work, but can be a little hard reading.
Saint Aelred “Friendship” The classic treatment of friendship based on Ciceros commentary. “True Friendship never ends!” A must read in grasping what is essential on the journey.
De Caussade “The sacrament of the Moment” A rich presentation on living in the Now. One has much to gain in reflecting on his writings.
Thomas Merton “New Seeds of Contemplation” and all his works
At the end of his life he turned to the East and saw the rich insights they offered. In his book, “New Seeds of Contemplation,” he said: “Thus I use up my life in the desire for pleasures and the thirst for experiences, for power, honor, knowledge and love, to clothe this false self and construct its nothingness into something objectively real.”