Here are a few religion books that came across my desk recently, in case you’re looking for a last-minute gift this holiday season.
* Power, Freedom and Grace – Deepak Chopra writes about living from the source of lasting happiness. He considers the mystery of our existence and its significance in our eternal quest for happiness. Amber-Allen Publishing
* Speaking to the Soul – Vicki K. Black, a deacon in the Episcopal Church for more than 20 years, offers daily readings for the Christian year. Based on the Episcopal Cafe’s popular column Speaking to the Soul, these spiritual readings for each day are from many Christian sources — from prayer books to saint biographies. Morehouse Publishing
* Songs in Waiting – Paul-Gordon Chandler, an Episcopal priest, offers spiritual reflections on Christ’s birth with this celebration of Middle Eastern canticles. The book contains spiriutal meditations that focus on the ancient Middle Eastern songs celebrating the birth of Jesus. Morehouse Publishing
* Healing Words for the Body, Mind and Spirit – Caren Goldman discusses 101 words to aspire and affirm in her book about the wellness of body and spirit. It contains quotes from a wide array of philosphers and artists from Euripides to Bette Midler. Morehouse Publishing
* Good Influence – Daniel R. Heischman, executive director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, writes about teaching the wisdom of adulthood to young people. He has spent over 30 years working with parents, teachers and young people in independent schools and colleges. Morehouse Publishing
* Natural Wakefulness – Meditation teacher Gaylon Ferguson writes about discovering the wisdom we were born with. He says if we can trust our natural wakefulness, then we can walk the spiritual path and experience the openness and warmth of life as we were meant to experience it. Shambhala Publications