Best Spiritual Books of the Year

Beliefnet Bloggers Pick the Best Books of 2008

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'Home': My Top Spiritual Read of 2008

Date: 01/05/2009

I don't find as much time as I used to for snuggling up with a good book, but when I do I relish the opportunity. One of the few fiction books I have had time to read in 2008 has been Marilynne Robinson's sequel of sorts to the magnificent, prize- winning novel "Gilead." " Home" takes place during the same time period as "Gilead," but shares the point of view of a different set of charact ...

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Top 5 Spiritual Young Adult Novels of 2008

Date: 12/31/2008

Before I go listing my YA novel picks for 2008, I have one caveat: I am rather tired of the way people slap the word "spiritual" on everything including the kitchen sink, without really telling you what they mean by the usage. So, in the process of giving you my Top 5 Best Spiritual YA Reads of 2008, I will offer you 5 possible meanings/uses/broad understandings of "spiritual" in light ...

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Best Spiritual Read of 2008: 'The Purpose of Christmas'

Date: 12/30/2008

A few weeks ago I received an invitation from Beliefnet co-founder and editor-in-chief teve Waldman to make note of my "Best Spiritual Read of 2008."  One book clearly came to mind. It's a pretty simple, straightforward book, though I've tried to remember a better or more challenging, more sublime, or more esoteric book to put forward. Alas, though, there's no getting around it: the ...

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Best Religious Books of 2008

Date: 12/23/2008

I have two favorite religious books for 2008.   The first one is Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of this World for Crucifixion and Empire by Rita Brock and Rebecca Parker.   This is a great book for those of us who are looking for some serious theological reflection on the rightful place of Jesus, the cross, salvation and kingdom of God in this world.   Rita Brock an ...

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The Year in 'Twilight': A Look Back on the Vampire Phenom of 2008

Date: 12/23/2008

I think it's fair to say that 2008 was the year of "Twilight"--as in Stephenie Meyer's the "Twilight Series," as in vampires and vampire-human love, as in star-crossed romance taken as far as it can go, as in crazy, screaming teenage girls (and their moms) cheering on Meyer everywhere she goes, and as in crazy, screaming teenage girls (and their moms) swooning over Robert Pattinson, the on-scre ...

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Spiritual / Religious Book of the Year

Date: 12/22/2008

Steve Waldman asked each of the Bnet bloggers to nominate the best spiritual or religious book we've read this year.  He'll post them all in the next week or so. I confess that I'm ending the year having read much less than I had hoped to.  I plan on 2009 being different in that regard.  In fact, I've got a couple books to finish by in the next couple weeks, so maybe I won't feel ...

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Jesus Creed Books of the Year 2008

Date: 12/19/2008

At Beliefnet I am participating with other bloggers in nominating my top books of the year and here are my top picks. I've chosen books I've reviewed here and ones that drew either strong affirmation and great discussions. Klyne Snodgrass' complete study of the parables: Stories With Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus . Tom Wright's wondrous and suggestive book on the ...

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Your Favorite Books of the Year

Date: 12/17/2008

What was your favorite spiritual book this year? Share your 2008 suggestions in the Beliefnet Book Club .

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Best Religious Books of 2008

Date: 12/19/2008

All Beliefnet bloggers are offering their picks for the best books on religion in 2008. Here are my top 5: Surprised By Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church , by N.T. Wright I interviewed Wright about this book in the spring, and it continues to inform my thinking. I'm not always a fan of Wright's popularizations of his academic work (this one is a reit ...

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Best Spiritual Book 2008 -- Enlightenment for Idiots (Guest Post by Valerie Reiss)

Date: 12/17/2008

Enlightenment for Idiots by Anne Cushman A hilarious, moving novel that mocks and mines modern new age spirituality for all it's worth. A yoga teacher with an assignment to do a 1-2-3 guide to enlightenment travels through an India full of insane yoga teachers and corrupt gurus--and finds actual blessings that do end up changing her life in a very real, non-cheesy, hard-won way.

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