2017-07-12
Beliefnet members have shared on the discussion boards the books they'd recommend to anyone who wants to know more about their faith. Below are some of their favorites. See what they have to say, add your own titles, and check out our Editors' Picks.


"The Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh has written several excellent books on socially-engaged Buddhism; I'd highly recommend almost anything by him."--hilton

 What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Sri Rahula
 Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
 Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das
 Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
 The Experience of Insight by Joseph Goldstein
 Taming the Monkey Mind by Chodron Thubten
 Living in the Light of Death by Larry Rosenberg
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"There are many paths in the Pagan tradition. I suggest starting with some history books to find a culture that is interesting. Once you know where your interests lie, dig deeper into their mythology, sociology and religion."--tog

 Norse Stories: Retold from the Eddas by H. W. Mabie
 Principles of Runes by Freya Aswynn
 To Stir a Magick Cauldron by Silver Ravenwolf
 Green Witchcraft, Vol. 1 by Aoumiel, et al.
 Paganism: A Beginner's Guide by Teresa Moorey
 Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler
 Magic in the Ancient World by Fritz Graf
 Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: Ancient Greece and Rome by Bengt Ankarloo and Stuart Clark, editors
 Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves by Sarah B. Pomeroy
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"New believers should set aside time every day to read from God's Word, affiliate with a Bible-believing and -teaching church, and understand that persistent Bible study is the only way to know the "truth that sets us free" (John 8:32)."--bobbyf

 Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
 The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
 Peace With God by Billy Graham
 Basic Christianity by John R.W. Stott
 Knowing God by J.I. Packer
 Something More by Catherine Marshall
 The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey
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"Strangely enough, though I've read scholarly books on Hinduism and books by Hindus, I found the best book is by Bede Griffiths, a Catholic monk who studied Hinduism and lived in India."--Tiggy

 Return to the Center by Bede Griffiths
 The Elements of Hinduism by Stephen Cross
 The Bhagavad Gita Translated by Eknath Easwaran
 Ammachi: A Biography of Mata Amritanandamayi by Swami Amritaswarupananda
 Meditation and Life by Swami Chinmayananda
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"Chaudhary Zaffarullah Khan, chief justice at the Hague and author of 'Sayings of the Holy Prophet' and 'The Seal of the Prophets,' is one of the most talented writers of the century. The downside is you can't buy his books, but you can definitely find them at university libraries."--RMisbah

 Islam in Focus by Hammudah Abdalati
 Daughters of Another Path by Carol Anderson Anway and Carol L. Anway
 Struggling to Surrender by Jeffery B. Lang
 The Life of Muhammad by Muhammad Husayn Haykal
 Islam and the Destiny of Man by Gai Eaton
 Muhammad, Seal of the Prophets by Muhammad Zafrulla Khan
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"We are a People, not a religion. If you want to know about Jews, you need to learn about us as People."--Ruven@heresy

 The Book of Jewish Belief by Louis Jacobs
 Embracing Judaism by Simcha Kling
 Basic Judaism by Milton Steinberg
 To Life! by Harold Kushner
 The Way of G-d by Moshe Chaim Luzzatto
 God in Search of Man by Abraham Joshua Heschel
 The River of Light by Lawrence Kushner
 Jewish Literacy by Joseph Telushkin
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"Read Charles Dickens. His social gospel is almost unique in literature. He had no faith in churches, but his Christian decency is stamped into practically every word."--WGSmith

 Coming of the Cosmic Christ by Matthew Fox
 The Powers that Be by Walter Wink
 Who Wrote the New Testament? by Burton L. Mack
 A Theology of Liberation by Gustavo Gutierrez
 What Paul Really Said About Women by John Temple Bristow
 The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder
 Artists, Citizens, Philosophers by Duane K. Friesen
 Why Christianity Must Change or Die by John Shelby Spong
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