SOME OF SCOTT'S FAVORITE BOOKS
I love these writings. The inspired women and men who authored these books have helped to build the foundation of my spiritual life. If you click on the book images, you'll find yourself on the brink of adding them to your own library! Enjoy.
The Second Mountain
by David Brooks
David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of purpose. A book that is meant to help us lead more meaningful lives and also serves as a provocative social commentary. If I were to be in solitude for an extended period of time, and could have only one book, this is it.
This Life is Joy
by Roger Teel
Roger Teel shows us how every moment, every experience, and every person can be an opening for our soul to greater understanding, more peace, and an overwhelming experience of love.
Beauty: the Invisible Embrace
by John O'Donohue
John O’Donohue embraces the divine beauty that calls the imagination and awakens all that is noble in the human heart―focusing on the classical, medieval and Celtic traditions, on art, music, literature, nature and language.
Secrets of Divine Love
by A. Helwa
A masterfully written book that illustrates the beauty of love and oneness. A. Helwa draws up spiritual teachings of the Qur'an, principles and practives of Islam, and stories from great prophets to help us unlock our spiritual potential and discover our divine purpose.
Long Walk to Freedom
by Nelson Mandela
The moving and exhilarating autobiography of Nelson Mandela. He tells the extraordinary story of his life - an epic and brave tale of struggle, setback, hope, and ultimate triumph.
A Testament of Devotion
by Thomas Kelly
An enduring spiritual classic. Thomas Kelly's writing is a love song to the Divine and an invitation to center our lives on God's presence, to find quiet and stillness within, and to discover the satisfying and lasting peace of the inner spiritual journey.
The Creative Life
by Eric Butterworth
Offering a spiritual approach to the study of the human creative process, a Unity minister outlines seven steps--based on the seven days of Creation from the Book of Genesis--designed to release our own creative powers.
The Power of Now
by Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle reminds us to be truly present in our lives, liberated from our past and future. The wisdom of this teaching holds the promise of leading us to our best and highest place within, to resonate with the energy of transformation.
by Ken Wilber
A beautiful and intelligent guide to Eastern and Western approaches to spirituality, personal growth, human consciousness, and the underlying truth of oneness. Ken Wilber is called one of the most important pioneers in the field of consciousness in this century.
Prayers of the Cosmos
by Neil Douglas-Klotz
A translation of the words of Jesus, interpreting the Lord’s Prayer and the Beatitudes from Jesus' native language of Aramaic. From the tradition of Middle Eastern mysticism, Neil Douglas-Klotz reveals a mystical, feminist, cosmic Christ.
The Return of the Prodigal Son
by Henri Nouwen
Inspired by the classic painting of Rembrandt, Henri Nouwen brings forth the themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation, a source of comfort for those who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy, or anger. The invitation is to love as the father and be loved as the son.
The Wisdom Jesus
by Cynthia Bourgeault
In this approach to the Gospels, Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. Cynthia Bourgeault presents an intelligent study of Jesus's vision, and to contemplative practices that take the reader to the heart of the Master Teacher.
The End of Everything
by Katie Mack
Theoretical astrophysicist Katie Mack takes us on a tour of the Cosmos's life journey, and our place in the mystery of mysteries. Cutting-edge science, cosmology, and quantum mechanics give relevance to the meaning of our existence.
Seven Sacred Pauses
by Macrina Wiederkehr
Macrina Wiederkehr invites us to "pray the hours" through the practice of pausing at the seven sacred moments of each day, making our daily passage through time a more sacred pilgrimage. Stunningly beautiful prayers.
"More than at any other time,
when I hold a beloved book in
my hand, my limitations fall from
me, my spirit is free."
- Helen Keller
by Elizabeth Lesser
A beautifully written account of two sisters uncovering the depth of their love through the life-and-death experience of a bone marrow transplant. Elizabeth Lesser offers insights about love, loss, and what matters most, not only between siblings, but in all our relationships.
by Richard Rohr
Richard Rohr discusses the two halves of life, explaining that those who have fallen, failed, or "gone down" are the only ones who understand "up." What looks like falling down can be experienced as "falling upward." It is not a loss. It is a coming to our fullness.
The Book of Joy
by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
We listen to his Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutt explore the nature of true joy as confront each of the obstacles of joy — from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness.
Thank You for Being Late
by Thomas Friedman
Thomas Friedman discusses the major movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their impacts. He shows how we can overcome the multiple stresses of an age of accelerations, if we slow down, and use the time to re-imagine work, politics, and community.
Saving God from Religion
by Robin Meyers
Robin Meyers captures what it means to believe in a God who's revealed not in creeds or morality, but in the struggles and beauty of ordinary lives. He shows how all of creation is anointed with the presence of God.
by Nadia Bolz-Weber
This unconventional and devoted minister reclaims the term "pastrix," a term used by some who refuse to recognize female pastors, in this messy, beautiful, prayer-and-profanity laden narrative about an unconventional life of faith.
How to Meditate
by Pema Chodron
Pema Chödrön has a unique ability to transmit teachings and practices that bring peace, understanding, and compassion into our lives. In this book, she provides a roadmap for a meditation practice.
Hildegard of Bingen
by Matthew Fox
Matthew Fox brings the teachings of this philosopher, Christian mystic, and feminist to current day, illustrating Hildegard's passion for bringing light to dark places, speaking against injustice, and celebrating life.
The Essential Rumi
by Coleman Barks
This venerable Sufi mystic writes of the soul's yearning to return to God with humor, beauty, and timeless wisdom. An evening, a lifetime spent with his writing will comfort, illuminate, and inspire.
The Pathway of Roses
by Christian Larson
A book to awaken the soul and open the mind to all that is rich, beautiful, and inspiring in life. Larson brings us to tender and insightful understandings of our place in the soul of God.
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson were developed ideas of individuality, freedom, the ability for humankind to realize almost anything, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding world.
The Essential Ernest Holmes
Edited by Jesse Jennings
A compilation of the key writing of Science of Mind founder Ernest Holmes, a leading American spiritual thinker, author, and philosopher. The teachings of Holmes - that we are all expressions of one living God - continues to be shared around the world.
Lessons in Truth
by Emilie Cady
Emilie Cady illustrates how the power of thoughts, beliefs, and prayer can empower and enrich our life with mastery and truth. Her instructions on faith, affirmations, and the unity of Spirit guide readers to a more metaphysical and practical approach to Christianity.
Reading the Bible Again for the First Time
by Marcus Borg
Taking the Bible seriously, but not literally. Marcus Borg shows how we can reconcile a scientific and critical way of thinking with our deepest spiritual needs, looking at the Bible in a way that rejects literalism and embraces authentic faith.