Whether you consider yourself “religious or spiritual” really isn’t the question. The question is “How does what you believe–or what you don’t believe–affect the way that you live”? Spending time reading and exploring your beliefs is good for the soul, in the same way that spending time learning a new language or skill is good for the mind. The soul needs nourishment, and these Kindle Top Books in Religion and Spirituality are designed to do just that. Take some time over this holiday season to reflect on what you believe. Read something contrary to what you believe and see if you learn something new. And after you’ve read a while, stop and think for a bit. Then, take some time to answer these questions in the comments below:
- Do you believe in a Higher Power?
- Does your belief (or not believing) affect the way that you live?
- What is one thing that you learned from an opposing viewpoint that surprised you?
Spending time in the Psalms is refreshing, soul-searching and reminds us that God is there, that He does love us and that there is hope even in the midst of despair. More than 170 meditations bring the words of David to life, even thousands of years later, and each two-page spread provides a devotional thought and encouraging Scripture for the day.
Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson
From the time that man began to think for himself, he has had doubts. This “history of doubt” dramatizes the struggle between belief and denial, and looks at great thinkers throughout history who experienced doubt and how they reconciled what they saw with what they thought. A fascinating look at philosophy, religion and spirituality from the viewpoint of men and women who have influenced our beliefs today…whether they meant to or not.
Advent is the season in which we eagerly anticipate the coming of Christ to earth. This Companion is a perfect guide for reflection with meditations on the Gospel, beautiful blessings and essays and specially commissioned poetry to bless your devotional times.
If you have never taken the time to get to know Anne Lamott, now is the perfect time to start. Her writing on faith, family and community is funny, irreverent at times, and always thought-provoking. Small Victories celebrates the victories over hardship and pain that, although they seem small, mold and shape us into what we are to become. The stories in this collection of essays are proof that the human spirit is resilient and irrepressible beyond measure.
Dreams are often thought to be guidance from God. Author Doug Addison teaches you how to interpret your dreams, and use them to chart your course. Whether you are seeking a mate, contemplating a job change, or looking for guidance of another sort, Addison believes that the answers lie right in front of our eyes…literally.
We women are juggling more than ever…careers, children, family and friends, and most of us come dangerously close to putting others first more than we ought. Author HeatherAsh Amara helps us to release the notion that we are not “enough”, and finally see ourselves for the authentic, productive women that we are. Drawn from ancient Toltec wisdom, Buddhism and Earth-goddess theology, these stories will inspire you to become the woman that you ought to be.
Author Viktor Frankl spent four years in Nazi death camps, and lost everyone in his life who was dear to him. In this riveting memoir, Frankl disputes the notion that man’s primary drive in life is not pleasure (Freud) but rather the “discovery and pursuit of what we truly find meaningful.” This book has been named one of the ten most influential books in America, and has sold over 24 million copies.
C.S. Lewis is one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Mere Christianity is a compilation of a series of radio addresses that Lewis gave during WWII, and is arguably one of the most powerful books on apologetics ever written. Both believers and non-believers will find pause for thought in this classic book.
The mission field is the last place that you would expect people to be questioning whether or not God cares, right? For Nik and Ruth Ripken, that is exactly what happened. Wounded and broken, the Ripken’s journey to the edge of their faith, and then back to the center will inspire you–especially if you’ve ever found yourself questioning how God can possibly exist in the midst of so much suffering.
For most of us, the Nativity is a neat little package that we set up under our Christmas tree every year. The animals are cute, Mary and Joseph are gazing adoringly at their new baby, and the whole scene is “sanitized” for our modern day sensibilities. The reality is very different. Read as Mary, gazing up at her son on the cross, travels back in her mind to the circumstances surrounding His birth, and what led her to the foot of the cross. A perfect way to begin the Advent season and reflect on the coming of Christ.
Religion and spirituality are very personal subjects. It is possible that the books here have offended you, but our hope is that they have challenged you to step outside of your own belief system and at least be willing to listen to someone who thinks differently than you do. Chances are, you will both learn something about your beliefs.. and yourselves.