Church of Our Saviour

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Resources for Further Study

Resources for Worship, Prayer, and Meditation

Selected Bibliography

Hebrew Bible & New Testament Prayer Interfaith Studies Sacraments, Faith Practice, and Worship Spiritual Direction/Formation
Environmental Issues and Spirituality Ethics, Community, and Social Justice Home and Family Children’s Literature and Bible Study Older Children and Teenagers
Memoirs – Autobiography September 11, 2011 Literature and Poetry Novels and Short Stories

Hebrew Bible
  • Bruggemann, Walter. The Prophetic Imagination. 2nd Ed. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2001.
  • Heschel, Abraham Joshua. The Prophets. New York: Harper, 1962.
  • —. The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man. New York: Farrar, 1951. With wood engravings by Ilya Schor.
  • Moyers, Bill. Genesis: A Living Conversation. New York: Doubleday, 1996.

New Testament
  • Borg, Marcus, J. Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith. San Francisco: Harper, 1994.
  • Borg, Marcus, J., and John Dominic Crossan. The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary behind the Church’s Conservative Icon. New York: Harper, 2009.
  • —. The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem. New York: Harper, 2006.
  • Crossan, John Dominic. The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus. New York: Harper, 2012.
  • Horsley, Richard A. Scribes, Visionaries, and the Politics of Second Temple Judea. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2007
  • Levine, Amy Jill, and Marc Zvi Brettler, eds. The Jewish Annotated New Testament, New Revised Standard Version. New York: Oxford UP, 2011.
  • Pagels, Elaine. Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas. New York: Vintage, 2004.
  • Prothero, Stephen R. The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation. New York: Harper, 2012.
  • Sandmel, Samuel. Preface by David Sandmel. A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights, 1955.

Interfaith Studies
  • Armstrong, Karen. A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. New York: Ballantine, 1994.
  • Carroll, James. Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews, A History. Boston: Houghton, 2002.
  • —. Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World. Boston: Houghton, 2011.
  • Chittister, Joan, OSB, Saadi Shakur Chishti, and Rabbi Arthur Waskow. The Tent of Abraham: Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Boston: Beacon, 2006.Kushner, Lawrence. Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights, 2001.
  • Macauley, David. Mosque. Boston: Houghton, 2003.
  • Mattson, Ingrid. The Story of the Koran: Its History and Place in Muslim Life. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2008.
  • Pui-lan, Kwok. Globalization, Gender, and Peacebuilding: The Future of Interfaith Dialogue. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 2012.
  • Volf, Miroslav. Allah: A Christian Response. New York: Harper, 2011.

Environmental Issues and Spirituality
  • Caruso, Lynne L. Blessing the Animals: Prayers and Ceremonies to Celebrate God’s Creatures, Wild and Tame. Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths, 2012.
  • Cleary, William. Prayers to a Evolutionary God. Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths, 2012.
  • Cohen-Kiener, Andrea. Claiming Earth as Common Ground: The Ecological Crisis through the Lens of Faith. Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths, 2009.
  • Gottlieb, Roger. This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment. New York: Routledge, 2003.
  • Henry-Blakemore, Gray, and Elena Lloyd-Sidle. Water: Its Spiritual Significance. Louisville, KY: Fons Vitae, 2012.
  • Ruether, Rosemary R. Gaia and God: An Eco-Feminist Theology of Earth Healing. New York: Harper, 1994.

Ethics, Community, and Social Justice
  • Ammermann, Nancy T. Congregation and Community. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1997.
  • Boo, Katherine. Behind the Beautiful Forevers. New York: Random, 2012.
  • Dionne, E. J., Jr. Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for an American Idea in an Age of Discontent. New York: Bloomsbury, 2012.
  • Douglass, James W. Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment with Truth. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2012.
  • Eck, Diana L. Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banaras. Boston: Beacon, 2003.
  • Farmer, Paul. Haiti after the Earthquake. New York: Public Affairs, 2011.
  • Friedman, Thomas, and Michael Mandelbaum. That Used to be Us: How America Fell behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. New York: Farrar, 2011.
  • Kidder, Tracy, and Paul Farmer. Mountains beyond Mountains. New York: Random, 2003.
  • McCullough, Michael E. Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.
  • Philpott, Daniel. Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation. New York: Oxford UP, 2012.
  • Schori, Katherine Jefferts. The Heartbeat of God: Finding the Sacred in the Middle of Everything. Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths, 2012.
  • Tutu, Desmond. God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time. New York: Doubleday, 2004.
  • Volf, Miroslav. A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good. New York: Brazos, 2011.

Home and Family
  • Bozzuti-Jones, Mark Francesco. Informed by Faith: A Spiritual Handbook for Christian Educators and Parents. Cambridge, MA: Cowley, 2004.
  • Coles, Robert. The Spiritual Life of Children. Boston: Houghton, 1990.
  • Diamant, Anita. Biblical Baby Names: Spiritual Choices from Judeo-Christian Sources. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights, 1996.
  • Gruzen, Lee. Forewords by Rabbi Lavey Derby and Rev. Canon Joel A. Gibson. Raising Your Jewish/Christian Child: How Interfaith Parents Can Give Children the Best of Both Their Heritages. New York: Newmarket, 1990.
  • Le Billon, Karen. French Kids Eat Everything. New York: Morrow, 2012.
  • Novak, Lynn. Foreword by Richard Segalman. The Painting Path: Embodying Spiritual Discovery through Yoga, Brush and Color. Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths, 2012. E-book.
  • Richardson-Lauve, Cory. Foreword by Stacy Julian. The Scrapbooking Journey: A Hands-On Guide to Spiritual Discovery. Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths, 2012. E-book
  • Stonehouse, Catherine. Joining Children on the Spiritual Journey: Nurturing a Life of Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Bridgepoint, 1998.

Children’s Literature and Bible Study
  • Tutu, Desmond. Children of God Storybook Bible. New York: Zondervan, 2010.

Older Children and Teenagers
  • Gruwell, Erin. The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World around Them. New York: Broadway, 1999.

Prayer
  • Chittister, Joan, OSB. The Monastery of the Heart: An Invitation to a Meaningful Life. Katonah, NY: Blue Bridge, 2012.
  • Chittister, Joan, OSB, and Rowan Williams. Uncommon Gratitude: Allellia for All That Is. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 2010.
  • Smith, Martin L. The Word is Very Near You: A Guide to Praying with Scripture. Cambridge, MA: Cowley, 1989.
  • —. Reconciliation: Preparing for Confession in the Episcopal Church. Cambridge, MA: Cowley, 1985.

Spiritual Direction/Formation
  • Alidina, Shamash. Mindfulness For Dummies. New York: For Dummies, 2010.
  • Martin, James, SJ. Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life. New York: Harper, 2011.
  • —. The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life. New York: Harper, 2010.
  • Merton, Thomas, and Sister Mary Luke Tobin. Hidden in the Same Mystery. Louisville, KY: Fons Vitae, 2012.
  • Shaw, M. Thomas. Conservations with Scripture and Each Other: Spiritual Formation for Lay Leaders. Lanham, MD: Cowley, 2008.
  • Schaper, Donna, and Carole Ann Camp. Labyrinths from the Outside In: Walking to Spiritual Insight, A Beginner’s Guide. Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths, 2012.
  • Williams, Rowan. The Anglican Way. London: Darton, 2011.
  • —. Lost Icons: Reflections on Cultural Bereavement. London: Clark, 2000.
  • —. A Silent Action: Engagements with Thomas Merton. Louisville, KY: Fons Vitae, 2011.

Memoirs – Autobiography
  • Charleston, Steven, Rt. Rev. Hope as Old as Fire: A Spiritual Diary. Oklahoma City: Red Moon, 2012.
  • Chittister, Joan, OSB. Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir. New York: Sneed, 2009.
  • Gallagher, Nora. Practicing Resurrection: A Memoir of Work, Doubt, Discernment, and Moments of Grace. New York: Knopf, 2003.
  • Maitland, Sara. A Book of Silence. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, 2008.
  • Robinson, Marilynn. When I Was a Child, I Read. New York: Farrar, 2012.

Sacraments, Faith Practice and Worship
  • Butler Bass, Diana. Christianity after Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. New York: Harper, 2012 .
  • McLaren, Brian. Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words. New York: Harper, 2011.
  • Tickle, Phyllis. The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why. New York: Baker, 2008.
  • Wills, Garry. Font of Life: Ambrose, Augustine and the Mystery of Baptism. New York: Oxford UP, 2012.
Ancient Practice series
  • Allender, Dan B., and Phyllis Tickle. Sabbath. New York: Nelson, 2010.
  • Benson, Robert. In Constant Prayer. New York: Nelson, 2010.
  • Chittister, Joan, OSB. The Liturgical Year. New York: Nelson, 2009.
  • Foster, Charles. The Sacred Journey. New York: Nelson, 2010.
  • Gallagher, Nora. The Sacred Meal. New York: Nelson, 2009.
  • LeBlanc, Douglas. Tithing: Test Me in This. New York: Nelson, 2010.
  • McKnight, Scot. Fasting. New York: Nelson, 2009.
  • McLaren, Brian. Finding Our Way Again. New York: Nelson, 2010.

September 11, 2001
  • Friedman, Thomas. Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World after September 11. New York: Farrar, 2002.
  • Franklin, R. William, and Mary Sudman Donovan. Will the Dust Praise You: Spiritual Responses to 9/11. New York: Church Pub., 2003.
  • Sheehy, Gail. Middletown, America: One Town’s Passage from Trauma to Hope. New York: Random, 2003
  • Williams, Rowan. Writing in the Dust: After September 11. Grand Rapid, MI: Eerdmans, 2002.

Literature and Poetry
  • Johnson, Ann. Miriam of Nazareth. South Bend, IN: Ave Maria, 1985.
  • L’Engle, Madeline. A Wrinkle in Time. New York: Farrar, 1973.
  • Oliver, Mary. New and Selected Poems. Boston: Beacon, 1992.
  • —. Swan: Poetry and Prose Poems. Boston: Beacon, 2010.

Novels and Short Stories
  • James, P. D. The Children of Men. New York: Knopf, 1993.
  • Robinson, Marilynn. Gilead. New York: Farrar, 2004.