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Book recommendations

The following is a list of some of the books which Spaceforsoul members have found helpful in their spiritual journeys. It is by no means exhaustive and we will be adding to it from time to time as we come across new books.

If you have come across a particular book which is not listed here  and which you have found helpful in your spiritual journeying, please let us know by emailing us at:   

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Religion and spirituality:

Karen Armstrong (1999)  A History of God. New edition. Vintage Press


David Elkins (1998) Beyond Religion: A personal program for building a spiritual life outside the walls of traditional religion. Quest Books  

Mary Fisher (2011) Living Religions. Eighth edition. Laurence King

David Hay (2006) Something There: The biology of the human spirit. Darton, Longman & Todd

William James (1985) The Varieties of Religious Experience. Penguin Books

Gordon Lynch (2007) New Spirituality: An introduction to belief beyond religion. Tauris

Thomas Moore (2015) A Religion of One's Own : A guide to creating a personal spirituality in a secular world. Gotham Books

Huston Smith (2009) The World’s Religions. HarperOne


David Tacey (2004) The Spirituality Revolution: The emergence of contemporary spirituality. Routledge

Barbara Brown Taylor (2009) An Altar in the World: Finding the sacred beneath our feet. Canterbury Press

Progressive Christianity:

Marcus Borg  (2015) The heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a life of faith. Bravo​ Ltd

Marcus Borg (1995) Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The historical Jesus and the heart of contemporary faith. Reprint. HarperSanFrancisco

Cynthia Bourgeault (2008) The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming heart and mind – a new perspective on Christ and his message. Shambhala

Diana Butler Bass (2017) Grounded: Finding God in the World: A spiritual revolution. HarperOne  

Rob Bell (2012) Love Wins: At the heart of life's big questions. Collins

Cynthia Bourgeault (2008) The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming heart and mind – a new perspective on Christ and his message. Shambhala

David Felten and Jeff Proctor-Murphy (2012) Living the Questions: The wisdom of progressive Christianity. Harper One

Rachel Held Evans (2014) Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions. Zondervan

Rachel Held Evans (2018) Inspired. Thomas Nelson

Brian McLaren  (2011) A New Kind of Christianity: Ten questions that are transforming the faith. Hodder & Stoughton

Brian McLaren (2017) The Great Spiritual Migration: How the world's largest religion is seeking a better way to be Christian. Hodder & Stoughton.  

John Philip Newell (2014) The Rebirthing of God: Christianity's struggle for new beginnings. Skylight Paths

Paul Smith (2012) Integral Christianity: The Spirit's call to evolve. Paragon House

John Shelby Spong (2001) Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop speaks to believers in exile. New edn. HarperOne

John Shelby Spong (2013) Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World. Reprint. HarperOne

Dave Tomlinson (2013) How to be a Bad Christian… And a better human being. Hodder & Stoughton


Dave Tomlinson (2015) The Bad Christian's Manifesto: Reinventing God and other modest proposals. Hodder & Stoughton 

The spiritual journey:

​​Carol Christ (1986) Diving Deep and Surfacing: Women writers on spiritual quest. Second edition. Beacon Press

David Elkins (1998) Beyond Religion: A personal program for building a spiritual life outside of traditional religion. Quest Books 

Maria Harris (1991) Dance of the Spirit: The seven steps of women’s spirituality. Bantam Doubleday  

Alan Jamieson (2008) Chrysalis: The hidden transformation in the journey of faith. Paternoster

Sue Monk Kidd (1996) The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A woman’s journey from Christian tradition to the sacred feminine. Harper One  

Sue Monk Kidd (2006)  When the Heart Waits: Spiritual direction for life’s sacred questions. HarperOne

Gordon Lynch (2003) Losing My Religion: Moving on from evangelical faith.  Darton, Longman & Todd

Harry Moody & David Carroll (1999) The Five Stages of the Soul: Charting the spiritual passages that shape our lives. Rider

John O’Donohue (1999) Anam Cara: Spiritual wisdom from the Celtic world. Bantam Books

John O’Donohue (2000) Eternal Echoes: Exploring our hunger to belong. Bantam Books


Margaret Silf (1998) Landmarks: An Ignatian journey. Darton, Longman & Todd


Thomas Moore (1992) Care of the Soul. Piatkus


Richard Rohr (2011) Falling Upwards: A spirituality for the two halves of life. Jossey Bass


Joyce Rupp (1999) Dear Heart, Come Home: The path of midlife spirituality. Crossroad


Barbara Brown Taylor (2011) Leaving Church: A memoir of faith. Canterbury Press

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