Books: Spirit and Religion

From the publisher: “The Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective. In this book, Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry.”

An in-depth look at the broad changes in Christianity and the emergence of so many who are “spiritual but not religious.” This book doesn’t tell us how our churches need to change, but it makes a strong case that staying the same isn’t working.

Intriguing ideas and practices for helping people during and after crises.

Christian psychologist Larry Crabb saw the power of helping people to connect long before many of us realized how very important it is.

I’d recommend anything by Brennan Manning, but The Ragamuffin Gospel may be his most powerful.

Richard Rohr, who led one of the most powerful retreats I’ve experienced, is not without controversy, since he is part of a movement to incorporate deeper spiritual practices into Christianity, sometimes borrowing from other traditions. Take what you like and leave the rest – he offers deep insights especially into men’s spirituality.

For men of a certain age.