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Best Religion & Spirituality Books 2019


Meister Eckhart’s Book of Secrets: Meditations on Letting Go and Finding True Freedom

With an economy of language, these words read like Buddhist koans, encouraging a path toward the richness of an interior life.

The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything in Between

A welcome update on Jewish history and culture that is mostly just plain fun.

Abraham Joshua Heschel: Mind, Heart, Soul

A worthy introduction to a religious and philosophical leader.

Dessert First: Preparing for Death While Savoring Life

A valuable primer on a good ending. Of particular benefit are the appendixes, which offer all manner of practical spiritual, legal, and medical guidance both for the dying and for the living.

Rediscovering Scripture’s Vision for Women: Fresh Perspectives on Disputed Texts

For those well versed in feminist biblical criticism, most of this—while well written

God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America

A spiritual awakening for readers of all beliefs.


In This Hour: Heschel’s Writings in Nazi Germany and London Exile

Some essays are well-fleshed out; others are fragmentary thoughts or marginal notes. Yet Heschel’s is a mind truly awake to the power of a realized spiritual destiny through learning. It’s worth the time to sit with this teacher.

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