James R. Kuhlman

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Public Zen, Personal Zen: A Buddhist Introduction

A well-written and accessible academic history recommended for practitioners and students of Zen. Most readers might be surprised by the practice's support of Japanese modernization and even military imperialism leading up to World War II.

Paul and the Faithfulness of God

Required reading for New Testament scholars and recommended for serious, diligent students armed with deep familiarity with the literature.

A History of Religion in 5½ Objects: Bringing the Spiritual to Its Senses

In some ways complementing Jon Canon's The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces, this is an elegant and sensitive book. Highly recommended to general readers open to a different perspective on religious practice.

The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces: Decoding Churches, Temples, Mosques, and Other Places of Worship Around the World

Recommended for those seeking a highly comparative, somewhat academic, and lavishly illustrated treatment of the study of world religions as reflected in the design and execution of their sacred spaces.

The Ox-Herder and the Good Shepherd: Finding Christ on the Buddha's Path

Most highly recommended for all seekers no matter their preferred path.

From Stone to Flesh: A Short History of the Buddha

Highly recommended for serious students of Buddhist studies who may also be interested in Lopez's excellent The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Biography and his Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West. Those seeking a more biographical treatment of the Buddha and his teachings will be greatly rewarded with Karen Armstrong's Buddha.

Theos Bernard, the White Lama

Well written and about as friendly a read as a revised dissertation can be. Recommended for students of the migration of Buddhism to the West. Douglas Veenhof's White Lama: The Life of Tantric Yogi Theos Bernard, Tibet's Lost Emissary to the New World is a recent trade title on the same subject.

The Best Buddhist Writing 2011

Recommended for those seeking an enjoyable tour—and indicator of the state—of contemporary Western Buddhist thought and practice.

The Spirit of the Quakers

Highly recommended for general readers seeking a basic grounding in Quakerism. Companion reading should include the Journal of George Fox, the Journal and Major Essays of John Woolman, and Geoffrey Hubbard's Quaker by Convincement.

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