Selected Books on Contemplative and Renewal Practices (classics)

Anonymous. The Cloud of Unknowing. William Johnston (Ed.). New York: Image, 1973. Introduction to Centering Prayer.


Artress, Lauren. Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth.


Baldwin, Christina. One to One: Self-understanding through Journal-writing. New York: M. Evans, 1977.


Bender, Sue. Everyday Sacred. San Francisco: Harper, 1995.


Breathnach, Sarah Ban. The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. New York: Warner, 1996.


Brother Roger of Taize. God is Love Alone. New York, Continuum, 2003.


Edwards, Tilden. Sabbath Time. Nashville TN: Upper Room, 1992. Classic.


Fischer, Katherine. The Inner Rainbow: The Imagination in Christian Life. New York: Paulist Press, 1983. See also other books by this author.


Foster, Richard. Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home. San Francisco: Harper, 1992. See also other books by this author.


Jones, W. Paul. The Art of Spiritual Direction. Nashville: Upper Room, 2002.


Keating, Thomas. Open Mind, Open Heart. Rockport MA: Element, 1986.


Muller, Wayne. Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in Our Busy Lives. New York: Bantam, 1999.


Mundy, Linus. The Complete Guide to Prayer-Walking. New York: Crossroad, 1996.


Mundy, Linus. Slow-down Therapy. St Meinrad IN: Abbey Press, 1990. One of many good little books published at One Caring Place, most of which Mundy himself edits.


Oman, Maggie. Prayers for Healing. Berkeley: Conari Press, 1997. A daybook of prayers and meditations from all faith traditions. Author lives and works in San Francisco, an excellent local resource for retreat-leadership.


Oman-Shannon, Maggie. The Way We Pray. Berkely: Conari Press, 2001. Introduction to 50 prayer practices from around the world.


Mother Teresa. Meditations from A Simple Path. New York: Ballantine, 1996.


Nouwen, Henri. Henri Nouwen: Arranged for Daily Reading. Garvey, John (ed.) Springfield, Ill.: Templegate, 1988.


Nouwen, Henri. With Open Hands. New York: Ballantine, 1985. See (of course) other books by this author.


Orsborn, Carol. The Art of Resilience. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1997. 100 Paths to wisdom and strength in an uncertain world.


Progroff, Ira. At a Journal Workshop. New York: Dialogue House, 1981. An absolute classic, but try adapting his ideas to your own needs.


Rohr, Richard. Discovering the Enneagram. New York: Crossroad, 1990. One of many on the enneagram by a terrific author.


Rupp, Joyce. The Cup of Our Life. Notre Dame: Ave Maria, 1997.


Rupp, Joyce. Dear Heart, Come Home. New York: Crossroad, 1996. A guide for midlife spirituality.


Rupp, Joyce. Fresh Bread. Notre Dame IN: Ave Maria Press, 1985. The first in a series of winners by Rupp.


Rupp, Joyce. Inviting God In: Scriptural Reflections and Prayers throughout the Year. Notre Dame IN: Ave Maria Press, 2001.


Rupp, Joyce. Out of the Ordinary. Notre Dame IN: Ave Maria Press, 2000. One of the most useful and beautiful books I own.


Smith, Carol Ann. Moment by Moment: A Retreat in Everyday Life. Notre Dame IN: Ave Maria Press, 2000. Do-it-yourself Ignatian Exercises.


Suchocki, Marjorie. In God’s Presence: Theological Reflections on Prayer. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1996.


Wuellner, Flora. Enter by the Gate. Nashville: Upper Room, 2004.


Wuellner, Flora. Feed My Shepherds: Spiritual Healing and Renewal for Those in Christian Leadership. Nashville: Upper Room.


Wuellner, Flora. Forgiveness: The Passionate Journey: Nine Steps of Forgiving through Jesus’ Beatitudes. Nashville: Upper Room.


Wuellner, Flora. Prayer and Our Bodies.Nashville: Upper Room, 1987.


Wuellner, Flora. Prayer, Fear and Our Powers. Nashville: Upper Room, 1989.


Wuellner, Flora. Prayer, Stress, and Our Inner Wounds. Nashville: Upper Room, 1987.


Wuellner, Flora. Release: Healing from Wounds of Family, Church, and Community. Nashville: Upper Room, 1996.




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