These are the required and recommended books for Foundations of Christian Spirituality, Phase 1
  • The Cloud of Unknowing

    Translated by Carmen Acevedo Butcher

    Widely considered a hallmark of Western literature and spirituality, The Cloud of Unknowing is an anonymous English monk’s sublime expression of what separates God from humanity. Originally written in the 14th century, now part of the HarperCollins Spiritual classics series, this beautiful contemplative resource, has been embraced for hundreds of years for its simple, engaging style and spiritual truths. As the unknown author assures us, “if you are to experience Him or to see Him at all, insofar as it is possible here, it must always be in this cloud.” —The Cloud of Unknowing.

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  • The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality

    By Ronald Rolheiser

    In The Holy Longing, Ronald Rolheiser probes the question “What is spirituality?”, cutting through the misunderstanding and confusion that can often surround this subject with his trademark clarity. Using examples and stories relevant for today, and with great sensitivity to modern challenges to religious faith, he explains the essentials of spiritual life, including the importance of community worship, the imperatives surrounding social action, and the centrality of the Incarnation, to outline a Christian spirituality that reflects the yearning and search for meaning at the core of the human experience. 

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  • The Rule of Saint Benedict

    By St. Benedict

    Composed nearly fifteen hundred years ago by the father of Western monasticism, The Rule of St. Benedict has for centuries been the guide of religious communities. St. Benedict's rules of obedience, humility, and contemplation are not only prerequisites for formal religious societies, they also provide an invaluable model for anyone desiring to live more simply. While they presuppose a certain detachment from the world, they provide guidance and inspiration for anyone seeking peace and fulfillment in their home and work communities.

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  • The Spiritual Life

    by Evelyn Underhill

    Presents some great truths concerning the spiritual life in simple language. "...one of those rare books which may be taken up again and again, each time providing fresh insight and inspiration for whomever is earnestly seeking to live the spiritual life". -- Rays from the Rose Cross

    The Spiritual Life

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  • The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind

    By Cynthia Bourgeault   

    If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. Cynthia Bourgeault offers insight into this vision of Jesus and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teachings for yourself.

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  • Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality

    by Richard Rohr

    Seeking a balance between outer authority (Scripture) and inner authority (prayer), Rohr offers insights in morality, power, wisdom and the generosity of God in a manner that beckons a life-changing response from the reader.

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