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A Brief Guide to Spiritual Classics: From Dark Night of the Soul to The Power of Now

James M. Russell

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Brief Histories, Prose: non-fiction, Religion & beliefs, Spirituality & religious experience

A brief introduction to a selection of the world's spiritual classics, from City of God by Augustine of Hippo to Be Here Now by Ram Dass

This very readable brief guide examines a wide range of spiritual writing that can be read for enjoyment or inspiration, including some books that come from beyond any religious tradition.

While written from within the Christian tradition, and offering introductions to the writings of medieval mystics, Quakers and modern evangelists, both Protestant and Catholic, it also looks at classics of secular spirituality and writings from different religious traditions.

Each book is explained to convey a brief idea of what each one has to offer the interested reader, while a 'Speed Read' for each book delivers a quick sense of what each writer is like to read and a highly compressed summary of the main points of the book in question.

This is an excellent reference to dip into, but within sections such as Early Christian Classics, Secular Texts, Lives of Inspiration and Alternative Approaches, the books are arranged chronologically, revealing some interesting juxtapositions and connections between them.

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Praise for A Brief Guide to Spiritual Classics: From Dark Night of the Soul to The Power of Now

  • [Praise for A Brief Guide to Philosophical Classics:]

  • An accessible and intellectually stimulating guide to 67 philosophical classics and thought-provoking books . . . a fascinating and entertaining introduction to philosophy which is ideal for the general reader or anyone thinking of studying the subject. - Jazzrook

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