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The following are books that
members of our region’s CCs and Affiliates have found valuable in their interfaith work and
always looking for new titles. Please contact
us. If you would like to add one to your personal library or give it as a gift, follow the Order Direct link next to the item or take the Amazon doorway on the right. Either way, URI in North America benefits.
Featured books published by N.Am. CCs and Affiliates:
Understanding Islam: Fifty Questions by Dr. Amer Salih Araim.Dr. Araim was born in Iraq, earned his B.A. in law in Baghdad and M.A. and Ph.D in New York and teaches at Diablo Valley College in dthe East Bay. Araim served in the Iraqi Foreign Service and then for more than two decades as a foreign policy specialist with the UN, specializing in global movements against Apartheid and Colonization. Araim has served as an Imam since 1999. Following 9/11, he spoke widely about Islam and discovered that many Americans want to know more about Islam. Araim has devoted his life to improving Americans' understanding of Islam and US relations with Moslem countries. Dr. Amer Araim is on the executive committee of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, a URI Cooperation Circle.
Topics: Interfaith Understanding, Countering IslamophobiaPurchase via Amazon to benefit URI in N.Am.
My 52 Weeks of Worship: Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey By Pamay Bassey. My 52 Weeks of Worship is a clever and unusual look at one woman's journey to regain her spirituality. Pamay Bassey has done what most people could never even imagine--spending one day each week in a different house of worship. That effort and commitment taught her the universality of community, the joy of sharing, the importance of respect, and the pride that people who are committed to religion feel about their churches, synagogues, and mosques. Most of all, she learned that there is dignity in worship--however you practice it--and that all people must find their own way to a more fulfilling life. We can all learn from her experience.Topics: Interfaith ExperiencePurchase via Amazon to benefit URI in N.Am.
Love God, Heal Earth by Rev Sally Bingham of Interfaith Power & Light. What does it take to power a great awakening about Earth's environmental crisis? Until recently, science has been alone in sounding the alarms while many religious leaders have held back, viewing global warming as a purely secular issue. Now, in an unprecedented demonstration of unity and moral purpose, religious voices from across the spectrum--liberal, conservative, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists--are joining in one of the largest movements in human history...declaring the environment to be an urgent matter of faith. In Love God, Heal Earth, the Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham brings together 21 highly regarded spiritual leaders from diverse faiths to make the case for environmental stewardship and show how their faith communities are tackling the issue of religion and environment. Topics: Interfaith and SustainabilityOrder Direct
Forgiving the Unforgivable: Experience the Power of Holistic Living. The True Story of How Survivors of the Mumbai Terrorist Attack Answered Hatred with Compassion. By Master Charles Cannon with Will Wilkinson.Topics: NonviolenceOrder via the author's website
Practising the Art of Compassionate Listening By Andrea Cohen, with Leah Green and Susan Partnow
This practical "how to" book provides a step-by-step approach to helping you implement the practices of Compassionate Listening into your daily life. Whether you're challenged by self-judgments -- or by conflicts in your family, workplace or community, the practices of Compassionate Listening can provide a solid foundation upon which to bring greater peace, understanding and healing into your world.
Topics: CompassionOrder Direct
The Quantum God: (Why Our Grandchildren Won't Know Atheism) By John Denker. As heretical as it may sound to the modern orthodox views of both science and religion, science has proved God to be real. The classic questions about God’s existence are addressed through the use of modern physics. Most people will be surprised, if not shocked, by what modern science has to say. Rev Denker is a member of the URI in North America Leadership Council.Topics: Interfaith ThoughtPurchase via Amazon to benefit URI in N.Am.
Religious Diversity and Children's Literature By Connie R. Green and Sandra Brenneman Oldendorf, Appalachian State University
Expensive but worth it. This book is an invaluable resource for enabling teachers, religious educators, and families to learn about religious diversity themselves and to teach children about both their own religion as well as the beliefs of others. The traditions featured include indigenous beliefs throughout the world, Native American spirituality, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity (Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Protestantism), Islam, Sikhism, and other beliefs such as Bahá'í, Unitarian Universalism, Humanism, and Atheism. Each chapter highlights a specific religion or spiritual tradition with a brief discussion about major beliefs, misconceptions, sacred texts, and holy days or celebrations. This summary of each tradition is followed by extensive annotated recommendations for children’s and adolescent literature as well as suggested teaching strategies.
Topics: Interfaith Education and Understanding Purchase Direct
Make a Difference 101: Community Service, a Practical Step-by-step Guide for Kids by Sande Hart.A Fun and easy workbook to help you figure out what you want to do and who you want to help and all you need to make it happen!A 13 step-by-step guide to help you take your own ideas, special interests & talents & turn them into empowering and effective community service projects that your entire community can participate in. Make a Difference Community Service teen empowerment make a difference make a difference community service community make a difference community service community service communityThis is one case where you should get M.A.D. Topics: Community Service, EducationPurchase direct from the Author
Embracing Israel/Palestine: A Strategy to Heal and Transform the Middle East by Rabbi Michael LernerA major modern conundrum is how the Arab/Israel conflict remains unresolved and, seemingly, unresolvable. In this inspirational book, Rabbi Michael Lerner suggests that a change in consciousness is crucial. With clarity and honesty, he examines how the mutual demonization and discounting of each sides’ legitimate needs drive the debate, and he points to new ways of thinking that can lead to a solution.Topics: Middle East PeaceOrder via Amazon to benefit URI in N.Am.
The 11 Karmic Spaces: Choosing freedom from the patterns that bind
you by Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, founder of URI in N.Am. CC, the Kashi Foundation. The 11 Karmic
Spaces reveals how and why most of us become stuck by karma and our habitual patterns of
action and reaction. We learn that although karma is a spiritual law, we do not have to be bound
by it. Through awareness, intuition and grace, it is possible to choose freedom from Karma. Ma
Jaya shows us how.. The review by Devadatta Kali is well worth a look. Topics: Inner PeaceOrder Direct
A Greater Democracy Day by Day by Sally Mahe and
Kathy Covert. A Greater Democracy Day by Day rehabilitates the word "democracy" by bringing
together 365 thought-provoking quotes from around the world and through time, all centered on
this concept that is the keystone of modern society. The book presents a theme for each month
and a quote about that theme to ponder on each day of the year. Topics:
NonviolenceOrder via the author's website
The Sacred Art of Listening by Kay
to illumine your spiritual journey, this book provides access to a new way of listening—to Source,
to self and to others. By expanding your awareness of listening and broadening your concept of
listening you will learn to:
Today’s pace of life leaves
little room for reflection and listening. This engaging book of inspired reflections and
extraordinary illustrations guides you to take time for yourself and listen from the essence of your
being. Other books are also available from Kay Lindahl notably including a children's
book, How Does God Listen?. Topics: Interfaith
Understanding, nonviolenceOrder Direct
Spirit: A Beginner's Guide to Sacred Psychology and Hypnotherapy by Jamal Rahman
of the Interfaith Community Church in
Seattle and Ed Eykholt.
Healing Inner Spirit provides mental health counselors and related professionals a
healing framework known as Sacred Psychology, which is inspired by timeless insights and
techniques common among many faith and wisdom traditions. We explore how to help clients
become mindful, recognize their inner divine attributes, and cultivate self-compassion in order to
work on a variety of issues ranging from diminishing destructive habits to evolving into the
fullness of one's being.
Reach to Peace by Rosalind Russell may be purchased
at www.rstarfoundation.org. Rosalind
describes her book this way: "FYI, the REACH TO PEACE book is a tool, not a literary masterpiece.
It is short and attractive, already getting us attention on the area of our peace work." Rosalind
has accomplished and continues to provide great service for the Women and Children of Nepal.
You can learn more in her book or by going to her website.Topics: Peace
EducationPurchase via the R*Star Foundation
Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power "This empowering resource engages women in an interactive exploration of the challenges and opportunities on the frontier of women's spiritual leadership. Through the voices of North American women representing a matrix of diversity--ethnically, spiritually, religiously, generationally and geographically--this book will inspire women to new expressions of their own personal leadership and invite them into powerful collaborative action." Co-authored by: Kathe Schaaf, a co-founder of Gather the Women Global Matrix, has convened numerous collaborative conversations engaging women and women's organizations * Kay Lindahl, a Certified Listening Professional and founder of The Listening Center, is author of The Sacred Art of Listening * Kathleen S.Hurty, PhD, a teaching fellow in leadership studies at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, is an educator, a grant writer and a public speaker * Reverend Guo Cheen is an ordained Buddhist nun * All four are ambassadors for the Council for the Parliament of World Religions and co-conveners of Women of Spirit and Faith.
Topics: Interfaith Understanding, Women and Spirituality -Purchase via Amazon to benefit URI in N. Am.
One Life Alliance Pledge: 30 Days to Honor the Sacredness of Life by Kia Scherr of the One Life Alliance.
Customer review by Grace33 on Amazon:
At first glance this appears to be a simple little book. But in fact, these daily practices contain deep philosophical truths put into action. This 30 day program is a distillation of the work of spiritual masters, philosophers and quantum physicists, simply presented in a form that YOU can follow. Try it. Be the expression of who you truly are. The Force is with you. For realz.
World Scriptures & World Scriptures, Vol. 2: Guiding Principles for
an Awakening World by Rev. Leland StewartWorld Scriptures brought us
the essence of the world's historic religions and some which began in more recent times.
What it did not do was to look at the possibility of a new synthesis, including many new
teachings that have emerged since the time of the earlier religions and looking toward an
emerging global civilization. It is the combination of World Scriptures and World Scriptures,
Vol. 2 that brings together the essence of our universal heritage and helps to provide a new
worldview and basis of faith for this age. Rev. Leland Stewart has searched the writings of the holy books of the
world to record in shortened form (using the original texts) the foundational principles and beliefs
of the world's religions and spiritual movements. These books are ideal for personal study
and meditation, as well as for use in classes which seek to build bridges between different
faiths. Rev. Stewart is founder and leader of the Unity-and-Diversity World Council, a
Cooperation Circle of URI in North America. Topics: Interfaith
Everest: A Climb for Peace by Lance Trumbull, former regional coordinator of the Multiregion.
This is a children's book that chronicles the inspirational journey of 'Peace Climbers' from different faiths and cultures as they climb to the summit of the tallest mountain in the world. The focus is on Palestinian Ali Bushnaq and Israeli's Dudu Yifrah and Micha Yaniv.
The Last Moderate Muslim by Osama Wazan, URI Global Council member from North America and member of the North America Leadership Council.
The well reviewed Last Moderate Muslim is a fiction novel. It is inspired by a true story and packs answers to countless questions that westerners have asked such as: Why are Muslims violent? Why do they hate us? Where are the moderates? What in God's name goes through the mind of a suicide bomber?
The Spiritual Power of
Nonviolence: Interfaith Understanding for a Future Without War by Prof. George
WolfeReligion and violence -- the two concepts seem incompatible given the emphasis
in religion on virtue, love, forgiveness and compassion. Yet many scriptures contain martial
images and stories of god-inspired military conquest. The Spiritual Power of Nonviolence
confronts this theological contradiction, arguing that martial images and symbols found in
religious texts are often meant to be interpreted as metaphors for an inner spiritual struggle and
should never be used as a justification for war. The analysis is undertaken from an interfaith
perspective that explains many of the paradoxical concepts found in theories of nonviolence. An
appeal is also made to restore civil discourse in the public arena, and for politicians and religious
leaders to refrain from using religious language when engaging in hawkish political
rhetoric.George Wolfe is an interdisciplinary scholar who presents a compelling case for
the sustainability paradigm and for offering peace education and interreligious dialogue on a
global scale. Professor Wolfe probes the scriptures of the world proving that nonviolence is a
shared virtue and that the real enemy we must battle against and ultimately defeat is actually
within us. He is URI contact for the Muncie Interfaith Fellowship in Indiana, a Cooperation
Circle of URI North America region.George's book has been endorsed by Bishop
William E. Swing, Arun Gandhi, Professor Michael Nagler, Rabbi Raine Teller, and others. To read
Topics: Nonviolence, Interfaith
Understanding Purchase via Amazon to benefit URI in N.Am.
One God, Three Wives, Five Religions by Frances Worthington, long term supporter of the Greenville Area Interfaith Forum, a URI Cooperation Circle. By examining the scripture and traditions of the five "Abrahamic" faiths, Frances provides us with a better understanding of our shared heritage, as well as, how the faiths diverge into their own unique perspectives.
Topics: Interfaith Understanding, Countering Islamophobia
Purchase via Amazon to benefit URI in N.Am.
Books recommended by CCs and
The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart
of Conflict by the Arbinger Institute. Insightful explanation of the sources of
interpersonal conflict of all kinds, and a roadmap out of it.
Topics: Learning NonviolencePurchase via Amazon to benefit URI in N.Am.
Arab Voices by James Zogby. "An informative and readable book that avoids the reductionism, demonology, and victimology that all too often taint treatment of this subject."--Foreign Affairs
Topics: Middle East, Countering Islamophobia
Exploring the Promises an audio book by John MacDougall of the Recovery Church in Saint Paul, MN. Recommended by Global Trustee Anne Roth. Also available on iTunes. See too A Fit Spiritual Condition.
Topics: Personal SustainabilityPurchase via CD Baby
The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner. Three women a Muslim a Jew and a Christian in search of understanding.
Topics: Interfaith UnderstandingPurchase via Amazon to benefit URI in N.Am.
Friendship and Faith: The Wisdom of Women Creating Alliances for Peace How
thirty women from seven different faith groups crossed religious, cultural, and racial divides to
build meaningful connections.
Topics: Interfaith Understanding, Interfaith Collaboration Purchase via Amazon to
URI in N.Am.
Gaia's Emissary a work of visionary
fiction by Suzanne Fensin. Recommended by URI in North America's very own Ardisanne
Turner. Our world is in crisis..... If you look at the world today and wonder What The
Heck Is Happening?..... Why is it happening?...... How can we fix it before it's too late?......
Would you like to experience this current reality from a very different perspective?.... If so, this
book's a must read for you.
SustainabilityPurchase via Amazon to benefit URI in N.Am.
Getting to the Heart of
Interfaith by "The Three Interfaith Amigos", Rabbi Ted Falcon, Sheikh Jamal Rahman,
and Pastor Don Mackenzie.
UnderstandingPurchase via Amazon to
URI in N.Am.
The Interfaith Ecology Movement - Doctoral Thesis by Elyse Joanne Rider, URI CC member from Australia. Subjecs covered include: Religion * Environmentalism * Participatory action research * Panpsychism * New social movements * Globalisation * Eco-spirituality * Interfaith * Multi-faith * Green movement * Cultural diversity * Eco-faith.
Topics: Interfaith Understanding, sustainabilityfree download: Monash University ARROW Repository
Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hatred: Causes and
Topics: Countering Islamophobia,
Interfaith Understandingfree download: The
Leadership in the Face of Religious Bigotry A Resource for Campus Leaders
Topics: Interfaith Understanding, Collaboration, Youthfree download: Interfaith Youth Core
Minefields and Miracles: A Global Adventure in Interfaith by Ruth Broyde Sharone - endorsed by several URI leaders as well as many many others.
Topics: Interfaith Understanding
The Moral Imagination: the Art and Soul of Building Peace
by John Paul Lederach. "We will seek to understand those who do not understand us." On the
basis of formulating and living such an idea, this group has created an unimaginably peaceful
space for their children and grandchildren over two decades.
Topics: Learning Nonviolence, Interfaith
CollaborationPurchase via Amazon to
URI in N.Am.
Muslims and Jews in
America: Commonalities, Contentions and Complexities by Reza Aslan and Abraham's Vision co-director Aaron Hahn
Tapper. An exploration of contemporary Jewish-Muslim relations in the United States and
the distinct and often creative ways in which these two communities interact with one another in
the American context. Each of the book's sixteen essays discusses a different episode from the
recent twentieth and current twenty-first century American milieu that links these two groups
Topics: Interfaith CollaborationPurchase via
Amazon to benefit URI in N.Am.
Communication: A Language of Life by Marshal Rosenberg with forward by Arun
Gandhi. Tools for learning how to listen and communicate beyond conflict.
Topics: Learning NonviolencePurchase via Amazon to
URI in N.Am.
The Qur'an and Sayings of Prophet
Muhammad Selections annotated and explained by Sohaib Sultan, the Imam
at Princeton University
Understanding, Countering IslamophobiaPurchase via
Amazon to benefit URI in N.Am.
Reconnecting.calm: Finding Common Ground for Science, Technology and Faith by Tom Mahon: a book for individuals and communities concerned about the ever-growing culture of technology into which we are all increasingly immersed and enmeshed. The book outlines a path away from the present model of constantly having to double the pace of our lives every 12-18 months to keep up with advances in electronics, and instead offers a way for individuals and groups to reclaim a human and humane handle on our tools so they serve us now, instead of the other way around.
Topics: Interfaith Understanding, humanityPurchase via Amazon to benefit URI in N.Am.
Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words
Have Lost Their Meaning and Power - and How They Can Be Restored Sets free
Christian language from contemporary literalism. Highly recommended by David "Sky" Enroth,
individual affiliate of URI
Understanding, Learning NonviolencePurchase via Amazon to benefit URI in N.Am.
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace, One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. The nonprofit project that changed history in Pakistan. Also Stones Into Schools by the same author, on their project's extension into Afghanistan.
Topics: Learning Nonviolence, Countering IslamophobiaPurchase via Amazon to benefit URI in N.Am.
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