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Dakota: A Spiritual Geography– (Kathleen Norris, 1993) Norris’s eloquent prose evokes the Great Plains and its influence on the human spirit. This book describes the harsh, desolate, yet sublime landscape that embodies the contradictions of American life as lived in the small towns where history and myth have become indistinguishable.

Heart of Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation – (Thich Nhat Hanh, ) The author introduces us to the core teachings of Buddhism and shows us that the Buddha's teachings are accessible and applicable to our daily lives. With poetry and clarity, Nhat Hanh imparts comforting wisdom about the nature of suffering and its role in creating compassion, love, and joy--all qualities of enlightenment. Covering such significant teachings as the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Three Doors of Liberation, the Three Dharma Seals, and the Seven Factors of Awakening.

Heaven is for Real - (Todd Burpo, 2010) Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit – (Daniel Quinn, 1992) This is the book that corporate leaders, politicians and ordinary citizens credit with changing forever the way they look at human beings’ relationship with the rest of nature. A suspenseful, inventive, and probing dialogue between a teacher and a pupil that may reshape the way you look at your life.

The Last Gift of Time: Life Beyond Sixty – (Carolyn G. Heilbrun, 1997) At the advent of her seventieth birthday, Heilbrun realized that her golden years had been full of unforeseen pleasures. The astute and ever-insightful Heilbrun muses on the emotional and intellectual insights that brought her “to choose each day for now, to live.” Even the encroachments of loss, pain, and sadness that come with age cannot spoil Heilbrun’s moveable feast.

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose - (Eckhart Tolle, 2005) Tolle shows how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world.  Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path a truly fulfilling existence.

The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality - (Dalai Lama, 2005) In this rare, personal investigation, His Holiness the Dalai Lama discusses his vision of science and faith working hand in hand to alleviate human suffering. Drawing on a lifetime of scientific study and religious practice, he explores many of the great debates and makes astonishing connections between seemingly disparate topics–such as evolution and karma–that will change the way we look at our world.

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