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Cannato, Judy. Field of compassion: How the new cosmology is transforming spiritual life.  (Sorin Books  2010).

The best-selling author of Radical Amazement articulates a transforming vision of spirituality that examines the intricate connectedness of the physical and spiritual worlds, a phenomenon she calls the "field of compassion."In the tradition of Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry, Judy Cannato invites spiritual seekers to embrace the way in which an understanding of religion and the spiritual path is informed and illumined by cutting-edge science. Cannato's newest book is a must-read for those interested in how the new cosmology and the Christian story can be understood in harmony with one another. She shows how modern scientific discoveries demonstrate that at the most fundamental of levels all life is connected and that humankind participates in the unfolding of the universe. This book's compelling and radical call to transformation will inspire readers to choose collaboration and peace over competition and conflict.


Dawley, Rev. Caroline. Pathway of Peace : Journey to the New Earth (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016).

The story is rich with symbolism leading us on a new pathway of planetary consciousness and Peace on Earth. We have raised our awareness and have seen glimpses of a new earth where all life is thriving; living in harmony and balance in a peaceful new world. We have sojourned through the “Great Change” or Shift, acknowledging that there is no turning back, while extending our boundaries beyond time and space, we look to an Ancient teaching, now, having taken root, has grown into a Great Tree in the midst of awakened hearts, and the Soul of Mother Earth.

The New Earth is thriving with pristine forests, animals, birds of every kind, children laughing, and mothers and fathers smiling. Deer is the Monarch of the Forest who leads us to new life, a new Heart and new Mind. The Peacemaker uprooted the tree of war consciousness, and embracing the gift of Love for all beings to live in the high mind, planted the seed of the white heart in the consciousness of every man woman and child for seven generations has come to fulfillment, it’s the time of the Great Awakening. The straight spine of the Tree symbolizes the constitution of man living according to Natural Law, a symbol for humankind to manifest the new life living peacefully with Creator, the Earth, and each other.As the four sacred races of humankind join together as One in alignment with Creator and Mother Earth, we transcend the old world, and enter a new frontier of consciousness where the Tree of Life blossoms in the Garden and the Earth is made Green again, creating a Pristine New Earth, thriving with life, light and peace.



Lederach, John Paul. The journey toward reconciliation. ( Herald Press, 1999).

We live in a diverse, but interdependent world. Even with modern technology, communications, and travel, we still need to build relationships leading to reconciliation.John Paul Lederach shares insights gained from years of work in international mediation and deep spiritual reflection on the task of reconciliation. From personal experiences and the Bible story, he finds God seeking reconciliation throughout history. Here is help for conflicted families, communities, and nations.


IMG-6253Lepard, Brian D. Hope for a global ethic: shared principles in religious scriptures. (Baha'i Publishing Trust, 2005).

The events of September 11, 2001 forever punctured any illusions that Americans are safe from the fanaticism and terrorism so depressingly familiar to residents of the Middle East and other troubled areas of the globe. Numerous wars, including in Iraq, but particularly in the underdeveloped areas of the world, such as Africa, claim countless lives annually and leave many others horribly injured and disabled. At the same time, and often as a direct result of wars and civil conflicts, millions of individuals around the world endure violations of their fundamental human rights. In the economic realm, the materialistic culture pervading the West has, with the fall of Communism, been able to gain a widespread foothold. The disparity between the rich and poor throughout the world continues to grow Against this numbing backdrop, international human rights law specialist Brian Lepard suggests that only a global ethic--a relatively specific set of shared ethical principles--will ultimately be sufficient to support the incipient positive, unifying and harmonizing forces operating in the world today. Surprisingly, Lepard finds the most hopeful source for a global ethic is based on the scriptures of the various world religions--the same belief systems that are so often viewed as the source of ethical disagreements and discord.



Merkel, Jim. Radical simplicity: Small footprints on a finite earth. New Society Publishers, 2003.

Imagine you are first in line at a potluck buffet. The spread includes not just food and water, but all the materials needed for shelter, clothing, healthcare, and education. How do you know how much to take? How much is enough to leave for your neighbors behind you—not just the six billion people, but the wildlife, and the as-yet-unborn?

In the face of looming ecological disaster, many people feel the need to change their own lifestyles as a tangible way of transforming our unsustainable culture.Radical Simplicity is the first book that guides the reader to a personal sustainability goal, then offers a process to monitor progress to a lifestyle that is equitable amongst all people, species, and generations. It employs three tools to help readers begin their customized journey to simplicity:

It builds on steps from Your Money or Your Life so readers can design their own personal economics to save money, get free of debt, and align their work with their values. It uses refined tools from Our Ecological Footprint so readers can measure how much nature is needed to supply all they consume and absorb their waste. Combining lyrical narrative, compassionate advocacy, and absorbing science,Radical Simplicity is a practical, personal answer to twenty-first century challenges that will appeal as much to Cultural Creatives and students as to spiritual seekers, policy makers, and sustainability professionals.



Salzberg, Sharon. The Force of Kindness: Change Your Life with Love and Compassion. (Louisville, CO: Sounds True, Inc., 2005).

Distill the great spiritual teachings from around the world down to their most basic principles, and one thread emerges to unite them all: kindness. In The Force of Kindness, Sharon Salzberg, one of the nation's most respected Buddhist authors and meditation teachers, offers practical instruction on how we can cultivate this essential trait within ourselves.

Through her stories, teachings, and guided meditations, Sharon Salzberg takes readers on an exploration of what kindness truly means and the simple steps to realize its effects immediately. She reveals that kindness is not the sweet, naïve sentiment that many of us assume it is, but rather an immensely powerful force that can transform individual lives and ripple out, changing and improving relationships, the environment, our communities, and ultimately the world. Readers will learn specific techniques for cultivating forgiveness; turning compassion into action; practicing speech that is truthful, helpful, and loving; and much more.

When we fan even the smallest ember of kindness, according to Sharon Salzberg, we begin to overcome our own fears, doubts, and personal attachments-and tap an endless source of gentle strength that is always available to us. With her graceful writing and six guided meditations on CD, this beloved meditation master empowers readers to enhance The Force of Kindness in their own spiritual practice.



Tutu, Desmond. No future without forgiveness. (Random House, 2012).

The establishment of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a pioneering international event. Never had any country sought to move forward from despotism to democracy both by exposing the atrocities committed in the past and achieving reconciliation with its former oppressors. At the center of this unprecedented attempt at healing a nation has been Archbishop Desmond Tutu, whom President Nelson Mandela named as Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. With the final report of the Commission just published, Archbishop Tutu offers his reflections on the profound wisdom he has gained by helping usher South Africa through this painful experience.In No Future Without Forgiveness, Tutu argues that true reconciliation cannot be achieved by denying the past.  But nor is it easy to reconcile when a nation "looks the beast in the eye." Rather than repeat platitudes about forgiveness, he presents a bold spirituality that recognizes the horrors people can inflict upon one another, and yet retains a sense of idealism about reconciliation. With a clarity of pitch born out of decades of experience, Tutu shows readers how to move forward with honesty and compassion to build a newer and more humane world.



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