A Reading List of Books Spotted at the Snowmass Benedictine Library


The following list of books sparked my interest during a stay at the Snowmass Benedictine Retreat Center. After I checked out from my room, I spent enough time to peruse their entire library of books, noting the ones I thought I’d be drawn to at this stage of my journey. This list doesn’t include those I’ve already read, such as “Be Here Now” by Ram Dass. I’ve finally bought a Kindle since the number of books I’ve read on spirituality exceeds the amount of library shelf space I have. I relished seeing how open minded this Cistercian resource was, evidenced by the books included in its collection.

1. Surrender to Love by David G Benner
2. The Common Heart, an experience of Interreligious Dialogue by Netanel Miles-Yepez
3. Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Merton
4. Healing the Hidden Self by Barbara Leahy Shlemon
5. Love’s Mind, an essay on Contemplative Life by John S. Dunne
6. The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
7. Living Flame of Love by St. John of the Cross
8. The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux, the story of a soul by John Beevers
9. The Desert Fathers, sayings of the early Christian Monks (Penguin)
10. The Essene Gospel of Peace, translated from the third century Aramaic manuscript by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely
11. The Essene Gospel of Peace, book two
12. The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three, discovering the radical truth at the heart of Christianity by Cynthia Bourgeault
13. Clare, a light in the garden by Murray Bodo
14. The Inner Journey, views from the Christian Tradition, Parabola anthology series by Ravi Ravindra
15. The Secret Sayings of Jesus by Robert Grant and David Noel Freedman
16. Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit by Thomas Keating
17. Mystics, a guide to happiness by Teresa de Bertodano
18. The Cloud of Unknowning, Aquinas Press Classics.

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