"A kaleidoscope of inspiration ...insightful commentaries on each classic and biographical information on the authors. A unique overview of Spirituality" -- Watkins Review, Summer 2005
Tom Butler-Bowdons selections for 50 Spiritual Classics are bound to be controversial. From mega-bestsellers to 1st Century writings, stories of personal journeys to biographies of spiritual leaders through the ages, Butler-Bowdon places each work into its historical context and offers insightful commentary on how these classics can help spiritual seekers everywhere bring personal beliefs, values and practices squarely into the center of their every day lives.
50 Spiritual Classics captures the diversity of life journeys that span centuries, continents, spiritual traditions and secular beliefs: from the historical The Book of Chuang Tzu to modern insight from the Kabbalah, from St. Augustines Confessions to Eckhart Tolles recent The Power of Now, from Don Miguel Ruizs The Four Agreements to Rick Warrens phenomenon The Purpose-Driven Life. The first and only bite-sized guide to the very best in spiritual writing, this one-of-a-kind collection includes personal diaries and compelling biographies of such diverse figures as Gandhi, Malcolm X, and Black Elk; Eastern philosophers and gurus including Krishnamurti, Yogananda, Chögyam Trungpa and Suzuki; and Western saints and mystics such as St. Francis of Assisi, Herman Hesse and Simone Weil.
In its commentaries of both the conventional classics as well as new writings destined to endure, 50 Spiritual Classics makes universal the human spiritual experience beyond time and space and will inspire spiritual seekers everywhere to begin their own adventure.See all Editorial Reviews
This is a good review of some important and Influential works. I can't read everything and I'm particular about the material I read, so I was looking for a concise collection that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Eric Dumouchel
Excellent! Wonderfully well-written survey of and introduction to essential Spiritual ClassicsI Would make a great textbook for a Spritual Classics 101 Course. Read morePublished 11 months ago by karl melanson
I've owned this particular book by Tom Butler-Bowden for around eight years (probably purchased around its publication in 2005). Read morePublished 22 months ago by Etienne Jackson
Excitingly refreshing. Thoughts never thought before. Will find one or more similar in tone to read and ponder. Much new to my train..THANK you Thomas!Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Goes well with 50 philosophy classics gives. Leads to further reseach I am over 80yrs and have most of books in my library.Published 22 months ago by Gordonbertram
If your looking for a spiritual path this is an excellent pointer.
If your looking for a stand alone source its short summaries are not sufficient.
Not only is this book a perfect reference guide to some of the world's greatest spiritual literature, but it clarifies and explains many complex ideas by various authors, sages,... Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Dr. jur. George Mentz JD MBA CWM (Author and Teacher)
A 'GO TO' REFERENCE TO THE BEST CLASSIC, HISTORICAL
AND INSPIRATIONAL LITERATURE. NON-DENOMINATIONAL
AND UN-BIASED SUMMARY OF EACH BOOK WITH INFORMATION
ON AUTHOR... Read more