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The Study Quran: A New Translation and Commentary
Maria Massi Dakake, Caner Karacay Dagli, Mohammed Rustom, Joseph E. B. Lumbard, Seyyed Hossein Nasr
The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics)
Muhammad Abdel Haleem, Anonymous
Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen
Mary Sharratt
Girl Meets God: On the Path to a Spiritual Life
Lauren F. Winner
New American Bible: Revised Edition
Harper Bibles, Anonymous
Biblical Literacy: The Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know
Timothy Beal
Unprotected Texts: The Bible's Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire
Jennifer Wright Knust
Reflections on the Qur'an
Hanaa Unus, Mohamed Hag Magid
Abdul Kader El Janabi, Reuven Snir, Roger Allen
Fate and Predestination
My Life With the Saints - James J. Martin

His spiritual biography on how certain Catholic saints & holy people came to influence his life. Examples: Saint Therese of Lisieux, Thomas Merton, Ignatius Loyola, Dorothy Day, etc.


His idea makes for a nice writing exercise for those inspiring writers out there. Who are your inspirations in faith, and why are they? How are they influencing you? What lessons do you draw from their lives? The person can be from any time & place and not necessarily well-known.

An Obvious Fact: A Longmire Mystery (Walt Longmire Mysteries) - Craig Johnson

Book #12 in the Longmire mystery series, to be released on September 13, 2016. You should have seen the happy dance when the ebook version of the advanced reader's copy hit one of the bookseller's resource website. :D If you like the western milieu (they are set in Wyoming), literary references (this one to Sherlock Holmes), and a wry sense of humor, the mystery series is for you.

Creative Nonfiction: Researching and Crafting Stories of Real Life - Philip Gerard

The basics of what you need to know to go about writing creative nonfiction.

Seeking Enlightenment... Hat by Hat: A Skeptic's Guide to Religion - Nevada Barr

A series of spiritual personal essays by this mystery writer about how she went from Atheism to Episcopalianism and the spiritual lessons she's learned along the way, "considering I didn't accept Jesus Christ as my personal savior, didn't believe the Bible was divinely inspired, and wasn't entirely sure about the whole God thing." Reflects my experiences and attitudes quite well.

Mudhouse Sabbath - Lauren F. Winner

Currently reading her spiritual memoir but also found this and it was a quick, short read. Lessons from Jewish spiritual practices applied to Christian spirituality (i.e. the lesson from the Jewish practice of keeping kosher for Christians is to be always mindful of what they eat). Very interesting in it can also help enhance Islamic spiritual practice.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Journaling - Joan Neubauer, Kathleen Adams

A very basic beginner's guide to journaling.  It was ok for a beginner to get ideas of what to journal about.