Spiritual Innovators: Seventy-Five Extraordinary People Who Changed the World in the Past Century

 
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Fascinating profiles of the most important spiritual leaders of the past one hundred years. An invaluable reference of twentieth-century religion and an inspiring resource for spiritual challenge today.

The result of a nationwide survey of experts in leading universities and seminaries, as well as leading representatives of dozens of religious traditions and spiritual persuasions, this authoritative list of seventy-five includes martyrs and mystics, intellectuals and charismatics from East and West. Their lives and wisdom are now easily accessible in this inspiring volume.

A celebration of the human spirit, ideal for both seekers and believers, the curious and the passionate, thinkers and doers, Spiritual Innovators is an authoritative guide to the most creative spiritual ideas and actions of the past century--a challenge for us today.

An empowering guide to the most creative spiritual ideas of the past century, and a challenge for today, Spiritual Innovators profiles seventy-five remarkable people together in one accessible volume.

Each profile includes:

* Synopsis of innovator’s life and the evolution of their spiritual leadership and influence.

* Inspiring quotes--words of wisdom indicative of the innovator’s life and teachings.

* A guide to further examination of their works, ideas, organizations, movements, legacy.

* Resources for more in-depth study.

Spiritual innovators covered:

Chögyam Trungpa

Mary Daly

Mary Baker Eddy

Robert Funk

G. I. Gurdjieff

Aimee Semple McPherson

Elijah Muhammad

Bhaktivedanta Prabuphada

Bertrand Russell Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

William J. Seymour

Shirdi Sai Baba

Starhawk

Desmond Tutu

Abdu’l Bahá

Daniel Berrigan

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Abraham Isaac Kook

C. S. Lewis

Huston Smith

D. T. Suzuki

Simone Weil

Dorothy Day

Catherine de Hueck Doherty

Maha Ghosananda Mawlana Muhammad Ilyas

Mother Teresa

Walter Rauschenbusch

Albert Schweitzer

Robert Holbrook Smith

Thich Nhat Hanh

Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

Black Elk

Deepak Chopra

Bede Griffiths

Hazrat Inayat Khan

J. Krishnamurti

Meher Baba

Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Paramahansa Yogananda

Andrew Weil

Ajahn Chah

Thomas Keating

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Thomas Merton

Pema Chödrön

Ramana Maharshi

Seung Sahn

Shunryu Suzuki

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About the Author:

Ira Rifkin is an award-winning religion journalist who has been honored by the Associated Church Press, the Religion Newswriters Association, the American Jewish Press Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists. He was formerly news producer at Beliefnet.com, a multi-faith web magazine, and a national correspondent for Religion News Service.

The Editors at SkyLight Paths have developed other celebrated books for people of all faiths and backgrounds, including Who Is My God? An Innovative Guide to Finding Your Spiritual Identity and God Within: Our Spiritual Future--As Told by Today’s New Adults.

From Publishers Weekly:

In this eclectic tome, religion reporter Rifkin brings together 75 portraits of 20th-century spiritual leaders, providing brief biographical overviews, excerpts from the leaders' own writings and abbreviated bibliographies of works by and about the subjects. The book is marked by the impressive ecumenism that readers expect from SkyLight Paths publications: subjects include Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day, Orthodox rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, Hare Krishna founder Bhaktivedanta Prabuphada, pagan author Starhawk and evangelist Billy Graham. Many of the entries vividly bring their subjects to life. The entry on Reinhold Niebuhr succinctly conveys the essence of Christian Realism, and the chapter on Ram Dass movingly discusses the impact that his 1997 stroke had on his thinking about suffering and patience. But some of the entries are unsatisfying, even problematic. The discussion of C.S. Lewis, for example, is little more than a curriculum vitae in paragraph form; the author fails to convey what was distinctive about Lewis's work or why we should consider him an "innovator." The entry on Simone Weil praises the French activist as "a role model for everyone who has struggled honestly with faith in the face of mistrust of organized religion," but fails to mention, let alone account for, Weil's troubling record of anti-Semitic stances. The collection is, at times, stirring, but it serves better as an inspirational, agreeable read than as a reference book. The entries are too brief and uneven to be of use to the critical student.
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