5 books on spirituality for summer reading

In alphabetical order by title:


Listening Below the Noise: The Transformative Power of Silence by Anne D. LeClaire
I love this part of her introduction:

My days were occupied with obligations and mundane responsibilities: grocery shopping, cooking, dentist appointments, committee meetings, book deadlines, correspondence, banking, and all the routine maintenance of car, house, yard, body, and especially relationships with family and friends. The list seemed unending. Like too many of us, I mistook a busy life for a rich one.

Please Pass the Faith: the art of spiritual grandparenting by Elsie Rempel
Although I’m  not a grandparent myself, I’m very interested in Elsie’s new book. I know her well from her work in children’s formation, and am glad to see that she is now connecting this very deliberately with the role of grandparents. Way to go, Elsie!

The Cost of Community: Jesus, St. Francis, and Life in the Kingdom by Jamie Arpin-Ricci
Spirituality in action and in community—I’m looking forward to learning a lot from this book. Christine Sine, executive director, Mustard Seed Associates, says:

This thought-provoking, challenging and often heart-rending book had a profound impact on me. I heartily recommend it to all followers of Christ who want to be challenged to take their faith more seriously.

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin, SJ
This book has been on my reading list ever since it was published in 2010, but I really do intend to read it this summer! Below is a clip of the author talking about joy and humour as spiritual qualities.

Your Ears Will Hear by Steve & Evy Klassen
This book is a journal for reading and writing, as an aid for listening to God. It brings together real stories by real people, and I look forward to adding my own.

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4 thoughts on “5 books on spirituality for summer reading

  1. Hi April:
    I’m so excited that you are writing a blog and I’m able to follow along. The book on Listening Below the
    Noise sounds really appealing to me. I’m putting that on my “must read” list.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to blog, I don’t get to hear you preach anymore so for me it’s a
    small insight into your life.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Thanks Heidi – I’m so excited that you’re following along! This is all very new to me, and as time goes on, I hope there will be more comments and interaction. If you have any suggestions for topics, please let me know….

  3. Hi, April.

    I curate a list of books on spirituality and the idea is for me to update them as new titles hit the bookshelves. I’m certainly interested in getting a good read at Listening Below the Noise, thank you. I think the quote that you’ve included in your post speaks well about how most of us can easily get distracted with the functions of every day life. Again, thank you for the inspiration!

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