In the News: Top Spiritual Writings Span Beliefs - USA Today

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In the News: Top Spiritual Writings Span Beliefs - USA Today

Postby Guest » Sun Jan 02, 2000 1:00 am

I found this over at Tolkien-Movies... Some of you may remember when the official list of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Century came out a couple of months ago from Harper-Collins--there was quite a discussion in the messageboard over whether Tolkien should have been included in the list.<P><P><B>Top Spiritual Writings Span Beliefs</B><P><I>by Cathy Lynn Grossman</I><P>USA Today - January 2, 2000<BR><IMG<BR>SRC="images/spacer.gif" HEIGHT="4" WIDTH="1"><P>Things are looking up in the centennial list-making stampede. Way up.<BR><IMG SRC="images/spacer.gif" HEIGHT="4" WIDTH="1"><P>Religion publisher HarperSanFrancisco Thursday releases its<BR> 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Century, nominated by 16 writers and thinkers from a<BR> worldwide range of beliefs.<P><IMG SRC="images/spacer.gif" HEIGHT="4" WIDTH="1"><P> Philip Zaleski, editor of the publisher's annual anthology of spiritual writing, says<BR> people won't be surprised to see Pope John Paul II, William James, Mohandas Gandhi and<BR> Martin Luther King Jr. on the list.<BR><IMG SRC="images/spacer.gif" HEIGHT="4" WIDTH="1"><P><BR> But they may do a double take at J.R.R. Tolkien's <em>Lord of the Rings, </em>"although<BR> he writes about good and evil as well as anyone has ever done it," or at the<BR> controversial <em>Autobiography of Malcolm X.</em><BR><IMG SRC="images/spacer.gif" HEIGHT="4" WIDTH="1"><P> "We were looking for books that seemed exceptional in their literary quality and<BR> their religious or spiritual profundity. Most are intensely personal," Zaleski says.<BR><IMG SRC="images/spacer.gif" HEIGHT="4" WIDTH="1"><P> Zaleski, head of the nominating committee, gives his own (unranked) Top 10:<BR><IMG SRC="images/spacer.gif" HEIGHT="4" WIDTH="1"><P> -- Black Elk, <em>Black Elk Speaks</em> - "A vivid description of the Sioux Indian<BR> religious universe."<BR><IMG SRC="images/spacer.gif" HEIGHT="4" WIDTH="1"><P> <BR> -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, <em>Letters and Papers From Prison</em> - "A beautiful work<BR> on Christian faith, suffering for one's beliefs, religious courage and conviction."<BR><IMG SRC="images/spacer.gif" HEIGHT="4" WIDTH="1"><P><BR> -- Martin Buber, <em>I and Thou - </em>"About the infinite mystery and beauty in our<BR> relationship with God."<BR><IMG SRC="images/spacer.gif" HEIGHT="4" WIDTH="1"><P><BR> -- G.K. Chesterton,<em> Orthodoxy - </em>"An argument for tradition full of soaring<BR> metaphors, puns and paradoxes." <BR><IMG SRC="images/spacer.gif" HEIGHT="4" WIDTH="1"><P><BR> -- T.S. Eliot, <em>The Four Quartets</em> - "The greatest religious poetry of the<BR> century." <BR><IMG SRC="images/spacer.gif" HEIGHT="4" WIDTH="1"><P><BR> -- Abraham Joshua Heschel, <em>The Sabbath</em> - "Goes immediately to the heart: Why<BR> set aside one day for God?" <BR><IMG SRC="images/spacer.gif" HEIGHT="4" WIDTH="1"><P><BR> -- Shunryu Suzuki, <em>Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind</em> - "A primer to Buddhist<BR> practice a call to an open, fresh and receptive mind."<P><IMG SRC="images/spacer.gif" HEIGHT="4" WIDTH="1"><P> -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, <em>The Phenomenon of Man </em>- "A Catholic<BR> priest/paleontologist looks toward the human race's ultimate uniting with Christ." <BR><IMG SRC="images/spacer.gif" HEIGHT="4" WIDTH="1"><P> -- St. Therese of Lisieux, <em>Story of a Soul - </em>"A radiant, deep, immensely<BR> appealing vision of God by a young girl." <BR><IMG SRC="images/spacer.gif" HEIGHT="4" WIDTH="1"><P> -- Simone Weil, <em>Waiting for God</em> - "Essays by a staggeringly brilliant<BR> thinker on sufferings in the world."

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