Books

A religion of ones own

A Religion of One’s Own

Explore the myriad possibilities of creating a personal spiritual style, either inside or outside formal religion.

Care of the Soul in Medicine

Care of the Soul in Medicine

A book on how to make the practice and experience of modern medicine soulful. It addresses both patients and healthcare workers, taking the popular idea of the patient as a whole person deeper and suggesting ways to make a hospital and a medical center a place of soul and healing.

The Guru of Golf

18 stories about the game of life, each set on a golf course, using golf as the root metaphor for many of life’s issues. The stories are subtle, funny and instructive.

Writing in the Sand

Writing in the Sand

A book on the Gospels for either Christians or non-Christians and especially conceived for those who have lost touch with Gospel spirituality. This is a radically new approach to the meaning of the Jesus Kingdom.

A Life at Work

A Life at Work

Many books tell you how to get a job and work on your career. This book goes deep into a sense of calling, childhood influences, failures and setbacks and is all about finding your life work (may include hobbies, several jobs, or community service).

Dark Nights of the Soul

Dark Nights of the Soul

How can we talk about depression and difficult moments in life from the perspective of the soul? This book, widely read by people going through tough times, explores ways to deal with hopelessness and anxiety, trouble and loss, positively. It considers a dark night as a rite of passage.

The Lost Sutras of Jesus

The Lost Sutras of Jesus

Written with Ray Riegert. The fascinating story of the Gospels received and adapted along the Silk Road in the 7th century. The shifts in language and ideas that came from that encounter bring new life to texts that are familiar to many.

The Book of Job

The Book of Job

A psychological commentary on the story of Job from the Bible. It considers the suffering Job endured and the answer he came up with, one that we could all use in difficult periods.

The Soul's Religion

The Soul’s Religion

This is religion seen from the deep perspective of the soul, rather than the spirit. The book explores various aspects of religious life for their deep meaning, apart from belief and traditional practices. It offers a way to take the spiritual life more deeply and to give ordinary life a sacred dimension.

The Soul of Sex

The Soul of Sex

A deepening of our approach to sex. This book responds to extreme and superficial kinds of sexual expression by showing the depth and significance of sexuality in ordinary life. It favors a more erotic culture, one that understands sexuality more deeply and in sacred terms.

Meditations

Meditations

A collection of short pieces, some fictional, some humorous, on how to adapt monastic ideals to ordinary life.

Education of the Heart

Education of the Heart

An anthology of passages from writers quoted in the previous three books. This is not just a reference book but a real education in the place of soul in daily life told through many authors who reject a secular, materialistic way of life.

The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life

The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life

Re-enchantment means the return of imagination, mystery and a sense of the symbolic and poetic to the natural and manufactured world. This book is very particular and concrete in showing how to make an enchanting world in a secular age.

Soulmates

Soulmates

This book focuses on the soul issues in relationships. It elucidates the deep issues involved in intimate pairings, especially difficult elements like endings and jealousies. It also considers ways of deepening friendship, family life and community.

Care of the Soul

Care of the Soul

This widely read book introduces the idea of soul with reference to C. G. Jung, James Hillman and Greek mythology. It shows the need for soul in a secular world and the role of spirituality in caring for the soul.

Dark Eros

Dark Eros

An exploration of sado-masochism in everyday life and culture through a positive reading of the Marquis de Sade. The book is aimed at psychotherapists but is accessible to a general reader. It’s purpose is to deepen our understanding and appreciation for the dark side of life.

A Blue Fire

A Blue Fire

An anthology of the writings of James Hillman. The book organizes Hillman’s ideas around large themes, presents an introduction to his work and brief comments on the sections. It is often used as a textbook or an introduction to Hillman’s archetypal psychology.

Rituals of the Imagination

Rituals of the Imagination

A collection of four talks given at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture in the early 1980’s. Themes include: Marsilio Ficino, the color green, the meaning of ritual, and personal mythology.

The Planets Within

The Planets Within

Thomas Moore’s dissertation at Syracuse University was a translation and commentary on Marsilio Ficino’s book How Life Should be Designed to be in Accord with the Stars. Ficino’s book is about ensouling the world through astrology. This book brings it up to date.