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The Best Spiritual Writing

Philip Zaleski (Editor), Stephen R. Prothero (Introduction by)


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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/27/2011)
Paperback (11/30/2010)


A new volume of the critically acclaimed spiritual writing series, with an introduction by bestselling author Stephen Prothero

Boasting an impressive selection of personal essays, articles, and poems by today's leading luminaries, "The Best Spiritual Writing 2013" captures our nation's spiritual pulse and offers readers an opportunity to explore the most nourishing writings on spirituality published in the past year. As in previous editions, Philip Zaleski draws from a wide range of journals and magazines to build an anthology of stimulating works by some of the nation's most esteemed writers such as Adam Gopnik, Edward Hirsch, and Melissa Range. The result is a book, ideal for gift giving, that will appeal to religious thinkers, atheists, and people of all faiths and beliefs.

Praise For The Best Spiritual Writing

Praise for The Best Spiritual Writing of 2013:

"This always-pleasing volume is particularly strong entry in a strong series; for all libraries and individuals seeking the best in spiritual reading."
Library Journal

Selected Praise for The Best Spiritual Writing Series:

“Zaleski’s compilation of spiritual writings restores ‘best’ to its rightful exceptional place. . . . It is a curious literary party at first glance, but the diverse forms, voices, topics, gradually coalesce into something bigger and more elegant, something spiritual and extraordinary.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review


“There is enough here to feed the hungry heart for years to come.”
—Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence

“Illuminating . . . This anthology, as always, is a rich feast.”
National Catholic Reporter

“Zaleski has repeated his annual miracle, uniting another year's worth of various and thought-provoking pieces. Essential for individuals who have read earlier volumes, and an excellent place to start for those who have not.”
Library Journal, starred review

“[A] luminous collection.”
Chicago Tribune

“Like a very fine friend returned from a year’s voyaging, laden with delights and treasures to share, Philip Zaleski brings us, here again, another trove of well-wrought, luminous, soul-bracing gifts.”
—Thomas Lynch, author of Apparition & Late Fictions

“[A] reliably bracing volume.”
—June Sawyers for Booklist, starred review

“Those who embrace variety will find plenty to sink their teeth into.”
The Christian Science Monitor

Penguin Books, 9780143121534, 244pp.

Publication Date: September 25, 2012

About the Author

Philip Zaleski is the author and editor of many books on religion and spirituality, most recently "Prayer: A History" with Carol Zaleski. He lives in Massachusetts.Stephen Prothero is a professor in the department of religion at Boston University and the author of numerous books on religion in America.