Ira Rifkin

Spiritual Leaders Who Changed the World

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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


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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