Spiritual Exercises

Eight soulful books of contemplation and inspiration.

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Thomas Merton: The Seven Storey Mountain

Tao Te Ching

“Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed that easily.” — Dorothy Day

Saint Augustine: Confessions

Dorothy Day: The Long Loneliness

Thomas Traherne: Centuries of Meditations

Eugen Herrigel: Zen in the Art of Archery

“I have discovered that all the trouble in the world stems from one fact, man’s inability to sit still in a room.” — Pascal

Simone Weil: An Anthology

Blaise Pascal: Pensées

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Excerpted and adapted from the book, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich. Copyright © 2018 by James Mustich. Published by Workman Publishing.

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