Rev Karla’s

Book Recommendations

When I began my journey through the spiritual wilderness, deconstructing from my religious beliefs and healing from my religious trauma, I relied on quiet times in prayer and contemplation. I also dove heavily into the wisdom of others, affirming my path and assuring me that I was not alone. Here are books that I recommend to help you on your journey. These are affiliate links, and we appreciate your using them to help support Numa Soul’s ministry. Check back often, as we will continue to add more recommendations and resources.

Adult Book Recommendations

Buddhism
Living Buddha Living Christ 20th Anniversary Addition by Thich Nhat HanhPeace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat HahnBuddha by Karen ArmstrongThe Heart of Buddhas Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh
Christianity
Apocalypse & Allegience by KraybillChristian Mystics 365 Readings and Meditations by Matthew FoxChristianity and World Religions Revised Edition - Questions We Ask About Other Faiths by Adam HamiltonDark Night of the Soul by St John of the CrossHalf Truths by Adam HamiltonJesus for the Non-Religious by John Shelby SpongMaking Sense of the Bible - Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today by Adam HamiltonMeister Eckhart A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times by Matthew CrossNew Oxford Annotated Bible with ApocryphaPrayers of the Cosmos Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus by Neil Douglas KlotzRevelations Visions Prophecy & Politics in the Book of Revelation by Elaine PagelsSeeing Gray in a World of Black and White Thoughts on Religion Morality and Politics by Adam HamiltonThe Coming of the Cosmic Christ The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance by Matthew FoxThe Meaning of Mary Magdalene Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity by Cynthia BourgeaultThe Universal Christ How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See Hope For and Believe by Richard RohrWhen Christians Get It Wrong Revised by Adam Hamilton
Interfaith

God of Love - A Guide to the Heart of Judaism Christianity and Islam by Mirabai StarrSearching for Sunday - Loving Leaving and Finding the Church by Rachel Held EvansThe Mystic Heart - Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the Worlds Religions by Wayne TeasdaleThe Worlds Wisdom - Sacred Texts of the Worlds Religions by Philip Novak

Social Activism
How to be an Anti-racist by Ibram X KendiWhite Fragility Why is it so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Deangelo
Spirituality
A Year of Biblical Womanhood How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof Covering Her HeadHow Jesus Became God The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee by Bart D EhrmanJesus for the Non-Religious by John Shelby SpongJesus Interrupted Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible And Why We Dont Know About Them by Bart D EhrmanLove Wins A Book About Heaven Hell and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob BellMisquoting Jesus The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why by Bart D EhrmanRe-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World by John Shelby SpongRescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture by John Shelby SpongResurrecting Jesus Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic by AdyashantiThe Dark Night of the Soul by St John of the CrossThe Lost Art of Scripture Rescuing the Sacred Texts by Karen ArmstrongWhat is the Bible by Rob BellWhy Christianity Must Change or Die A Bishop Speaks to Believers In Exile by John Shelby SpongThe Fourth Gospel Tales of a Jewish Mystic by John Shelby Spong
Others
This Is Your Brain on Music The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J Levitin

Children’s Book Recommendations

African
The Adventures of Obi and Titi The Hidden Temple of Ogiso by Mr O T Begho
Buddhism

Kindness A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents by Sarah Conover Ages 11 to 14Wide Awake A Buddhist Guide for Teens by Diana Winston Ages 12 to 15

Christianity
Children of God Storybook Bible by Archbishop Desmond Tutu Ages 2 to 6Gods Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu Ages 1 to 6Images of God for Young Children by Marie Helene Delval Ages 4 to 9
Evolution
Annabelle & Aiden The Story Of Life by JR BeckerStardust Explores Earths Wonders by Bailey Harris
Hinduism
Amma Tell Me About Holi by Bhakti Mathur Ages 2 to 8Classic Tales from India How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head and Other Stories by Vatsala Sperling Ages 5 to 11Ramayana Divine Loophole by Sanjay PatelThe Little Book of Hindu Deities From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow by Sanjay Patel
Humanism
Elle the Humanist by Elle Harris Ages 5 to 8What is Humanism by Micheal Rosen Ages 9 to 11
Islam
Ayat Jamilah Beautiful Signs A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents by Sarah Conover Ages 8 to 12
Muslim
Lailahs Lunchbox A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi Ages 6 to 8
Spirituality
Beacause Nothing Looks Like God by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner & Karen KushnerComparative Religion Investigate the World Through Religious Tradition by Carla MooneyEverything is Connect by Jason Gruhl Ages 8 to 12Mrs Katz & Tush by Patricia PolaccoSee Inside World Religions by Alex FrithThe Kids Book of World Religions by Jennifer Glossap Ages 8 to 12We All Have Sacred Spaces by Rev Dr Vicki Michela Garlock
When Someone or Something Dies
12 Simple Tips and Tools to Help Your Grieving Child by Mel EricksonSomething Very Sad Happened A Toddler’s Guide to Understanding Death by Bonnie ZuckerThe Sad Dragon A Dragon Story About Grief and Loss by Steve HermanWhen Someone Dies A Children’s Mindful How-To Guide on Grief and Loss by Andrea Dorn