Essential Reading for the Spiritual Seeker

Most of us can identify certain teachers or mentors who have had
a profound impact on our lives. The same can be said for particular books that have shaped our view of the world. With that in mind, BustedHalo asks the question:

“What books have helped you on your spiritual journey?”

For four decades Bob Abernethy covered world events for NBC news for—including a stint in Moscow between 1989-1994 where he reported on the end of the Cold War. After leaving NBC, he created the show Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly for PBS. Abernethy developed the program to fill what he saw as a lack of serious discussion surrounding issues of faith in the national media landscape.

For the past decade his show has helped add nuance and depth to the frequently one-dimensional discussion of faith and spirituality in the United States. In his new book The Life of Meaning: Reflections on Faith, Doubt, and Repairing the World Abernathy and his co-editor William Bole have collected the wisdom of an eclectic group of spiritual seekers from around the world who have been featured on the show over the past 10 years.

Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl
“It’s an amazing little book that I found very helpful. A lot of people at various stages of their lives, young and not so young, have also found it helpful as well.”

A Testament of Devotion, Thomas Kelly
“I came across this book some years ago and I found it terrific for certain times in my life. It’s by a Quaker named Thomas Kelly. It was an amazing summary of his attempt to bring together his spiritual and his every day life in the world. It’s really good.”