Books for World Religion Day

By Coll Rowe | January 19 2024 | Religious Studies and Spirituality

For World Religion Day on January 21st, we are sharing books from writers who practice various religious traditions and beliefs, with topics including books about forgiveness, inspiring social change, the spiritual power of nature, and books ranging from history to personal stories.

Why Should I and How Can I?

Pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller outlines the reasons why forgiveness has to be a central part of everyone’s lives.

$29.00 US
Nov 01, 2022
272 Pages

We Need to Build
Field Notes for Diverse Democracy

From the former faith adviser to President Obama comes an inspirational guide for those who seek to promote positive social change and build a more diverse and just democracy.

$18.95 US
May 09, 2023
224 Pages
Beacon Press

A Human History

The bestselling author of Zealot and host of Believer explores humanity’s quest to make sense of the divine in this concise and fascinating history of our understanding of God.

$21.00 US
Apr 09, 2019
320 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

Sacred Nature
Restoring Our Ancient Bond with the Natural World

From one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world, a profound exploration of the spiritual power of nature—and an urgent call to reclaim that power in everyday life.

$17.00 US
Sep 05, 2023
224 Pages

The Light We Give
How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life

An author and human rights activist offers his inspiring approach to a happier, more ethical way of life by embracing Sikh teachings.

$28.00 US
Jul 19, 2022
320 Pages
Riverhead Books

Two Billion Caliphs
A Vision of a Muslim Future

Explains the attraction of Muslims to their faith, and discusses the challenges contemporary Islam confronts, and how we might imagine an Islamic theology and identity ready to face tomorrow.

$16.95 US
May 16, 2023
248 Pages
Beacon Press

The Case for God

Explains the attraction of Muslims to their faith, and discusses the challenges contemporary Islam confronts, and how we might imagine an Islamic theology and identity ready to face tomorrow.

$18.95 US
Sep 07, 2010
432 Pages

Acts of Faith
The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation

Revised edition of the renowned interfaith activist’s story of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism.

$17.95 US
Sep 15, 2020
216 Pages
Beacon Press

The Great Transformation
The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions

From one of the world’s leading writers on religion and the highly acclaimed author of the bestselling A History of God, The Battle for God and The Spiral Staircase, comes a major new work: a chronicle of one of the most important intellectual revolutions in world history and its relevance to our own time.

$20.00 US
Apr 10, 2007
592 Pages

The Black Church
This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song

From the New York Times bestselling author of Stony the Road and one of our most important voices on the African American experience comes a powerful new history of the Black church as a foundation of Black life and a driving force in the larger freedom struggle in America.

$20.00 US
Jan 18, 2022
304 Pages
Penguin Books

Jesus and the Disinherited

“No other publication in the twentieth century has upended antiquated theological notions, truncated political ideas, and socially constructed racial fallacies like Jesus and the Disinherited. Thurman’s work keeps showing up on the desk of anti-apartheid activists, South American human rights workers, civil rights champions, and now Black Lives Matter advocates.” —Rev. Otis Moss III, author of Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World and senior pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ

$22.95 US
Oct 11, 2022
136 Pages
Beacon Press

Living with the Gods
On Beliefs and Peoples

Neil MacGregor’s new book traces the ways in which different societies have understood and articulated their places in the cosmic scheme. It examines mankind’s beliefs not from the perspective of institutional religions but according to how shared narratives have shaped societies—and what happens when different narratives run up against each other.

$22.00 US
Sep 10, 2019
512 Pages

The Good Life Method
Reasoning Through the Big Questions of Happiness, Faith, and Meaning

Two Philosophers Ask and Answer the Big Questions About the Search for Faith and Happiness.

$18.00 US
Jan 03, 2023
304 Pages
Penguin Books

Afrikan Wisdom
New Voices Talk Black Liberation, Buddhism, and Beyond

A spiritual, political, and interdisciplinary anthology of wisdom stories from Black liberation leaders and teachers.

$19.95 US
Jul 20, 2021
384 Pages
North Atlantic Books

The Sacred Canopy
Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion

This absorbing examination of the sociological roots of religious belief expands on Berger’s theories of knowledge. With illustrations drawn from a variety of primitive, ancient, and contemporary religions, Berger argues that religion is a “sacred canopy” that every society builds to give its world meaning.

$16.95 US
Sep 01, 1990
240 Pages

The Penguin Book of Spiritual Verse
110 Poets on the Divine

An inspiring new selection of poems exploring faith and the divine, featuring poets from across the world, from antiquity to the present, compiled by renowned poet Kaveh Akbar.

$18.00 US
Sep 12, 2023
400 Pages
Penguin Classics