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30 November 2008 @ 10:47 am
Christmas Wish List 2008  
OK, this post is mostly for family and close friends. The vast majority of you will not be exchanging Christmas gifts with me, so feel free to ignore it.

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Preface: This is going to sound extremely ungrateful; I know. I'm sorry. But PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE understand that I live at home, and our house already has a quarter century's worth of clutter piling up. I simply DO NOT have storage space for baubles, tchockies, or stuff. The items on my wishlist are not physical items for a reason.

The only reason the books are on the list is because last year, the major reason I was given that people chose not to give to charities (the only thing I requested) was that they wanted something to "put under the tree." But I put the books on the list as a last resort.

Seriously, though, folks.

Now, if after that rather bitchy diatribe you still wish to get me a Christmas present (and if you don't, that is also fine, because we all know the economy is awful this year and you should spend the money on yourself, not me) here is what I would like this year:

 

1. Charitable donations

My preferred charities:

 

2. Contribute to my Travel Fund.

There are a number of trips I would like to take in 2009:

  • Visit Kendrick, my dear sweet brother, in Boston during Easter break (March-April 2009)
  • Road trip in the summer to visit Mesa Verde (CO) and other national parks along the way, or visit the California Missions (Summer 2009)
  • Accompany my mother to Chicago, IL or Paris, France (destination is up to Mom, so it depends on the economy) (Summer 2009)

All these lovely trips cost money, and I probably won't earn enough from work to go on all of them. But with a few donations, I can definitely go to Boston, at least.

3. Help me edge closer to completing my "Classics of Western Spirituality" library, published by the Paulist Press. I've catalogued the books by religion to make the list easier to navigate (although I probably should have separated Catholic/Protestant/Orthodox texts because the Christianity list is still gi-nourmous) and the bolded titles are the books I would consider at the top of my list. But seriously, all the books are good.
Also, this series tends to be rather expensive, between $20 - $40 a title. Please, feel free to purchase used books. I like 'em just as much as new ones. (Books with highlighting/underlining does drive me a little nuts, though.) In fact, given that I haven't seen this series in the big chain stores like Borders and Barnes & Nobles, used bookstores are your best bet for locating them in "brick&mortar" locations.

If you do decide to get a book, be sure to let Seanie know, since he's "tracking" which titles are taking. (I have officially nominated him for this process now.)

    CHRISTIANITY

Albert and Thomas: Selected Writings
Alphonsus de Liguori: Selected Writings
Anchoritic Spirituality: Ancrene Wisse and Associated Works
Angela of Foligno : Complete Works
Angelic Spirituality: Medieval Perspectives on the Ways of Angels
Angelus Silesius: The Cherubinic Wanderer
Anglo-Saxon Spirituality: Selected Writings
Augustine of Hippo: Selected Writings
Bernard of Clairvaux: Selected Works
Berulle and the French School: Selected Writings
Birgitta of Sweden: Life and Selected Writings
Bonaventure: The Soul's Journey into God, the Tree of Life, the Life of St. Francis
Cambridge Platonist Spirituality
Carthusian Spirituality: The Writings of Hugh of Balma and Guigo De Ponte
Catherine of Genoa: Purgation and Purgatory, The Spiritual Dialogue



Celtic Spirituality

The Cloud of Unknowing


Devotio Moderna: Basic Writings 
Dominican Penitent Women
Early Anabaptist Spirituality: Selected Writings
Early Dominicans: Selected Writings
Elisabeth Leseur: Selected Writings
Elisabeth of Schonau: The Complete Works
Emanuel Swedenborg: The Universal Human and Soul-Body Interaction
Ephrem the Syrian: Hymns
Fenelon: Selected Writings
Francis and Clare: The Complete Works
Francis De Sales, Jane De Chantal: Letters of Spiritual Direction
George Herbert: The Country Parson and the Temple
Gertrude of Helfta: The Herald of Divine Love
Gregory Palamas: The Triads
Hadewijch: The Complete Works
Henry Suso: The Exemplar, With Two German Sermons
Ignatius of Loyola: Spiritual Exercises
Jacob Boehme: The Way to Christ
Jean Gerson: Early Works
Jeremy Taylor: Selected Works
Johann Arndt: True Christianity
Johannes Tauler: Sermons
John and Charles Wesley: Selected Prayers, Hymns, Journal Notes, Sermons, Letters and Treatises
John Calvin: Writings on Pastoral Piety
John Cassian: Conferences
John Climacus: The Ladder of Divine Ascent
John Henry Newman: Selected Sermons
John of Avila: Audi, Filia
John of the Cross: Selected Writings
John Ruusbroec: The Spiritual Espousals, The Sparkling Stones, and Other Works
Luis de León: The Names of Christ
Luther's Spirituality
Margaret Ebner: Major Works
Marguerite Porete: The Mirror of Simple Souls
Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi: Selected Revelations
Maximus Confessor: Selected Writings
Mechthild of Magdeburg: The Flowing Light of the Godhead
Meister Eckhart, Vol .1: Teacher and Preacher
Meister Eckhart, Vol. 2: The Essential Sermons, Commentaries, Treatises and Defense
Nicholas of Cusa: Selected Spiritual Writings
Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain: A Handbook of Spiritual Counsel
Nil Sorsky: The Complete Writings
Norbert and Early Norbertine Spirituality
The Pietists: Selected Writings
Pseudo Dionysius: The Complete Works
Pseudo-Macarius​: The Fifty Spiritual Homilies and the Great Letter
The Pursuit of Wisdom and Other Works by the Author of the Cloud of Unknowing
Richard of St. Victor: The Book of the Patriarchs, The Mystical Ark, Book Three of the Trinity
Richard Rolle: The English Writings
Robert Bellarmine: Spiritual Writings
Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz: Selected Writings
The Spirituality of the German Awakening
Symeon, the New Theologian: The Discourses
Teresa of Avila: Interior Castle
Theatine Spirituality: Selected Writings
The Theologia Germanica of Martin Luther
Valentin Weigel: Selected Spiritual Writings
Vincent De Paul and Louise De Marillac: Rules, Conferences, and Writings
Walter Hilton: The Scale of Perfection
William Law: A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, The Spirit of Love



    JUDAISM

Abraham Isaac Kook: The Lights of Penitence, The Moral Principles, Lights of Holiness, Essays, Letters, and Poems
Abraham Miguel Cardozo: Selected Writings
The Classic Midrash: Tannaitic Commentaries on the Bible
The Early Kabbalah
Elijah Benamozegh: Israel and Humanity
The Generations of Adam
Jewish Mystical Autobiographies​: Book of Visions and Book of Secrets
Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl: Upright Practices, The Light of the Eyes
Nahman of Bratslav: The Tales
Safed Spirituality: Rules of Mystical Piety, the Beginning of Wisdom



    ISLAM

Early Islamic Mysticism: Sufi, Qur'an, Mi'raj, Poetic and Theological Writings
Fakhruddin Iraqi: Divine Flashes
Ibn 'Abbad of Ronda: Letters on the Sufi Path
Ibn-Al-Arabi: The Bezels of Wisdom
Ibn 'Ata' Illah the Book of Wisdom/Kwaja Abdullah Ansari Intimate Conversations (One Volume)
Knowledge of God in Classical Sufism: Foundations of Islamic Mystical Theology
Nizam Ad-Din Awliya: Morals for the Heart
Sharafuddin Maneri: The Hundred Letters
Umar Ibn Al-Farid: Sufi Verse, Saintly Life



    NATIVE AMERICAN

Native Meso-American Spirituality
Native North American Spirituality of the Eastern Woodlands: Sacred Myths, Dreams, Visions, Speeches, Healing Formulas, Rituals and Ceremonials