Faith is different to each and every person. Sure, you can find an exact definition in a dictionary, but faith is a personal experience that everyone will perceive in different manners. A great way to learn more about faith and the way people apply it to their lives is to read about it. Hundreds if not thousands of books exist about faith and the way it has played a role in the lives of many humans across the world. Here are a few great books to check out if you want to learn more about faith.
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World – Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
In The Book of Joy, spiritual leaders Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu write about moving away from the material things in life and focusing on humanity and more inner values. The authors strive to get their readers to take a look at the bigger picture that is life and realize that all humans are meant to coexist in hopes that we can foster peace worldwide. Both authors share intimate stories with one another and their readers and aim to help their readers understand the roles they play in both creating their own suffering and their own happiness.
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith – Anne Lamott
In Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott discusses the adventures and experiences she’s had while traveling the world and how they’ve helped push her toward Christian faith. Anne is known for being relatable and human, just like the rest of us, making it easy to understand the experiences she has and how they’ve led her to where she is today. As Anne will let you know in the book, she doesn’t have all of the answers, and nobody really does, but she does understand how to use faith to shine a light on the darkest parts of life as a way of breaking through toward the moments of meaning and hope.
Karen Armstrong is a British journalist and former nun in the Roman Catholic church who wrote A History of God as a way of discussing the definition of God. Karen uses extensive research as well as historical storytelling in order to contend that the definition of God changes over time and that the idea of a personal God can be dangerous. This is because having a personal God encourages people to judge and marginalize others, which is the exact opposite of what God should be about. This book discusses and shows how Islam, Christianity, and Judaism overlap and influence one another throughout the ages.