Books by Br. David Steindl-Rast

Books written by Brother David starting with his most recent:
A Good Day: A Gift of Gratitude
99 Blessings
Essential Writings
Deeper Than Words
Common Sense Spirituality
Words of Common Sense
A Listening Heart (revised ed.)
Music of Silence (with Sharon LeBell)
Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer
The Ground We Share (with Robert Aitken)
Belonging to the Universe (with Fritjof Capra)
Misc. other books, collaborations, etc.
Books in German

Image of a yellow sunflower with a blue background. A Good Day: A Gift of Gratitude

Based on the beloved meditation by Brother David, with music by Gary Malkin, this gift book pairs Br. David's inspirational words with images by acclaimed filmmaker, Louie Schwartzberg. The book package includes a DVD with two short films by Schwarztberg (including Gratitude) and Brother David's own A Good Day video. The last page has a link to the “A Good Day” audio track, which you can use to create your own video or slide show on what you are grateful for.

Brother David Steindl-Rast in collaboration with Louie Schwartzberg
Sterling Ethos Publishing (November 5, 2013)

ISBN-13: 978-1454907985
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Book cover of 99 Blessings:  An Invitation to Life 99 Blessings: An Invitation to Life

This gift book of personal blessings from Brother David, known for his pioneering work in interfaith dialogue, marks the first time the member of the Benedictine Order of Catholic monks has crafted a series of prayers for the general reader - whether people of faith, agnostics, or uncertain. These blessings are meant to guide readers through each day with wisdom and spirit.

Brother David Steindl-Rast
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group (February 12, 2013)
ISBN-13: 9780385347945
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book coverDavid Steindl-Rast: Essential Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters)

A wonderful selection of Br. David’s writings on such themes as gratefulness, prayer, silence, and love, imaginatively and sensitively pulled together by Clare Hallward as editor. “Much of our life may be a wandering in the desert lands,” Br. David writes, “but we do find springs of water.” Spirituality & Practice has named this book “One of the Best Spiritual Books of 2010.” (Review)

Clare Hallward (Editor)
Publisher: Orbis Books (November 30, 2010)
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Deeper Than Words cover with abstract art Deeper than Words:  Living the Apostles' Creed

“I have always felt that in endorsing a book I was honoring the book and its author. Brother David’s Deeper Than Words, however, brought a new and startling sensation: I found myself sensing that the book was honoring me by allowing me to endorse it. Never before have I felt this way about a book… This book belongs on every pastor’s desk, and on the nightstand beside the bed of every Christian who is trying to deepen his or her spiritual life.” – Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions

Brother David with foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Random House; released:  June 15, 2010
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Common Sense Spirituality - book coverCommon Sense Spirituality
Each meditation in this volume reflects what Br. David calls “the spiritual work of our time” — cultivating grateful living, the key to joy. The selections explore the broad range of issues that have been at the core of a lifetime of meditation and teaching.

Brother David Steindl-Rast, foreword by
Sr. Joan Chittister
The Crossroad Publishing Company;
ISBN: 0824524799
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Bookcover: Words of Common Sense Words of Common Sense
for Mind, Body, and Soul

The proverbs of the world connect us with other cultures and religions, show us how much we humans have in common, and delight at the same time by their great variety. Inspiring and optimistic, Words of Common Sense finds meaning in the ordinary circumstances of everyday life. This book contains a new interpretation of Jesus' parables that speaks to every heart and is universally valid. Common Sense is the common ground we so urgently need today.

Brother David Steindl-Rast, foreword by Thomas Moore
Templeton Foundation Pr; ISBN: 189015198X
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Book cover: A Listening Heart: The Spirituality of Sacred Sensuousness A Listening Heart: The Spirituality of Sacred Sensuousness
Ever since I added the two new chapters, "Sensuous Asceticism" and "Sacred Sensuousness," to A Listening Heart, this has become for me a favorite among my own books. - Br. David


Brother David with foreword by Matthew Fox
Crossroad/Herder; Revised Edition; 1999
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Bookcover: Music of Silence Music of Silence: A Sacred Journey through the Hours of the Day
Friends tell me that Music of Silence is my most readable book; for this I am grateful to Sharon Lebell, as I am grateful to Kathleen Norris for her Introduction. Kathleen (the author of Cloister Walk) has done so much to make the rich heritage of monastic tradition available to people outside the monastic enclosure. In a small way, my book tries to do the same. Please visit the companion feature on this website called the Meet the Angel of the Hour which presents the chants for the Hours as performed by a group of monks from the Mount Saviour Monastery in Pine City, New York. - Br. David

Brother David Steindl-Rast & Sharon LeBell
Introduction by Kathleen Norris
2nd edition, Ulysses Press; ISBN: 1569752974
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Book cover: Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness
It makes me happy that, after almost two decades, this book still finds a steady stream of new readers. Now and then, I hear people who made Gratefulness their daily reading in a time of crisis, in sickness, or on their deathbed. This fills me with awe. So does that fact that groups who read and discuss books together have found this one helpful. What do I myself like about it? That it treats the main aspects of gratefulness in a systematic way, without – I hope – being dry. And I specially like the list of key words arranged from A to Z (yes, I even have one for “X”). In fact, the Glossary we plan to include on this site will continue and expand that idea. - Br. David

Brother David Steindl-Rast, with foreword by Henri Nouwen
N.J. Paulist Press; 1984. ISBN 0-8091-2628-1
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Bookcover: The Ground We ShareThe Ground We Share: Everyday Practice, Buddhist and Christian
This is a lovely, engaging, insightful conversation between two important contemporary spiritual teachers and practitioners, one (Aitken) an American-born Zen master and the other (Steindl-Rast) a Benedictine monk. The conversation is drawn from a week-long retreat that Aitken and Steindl-Rast shared in Hawaii in 1991. They agree quickly to focus on "everyday practice" rather than on abstract conceptions of Buddhism and Christianity. The result is not a formal contribution to the growing body of Buddhist-Christian dialogue so much as an illuminating and multifaceted exploration of common ground--the sacred heart that beats at the center of a world shared by Christians and Buddhists. This volume offers a rare opportunity to eavesdrop on a conversation between compassionate believers comfortable with their differences, fully engaged with each other, and fully engaged in the world. Steve Schroeder (Booklist)

Robert Aitken, Brother David Steindl-Rast, Nelson Foster (ed.)
Shambhala Publications; (June 1996) ISBN: 1570622191
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Book cover: Belonging to the UniverseBelonging to the Universe: Explorations on the Frontiers of Science and Spirituality
A remarkably compatible new view of the universe offered by the trailblazer of new science and a contemporary of Thomas Merton. "An entertaining, thought-provoking book filled with conversations, quotations, and colorful stories that make science and theology come alive."--San Francisco Chronicle. Winner of the American Book Award.

Fritjof Capra, Brother David Steindl-Rast, and Thomas Matus
Harper San Francisco; ASIN: 006250195X
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Brother David's misc. other books, collaborations, etc...