Top 10 Best Books to Read in Psychology & Religion - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Psychology & Religion. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Psychology & Religion - August 2021

Why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens? In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right. He blends his own research findings with those of anthropologists, historians, and other psychologists to draw a map of the moral domain, and he explains why conservatives can navigate that map more skillfully than can liberals. He then examines the origins of morality, overturning the view that evolution made us fundamentally selfish creatures. But rather than arguing that we are innately altruistic, he makes a more subtle claim - that we are fundamentally groupish. It is our groupishness, he explains, that leads to our greatest joys, our religious divisions, and our political affiliations. In a stunning final chapter on ideology and civility, Haidt shows what each side is right about, and why we need the insights of liberals, conservatives, and libertarians to flourish as a nation.

  • Author: Jonathan Haidt
  • Genre: History, World, Religious, Religion, Politics & State


2. Jordan Peterson, God, and Christianity: The Search for a Meaningful Life

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Psychology & Religion - August 2021

The person most responsible for reintroducing God and the Bible into mainstream secular culture today is not a pastor, a Scripture scholar, or a bishop, but a psychology professor with no church membership. Jordan Peterson’s lectures and writings on psychology, philosophy, and religion have been a cultural phenomenon, attracting tens of thousands to arenas and millions to his social media sites, and prompting many to leave behind secularism and reconsider Christianity. Yet Peterson’s own thought is marked by a tensive suspension between archetype and reality—between the ideal of Christ and the God who acts in history. When asked if he himself is a believer, Peterson responds, “I try to live as if God exists.” More recently, in the wake of great personal suffering, Peterson’s wrestling with the figure of Christ and, in his own wording, the profoundly “sane” quality of Catholicism, has reached a kind of crescendo in both his life and work. Jordan Peterson, God, and Christianity: The Search for a Meaningful Life is the first systematic analysis, from a Christian perspective, of both Peterson’s biblical series on YouTube and his bestselling book 12 Rules for Life, with an epilogue examining its sequel, Beyond Order. Christopher Kaczor and Matthew R. Petrusek draw readers into the depths of Peterson’s thought on Scripture, suffering, and meaning, exploring both the points of contact with Christianity and the ways in which faith fulfills Peterson’s project. Taking the “mere Christianity” of C.S. Lewis as its point of departure, Jordan Peterson, God, and Christianity is an indispensable analysis, not only for Christians hoping to better understand the significance of the Peterson phenomenon, but also for Peterson fans who are, perhaps for the first time in their lives, thinking seriously about what it might mean to believe.

  • Author: Christopher Kaczor
  • Publisher: Word on Fire Institute (July 29, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Religion & Spirituality


3. The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Values, and Spiritual Growth, 25th Anniversary Edition

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Psychology & Religion - August 2021

Perhaps no book in this generation has had a more profound impact on our intellectual and spiritual lives than The Road Less Traveled . With sales of more than 7 million copies in the United States and Canada, and translation into more than 23 languages, it has made publishing history, with more than 10 years on The New York Times best seller list. Told in a voice that is timeless in its message of understanding, The Road Less Traveled continues to enable us to explore the nature of loving relationships and leads us toward a new serenity and fullness of life. It helps us determine how to distinguish dependency from love; how to become a more sensitive parent; and ultimately how to become one's own true self. Recognizing that "Life is difficult" and that the journey to spiritual growth is a long one, Dr. Peck never bullies his listeners, but gently guides them through the hard and often painful process of change toward a higher level of self-understanding. Combining profound psychological insight and deep spirituality, this is an audiobook that provides inspiration and understanding.

  • Author: M. Scott Peck M.D.
  • Genre: Business & Money, Management & Leadership, Motivational


4. Seen: Healing Despair and Anxiety in Kids and Teens Through the Power of Connection

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Psychology & Religion - August 2021

Do you know a kid or teen dealing with anxiety or depression, or thoughts of suicide? Do you sense a child might be struggling with something, but you just can't put it into words? Maybe you're a youth pastor or small group leader wondering how to help kids who are facing despair. Not knowing how to help those dealing with difficult emotions can leave us feeling intimidated, powerless, and discouraged. It can be scary. But there is hope. You can take comfort in knowing you can help. Whether you are a parent or a leader or teacher who works with kids or teenagers, Seen will help you... Understand how the brain works when someone is in despair Learn why some of the things you'd think would help sometimes make matters worse Discover simple yet powerful tools you can use every day to connect with a kid or teenager to help them heal A beautiful convergence of faith and psychology, Seen is a quick read that uses both scientific dialogue and real life stories to give you--and the kids you love--hope.

  • Author: Will Hutcherson
  • Publisher: Parent Cue; 1st edition (July 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Christian Living
  • ISBN: 978-1635701043


5. Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Psychology & Religion - August 2021

From one of America’s most brilliant writers, a New York Times bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer—and the reason we make other people suffer—is that we don’t see the world clearly. At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: We can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness. In this “sublime” ( The New Yorker ), pathbreaking book, Robert Wright shows how taking this promise seriously can change your life—how it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred, and how it can deepen your appreciation of beauty and of other people. He also shows why this transformation works, drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, and armed with an acute understanding of human evolution. This book is the culmination of a personal journey that began with Wright’s landmark book on evolutionary psychology, The Moral Animal , and deepened as he immersed himself in meditative practice and conversed with some of the world’s most skilled meditators. The result is a story that is “provocative, informative and...deeply rewarding” ( The New York Times Book Review ), and as entertaining as it is illuminating. Written with the wit, clarity, and grace for which Wright is famous, Why Buddhism Is True lays the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age and shows how, in a time of technological distraction and social division, we can save ourselves from ourselves, both as individuals and as a species.

  • Author: Robert Wright
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (May 8, 2018)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling
  • ISBN: 978-1439195468
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.38 inches


6. Anatomy of the Soul: Surprising Connections between Neuroscience and Spiritual Practices That Can Transform Your Life and Relationships

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Psychology & Religion - August 2021

Do you want to improve your relationships and experience lasting personal change? Join Curt Thompson, M.D., on an amazing journey to discover the surprising pathways for transformation hidden inside your own mind. Integrating new findings in neuroscience and attachment with Christian spirituality, Dr. Thompson reveals how it is possible to rewire your mind, altering your brain patterns and literally making you more like the person God intended you to be. Explaining discoveries about the brain in layman’s terms, he shows how you can be mentally transformed through spiritual practices, interaction with Scripture, and connections with other people. He also provides practical exercises to help you experience healing in areas where you’ve been struggling. Insightful and challenging, Anatomy of the Soul illustrates how learning about one of God’s most miraculous creations―your brain―can enrich your life, your relationships, and your impact on the world around you.

  • Author: Curt Thompson
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum; 26373rd edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Genre: Medical Books, Medicine
  • ISBN: 978-1414334158
  • Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches


7. Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, The

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Psychology & Religion - August 2021

In a breakthrough book first published in 1991, the authors address the dynamics in churches that can ensnare people in legalism, guilt, and begrudging service, keeping them from the grace and joy of God's kingdom.Written for both those who feel abused and those who may be causing it, The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse shows how people get hooked into abusive systems, the impact of controlling leadership on a congregation, and how the abused believer can find rest and recovery.

  • Author: David Johnson
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reprint edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Christian Living
  • ISBN: 978-0764201370
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.55 x 8.25 inches


8. God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Psychology & Religion - August 2021

In God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World , New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and religion scholar Stephen Prothero argues that persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct problem that each tradition seeks to solve. Delving into the different problems and solutions that Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Confucianism, Yoruba Religion, Daoism and Atheism strive to combat, God is Not One is an indispensable guide to the questions human beings have asked for millennia—and to the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today. Readers of Huston Smith and Karen Armstrong will find much to ponder in God is Not One .

  • Author: Stephen Prothero
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Genre: History, Military
  • ISBN: 978-0061571282
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 0.9 x 8 inches


9. Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Psychology & Religion - August 2021

Dr. James Fowler has asked these questions, and others like them, of nearly six hundred people. He has talked with men, women, and children of all ages, from four to eighty-eight, including Jews, Catholics, Protestants, agnostics, and atheists. In many cases, the interviews became in-depth conversations that provided rare, intimate glimpses into the various ways our lives have meaning and purpose, windows into what this books calls faith. Faith, as approached here, is not necessarily religious, nor is it to be equated with belief. Rather, faith is a person's way of leaning into and making sense of life. More verb that noun, faith is the dynamic system of images, values, and commitments that guide one's life. It is thus universal: everyone who chooses to go on living operated by some basic faith. Building on the contributions of such key thinkers as Piaget, Erikson, and Kohlberg, Fowler draws on a wide range of scholarship, literature, and firsthand research to present expertly and engagingly the six stages that emerge in working out the meaning of our lives--from the intuitive, imitative faith of childhood through conventional and then more independent faith to the universalizing, self-transcending faith of full maturity. Stages of Faith helps us to understand our own pilgrimage of faith, the passages of our own quest for meaning and value.

  • Author: James W. Fowler
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Revised ed. edition (September 15, 1995)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Christian Living
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 0.79 x 8 inches


10. The End of Faith

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Psychology & Religion - August 2021

Here is an impassioned plea for reason in a world divided by faith. This important and timely work delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes. He asserts that in the shadow of weapons of mass destruction, the world can no longer tolerate views that pit one true god against another. Most controversially, he argues that the we cannot afford moderate lip service to religion - an accommodation that only blinds us to the real perils of fundamentalism. While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics, Harris also draws on new evidence from neuroscience and insights from philosophy to explore spirituality as a biological, brain-based need. He calls on us to invoke that need in taking a secular humanistic approach to solving the problems of this world.

  • Author: Sam Harris
  • Genre: History, World, Religious, Religion, Politics & State