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Author: Frederic Brussat, Mary Ann Brussat Narrator: Howard McGillin, Jayne Atkinson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 1998 ISBN: 9780743546133
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An audiobook that belongs in every seeker's home, Spiritual Literacy answers the universal question, "How can I live a spiritual life every day?" Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, who have been covering contemporary culture and the spiritual renaissance for more than twenty-five years, believe that we can read the texts of our lives and of the world around us for sacred meaning. All we need is spiritual literacy.

To illustrate their point, the Brussats present "readings" about daily life from present-day authors -- spiritual teachers, essayists, novelists, filmmakers, poets, naturalists, and social activists. This collection is unprecedented -- an enthralling treasury of brief "aha!" passages from such writers as Maya Angelou, Thich Nhat Hanh, and many more.

These remarkable readings tutor us in the art of lingering with our and experiences and seeing the world with fresh eyes. Life's meaning and the presence of Spirit are found in the shape of a child's foot, in an encounter with a wild animal, or in the process of preparing a meal.

You will want to create a place in your home for this profound and revelatory resource. It is one audiobook you can share with your children, colleagues, and friends as you explore together the bounties of the spiritual life. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “An astoundingly rich and needed addition to spiritual literature...Read this book.” editorial review

  • “A banquet for the soul! The Brussats have arranged a magnificent table of teaching and inspiration. One selection after another dazzles and chastens. A wise and important collection.” 

    Lawrence Kushner, author of Invisible Lines of Connection  

  • “[Spiritual Literacy is a], evocative celebration of the mystery in the mundane...A generous gift of grace!”

    Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of Simple Abundance

  • “Drink long and slowly from the soulful well that is spiritual literacy—it will sustain you for years to come.”

    Nancy Burke, author of Body Mind Spirit

  • Spiritual Literacy is a rare mixture of philosophical wisdom, humor, and plain good sense.”

    Jacob Needleman, author of A Little Book on Love

  • “A wonderful book.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A refreshing and welcome addition to spiritual literature, Spiritual Literacy is not the customary collection of excerpts from the world’s great religious texts but rather a collection of writings about spirit in everyday life... The Brussats’ compilation forms a new primer for spiritual literacy...This audio version highlights many...selections and deserves an equally large and appreciative audience.”


  • “The Brussats, a dynamic and upbeat editorial duo, have created a primer to help stimulate ‘spiritual literacy’...the selections are excellent, and the commentary is warm and effective.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/29/2013

    " Will find useful for Sunday quotes part of blog but really thought was way more wowza when I first started it, read a lot of could have been edited way down stuff, a very odd lot at times. I still like the idea but for such a thick book with delicious premise, I want more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Antigone | 10/30/2011

    " I love this book.... it is kinda like a Bible to me. Reflects various backgrounds and faiths and is organized topically. I like to sift through it and find something that calls to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 10/10/2010

    " Very good selection of readings, although at times they seem a bit arbitrary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 8/15/2009

    " Really enjoyed this book, it makes me more aware of the simplest things and stresses the "grateful" factor in nature, in everything, in books, relationships, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 5/26/2007

    " A good book to help you put things in perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 6/15/2006

    " This is one of my recent go-to books for sermon preparation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/3/2002

    " I am currently doing another of their marvelous on-line courses. I love their all-embracing spiritual practices, beliefs, and readings "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eva | 5/19/2001

    " Good reflective piece "

About the Author

Frederic Brussat has devoted his energies to identifying and reviewing resources for people on spiritual journeys for decades. He works with his wife as an editor of the Values & Visions Review Service and media editor for Spirituality & Health magazine. He lives in New York City with his wife.

About the Narrators

Howard McGillin is a Tony-nominated stage, screen, and television actor who is best known for his role as John Jasper in Drood and for being the world’s longest-running Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. He lives in New York.

Jayne Atkinson was born in Bournemouth, UK, though her family relocated to the US in her early life. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1981 with a BA in Communications before attending Yale Drama School. Her Broadway credits also include The Rainmaker (Tony nomination), Our Town, Enchanted April (Tony nomination, Drama Desk nomination; Outer Critics Circle Award) and Blithe Spirit. She has also appeared off-Broadway in a number of productions, including The Art of Success (Drama Desk nomination) and The Skriker (Drama Desk nomination). On television she is known for her guest appearances on the hit series The X-Files, Law and Order, Gossip Girl, and White Collar. Most recently, she has had roles in the series Secretary of State and the Netfilix original series House of Cards. She is married to actor Michel Gill, whom she met during a 1989 production of The Heiress at Long Wharf Theatre. Together they have one son.