Here are quick bios of everyone quoted in Through God’s Eyes. It is a work in progress. Some people have proven difficult or impossible for me to identify, so any corrections or new information would be greatly appreciated. Let me emphasize that: I want to make this listing as perfect as possible, so your suggestions are expected and welcomed. Click here to e-mail me directly.
Abdu’l-Bahá‘ (1844-1921). Son of Bahá’u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í faith. Born Abbas Effendi in Tehran, Iran, he took the name Abdu’l-Bahá’, the “servant of Baha.” His father appointed him the one authorized interpreter of the Bahá’í teachings and as head of the faith after his own passing.
A Course in Miracles. A self-study metaphysical curriculum that promotes forgiveness as the road to inner peace and the remembrance of the unconditional love of God. No author is listed for the book, but Helen Schucman wrote it with the help of William Thetford, based on what she called an “inner voice” that she identified as Jesus.
Addison, Joseph (1672-1719). English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician.
Adi Da Samraj (1939-2008). Born Franklin Albert Jones in Queens, New York, Adi Da was a spiritual teacher, writer and artist, and the founder of a new religious movement known as Adidam. Adi Da initially became known in the spiritual counterculture of the 1970s for his books and public talks, and for the activities of his religious community. His philosophy was essentially similar to many eastern religions which see spiritual enlightenment as the ultimate priority of human life.
Adler, Felix (1851-1933). German-born Jewish professor of political and social ethics, lecturer, religious leader, and social reformer who founded the Ethical Culture movement. He is considered one of the main influences on modern Humanistic Judaism.
Aeschylus (c. 525 -c. 426 BC). Often described as the “Father of Tragedy,” Aeschylus was the first of the three ancient Greek tragedians (Sophocles and Euripides) whose plays can still be read or performed.
Aguilar, Grace (1816-1847). English novelist and writer on Jewish history and religion, poet, historical romance writer, religious reformer, educator, social historian, theologian, and liturgist.
Ajahn (or Achaan) Chah (1918-1992). Buddhist monk from Thailand.
Akhenaton (c. 1380 BC -c. 1334 BC). Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt (1380-1362 BC), the father and predecessor of Tutankamen (aka King Tut), Akhenaton radically revised the Egyptian religious world, abandoning its traditional polytheism by instituting a unique form of monotheism.
Alcott, Louisa May (1832-1888). American novelist best known as author of the 1868 novel Little Women, which is set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. The novel is loosely based on Alcott’s childhood experiences with her three sisters.
Alden, Robert (1836-1911). Reverend Edwin Hyde Alden, known as Robert Alden, is a real person as well as a character in the Little House on the Prairie series of books and the television series based on it. He was the minister of the Congregational Church in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, with Charles and Caroline Ingalls, parents of author Laura Ingalls Wilder, being among the first baptized members.
Alfassa, Mirra (The Mother) (1978-1973). Born in Paris to a Turkish Jewish father and an Egyptian Jewish mother, Mirra Alfassa was the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo. She came to Sri Aurobindo’s retreat in Pondicherry, India, in 1914. After 1926, when Sri Aurobindo retired into seclusion, she founded his ashram (Sri Aurobindo Ashram), with a handful of disciples living around the Master. She became the leader of the community, a position she held until her death. Sri Aurobindo had considered her an incarnation of the Mother Divine and called her by that name: the Mother.
Allen, James (1864-1912). British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement. His best known work, As a Man Thinketh, was published in 1903.
Amiel, Henri Frédéric (1821-1891). Swiss philosopher, poet, and critic. He is known for the book, the Journal Intime, (“Private Journal”), a masterwork of self-analysis by a man struggling for values against the skepticism of the age
Amos, Wally “Famous” (1936- ). U.S. entrepreneur and author best known for founding the “Famous Amos” chocolate-chip cookie brand. An Air Force veteran who worked as a talent agent for the William Morris Agency, Amos would send home-baked chocolate-chip cookies to celebrities, hoping to entice them to let him represent them. Amos later cofounded Uncle Wally’s muffins.
Amritanandamayi Devi, Sri Mata (1953- ). Known simply as Amma (“Mother”) and “The Hugging Saint,” Indian-born Amritanandamayi is a Hindu spiritual leader and guru. She is globally respected for her humanitarian activities and is a revered as a saint by her followers.
Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982). Born Nirmala Sundari in what is now Bangladesh, Anandamayi Ma was a spiritual leader known for living in a near-perpetual state of ecstasy. The name Anandamayi, which Paramahansa Yogananda translated as “joy-permeated,” was bestowed upon her by her devotees in the 1920s to describe what they saw as her habitual state of divine joy and bliss.
Anandamurti, Shrii Shrii (1921-1990). Indian philosopher, author, social revolutionary, poet, composer, and linguist. Born Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, early disciples called him Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, Sanskrit for “bliss personified.” Ananda Marga, the organization he founded in India in 1955, advocates a practical philosophy for personal development, social service, and the all-around transformation of society. His system of spiritual practice has been described as a practical synthesis of Vedic and Tantric philosophies.
Andrews, Andy (1959- ). U.S. corporate speaker and author of self-help books, Andrews is best known for his 2002 best-seller, The Traveler’s Gift. Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success.He has written more than twenty books and sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide.
Angelou, Maya (1928- ). U.S. author, poet, teacher, speaker, and activist who is perhaps best known for her series of six autobiographies, The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing, tells of her life up to the age of seventeen. She is widely respected as a spokesperson for African-American people, especially women, and her works have been considered a defense of African-American culture. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem, “On the Pulse of Morning,” at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton.
Ann-Margret (1941- ). Swedish-American actress, singer, and dancer best known for her roles in Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Viva Las Vegas (1964), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), Carnal Knowledge (1971), and Tommy (1975). She has won five Golden Globe Awards and been nominated for two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and six Emmy Awards.
Anouilh, Jean (1910-1987). French dramatist best known for his 1943 play Antigone, an adaptation of Sophocles’ classical drama. Much of Anouilh’s work deals with themes of maintaining integrity in a world of moral compromise.
Anthony, Dr. Robert. Living U.S. author and psychotherapist. In Anthony’s own words from his Facebook page: I’ve spent the last thirty years unraveling the mysteries of “success” and how the mind holds the ultimate key to peak personal performance in all areas. In addition to being a Personal Performance Trainer, I am a licensed Psychotherapist, Hypnotist and bestselling author. I have authored over fifteen books, which have been published in twenty-two countries, including Beyond Positive Thinking and The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence.
Aquinas, Thomas (1225-1274). Italian Dominican priest of the Roman Catholic Church, and an immensely influential philosopher and theologian in the tradition of scholasticism. He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology, and the father of Thomism. His influence on Western thought is considerable; much of modern philosophy was conceived in development or refutation of his ideas, particularly in the areas of ethics, natural law, metaphysics, and political theory.
Ardant du Picq, Charles Jean Jacques Joseph (1821-1870). French Army officer and military theorist of the mid-nineteenth century whose writings, as they were later interpreted by other theorists, had a great effect on French military theory and doctrine.
Aristides, Marcianus (unknown). Second-century Greek Christian author who is primarily known as the author of the Apology of Aristides. St. Aristides delivered the Apology around the year 125. His feast day is August 31 in Roman Catholicism.
Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC ). Greek philosopher and polymath, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology. Together with Plato and Socrates (Plato’s teacher), Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy. A prodigious researcher and writer, Aristotle left a great body of work, perhaps numbering as many as two-hundred treatises, from which approximately thirty-one survive. His extant writings span a wide range of disciplines, from logic, metaphysics and philosophy of mind, through ethics, political theory, aesthetics and rhetoric, and into such primarily non-philosophical fields as empirical biology, where he excelled at detailed plant and animal observation and taxonomy.
Ash, Mary Kay (1918-2001). U.S. businesswoman and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc. At the time of her death, Mary Kay Cosmetics had over eight hundred thousand representatives in thirty-seven countries, with total annual retail sales over $2 billion. She authored three books, all of which became bestsellers.
Ashe, Arthur (1943-1953). U.S. professional tennis player. During his career, he won three Grand Slam titles and achieved a World No. 1 ranking. An Africa- American, Ashe was the first black player ever selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man to ever win the singles title at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the Australian Open. He is also remembered for his efforts to further social causes. He contracted HIV during blood transfusions he received during his second heart surgery, which ultimately led to his death. In the last year of his life, Ashe did much to call attention to AIDS sufferers worldwide.
Ashford, Jan. Current CEO of Communication Rights Australia, which helps people with communication difficulties access their rights through information and advocacy. Ashford, who has worked in the disability sector for more than twenty-five years, has been a strong advocate for the rights of people who have little or no speech. She has a background in social work, family counseling, and quality management, and has authored many publications in this area.
Auden, W. H.
Aughey, Rev. John Hill (1828-1911). Presbyterian minister living in Mississippi at the outbreak of the Civil War. Refusing to take an oath of allegiance to the Confederate States or to respond to conscript notices, he was hunted as a fugitive. Imprisoned twice for his anti-secession, pro-Union beliefs, he escaped both times. He recounted his experiences in the book, Tupelo.
Aurelius, Marcus (121-180). Roman Emperor from 161-180.
Babcock, Maltbie D.
Bach, Richard (1936- ). U.S. author known for books such as Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Illusions, and The Bridge Across Forever. He is noted for his love of flying and for his books related to air flight and flying in a metaphorical context.
Bailyn, Evan (1981- ). U.S. expert on search engine optimization. Bailyn has built and sold five online businesses, including one of the largest websites for children.
Bakunin, Mikhail (1814-76). Russian political theorist.
Baldwin, Christina. Living U.S. author best known for her book, Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story. Through her educational company, PeerSpirit, Inc., Baldwin speaks in large conferences to excite story activism, consults with organizations to build foundational and strategic stories, offers in-depth writing seminars, and co-leads wilderness immersion experiences.
Balzac, Honoré de
Barrie, J. M. (James Matthew) (1860-1937). Scottish novelist and playwright best known as the creator of Peter Pan, a character he introduced in the 1902 novel, The Little White Bird.
Barry, Lynda (1956- ). U.S. cartoonist and author best known for her weekly comic strip, Ernie Pook’s Comeek.
Baxter, J. Sidlow
Beauvoir, Simone de
Beck, Charlotte Joko
Beecher, Henry Ward
Belles, Krista. I have absolutely no idea who this is.
Bender, Betty (1948- ). U.S. motivational speaker, consultant, and trainer in communications and management development.
Benson, Arthur Christopher
Bernard of Clairvaux, Saint
Bistami, Bayazid al- (804-c. 874). Persian Sufi born in Bastam, Iran.
Blyth, Reginald Horace
Bonvoisin, Ariane de
Boone, Louis Eugene
Borges, Jorge Luis (1899-1986), Argentinian poet, essayist, and short-story writer, whose tales of fantasy and dreamworlds are classics of 20th-century world literature.
Bounds, E. M.
Braithwaite, William Charles
Brault, Robert (1938- ). U.S. computer software developer and freelance writer.
Brennan, Barbara Ann
Brilliant, Ashleigh (1933- ). British-born full-time epigrammatist now living in Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of many books, including I May Not Be Totally Perfect, But Parts of Me Are Excellent and All I Want Is a Warm Bed and a Kind Word, and Unlimited Power.
Bronner, Jr., Nathaniel
Brooke, Rupert (1887-1915). English poet known for his idealistic war sonnets written during the First World War, especially The Soldier.
Brooke, Rev. Stopford A.
Brother Lawrence (c. 1614-1691). French mystic Nicholas Herman, aka Brother Lawrence, was converted to a powerful love of God at age eighteen by a humble observation of a barren tree in the depth of winter. In the six years between his revelation and his joining the Discalced Carmelite Priory in Paris, he fought in the Thirty Years’ War and later served as a valet. He entered the priory in Paris as a lay brother, not having the education necessary to become a cleric, and took the religious name, “Lawrence of the Resurrection.” He spent almost all of the rest of his life within the walls of the priory, working in the kitchen for most of that time and as a repairer of sandals in his later years. He is best known for the book, The Practice of the Presence of God, which was compiled after his death from four interviews with the envoy of Cardinal de Noailles and from his own letters.
Brothers, Dr. Joyce
Brown, Jr., H. Jackson
Brown, Rita Mae
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
Browning, Ophelia G.
Bryan, William Jennings
Bryant, William Cullen (1794-1878). U.S. romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post.
Bujold, Lois McMaster
Bussy-Rabutin, Roger de
Carey, Sandra. I have absolutely no idea who this is.
Carpenter, Liz (1920-2010). U.S. writer, feminist, reporter, media advisor, speechwriter, political humorist, and public relations expert. She was the author of Getting Better All the Time and Unplanned Parenthood: Confessions of a Seventy-Something Surrogate Mother. Carpenter was a speechwriter for vice president Lyndon B. Johnson, the press secretary and chief of staff for First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, and founder of the Texas Women’s Political Caucus.
Saint Catherine of Siena
Caussade, Jean-Pierre de
Chanel, Gabrille “Coco”
Channing, William Henry
Chapin, Edwin Hubbell
Chesterfield, Philip Lord
Chesterton, G. K.
Child, Lydia M.
Chilon (6th century BC). A native of Sparta who became one of the Ephori, or chief magistrates of the state, and a poet who wrote a great number of elegiac verses. He was known for his laconic wit, and for his belief in prudence, self-restraint, and careful judgment. He was one of the Seven Sages of Greece, the title given by ancient Greek tradition to seven early 6th century BC philosophers, statesmen and legislators who were renowned in the following centuries for their wisdom.
Clark, Frank A.
Coates, Florence Earle
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
Colton, Charles Caleb
Cooley, Charles Horton
Corona, Vicki. Living U.S. dance instructor, author, and owner of Dance Fantasy Cultural Arts Center and Dance Fantasy Productions in North Hollywood, California. Corona is a seasoned performer, choreographer, costumer, dance instructor, crafter, ethno-historian, publisher, booking agent, and a former U.S. Army Race Relations Expert. She has lived in many countries, traveled the planet extensively, and performed world dances professionally since the age of six.
Covey, Stephen R.
Craik, Dinah Maria
Crowley, Mary C.
Cummings, E. E.
Dalai Lama, His Holiness the 14th
Davis, Kenneth S.
Daya Mata, Sri
De Angelis, Barbara
de Mille, Agnes
DeVille, Alice. Living U.S. astrologer, workshop presenter, and writer with expertise in romance and relationship dynamics.
Donne, John (1572-1631). English poet, satirist, lawyer, and priest. Donne is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets.
Dossey, Dr. Larry
Douglas, William O.
Drummond, Henry (1851-1897). Scottish evangelist, writer, and lecturer. He is best known for his book, The Greatest Thing in the World, which encourages people to follow God’s two great commandments: to love God and to love each other.
Du Bos, Charles (1882-1939). French essayist and critic of French and English literature.
Ebner-Eschenbach, Marie von
Eddington, Sir Arthur Stanley (1882-1944). English astrophysicist. The Eddington Limit, the natural limit to the luminosity of stars, or the radiation generated by accretion onto a compact object, is named in his honour.
Einstein, Albert (1879-1955). German-born theoretical physicist whose theory of relativity revolutionized physics.
Eliot, T. S.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-82). U.S. poet, philosopher, essayist, and lecturer. Emerson led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century, expressing the philosophy of the movement in his 1836 essay, Nature.
Enright, Robert. Living U.S. psychologist and professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He teaches courses in moral development with an emphasis on the psychology of forgiveness. The author of Forgiveness Is a Choice: A Step-by-Step Process for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope, Enright is a popular speaker on the moral development of forgiveness, with his work appearing in such outlets as Time magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and ABC’s 20/20. Enright’s National Conference on Forgiveness was the first of its kind on any university campus. He considers his recently published book, The Forgiving Life, to be his strongest work to date. His website, InternationalForgiveness.com, includes up-to-date discussions about forgiveness across the globe.
Faber, Frederick William
Fleming, Anne Taylor
Flint, Cort R.
Follett, Mary Parker
Fowler, Ellen Thorneycroft
Francis of Assisi, Saint
Freedman, Ruth P.
Friedman, Dr. Martha
Gad, The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
Gaertner, Johannes A.
Gardner, John W.
Glidewell, Jan (1944- ). U.S. writer. Twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Glidewell, a longtime columnist for the St. Petersburg Times, retired in 2003 after thirty-seven years in the newspaper business. Known for his offbeat wit and liberal views, Glidewell describes himself thusly: “High school dropout, nudist, Buddhist, Deadhead. Former marine (recovered).”
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Goldstein, Dr. Kurt
Grieco, Mary Hayes
Griggs, Edward H.
Gross, Helga Bergold
Guibert, Joseph de
Guillemets, Terri (1973- ). U.S. “quotation anthologist” who founded The Quote Garden website in 1998. In her own words: With a personal, heartfelt approach she shares inspiration and love of words with the world, “spreading quotatious joy” as she calls it. A curmudgeonesque optimist whose inner child will never grow up, she also enjoys nature, photography, cloudgazing, and family.
Gurdjieff, Georges Ivanovich
Guyton, Melissa (1985-). Surgical nurse in Columbus, Georgia.
Hahn, Duane Alan
Hanh, Thich Nhat
Hanshan Deqing (1546–1623). A leading Buddhist monk of Ming Dynasty China who widely propagated the teachings of Chán and Pure Land Buddhism.
Hare, Julius Charles
Harris, Bill (1951- ). President and Director of Beaverton, Oregon-based Centerpointe Research Institute, which offers programs for personal growth, mind development, and relaxation. A student of ancient and modern research into the nature of the mind, Harris has been involved in personal development for over thirty-five years as a seeker, teacher, public speaker, author, musician, composer, therapist, workshop leader, and business owner.
Hawkins, Dr. David R.
Hedge, Dr. H. F. The only clue I have to his identity is that an 1888 book identified him as a doctor
Heschel, Rabbi Abraham J.
Hickok, Eliza M.
HIghlander: The Series
Hinckley, Gordon B.
Hoelscher, Russ von
Holland, Josiah Gilbert
Holmes, John Andrew
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
Howe, Edgar Watson
Hughes, Charles Evans
Hugo, Victor (1802-85), French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights activist, and exponent of the Romantic movement in France. Hugo’s best known works are the novels Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831) and Les Miserables (1862).
Humboldt, Wilhelm von
Huntley, Rev. Karyl
Ignatius of Loyola, Saint
Ingersoll, Robert G.
Jaffe, Dr. Ibrahim
James, John Angell
James, P. D.
James, William (1842-1910). Often called “the father of American psychology,” James was a pioneering psychologist and philosopher who was trained as a physician. He wrote influential books on the young science of psychology, educational psychology, psychology of religious experience and mysticism, and on the philosophy of pragmatism.
Ji Aoi Isshi (13th century). Japanese Zen master.
Joan of Arc
John of Ruysbroeck
John of the Cross, Saint
Johnson, Samuel (1709-1784), Often referred to as Dr. Johnson, he was an English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor, and lexicographer.
Jones, Charlie “Tremendous”
Jordan, David Star
Julian of Norwich
Katha Upanishad, The
Keeley, James (1974- ). U.S. author of Walking with God, spiritual teacher, and principal partner in Oregon-based LionHeart Consulting. He works to help all people “experience the ridiculously and unbelievabley happy life that comes from living in harmony with the Divine.”
Keith, Kent M.
Kelley, Emma Dunham
Kempis, Thomas à
Kennedy, Robert F.
Keyes, Jr., Ken
Khan, Hazrat Inayat (1882-1927). Indian spiritual teacher and an exemplar of Universal Sufism, a universalist spiritual movement he founded while traveling n the West.
Khan, Vilayat Inayat (1916-2004). The eldest son of Sufi Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, head of the Sufi Order International. In 1975 he founded the Abode of the Message, which continues to serve as the central residential community of the Sufi Order International, a conference and retreat center, and a center of esoteric study.
King, Jr., Martin Luther
Klemme, E. J. Professor of Psychology and Education at State Normal School in Ellensburg, Washington, in the early part of the twentieth century.
Kor, Eva (1934- ). Born in the village of Portz, Romania, Eva and her twin sister, Miriam, were imprisoned at the Auschwitz death camp, where they were subjected to horrific medical experiments performed by Dr. Josef Mengele. In 1995, she founded the CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Terra Haute, Indiana. CANDLES is an acronym for Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors.
Krutch, Joseph Wood
Kushner, Rabbi Harold
La Bruyère, Jean de
La Fontaine, Jean de
Lagemann, John Kord
Lake, John G.
La Rochefoucauld, François de
Lauretta, Sister Mary
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
Lawrence, D. H.
Leadbeater, C. W.
Lec, Stanislaw Jerzy
Lee, Danielle (1975- ). Canadian author.
Le Guin, Ursula K.
Leonardo da Vinci
Levinger, George (1927- ). U.S. author of several books on relationships. Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Lewis, C. S.
Lichtenberg, Georg C.
Liebman, Joshua Loth
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Lowell, James Russell
Mabie, Hamilton Wright
Macaulay, Thomas Babington
Maclean, J. Keneedy
Maharshi, Sri Ramana (1879-1950). Hindu spiritual master.
Maistre, Joseph de
Maltz, Dr. Maxwell
Marden, Orison Swett
Maugham, W. Somerset
McGill, Bryant H.
Mello, Anthony de
Menninger, Dr. Karl
Miller, Jr., Walter M.
Mishkat al-Masabih. An expanded version of by Al-Baghawi’s Masabih al-Sunnah byMuḥammad ibn ʻAbd Allāh Khatib Al-Tabrizi. Khatib Al-Tabrizi rendered this version of the original text more accessible to those not having an advanced knowledge of the science of hadith. It contains between 4434 and 5945 hadith, divided into 29 books, and is considered by Sunni scholars an important writing. The term hadith is used to denote a saying or an act or tacit approval or criticism ascribed either validly or invalidly to the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
Monroe, Anne Shannon
Montaigne, Michel de
Moore, Mary Tyler
Moss, Richard. Living U.S. author of six books on transformation, self-healing, and the art of conscious living, including The I That Is We: Awakening to Higher Energies Through Unconditional Love and Inside-Out Healing: Transforming Your Life Through the Power of Presence. More than thirty years ago, he left the practice of medicine after a life-changing realization to dedicate his life to help others realize their multidimensional nature and achieve self-mastery. His teaching bridges science, psychology, energy medicine, and spiritual/awareness practices. He is most well known for the deep experiential nature of his work where people learn holistically with their mind, body, and feelings.
Mundaka Upanishad, The
Murray, W. H.
Muso Kokushi (1275-1351). The most famous monk of his time, he was not only a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monk, he was also a calligraphist, poet, and garden designer.
Muste, A. J.
Nachman of Breslov, Rebbe
Nagler, Michael N.
Newcomb, Charles B.
Newton, Joseph Fort
Ning Lao T’ai-t’ ai
Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981). Born Maruti Sivrampant Kambli on a small South Indian farm, he was the owner of Bombay shops that sold household goods and bidis (cigarettes hand-rolled in leaves). A disciple of Sri Siddharamesvar Maharaj, Nisargadatta was given a new name upon attaining realization. With his direct and minimalistic explanation of non-dualism, Nisargadatta is considered the most prominent teacher of Advaita since Ramana Maharshi. His dialogues with spiritual seekers and devotees were published in 1973 as I Am That: Conversations with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj,
Oliver, Gary. LIving U.S. author of numerous books. Oliver is a psychologist and Executive Director of the Center for Relationship Enrichment in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
Olmos, Edward Jame
Ornish, Dr. Dean
Osteen, Joel (1963- ). U.S. author, televangelist, and senior pastor of Lakewood church in Houston, Texas, a church that Forbes has called the largest and fastest growing congregation in America. Osteen is known for sharing positive messages of hope and encouragement. His ministry reaches over seven million broadcast media viewers weekly in over one hundred countries.
Packer, Boyd K.
Paul, Stephen C.
Peale, Norman Vincent
Pearce, Joseph Chilton
Peck, M. Scott
Peter, Laurence J.
Piercy, Marge (1936- ).
Pinchback, P. B. S.
Pinero, Arthur Wing
Pirsig, Robert M.
Poe, Edgar Allan
Pollan and Mark Levine, Stephen M.
Preston, Margaret Junkin
Priestly, J. B.
Purkey, William (1929- ). U.S. author and professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the developer of a communication model called “Invitational Education” and co-founder with Betty Siegel of the International Alliance for Invitational Education.
Rapin, Paul de
Ravn, Karen. Living U.S. writer; former writer for Hallmark Cards and former columnist for the Monterey County Herald in Monterey, California.
Rawat, Prem (Maharaji)
Ray, Marie Beynon
Remen, Dr. Rachel Naomi
Retz, Cardinal de
Richards, Mary Caroline
Rilke, Rainer Maria
Roberts, Jane (Seth)
Robertson, Frederick William
Robinson, Edwin Arlington
Roche, Arthur Somers
Rodegast, Pat (Emmanuel)
Rubietta, Jane. Living U.S. author and inspirational, ecumenical women’s speaker. Her books include Come Along: The Journey into a More Intimate Faith, Come Closer: A Call to Life, Love, and Breakfast on the Beach, and Grace Points: Growth and Guidance in Times of Change.
Rubin, Theodore Isaac
Rufus, Quintus Curtius
Ruiz, Don Miguel
Runbeck, Margaret Lee
Sablé, Madame de
Sai Baba, Sri Sathya
Sainte-Beuve, Charles Augustin
Saint-Exupery, Antoine de
Sales, Saint Francois de
Sarton, May (1912-1995). Pen name of Eleanore Marie Sarton, an American poet, novelist, and memoirist.
Schaef, Anne Wilson
Schulweis, Rabbi Harold M. (1925- ). One of the best-known pulpit rabbis in America, Schulweis has been the spiritual leader at Temple Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, since 1970. He is the Founding Chairman of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, an organization that identifies and offers grants to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews threatened by the agents of Nazi savagery. He is also the Founder of Jewish World Watch, a synagogue-based organization dedicated to raising both awareness and funds to protest the genocide in Darfur, and bringing vital assistance to the victims of its unrest. He is the author of numerous books, including Conscience: The Duty to Obey and the Duty to Disobey.
Seneca, Lucius Annaeus (c. 3 BCE–65 AD). Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist. He was tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero. While he was later forced to commit suicide for alleged complicity in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate Nero, he may have been innocent.
Shaw, George Bernard
Sheehan, Dr. George
Sheen, Fulton J.
Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Shinn, Florence Scovel
Shinseki, General Eric
Siegel, Dr. Bernie
Smedes, Lewis B.
Smith, Logan Pearsall
Solomon, Beverly. U.S. creative director for musee-solomon, the art and design business she runs with her husband, artist Pablo Solomon, located in Lampasas, Texas.
Spinoza, Baruch de (1632-1677). Dutch philosopher and theologian whose magnum opus, Ethics, was published posthumously.
Spurgeon, Charles Haddon
Staël, Madame de
Stanley, Bessie Anderson
Stauffer, Dane (1959- ). U.S. actor, singer, and writer.
Stevenson, Robert Louis
Stowe, Harriet Beecher
Street, D. M.
Swindoll, Charles R.
T’ai -shang Kan-ying P’ien
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