The Love Authors

A List of Authors By Chapter

Chapter-1 Love of Earth - "Erets Haqodesh"

Author/Contribution Background
Joyce Pace Byrd
Prayer for Mother Earth
Joyce is a licensed counselor (26 years), spiritual guide, pilgrim, and poet. Her work has appeared in various journals, including: Journey into Wholeness; Fragile Threads; and The Muse. Her current collection of poetry is entitled Poems from the Labyrinth.
Bernice Hill, Ph.D
Sophia and Sustainability
Bernice is a practicing therapist, senior analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado, lecturer, essayist, and author of: The Emergence of the Cosmic Psyche: Extraterrestrials and Subtle Energy and Money and the Spiritual Warrior. She also has written Jungian reviews of: The Phantom of the Opera; The Cider House Rules; When the Impossible Happens; and The Fountain.
Wendell Berry
Look Out
Wendell is a Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing at the University of Kentucky, Fellow of Britain’s Temenos Academy, and author of more than 25 books of poetry, 16 volumes of essays, and 11 novels. He also is the recipient of numerous awards, including: the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships; the T.S. Eliot Award; the Jean Stein Award; the Thomas Merton Award; the John Hay Award; the Poets’ Prize in 2000; and Kentuckian of the Year Award in 2006. His many books include: A Place on Earth; A World Lost; Home Economics; What are People For?; Standing on Earth; Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community; Waste Land: Meditations on a Ravaged Landscape; Citizens Dissent: Security, Morality, and Leadership in an Age of Terror; Collected Poems 1957 – 1982; A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems; Given; and Window Poems.
Bill McKibben
The Next Revolution
Bill is a Professor of Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont, and a recipient of Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships and the Lannan Prize for non-fiction. He is a contributing journalist to National Geographic, The New Yorker, Orion, Mother Jones, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s and Rolling Stone magazines. He led the largest demonstration against global warming in U.S. history, and he is a best-selling author: Fight Global Warming Now: The Handbook for Taking Action in Your Community; The Bill McKibben Reader: Pieces from an Active Life; The End of Nature; Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future; Wandering Home; Maybe One: A Personal and Environmental Argument for Single Child Families; and Hope, Human and Wild: True Stories of Living Lightly on the Earth; Bill is a Professor of Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont, and a recipient of Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships and the Lannan Prize for non-fiction. He is a contributing journalist to National Geographic, The New Yorker, Orion, Mother Jones, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s and Rolling Stone magazines. He led the largest demonstration against global warming in U.S. history, and he is a best-selling author: Fight Global Warming Now: The Handbook for Taking Action in Your Community; The Bill McKibben Reader: Pieces from an Active Life; The End of Nature; Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future; Wandering Home; Maybe One: A Personal and Environmental Argument for Single Child Families; and Hope, Human and Wild: True Stories of Living Lightly on the Earth.
Kekchi Maya Invocation
Offering Before Clearing a Field
R. Bruce Hull
Land Love
Bruce is a Professor of Social Ecology at Virginia Tech University and advisor to numerous community groups, including Virginia LandCare, the Model Forestry Policy Program, and Virginia’s Forest Issues Working Group, all of which promote sustainable living and land use in order to respond to pressures of urbanization and globalization. He also is the author and editor of over 100 publications, including two books: Infinite Nature; and Restoring Nature: Perspectives from the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Chapter-2 Love of Animals - "Gasege Dene"

Author/Contribution Background
Susan McElroy
Naked, With Skin On
Susan is a retreat facilitator, speaker, and New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including: Why Buffalo Dance: Animal and Wilderness Meditations Through the Seasons; All My Relations; Animals as Teachers and Healers; Heart in the Wild; and Animals as Guides for the Soul: Stories of Life Changing Encounters.
Imru al Quais
My Steed
Marc Bekoff, Ph.D.
Love is the Answer for Unity with All Beings
Marc is a co-founder of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals with Jane Goodall, Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Colorado, Ethics Committee member at the Jane Goodall Institute, and recipient of numerous awards for his animal research and animal protection programs, including the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has published more than 200 articles, 3 encyclopedias, and 20 books, including: The Emotional Lives of Animals; Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals with Compassion and Respect; Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals (with Jessica Pierce); The Smile of a Dolphin; The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for the Animals We Love (with Jane Goodall); Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues: Reflections on Redecorating Nature; Listening to Cougar; The Smile of a Dolphin; and the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior.
Jana Lee Frazier
Chance Encounter with a Like Soul
Jana is an environmentalist, wildlife biologist and rehabilitator, former zookeeper, artist, and essayist for The Washington Post. Her 30 years of published work includes: The Long Journey Back: Surviving Depression; Gifts to Cherish, Moment by Moment; A Season of Bereavement and Blessings; and Dispatch from a Long-Ago October.
Madeleine L'Engle
The Animals Do Judge
Dawn Hayman
The Gift of Animals: Unconditional Love
Dawn is co-founder of Spring Farm CARES in New York, a nature sanctuary, education, and healing center. She also is an animal communicator and author: If Only They Could Talk: The Miracles at Spring Farm; A Message for Humanity (CD); and Stories of Animal Communication (DVD).
Brooke J. Wood
In Search of the Sacred Heart
Brooke is the founder of the Sophia Agape Circle in Virginia and Gnostic teacher. Her classes include: Sophian Gnosticism; Christian Kabbalah; and monthly Circle teachings. She also is a journalist and author: Putrefaction, Devastation and Jurisprudence.

Chapter - 3 Love of Family - "Hsiao"

Author/Contribution Background
David Suzuki
The Law of Love
David is a Professor Emeritus of Zoology at the University of British Columbia and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation in Canada. Since 1979, he has hosted the CBC television program The Nature of Things, and he also has hosted the PBS series The Secret of Life, A Planet for the Taking, The Sacred Balance, and Suzuki on Science. He is the recipient of international awards, including: Companion of the Order of Canada; UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for Science; the U.N. Environmental Programme Medal; and 22 honorary degrees. He is a leading expert and lecturer on environmental protection, an activist on global climate change, and the author of 45 books, including: The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature; David Suzuki’s Green Guide; Grassroots Rising; Tree: A Life Story; Genetics: A Beginner’s Guide; Time to Change; Good News for a Change: How Everyday People are Helping the Planet; It’s a Matter of Survival; From Naked Ape to Super Species; Wisdom of the Elders: Sacred Native Stories of Nature; Inventing the Future; and David Suzuki: The Autobiography.
Sean R. Conroy
In the Distance I See My House
Sean is an aspiring artist and author, who wrote this poem when he was eight years old. His artwork has been features in Virginia. Currently, he is a senior at Loudoun Valley High School.
Charles Alexander Eastman
The Family Altar
Barbara Hand Clow
Lakota Medicine Woman
Barbara is a former co-publisher of Bear & Company publishing house, historian, world-renowned astrologer, lecturer, channel, and international best-selling author of numerous books, including: The Mayan Code: Time Acceleration and Awakening the World Mind; Catastrophobia: The Truth Behind Earth Changes; The Pleiadian Agenda: A New Cosmology for the Age of Light; Liquid Light of Sex; The Mind Chronicles: Visionary Guide into Past Lives; and Alchemy of Nine Dimensions: A New Cosmology for the Age of Light.
Julia Ward Howe
Mother's Day Proclamation
Nicholas Gordon
I Want to Tell You Something You Should Know
Nicholas is a retired professor of English at New Jersey City University and webmaster of Poems for Free, a website with a collection of his books and more than 2000 of his poems and short stories.

Chapter-4 Love of Community - "Alwila Alqabili"

Author/Contribution Background
Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar
Neo-Humanism and the New Era: Excerpts of Songs and Essays
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
What We Want
Philip M. Hellmich
Love & Conflict: Insights from Africa on Transforming Self and Societies
Philip is Director of Individual Giving at Search for Common Ground in Washington, D.C. He has 18 years of international development and peace building experience with affiliated organizations such as the Peace Corps. He also is a speaker, trainer, and author, with essays published in: Chamalu: Shamanic Way of the Heart; Chicken Soup for the Soul series; The Power of Media: A Handbook for Peacebuilders; and The Washington Post. He is featured in: Hello Love (DVD); and Search for Common Mound (DVD).
Maya AngelouAlone Maya is the recipient of numerous honors, including: the Presidential Medal of Arts; the Lincoln Medal; the Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature, and three Grammy awards. She also has received over 50 honorary degrees, including a lifetime appointment as a Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. She has been nominated for the National Book Award, the Tony Award, and the Pulitzer Prize, and she has worked as a civil rights activist, dancer, singer, composer, actress, producer, director, playwright, lecturer, newspaper editor, and radio host for Oprah & Friends. She is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, and poetry, including: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie; Oh Pray My Wings are Gonna Fit Me Well; The Heart of a Woman; And Still I Rise; All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes; Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now; A Song Flung Up To Heaven; Even the Stars Look Lonesome; The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou; and The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou.
Kenneth Porter
Bodhisattva Warriors in the 21st Century Community
Ken is a spiritually oriented psychiatrist and psychotherapist, former President of the Association for Spirituality & Psychotherapy in New York, co-founder of the Eastern Group Psychology Training Program, and Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. He also is a Buddhist teacher at the New York Insight Meditation Center and a nationally recognized workshop leader and author: Who We Really Are: Buddhist Approaches to Psychotherapy (essay); Principles of Group Therapy Technique (essay); Combined Individual and Group Psychotherapy (essay); and Heal or Die: Psychotherapists Confront Nuclear Annihilation (co-editor).
Thomas Hansen, Ph.D.
Declaration of Cosmic Cooperation
Tom is a former mathematics education researcher, and he currently works as a musician, lecturer, activist, and author. His writings include: Trying to Remember; and The Declaration of Cosmic Cooperation. And his musical compositions include: Remembering Peace (CD); Take a Chance (CD); UFO Oil (CD); Promise of Peace (CD); and Hiding 9-11 (CD).

Chapter-5 Romantic Love - "Amour"

Author/Contribution Background
Brenda Schaeffer, D.Min, M.A.L.P., C.A.S.
L'Amour: The Soul in Love
Brenda is the founder of the Healthy Relationships clinic in Minnesota, and she is a practicing licensed psychologist and a certified sex addiction specialist. She is the former host of the radio show It’s All About Love, and she also is a spiritual teacher, speaker, and international bestselling author: Is it Love or Is it Addiction?; Love’s Way: The Union of Body, Ego, Soul and Spirit; Loving Me Loving You; Signs of Healthy Love; Signs of Addictive Love; Power Plays; Seasons of the Heart; Love or Addiction? The Power of Teen Sex and Romance; and Helping Yourself Out of Love Addiction.
Sharon Olds
The Shyness
Sharon is a Professor of Creative Writing at New York University and an award winning poet whose credits include: the National Books Critics Circle Award; the T.S. Eliot Prize; the Lamont Poetry Prize; and the San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Her works include: Satan Says; The One Girl at the Boys’ Party; The Dead and the Living; The Victims; The Gold Cell; The Father; The Wellspring; Blood, Tin, Straw; The Unswept Room; and Strike Sparks: Selected Poems.
Allyson and Alex Grey
Anatomy of a Loving Relationship
Allyson and Alex are the founders of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in New York, a sanctuary for contemplation and encouraging the creative spirit. Alex also is a mystical painter, poet, and author: CoSM: Chapel of Sacred Mirrors; Damanhur: Chapels of Humankind; CoSM: Journal of Visionary Culture; and CoSM the Movie (DVD).
Oriah
The Invitation
Oriah is a spiritual facilitator, speaker and international best-selling author and poet: What We Ache For: Creativity and the Unfolding of Your Soul; The Invitation; The Call: Discovering Why You Are Here; The Dance: Moving to the Deep Rhythms of Your Life; and Embracing Fear and Finding the Courage to Live Your Life.
Dale Goldstein
Heartwork in Human Relationships
Dale is the founder of the Heartwork Institute, Inc. in Rochester, NY. He is a couples’ counselor, therapist, teacher, and author: Heartwork: How to Get What You Really, REALLY Want; and Embracing Stress (CD).
Pat
Let Me Count the Ways

Chapter-6 Love of Learning - "Episteme"

Author/Contribution Background
Robert Hardison
Fun for One
Bob is an ex-rodeo champ, farrier, musician, cowboy philosopher, and poet. Bob’s humble beginning at an orphanage has inspired many of his poems and drives his compassion for nature and Mother Earth spirituality. His poetry has been published in several periodicals, including: Sidelines Magazine; and Great Meadows Polo Club Journal.
Chris Mercogliano
True Education: A Love Affair of the Heart and Mind
Chris was the Director of the Albany Free School in New York for 35 years. He is a columnist for Encounter magazine, an essayist, and an author: In Defense of Childhood: Protecting Kids’ Inner Wildness; How to Grow a School: Starting and Sustaining Schools that Work; Teaching the Restless: One School’s Remarkable No-Ritalin Approach to Helping Children Learn and Succeed; and Making It Up As We Go Along: The Story of the Albany Free School.
Edgar GuestThe Fellowship of Books
Margaret Starbird
Loving Wisdom
Margaret is a leading researcher into the true history of Mary Magdalene. She is the author of numerous related works, including: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalene and the Holy Grail; The Goddess in the Gospels: Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine; Mary Magdalene: Bride in Exile; Magdalene’s Lost Legacy: Symbolic Numbers and Sacred Union in Christianity; The Feminine Face of Christianity; and The Tarot Trumps and The Holy Grail.
Mahatma Gandhi
Truth is God
William Van Dusen Wishard
Sleepwalking Through the Apocalypse
Van is the principal in WorldTrends Research and a recognized authority on the changes reshaping the global landscape. His presentations to Congressional leaders and business executives have been televised nationally by C-SPAN and NBC’s “One on One” program, and his interviews with Voice of America have been broadcast worldwide. Formerly, he served as the assistant to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Commerce, and in four administrations. He also has worked in over 25 countries as part of a NGO team focused on conflict resolution and nation building. He has written over 50 articles in journals such as: The Christian Science Monitor; Japan Times; The Futurist; and the World Business Academy’s Perspectives. His latest book is entitled Between Two Ages: The 21st Century and the Crisis of Meaning.

Chapter-7 Love of the Arts - "Lybovk Eskustva"

Author/Contribution Background
Alex Grey
The Seer
Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe, Ph.D.
Art, Pleasure, and Love
Christopher is a Professor of Art History at Sweet Briar College and creator of Art History Resources on the Web. He is a video producer, lecturer, and author, whose works include: Copyright in the Renaissance: Prints and the Privilegio in Sixteenth-Century Venice and Rome; Print Publishing in Sixteenth-Century Rome: Growth and Expansion, Rivalry and Murder; The Chapel of the Courtesan and the Quarrel of the Magdalens; Gregory XIII and the Accademia di San Luca; Perception and Visual Culture; Art History in A Minute (video series); and What is a Feminist? (video).
Patrick BernardMusic and The Way Patrick is an award-winning composer and the first Canadian to climb Billboard’s New Age chart. He also is a spiritual teacher, author of Music as Yoga, Discover the Healing Power of Sound, and producer of devotional music, including: Archangel Miracle (CD); Harmonic Healing (CD); Bhakti Yoga Mantra (CD); Angelic Presence (CD); Shamanic Medicine (CD); Spa Relaxation (CD); Love Divine (CD); Sonic Feng Shui (CD); Spiritus (CD); Chakra Celebration (CD); and OM Spiritual Sound Vibration (CD).
Alice Lovelace
An Artis's Ode to Katrina
Alice is co-founder of the Southern Collective of African American Writers and lead staff organizer for the U.S. Social Forum. She also is editor of CRUX: A Conversation in Words and Images from South Africa to South USA and In Motion magazine. Her honors include: City of Atlanta Mayor’s Fellowship in the Arts; Fund for Southern Communities’ Torchbearers Award; Project South Voice of the Movement Award; Georgia Writers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award; and the 2007 Democratic Socialists of America Frederick Douglas-Eugene Debs Award. She also works as a performer, playwright, author, and poet: Remembering My Birth: New and Collected Poems; The Kitchen Survival Almanac; Black Coffee; Forever; The Citizen Artist: 20 Years of Art in the Public Arena; and selections in Black Poetry of the 80's from the Deep South; Up Town/On the Town; Atlanta Tribune; Drumvoices Revue; Catalyst Magazine; and Photography Quarterly.
Adelheid M. Gealt, Ph.D.
Art and Shifting Spiritual Paradigms
Heidi is a Professor of Art History at Indiana University, Director of the Indiana University Art Museum, and Fellow of the National Endowment of the Arts. She also has written numerous books, including: Art of the Western World: From Ancient Greece to Post-Modernism; Domenico Tiepolo: Master Draftsman; Domenico Tiepolo: A New Testament; Looking at Art: A Visitor’s Guide to Museum Collections; Painters of the Golden Age: A Biographical Dictionary of 17th Century European Painting; Italian Portrait Drawings: 1400 – 1800 from North American Collections; and Masterworks from the Indiana University Art Museum.

Chapter-8 Love of Self - "Saddha"

Author/Contribution Background
First Lady Elena Moreno
Eight Lessons on the Art of Self Love
Elena is a spiritual leader who was named First Lady by Chief Leonard Crow Dog of the Lakota Nation. She is a lecturer, yoga instructor, a doctor of Naturopathic medicine, and business woman. She is co-founder of Circulos in Washington, D.C, a nonprofit organization dedicated to spiritual growth through education, service, and the support of indigenous ways of life. She also is the founder of The Empowerment Series, an educational program for personal growth and spiritual development which is taught in the United States, Mexico, and Bolivia. Elena lives with her husband of 38 years Chief Oscar Moreno in Todos Santos, a small community on the Pacific coast of Baja California Sur in Mexico.
Sojourner Truth
Ain't I a Woman?
Henry Reed, Ph.D.Finding Your Life Mission Known as the "father of the Dreamwork movement," Henry is the founder of the Creative Spirit Studios in Mouth of Wilson, VA., where he facilitates workshops and shares his "Daily Mandala" as a blog. He also is Director of the Edgar Cayce Institute for Intuitive Studies, a Professor of Transpersonal Studies at Atlantic University, and a former Assistant Professor of Psychology at Princeton University. His written credits include: Dream Medicine: Learning How We Can Get Help from Our Dreams; Dream Solutions: The Dream Quest Workbook; Awakening Your Psychic Powers; Mysteries of the Mind; Channeling Your Higher Self; and Your Intuitive Heart.
Tau Malachi
Primordial Meditation: The Way of the Sacred Heart
Tau Malachi is a Gnostic Christian Bishop and gnostic lineage holder in the U.S. He is the founder of Ecclesia Pistis Sophia in California, with affiliated groups in Germany, South Africa, Australia, Canada, and Hong Kong. He also is a teacher, mentor, and author: Living Gnosis: A Practical Guide to Gnostic Christianity; Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ: A Gnostic Christian Kabbalah; Gnostic Gospel of St. Thomas: Meditations on the Mystical Teachings; and St. Mary Magdalene: The Gnostic Tradition of the Holy Bride.
Laurel
The Saints Teresa: From Darkness to Dawn
Laurel of The Oracle Institute
Stephen Dunn
Sisyphus and the Sudden Lightness
Stephen is a Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a Pulitzer Prize winning poet. His other credits include: the Academy Award for Literature; the James Wright Prize; and fellowships from the National Endowments for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. His books of poetry include: Everything Else in the World; Local Visitations; Different Hours; A Circus of Needs; New and Selected Poems: 1974 – 1994; Landscape at the End of the Century; Loosestrife; Between Angels; Local Time; Not Dancing; and Work and Love.

Chapter-9 Love of Freedom - "Liefde van Vrijheid"

Author/Contribution Background
Aung San Suu Kyi, Ph.D.
Freedom from Fear
Daw Aung San is the recipient of numerous honors, including: the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991; the Sakharav Prize for Freedom in 1991; the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000; and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2008. She is the founder of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar, and their rightfully elected Prime Minister. Due to a military coup, she has been under house arrest almost continuously since 1989. She is the author of many books and articles, including: Letters from Burma; The Voice of Hope; Freedom from Fear and Other Writings; Burma’s Revolution of the Spirit: The Struggle for Democratic Freedom and Dignity; Burma and India: Some Aspects of Intellectual Life under Colonialism; and Letter to Daniel: Dispatches of the Heart.
Robert Eisenman, Ph.D.
Essay on Slavery
Robert is a Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern Religions and Archeology and Director of the Institute for Judeo-Christian Origins at California State University at Long Beach. He is a Fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, an author, and a translator of The Dead Sea Scrolls. His numerous works include: James the Brother of Jesus: The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls; The New Testament Code: The Cup of the Lord, the Damascus Covenant, and the Blood of Christ; The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians; Islamic Law in Palestine and Israel: A History of the Survival of Tanzimat and Shari’ah; The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered; The Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls (editor); and The New Jerusalem.
Chief Red JacketAddress to a Christian Nation
Maxine Hong Kingston
The Three Lost Books of Peace
Maxine is a Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California Berkeley and the recipient of numerous honors, including: the National Humanities Medal from President Bill Clinton and the National Book Critics Award. She also is a veterans’ rights and peace activist, a lecturer, and an award winning author: The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts; China Men; Through the Black Curtain; Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book; To Be the Poet; The Fifth Book of Peace; and Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace.
Thomas Hansen, Ph.D.
Remembering Freedom
W. Cliff Kayser, III, M.S., SPHR, PCC
The Tao of Love
Cliff is the founder of Xperience, an organizational development, HR consulting, and executive coaching firm located in Washington, D.C., with retreat facilities located in West Virginia. He also is authoring a new interpretation of The Tao: Cliff’s Notes on The Tao Te Ching: A Poetic Reinterpretation of Lao Tzu’s Masterpiece.
Mirabai
I Have No Relations
Andrew Cohen
Liberation of the Soul
Andrew is the founder of the EnlightenNext organization in Lenox, MA, and editor of EnlightenNext magazine. He also is a spiritual teacher, world-wide lecturer, and international author: Living Enlightenment: A Call for Evolution Beyond Ego; Enlightenment Is a Secret; Who Am I and How Shall I Live?; In Defense of the Guru Principle; My Master is My Self; Freedom Has No History; Autobiography of An Awakening; Embracing Heaven & Earth; An Unconditional Relationship to Life; and The Challenge of Enlightenment.

Chapter- 10 Unconditional Love - "Mitakuye Oyasin"

Author/Contribution Background
Chief Michael Hull, J.D.
The Sputtering Buts: Bear-Hugging the Whole Enchilada
Mike is the founder of Grace Sanctuary in Texas and the first white man to be recognized as a Sun Dance Chief by Lakota Chief Leonard Crow Dog (spiritual leader of the American Indian Movement and Sun Dance Chief to 189 Native American tribes). He also is a practicing attorney and the author of Sun Dancing: A Spiritual Journey on the Red Road; and From the Ashes.
Karen Lang, Ph.D.
The Metta Sutta: The Buddha's Teaching on Love
Karen is Director of the Center for South Asian Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. She also is the three-time recipient of the Sesquicentennial Award. Her written credits include: Aryadeva’s Catuhsataka: On the Bodhisattva’s Cultivation of Merit and Knowledge; Four Illusions: Candrakirti's Advice for Travelers on the Bodhisattva Path; and Catuhsataka: 400 Verse uber den Weg zur Erleuchtung
Brian McLarenGood News for All People Brian is a leader of the Emerging Church Movement and recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America. He is the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church, co-founder of Red Letter Christians, and a lecturer, musician, and author of numerous books, including: Finding Our Way Again; Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crisis, and a Revolution of Hope; The Voice of Luke; The Voice of Acts: The Dust Off Their Feet; The Church on the Other Side: Doing Ministry in the Postmodern Matrix; The Secret Message of Jesus; A Generous Orthodoxy; A New Kind of Christian; The Last Word and the Word After That; Finding Faith: A Search for What Makes Sense; and Church in Emerging Culture: Five Perspectives.
Barbro Karlen
The Religion of Love
Barbro is an internationally acclaimed poet and author. Her works include: And the Wolves Howled: Fragments of Two Lifetimes; Man on Earth: Poems & Essays; and When the Storm Comes and a Moment in the Blossom Kingdom.
Barbara Talley
Why Are There So Many Religions?
Barbara is an entrepreneur, poet, speaker, and all-round dynamo. She is a member of the Bahá’i Faith, which promotes a belief in one God, one race, and one continually unfolding religion. She serves humanity by inspiring hope, promoting unity, and encouraging the search for truth. Her programs and books focus on the preciousness of human life, the importance of love, and the obligation to embrace unity in diversity. Her writing credits include: Miner Miracles; E-RACE: Poetry to Help Erase Race; On Track, On Fire, and On Purpose; Talley-up: The Excitement of Value Based Living; and Super Woman Doesn't Live Here Anymore.
John Dennison, J.D.
A Better Tomorrow: Community Based on Unconditional Love
John is a facilitator, speaker, and author. He also is a practicing attorney in the Florida law firm of Dennison & Dennison, P.A., and co-founder of Peace Options, a holistic firm offering counseling, written resources, classes, and networking. His written credits include: Whispers in the Silence: Living by the Light of Your Soul; and The Art of Going Your Way (CD)
Oberto 'Falco' Airaudi
Gift of Love, Luminous Calling: Here I am to Confuse Your Heart
Falco is the founder and spiritual leader of The Federation of Damanhur in Italy, an eco-society that received the United Nations sustainability award in 2005. Falco also is a world-renowned philosopher, healer, teacher, artist, and author: The Book of Synchronicity; Tales from Damanhur; Dying to Learn; Reborn to Live; Seven Scarlet Doors; Constitution of the Federation of Damanhur; Damanhur magazine; Damanhur: Temples of Humankind; Damanhur: A Journey into the Temples (DVD); Damanhur for a Culture of Peace (DVD); and Bral Talej (Divination Cards).
Kabir
O Brother!

Chapter-11 Love of God - Integral Spirituality

Author/Contribution Background
Swami Beyondanonda (a/k/a Steven Bhaerman)
Ten Guidelines to Enlightenment
Steve is an author, comedian, performer, and co-founder of Pathways Magazine. His comedic work includes: Swami for Precedent: A 7-step Plan to Heal the Body Politic and Cure Electile Dysfunction; Driving Your Own Karma: Swami Beyondananda’s Tourguide to Enlightenment; Healing the Body Politic (DVD); Don’t Squeeze the Shaman (CD); and Drive your Karma: Curb your Dogma (CD). On the serious side, Steve is co-author with Bruce Lipton of: Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here.
P.M.H. Atwater, L.H.D.
Our Love for God: How It Expands as We Do
P.M.H. is one of the original researchers into the near-death experience. She also is an international lecturer and author of many books, including: The Big Book of Near Death Experiences; Future Memory; Beyond the Light; Beyond the Indigo Children; The New Children and Near Death Experiences; The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Near Death Experiences; Coming Back To Life; Children of the New Millennium; and We Live Forever: The Real Truth About Death.
Jalaluddin Rumi
Where is God?
Penny Kelly, N.D.
Love, Christ Mind, and the God State
Penny is the founder of Lily Hill Farm and Learning Center in southwest Michigan. She is a Naturopathic physician with a degree from Clayton College, and she also has a degree in Humanistic Studies from Wayne State University. Penny is a spiritual teacher and author of numerous books, including: The Evolving Human; The Elves of Lily Hill Farm; Robes: A Book of Coming Changes; From the Soil to the Stomach; and Consciousness and Energy.
Kahlil Gibran
God
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
God Has a Dream
Archbishop Tutu is the Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Africa and Primate of the Anglican Church of South Africa. He is the recipient of many honors, including: the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize; the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism; the Magubela Prize for Liberty; the King Hussein Prize; the Sydney Peace Prize; and the Gandhi Peace Prize. After the fall of Apartheid, Archbishop Tutu chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and he is the patron of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, Desmond Tutu Educational Trust, and Tutu Foundation for Development and Relief in Southern Africa. He also is Chairperson of The Elders, a wisdom group comprised of retired world leaders. He has authored volumes of speeches, sermons, essays, and books, including: The Rainbow People of God: The Making of a Peaceful Revolution; God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time; An African Prayerbook; The Essential Desmond Tutu; No Future without Forgiveness; and a new children’s book God’s Dream.