Comparative religion, spirituality and mysticism are passions of mine. I find that, in the various traditions of Eastern and Western mysticism, dogmatic differences disappear, leaving an ecstatic, beautiful love for God/spirit, humanity, and non-human animals. These mystics paint a picture of a world filled with compassion and love, a world I hope to be a bit part of making real.
Love Poems from God offers selections of poetry from East and West. Hafiz, St. Teresa of Avila, Kabir, St. Francis of Assisi, and 8 other poets/mystics are included. Daniel Ladinsky, best known for his beautiful translations of the Sufi poet Hafiz, outdoes himself in pulling together this anthology. Simply put, it's awesome.
I use this book often as a reference for sermons and other speaking engagements. Love Poems from God is a great addition to any interfaith, community-building bookshelf.