You can start your day with words that inspired President Barack Obama, prepared by Joshua DuBois, Obama's spiritual advisor who served as executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. This book contains the best of these daily devotionals, offering peace, comfort, and inspiration for an entire year.
John Pavlovitz explores how we can embody this kinder kind of spirituality where we humbly examine our belief system to understand how it might compel us to act in less-than-loving ways toward others. This simple phrase, "Thou Shalt Not Be Horrible," could help us practice what we preach by creating a world where spiritual community provides a sense of belonging where all people are received as we are. The most important question we ask of a religious belief is not "Is it true?" but rather "Is it helpful?" The way we treat others is the most tangible and meaningful expression of our belief system.