Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual
Tool, by The Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress
This book has been the "bible" for the use of labyrinths for
many years. One of the pioneers of the labyrinth revival and one of its
most identified and articulate spokespersons, Artress describes the labyrinth
in poetic and metaphorical ways as no one else can. A few of the descriptions
of the labyrinth have some technical errors, but these are not the emphasis
or strength of this book. Artress has taught hundreds of facilitators
the skills of using labyrinths as a spiritual tool. In fact, she coined
that phrase. This book is a must for any serious labyrinth user. Website:
The Sacred Path Companion: A Guide to Walking the Labyrinth to
Heal and Transform, by The Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress
This is a very practical guide by the most experienced labyrinth presenter.
Anyone serious about working with labyrinths will want to get this book.
Labyrinths from the Outside In: Walking to Spiritual Insight, A
Beginner's Guide, by Donna Schaper and Carole Ann Camp
The first half of this book is an extremely cogent discussion of labyrinths
and their use in church settings. I quote from this book frequently. Donna
Schaper points out the use of the labyrinth as a generic spiritual tool
could be a danger, even a threat, to the denominational traditions that
have been passed down through the centuries. Paradoxically, the second
half of the book describes dozens of ways to use the labyrinth in exactly
such generic ways, from celebrating full moon or solstice events to various
ceremonies and rituals.
Living the Labyrinth: 101 Paths to a Deep Connection to the Sacred
Praying the Labyrinth: A Journal for Spiritual Exploration
Pondering the Labyrinth: Questions to Pray on the Path
Labyrinth and the Song of Songs
The Labyrinth and the Enneagram: Circling into Prayer (with Elizabeth
Christian Prayer and Labyrinths: Pathways to Faith, Hope, and Love
Praying the Chartres Labyrinth: A journal for spiritual exploration
All of the above books by Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geoffrion are
succinct and poetic statements by the most mystical person I know. Jill
loves the labyrinth, and she loves Chartres Cathedral, which comes through
very clearly in her writing. Best of all, she has eliminated one of the
most formidable barriers readers face: words. She makes her statement
and then leaves space for us to take it in and absorb its importance.
In that way, the books are really as much poetry as prose. Website: www.jillkhg.com
The Lenten Labyrinth: Daily Reflections for the Journey of Lent,
by Edward Hays
This is not really about labyrinths, although they are mentioned a few
times. It is about Lent. that's a good connection, however, because the
labyrinth is strongly associated with Easter and springtime.
Sacred Rituals: Connecting with Spirit through Labyrinths, Sand
Paintings & Other Traditional Arts, by Eileen London and Belinda
A beautiful presentation in full color, this book presents a concise description
of sacred rituals including such activities as smudging, burning candles,
creating altars, using incense, drumming, and more. Eileen London has
spent time with the Navajo, Lakota, Q'ero, and Mayan peoples, studying
their traditional ceremonies, myths, and tribal wisdom.
The Mystic Spiral: Journey of the Soul, by Jill Purce
I've had this book, which was first published more than 30 years ago,
on my shelf a long time. Reviewing it for this bibliography, I was surprised
to see how it is both up to date modern and yet ancient. The labyrinth,
of course, is a fitting symbol for the soul's journey that the author
Labyrinth Walking: Patterns of Power, by Patricia Telesco
Of course all the books on labyrinths contain spiritually relevant material,
and could be under this "Spiritual" category. Similar, most
books, including this one, could be listed under the "Popular"
category. I include it here for purposes of diversity, as its orientation
is from Wicca and witchcraft. Its message is still metaphysical, of course.
Only part of the book is dedicated to labyrinths, with the rest about
mandalas and mazes. I found the labyrinth instructions to be quite helpful
and practical, much more organized and specific than the vague generalities
in so many books.
Praying at Every Turn: Meditations for Walking the Labyrinth,
by Carole Ann Camp
Co-author of one of my favorite labyrinth books (Labyrinths From the
Outside In -- see above), Camp has assembled a useful collection of
meditations that can be read aloud in a group setting.
Labyrinths and Other Journeys: A Spiritual Workbook/Journal for
Pilgrims, by Christine Eleanor Merritt
This is a workbook with brief and poetic bits of text meant to inspire
you to fill in the blank pages provided. Resembles Jill Geoffrion's work
in many ways. The photogrphic choices from Chartres Cathedral are a little