The result of a nationwide survey of experts in leading universities and seminaries, as well as leading representatives of dozens of religious traditions and spiritual persuasions, this authoritative list of seventy-five includes martyrs and mystics, intellectuals and charismatics from East and West. Their lives and wisdom are now easily accessible in this inspiring volume.A celebration of the human spirit, ideal for both seekers and believers, the curious and the passionate, thinkers and doers, this invaluable resource is an inspiring guide to the most creative spiritual ideas and actions of the past century. Each profile includes:?Synopsis of innovator's life and the evolution of their spiritual leadership and influence.'Inspiring quotes'words of wisdom indicative of the innovator's life and teachings.'A guide to further examination of their works, ideas, organizations, movements, legacy.'Resources for more in-depth study.Rifkin, Ira is the author of 'Spiritual Leaders Who Changed the World', published 2008 under ISBN 9781594732416 and ISBN 1594732418.