Sam Harris - Death and the Present Moment

Note: I disagree strongly with Sam Harris' critique of faith and his advocacy for shedding religious wisdom and building a moral code based on reason alone. (Frankly, the "New Atheists" are lightening bugs compared to the lightning delivered by the Great Atheists; Nietzsche, Ayn Rand, and Thomas Payne.) Warning: Only those strong in their faith should tackle the Great Atheists, those giants of the mind, but I submit that intellectual integrity demands meeting Goliath head-on in the open instead of ignoring wisdom delivered by the disciplines of the modern age most "good Christian" sneer are unworthy or poisonous. Personally, I cannot read Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra without concluding his eloquence and intelligence to be gift's from God--Nietzsche's mind was a miracle! If only the scope of his gaze included the miraculous nature of his gifts! Who could declare "God is dead" but an unparalleled genius sent as His messenger but the man whose writings are claimed by Hitler's henchmen as marching orders? Doesn't this sound like the work of Satan, whose greatest trick is masking His gifts with lies? (Nietzsche railed endlessly against the evil he predicted would befall man for permitting faith to perish in idol-minds weakened by fear and ignorance--the Nazis' cauldron.  I think and faithfully believe that men like Nietzsche were sent to challenge, and therefore strengthen, our faith. God is good and loves us, but His mystery confounds us. We want but a cottage, but He plans for us a palace. Our intellect must be worthy of Him. In short: His almighty love inspired the great atheists to suffer darkness in their own minds so that the the faithful would would flourish--dismissal of His challenge is our will, not His. Temptation beckons us toward an "orderly mind" and away from the "chaos" accompanying any great construction. As Lewis put it:

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” 
― C.S. LewisMere Christianity

As such, I find Sam Harris' thoughts on God worth reading but only for novices--for snarks at the "kid's table."  However, Sam's meditations on mindfulness are unmatched and worthy of numerous readings. I'm grateful for Sam's insights presented as "Death and the Present Moment." As someone who's witnessed at least a dozen undergraduates break down in tears during office hours so far this semester, I'm particularly keen on helping students focus on taking joy in the long college slog. Mindfulness is very fruitful.