A peek at my shelves and bedside

Sarah Bessey asked us to offer our best reads. Today’s category is books which have most impacted/changed me in my faith. Here is my list.

Of course, dear Madeleine’s, “Walking on Water” – nothing has ever so invigorated and empowered me. I have read everything which she has written. But, WoW is her most distilled, best. I would take it over the Bible to a desert isle. Sue me.

“Ragamuffin Gospel,” Brother Brennan Manning. This gorgeously simple work  inspired me at 20 and restored  a very broken and bruised me at 40. First and only thing I could bear to read after “it all” fell apart.

Most everything of  (the godfather’s) Brian McLaren’s which I have read has strengthened my vision and hope, but Naked Spirituality spoke some things into me that have helped me breathe on in a long, dark, winter season of my soul. Raw and ready to come near words resonated profoundly within me. A huge blessing of sustenance and security.

David Dark’s, “The Sacredness of Questioning Everything” is a delightful and cleverly written treatise on deconstructive questioning of status quo life: systems, foundations, and ideologies. Laughed and gasped every page. Brilliant.

Half the Sky- read it with my senior in high school honors students – we were torn asunder…powerful and humbling and yet hopeful. A call to those who would care. I think some of my girls changed their minds about who and what they wanted to be…I sure did.

“Crude,” Sonia Shah. I teach Economics of the Global persuasion. This rent my spirit. Beautiful writing and penetrating journalism. Came upon it during the near death of “my” gulf… I want to do work like this.

Well, I’ve read it more times than I can count, but “Wrinkle in Time,” Madeleine L’Engle, still comforts and soothes this Charles Wallace type like nothing else.

That’s my go to, buy  it for everyone list. Thanks for the opportunity to share, Sarah.



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5 responses to “A peek at my shelves and bedside

  1. Caris Adel

    “But, WoW is her most distilled, best. I would take it over the Bible to a desert isle.” YES!!!!!! I loooove her. Well, her non-fiction, anyway.

    I just read The Sacredness of Questioning Everything a couple of weeks ago and loved it. That was such a great book. I bought the audiobook for my husband, and the actual book is on my list. That was a brilliant book.

    • Thanks for dropping by, Caris. Obviously, I am just writing for sanity sake…but, you are so welcome to come by anytime.

      • Caris Adel

        I had no idea I was still linked up to my old, old blog, haha. I thought I deleted it! Loved your comment tho….and this year I don’t even have a garden, ugh. But anyway, my new blog is carisadel.com……that was when I was trying to figure out how to do a wordpress blog, lol. I’ll have to change that on my account.

      • got it. will go see it.

  2. I’ll never tire of WoW or Wrinkle, either. Such good choices! Loved the Sacredness of Questioning, too.

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