Autumn is here at last. We who live in Southern California sense the season change in different ways than the rest of the country. The days are often hot and dry, the evenings cooler. As the days shorten in length, the shadows linger, producing soft angles and a longing to to pause a while and gaze. I love autumn for many reasons but it seems like the desire to it still and read amidst the busy-ness of my life increases as these changes increase. I hope you feel the same.
My continued reading list includes books on spirituality as well as novels because most of the time, we need stories to teach us the real-life lessons about God. A lesson taught to me long ago that I have never forgotten: “Read only the best.” That’s why there are always classics on my reading list.
The Reason for Crows: A Story of Kateri Tekakwitha by Diane Glancy. Historical Fiction. I am “over the moon” about this book. It reads like poetry and feels like prayer. I have read about this Native American saint many times but this book embeds her in my circle of spiritual friends, as is Diane Glancy.
Lila by Marilynne Robinson. Fiction. This author is one of my favorite modern writers. She also wrote Gilead and Home. Her novels are full of spiritual insights.
History of God by Karen Armstrong (this is a carry-over from the summer reading list). Non-fiction. This is one of the most helpful and objective books written about how people from three different cultures formed their images of God.
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabin Alameddine. Fiction. If you are longing for something different, the writing will intrigue and fascinate you as well as the stream-of-consciousness perspective of an aging woman who lives in Beirut. Sustained by her blind lust for the written word, she secretly translates books into Arabic. Full of quotations, poetry, I have begun another reading list just from her ruminations! This book is highly acclaimed and has received many awards.
The Heart That Gives – Seven Traits of Joyful Stewardship by Fr. Thomas J. Connery. Non-fiction. This is a sweet little pamphlet that will inspire you to re-think how you treat others and what you can do to improve.
Simple Church by Thom Rainer and Erick Geiger. Non-fiction. Amidst the rise of mega-churches with mega-agendas, these evangelical pastors suggest a different way of doing and being church. They lay down the formula and are very persuasive.