The Book List


A list of the religious focused books that I have read and recommend.

Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths by Bruce Feiler

An Alter in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor

Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas
by Elaine Pagels [this book covers very similar territory to the course From Jesus to Constantine].

Buddha by Karen Armstrong

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice [see my book review]

For the Love of God: Handbook for the Spirit Edited by Bejamin Shield & Richard Carlson

In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis by Karen Armstrong

The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis

A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Karen Armstrong [referenced in this essay]

Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor

Mary: A Flesh-and-Blood Biography of the Virgin Mother by Lesley Hazleton

The Pilgrim’s Regress by C.S. Lewis

A Quaker Book of Wisdom by Robert Lawrence Smith

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

The Seekers: The Story of Man’s Continuing Quest to Understand his World by. Daniel J. Boorstin

The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness by Karen Armstrong (read this after Through the Narrow Gate)

The Sunflower:On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal

Through the Narrow Gate: A Memoir of Spiritual Discovery by Karen Armstrong (read this before The Spiral Staircase)

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott

When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner

4 thoughts on “The Book List

  1. Mark says:

    I googled “The Red Tent” Anita Diamant and “The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness” Karen Armstrong, and I end up here.

    My wife is currently reading these titles, so I was curious what else might be appropriate for Christmas. I will undoubtedly go through some of the other works on your list, before returning to my more transcendental origins; meanwhile, off to Half-Price Books with list in tow.

    I was intrigued enough by your list to do a little digging on the rest of your blog, and realized awkwardly that you know my dark side (and hopefully a little of my light?) Please overlook (and forgive?) the dark. I’m much more pleasant, these days. Even my goth 10 year old daughter says so.

    Anyway, I am pleased, exceedingly pleased, to see by your offerings here that you have found some blessedness.

    Peace be with you,

    Mark

  2. Jodi says:

    Mark, So glad you’ve found something helpful here. I hope your wife enjoys these reads as much as I have. I have more that I haven’t updated yet. As you can tell it’s been a while since posting, I blame that on the pregnancy. I’m expecting my 3rd in a few months. Good to hear from you.

    Jodi

    • Mark says:

      Congratulations! Our 3rd was born in May. And mama is unavailable, and he’s now waking up again… maybe I’ll drop you a line again in another 20 years. :)

      Mark

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