After writing about what I did not completely read I thought I would share some inspiration from what I AM reading:)
This pile is all about slow reading over a long stretch of time. Each one calls for practice in the art of showing up and learning how to be. I will probably never finish any of these books. So none of them have to be returned to the library.
Devotions Mary Oliver
Like the insistent chickadee who lives and sings in the forsythia bush, i wait with joy for each new Mary Oliver book of poetry. and then i sing for more.
Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connections Sharon Salzberg
I have never read a book this slowly, carefully and intentionally. Because I am convinced that the truth in it will heal me in ways I can’t even understand yet. Sharon Salzberg’s work with what love is (and is not) forces me to reconsider a lot of things i have held as truth.
Love Heals Becca Stevens
Searching the truth. Embracing the stories. Confronting my own story telling.
True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in your own awakened heart Tara Brach
Exercises grounded in real life that advance my mindfulness practice. Both practical and deep.
Mindfulness on the Go: Simple Meditation Practices You can Do Anywhere Jan Chozen Bays
This is one of several copies of this book. I keep one in my computer bag and have one handy to give away to anyone who seems remotely interested in practicing mindfulness.
This pile mixes things up a bit. It reflects a bit more intergenerational work with centering prayer and mindfulness. And some Christmas thinking. Some planning for my fiber arts work. I top it off (the pile and the learning) with some field instructions on the wilderness walk.
A Quiet Place Douglas Wood
The story and illustration point to the gift all people need: a quiet place to be.
Journey to the Heart: Centering Prayer for Children Frank X. Jelenek
Love this book as an ingredient for helping children stay centered in the times where sensories of all become overloaded.
A Midnight Clear: Selected Family Christmas Stories Katherine Paterson
I am reading some of these stories Katherine Paterson (author of Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I loved and more great children literature) wrote for her husband to use as part of Christmas in the congregations where he served as pastor.
A Stash of One’s Own: Knitters on loving, Living With and Letting Go of Yarn Clara Parks
I am only a bit of the way in and i love this book. I would post a picture of my own stash but there is not enough room on this blog. I am working on turning my stash into something else and i am finding inspiration for the pilgrimage.
Braving the Wilderness:The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone Brene Brown
I could not sleep the other night. So I woke up and began this book. Soon I found myself weeping because somebody was telling my story. Did that ever happen to you? I kept reading for more instructions on how to embrace my life in new ways. I am reading it again. I suggest you do, too. Especially if you are finding a way to belong in communities where you aren’t sure you can fit in. And if you ever wanted to be able to be you wherever you happen to find yourself. or if you ever wanted to figure out who the bullshitters (her word, not mine…but it works) are in your life. And how to live in it all.
I use these for short, daily devotions.
Sacred Journeys: A Womans Book of Daily Prayer Jan Richardson
This book is wonderful. Each week begins with a theme and then there are daily readings and prompts for further thought and prayer.
The Ordering of Love Madeleine L’Engle
This collection of L’Engle’s poetry is a treasure of thinking about many of the Biblical figures in new ways
Fragments of an Ancient Name:365 Glimpses of the Divine for Daily Meditation Joyce Rupp
Rupp uses expansive language and thoughtful, provoking images and helps me notice God in new ways.
Advent and Christmas: Wisdom from Henri J. Nouwen
I like this daily devotional because, in addition to scripture and theological expansion on the scripture, it suggests an advent action for each day.
And I just uploaded these on my electronic device:
The Story of Arthur Truluv Elizabeth Berg
Because I am always reading something that is fiction.
Red Suitcase Naomi Shihab Nye
I love her poetry. Her poem “Kindness” is one of my all time favorite poems ever.
The Monastery and the Microscope: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Mind, Mindfulness, and the Nature of Reality Wendy Hasenkamp
Because the title and cover are interesting. And i like to read things that challenge the walls i have put up around my thinking brain.
Chasing Utopia Nikki Giovanni
I just listened to an incredible interview with Nikki Giovanni on a podcast of On Being. It reminded me again that I love her work.