Here are the books that matter to me this year, deepening my understanding
and practice especially in the fields of spirituality, liturgy, prayer, and the contemplative life.
Most of these books were bought from Booksale. The reading effort – it will never be lost.
1. The Solace of Fierce Landscapes: Exploring Desert and Mountain Spirituality by Belden Lane – deep and delightful reading. Professor Lane is a scholar per excellence in the field and a very skilled writer. Highly recommended!
2. Immemorial Silence by Karmen McKendrick – see my previous post on this book
3. Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird – see my previous post on this book
4. All Saints by Robert Ellsberg – very informative and inspiring! A must-have for every Christian home!
5. In Search of True Wisdom: Visits to Eastern Spiritual Fathers by Sergius Bolshakoff – for those who are into the Jesus Prayer, this is very enlightening and a solid support!
6. Beyond East and West: Problems in Liturgical Understanding by Robert Taft – more on the Byzantine tradition but the chapter on the meaning of Sunday for our brothers and sisters in the Eastern Church should be read by every Catholic if we want to change the way we celebrate Sundays…
7. The Challenge of Silence by Anselm Grun – monastic in its exposition but very practical in its applications…
8. Daily Meditation with Julian of Norwich
9. Daily Readings with St. Isaac of Syria translated by Sebastian Brock – profound writings on the meaning of a prayerful life and prayer!
10. Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh – another giant on the topic of prayer from the Orthodox tradition! Very lucid writing!
11. Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard Foster – systematic treatment on the different ways of praying. The author is from the Quaker tradition but every Christian can make full use of his very contemplative take on prayer…
12. The only necessary thing: living a prayerful life by Henri Nouwen
13. Ways of Imperfection: An Exploration of Christian Spirituality by Simon Tugwell (personally suggested by Anglican Solitary Maggie Ross) – very informative and grounded on solid scholarship on some of the humble giants in spirituality. His chapter especially on St. Francis of Assisi and John de Caussade are very enlightening, deconstructing some of the popular understanding about our saints that left them more as caricatures than deeply honest about the human condition and longing for holiness.
14. Other worlds: space, superspace, and the quantum universe by Paul Davies
15. Mindfully Green: A Personal and Spiritual Guide to Whole-Earth Thinking by Stephanie Kaza – environmentalism from a Buddhist perspective. Very encouraging!
16. Vitamins and Minerals: how to get the nutrients your body needs by Sara Rose
17. Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness by Nan C. Merrill – see my separate post on this book.
Have a great 2011…