Paula has tagged me for a three book meme. That’s easy and difficult at the same time because I easily have three favorite non-fiction books but should everybody read them. Well, here goes my presumption.
1. The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning. I first received this book following the death of a longtime friend. It had been in his library and his widow gave it to me along with some Thomas Merton books that she knew I would like. My late friend Jack and I had first connected in the spring of 1979 at a conference discussing our common love of Thomas Merton.
2. Seven Storey Mountain. First read this book in the fall of 1978 at a time of crisis in my own life. I was drawn to it then and I’m drawn to it now. It is one book that has had a profound effect on my life as have a number of other Thomas Merton books. It was the first real indication to me that I was a contemplative although I was not to have real identification for that tag for more than twenty years after reading the book.
3. Calming the Fearful Mind: A Zen Response to Terrorism. I finished reading this book only a couple of weeks ago. Like all of Thich Nhat Hanh’s books it is a real treat to read and because I’ve heard him on podcast I can hear his voice as I read the book. It is a very timely book and I highly recommend it. Thomas Merton once said of this peaceful monk, “Thich Nhat Hanh is more my brother than many who are nearer to me in race and nationality.”
I have some other favorites and I’ll mention them here.
When Will Jesus Bring the Porkchops? George Carlin is ribald and profane to be sure but he does a fabulous job of exposing some of the underlying hypocrisy of traditional religious thought.
Just for Fun:The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary. This is an interesting read on the life and thoughts of the founder of Linux, Mr. Linus Torvalds. It’s a must read for geeks and curious people everywhere.
Father Joe:The Man Who Saved My Soul. Great story of a journey to wholeness.
Return of the Prodigal Son. Henri Nouwen really explores the nuances of one of my favorite Gospel passages.
Thank you to Paula for tagging me. Peace.