My Bright Abyss, Meditation of a Modern Believer,
An award winning poet’s journey from declared atheist to believer and then faces terminal illness- a very powerful story.
Opened Ground Poems,1966-1996
includes his speech on receiving Nobel Prize 1995. His recent death had me reading his poetry – very evocative, earthy and spiritual.
Voices of Time: A Life in Stories,
A wonderful Latin-American writer who will expand your vision for the world and its stories.
Spiritual Friendship: The Classic Text with a Spiritual Commentary,
I didn’t discover this nugget until after I had written my own classic on the subject-He wrote in the 1100’s and speaks powerful affirmation to what we have been discovering about this subject.
Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics,
New York Times columnist and catholic makes a case for the need for orthodoxy to provide abase for the free exploration of belief
One Hundred Years of Solitude,
His death this year finally had me read this reputed classic- it will stretch your imagination and view of the world.
David Stiller – Companions
Knowing Christ Today: Why we can trust Spiritual Knowledge,
Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God,
Dallas Willard is a philosopher and was a full time professor in Philosophy and logic at UofC, Berkley. His writings and lectures have made a huge impact on my spiritual development.
James Alison is a Catholic writer who interestingly deals with the gift of personal salvation. Very good.
I decided to read this 1827 novel after I read an interview with Pope Francis who said that he read this book every year.I had to know why. It’s a verbose piece of literature, considered a classic and after I read it I think I know why he reads it but I’ll have to read it again for a better insight.
Matthias Benfey – Board & Companions
It is a good foil. And if we’re going to be Christ-centred Companions, we’ll need to (be able to) engage all people we encounter.
Daryl Wilson – Board & Companions
Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity,
Heidi Allen – Companions
Forgotten Among the Lilies,
Why Men Lie,
(3rd of the series ofnovels set in or connected to Cape Breton. The others are – The Long Stretch and The Bishop’s Man)
The Skeptical Believer, Telling Stories to Your Inner Atheist,
And might I also suggest the first season of a show on Netflix called “Derek’ starring Ricky Gervais. If you can get past the crude bits it becomes a deeply moving and profound piece of TV. I think there is a lot to be learned from this about Jesus and where he shows up in our world.
Blair Sinclair – Board & Companions
Toward God: The Ancient Wisdom of Western Prayer,
(I stole this from Keith, so he gets the credit but I keep the book)
Frank Brewster – Companion
Own Your Game,
Any Known Blood,
Keri Tabet- keeps us on track at Board and Companions
Behind the Beautiful Forevers,
Scott Cameron – Board
The Bully Pulpit,
Ted Smith – Companion
The Cost of Discipleship,
It is fairly heavy going, but very worthwhile.
Keith Martin – Companion
The Dance of Life,
has been like ointment poured forth for my soul.
Simple children’s novel profoundly moved both Jen and me….should be mandatory reading…but don’t feel strongly about it!
Melanie Reist – Board
Glenn Smith – Companion
Solo New Testament: An Unconventional Devotional,
Linda Tripp – Board
The Hare with Amber Eyes,
Home by Another Way,
Gretchen Van Riesen – Companion
Life of the Beloved,