I’m concentrating this year on knocking a few books off my to-read list (with exceptions now and again). So it’s been a great season of getting to some books I’ve really wanted to read.
Here’s what I’ll be reading in June, and summaries from three great books I finished in May. Check out more reading lists every 4th Tuesday at 5 Minutes for Books.
The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
by Richard Rohr
“Spirituality is about seeing. It’s not about earning or achieving. It’s about relationship rather than results or requirements. Once you see, the rest follows. You don’t need to push the river, because you are in it.” – Richard Rohr
Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest who writes of living actively from the center of a contemplative life. You wouldn’t believe how many pages I’ve already marked, and I’m only halfway in.
How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
First, five stars for coolest bookcover ever. It’s a holographic image of a magic 8 ball (one of my bff’s had one in the 70s that we may or may not have used to decide on boyfriends); it even changes answers from different angles.
Secondly, regardless of the topic, I want to read what Chip and Dan Heath write because I love how easy, informative, and interesting their previous books have been (the principles in Made to Stick continue to influence my writing; Switch was also awesome).
Thirdly, and probably most relevant, I do like the topic of this newest book about making decisions. I’m already implementing some of the principles.
Finding Spiritual Whitespace
Awakening Your Soul to Rest
by Bonnie Gray
Like many of you, I’d been reading Bonnie Gray’s blog—Faith Barista—for awhile when it suddenly grew quiet. When able, Bonnie explained to us that in the midst of writing her book, PTSD was triggered from some painful memories.
She’s had a rough go, but has been learning how to rest and heal. She’s now completed her book, and I’m learning much from it about our need for rest and spiritual whitespace.
Apprenticeship with Jesus
Learning to Live like the Master
by Gary W. Moon
My friend Kay and I heard Gary Moon speak a year ago (?) at a spiritual retreat and were very impressed with his message centering around Jesus and discipleship. This book is a 30-day guide of apprenticing with Jesus. I’m on Day 11, each day ending with a practical application.
The Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
My goal is to finish by August (is that troubling?). It is a very long novel, but still. I’m enjoying this Russian classic so far. I’ve heard great things about it for years; this is finally my year to see if they’re true.
The Four Agreements
A Toltec Wisdom Book
by Miguel Ruiz
I’m intentionally going slowly through these four agreements so I can practice them one at a time: (1) Be impeccable with your word, (2) Don’t take anything personally, (3) Don’t make assumptions, and (4) Always do your best. My sister Sandy and niece Danielle set up our own Facebook group where we discuss each chapter and how we’re applying it in our lives.
FINISHED FROM MAY’S LIST
Letters by a Modern Mystic
by Frank C. Laubach
“But this year I have started out trying to live all my waking moments in conscious listening to the inner voice, asking without ceasing, ‘What, Father, do you desire said? What, Father, do you desire done this minute?’ It is clear that this is exactly what Jesus was doing all day every day.” – Frank Laubach
And so Frank Laubach began his experiment to submit his will to God’s will in the fullest way yet. You might think this would prove discouraging because who can consciously think of God all the time? But his results and conclusions are actually very encouraging.
Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity
by Frank Viola
Frank Viola isn’t afraid to question church tradition. This book challenges the way we think about leadership, authority & submission, denominations, the Lord’s Supper, church unity, and more. Viola draws on scripture, church history, and his own experience to make a case for a new option of how we “do church.”
The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age
by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger
This book has so many implications, even though it’s written primarily about digital memory. Is it advantageous to remember everything or are there things that are better to forget? And just because we can create easier access to remembering more, should we?
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- If you think you can’t memorize . . .
- Do you want to remember everything?