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It took me many months to read this book, but it just stayed with me. The language was uncomfortable and challenging for me, but the practices suggested in this book are powerful. I think the first half is especially valuable for learning to live true self-acceptance and vulnerability moment by moment.
Joan Chittister, Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir
Richard J. Foster, The Celebration of Discipline
Stanley Hauerwas, Dispatches from the Front: Theological Engagements with the Secular
Margaret Guenther, Holy Listening: the Art of Spiritual Direction
Thomas Moore, Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life’s Ordeals
I am a big proponent of NVC, having done various seminars and trainings in this communication style. For those who have read Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication, this is an excellent book to dig deeper into particular parts of his method. I found his discussion of anger and reconciliation especially helpful.
Anne W. Silver, Trustworthy Connections: Interpersonal Issues in Spiritual Direction
Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on love and life from Dear Sugar
I cried reading the very first letter in this book. It’s not just the writing in this book that is soul-splitting, it’s the beauty of what Strayed offers the advice seekers who write to her. I have gone back to some of these pieces many times to read them again and glean comfort, wisdom, and inspiration. I think everyone in their twenties should read this book.
Mary Zimmer, Sister Images: Guided Meditations from the Stories of Biblical Women
Julia Alvarez, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn
Robert Jackson Bennet, The Troupe
Emma Donoghue, Room
Paul Harding, Tinkers
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls
John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany
Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
JK Rowling, Harry Potter (I read the whole series for the first time this fall.)
Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain
Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins
Scott Westerfeld, Leviathan
Marcus Zusak, The Book Thief
John O’Donohue, Echoes of Memory
Rainer Maria Rilke, Prayers of a Young Poet (trans. Mark Burrows)