What I read in 2013

Want to check out what I read in 2012? Go here.

Non-Fiction

unfoldingnowA.H. Almaas, The Unfolding Now

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

Living NVCMarshall Rosenberg, Living Nonviolent Communication

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

TinyBeautifulThingsCheryl 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

Fiction

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

Poetry

John O’Donohue, Echoes of Memory

Rainer Maria Rilke, Prayers of  a Young Poet (trans. Mark Burrows) 

 
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