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Monday, May 27, 2013

RevGalBookPals: The Reading List Edition

In my neck of the woods, summer time is slow-down-time. Church attendance drops, Bible study subsides, and it is a good time to get in lots of visitation and reading. (Not at the same time, usually.) Of course, it's not summer for all Rev Gals and Pals, but it is a good time to see what we're all reading and to make sure that To-Be-Read stack does not actually shrink.

My own personal To-Be-Read list (on Goodreads) has 211 books on it. Well, it did before I compiled this list- gleaned from our Facebook group and trolling among friends.

Dad is Fat (Gaffigan)
The Tao of Martha
American Savage
What We Talk about When We Talk about God
When Spiritual, but Not Religious is Not Enough
Cutting for Stone
The Warmth of Other Suns
The Ghost Map
Blind Spot
The Emperor of All Maladies
There But for The (Smith)
Under the Tuscan Sun
The Blind Side
Day (Wiesel)
Great Expectation
The Natural
The Thought Exchange
Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me
The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic
Failure of Nerve
Gifts of Imperfection
A New Harmony
The Magic of Hebrew Chant
Immunity to Change
What Every Church Member Should Know about Poverty
Switch (Heath)
Social Media and the Church
Speaking Christian
Saving Paradise (Brock)
The Weight of Mercy
Ten Things Preachers Get Wrong about First Century Judaism (Levine)
The Book Thief
The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Neighbors and Wise Men
Torn (Lee)
Christianity and Process Thought
The Naked Now
Falling Upward (Rohr)
Immortal Diamond (Rohr)
Call the Midwife
Salt, Sugar, Fat
Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith, and What to Eat for Dinner
Sex, Drugs, and Meditation

Anything by Gabrielle Roy
Anything by Margaret Laurence
Re-read Harry Potter

What's on your list? What catches your eye here? 

Do you have something you re-read every year? 

Let's talk BOOKS! 


  1. sorry, the first try went BLEAGH... I've been given "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" (not "Eloquence"), so that's on the top of the reading gpile also!

  2. I recommend Failure of Nerve and Saving Paradise! For totally different reasons, but both really have helped me as a young seminarian.

  3. Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger. Also, The Relational Pastor by Andrew Root. there's more....sort of looking at the mysteries of Anne Cleeve lately. Might put one or two on my list.

  4. my list includes: Farewell, Fred Voodoo by Amy Wilentz

  5. Just thought of one that I have read but would recommend.

    It is called Still Alice and chronicles a Harvard professors struggle with early-inset Alzheimer's. My reflections after reading it are here.


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