Books for the Pilgrimage
These are a few of the many books that have been sustenance for my journey through the big topics. As I look back over the list, I notice a lot of diversity—fiction and nonfiction, adult and children’s literature, female and male authors. I also notice that most of the authors are white, so I’m now committing to consciously expand my list with books by authors of races and cultures other than my own. Any recommendations?
Bess, Alease. Stepping Off the World: The Miraculous Ministry and Mystery of Foot Washing (due to be published late 2012).
Baldwin, Christina. Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story (California: New World Library, 2005).
Bourgeault, Cynthia. The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind—A New Perspective on Christ and His Message (Massachusetts: Shambhala, 2008).
Carlson, Nancy. I Like Me! (New York: Viking Penguin, Inc., 1988).
Cogan, Priscilla. Winona’s Web: A Novel of Discovery (Massachusetts: Two Canoes Press, 2010).
Collins, Chuck and Felice Yeskel with United for a Fair Economy. Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality & Insecurity (New York: The New Press, 2000).
DiPucchio, Kelly. Grace for President (New York: Hyperion, 2008).
Douglass, James W. JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters (New York: Touchstone, 2010).
Feldenkrais, Moshe. The Potent Self: A Study of Spontaneity and Compulsion (California: Frog Books, 2002).
Flinders, Carol Lee. Enduring Lives: Portraits of Women and Faith in Action (New York: Tarcher, 2006).
Franquemont, Sharon. You Already Know What to Do: 10 Invitations to the Intuitive Life. (New York: Tarcher/Putnam, 1999).
Galland, China. Love Cemetery: Unburying the Secret History of Slaves (New York: HarperOne, 2007).
Garson, Barbara. Money Makes the World Go Around: One Investor Tracks Her Cash Through the Global Economy, from Brooklyn to Bangkok and Back (New York: Penguin Group, 2001).
Greenwood, Michael T., PhD and Peter Nunn, PhD. Paradox and Healing: Medicine, Mythology and Transformation (California: New Century Press, 1994).
Hafiz, trans. Daniel Ladinsky. The Gift (New York: Penguin Compass, 1999).
Hall, Edward T. The Dance of Life: The Other Dimension of Time (Maine: Anchor, 1984).
Hillesum, Etty. An Interrupted Life and Letters From Westerbork (New York: Metropolitan Books, 1983).
Hillman, Anne. The Dancing Animal Woman: A Celebration of Life (Vermont: Bramble Books, 1994).
---. Awakening the Energies of Love: Discovering Fire for the Second Time (Vermont: Bramble Books, 2008).
Jensen, Derrick. A Language Older Than Words (Vermont: Chelsea Green, 2004).
---. The Culture of Make Believe (Vermont: Chelsea Green, 2004).
Kallos, Stephanie. Broken for You (New York: Grove Press, 2004).
Kelly, Marjorie. The Divine Right of Capital: Dethroning the Corporate Aristocracy (California: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2001).
Kent, Tami Lynn. Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit & Joy in the Root of the Female Body (Portland: Tami Kent, LLC, 2008).
Kidd, Sue Monk. The Secret Life of Bees (New York: Penguin Group, 2002). I also love several of her other books: When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions; The Dance of the Dissident Daughter; and Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and France (the latter written with her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor).
King Jr., Martin Luther. “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” (Speech delivered at Riverside Church, New York City, April 4, 1967) www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm.
Kingsolver, Barbara. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel (New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2008).
Leddy, Mary Jo. Radical Gratitude (New York: Orbis Books, 2002).
L’Engle, Madeleine. The Other Side of the Sun (Illinois: Harold Shaw Publishers, 1971). I’ve read most of her books and love them all.
Le Guin, Ursula K. A Wizard of Earthsea (New York: Bantam Dell, 2004). All of the books in the “Earthsea Cycle” are time well spent.
Leondar-Wright, Betsy. Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists (British Columbia: New Society Publishers, 2005).
Linnea, Ann and Lyanda Lynn Haupt. Keepers of the Trees: A Guide to Re-Greening North America (New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2010).
Lipsitz, George. The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1988).
Macy, Joanna and Molly Young Brown. Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World (Stony Creek: New Society Publishers, 1998).
Maitri, Sandra. The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Soul (New York: Tarcher, 2001).
May, Gerald G. The Awakened Heart: Opening Yourself to the Love You Need (New York: HarperOne, 1993).
Norris, Kathleen. Dakota: A Spiritual Geography (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1993).
Pepper, William F. An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King (New York: Verso, 2003).
Pinkola Estés, Clarissa, PhD. Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype (New York: Ballantine Books, 1996).
---. Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul (Colorado: Sounds True, Inc., 2011).
Plass, Adrian. The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass, Aged 37 ¾ (Michigan: Zondervan, 2005).
Riso, Don Richard and Russ Hudson. The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types (New York: Bantam Dell, 1999).
Rohr, Richard. Jesus’ Plan for a New World: The Sermon on the Mount (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1996).
Rolheiser, Ronald. The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality (New York: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group, 1999).
Sams, Jamie. The Thirteen Original Clan Mothers: Your Sacred Path to Discovering the Gifts, Talents, and Abilities of the Feminine through the Ancient Teachings of the Sisterhood (New York: HarperCollins, 1994).
Singh, Kathleen Dowling. Grace in Dying: How We Are Transformed Spiritually As We Die (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1998).
Swimme, Brian, PhD. The Universe is a Green Dragon: A Cosmic Creation Story (Vermont: Bear & Company, 1984).
Tolle, Eckhart. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (California: New World Library, 2004).
Tutu, Desmond. No Future Without Forgiveness (New York: Doubleday, 1999).
Twain, Mark. The War Prayer (New York: Harper Colophon, 1984).
Violi, Jen. Putting Makeup on Dead People (New York: Hyperion Books, 2011).
Volf, Miroslav. Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (Tennessee: Abingdon Press, 1996).
Weed, Susan S. New Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way – Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90 (New York: Ash Tree Publishing, 2011).
Wink, Walter. The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium (New York: Three Rivers Press, 1999).
Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States: 1942-Present (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003).