Words I love... by others
I love to read and I'm always reading a book or two... or three. I read across a few genres, but my favorites are spirituality (all beliefs), fantasy, leadership and, I suppose you could say, self-help. The following are some of my favorite books and why I'd recommend them. I've also included a section reviewing what I just finished reading and whether I'd recommend it or not.
Please note: the following are all my personal viewpoints and don't represent any organizations I'm affiliated with.
Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self
Genre: Spiritual Guidance
Rohr is my favorite author on spirituality. He is a Franciscan priest "bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition." He speaks like no other Christian leader I've heard before, and yet, in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi. If you're looking for great theology combined with tradition and a personal reason to experience mystical Christianity, look no further than Rohr. He beautifully combines the head, heart and soul in a safe, "non-dual" holding that will have you wondering, "Why have I never heard Christian spirituality explained like this before?"
House of Light
Winner of the 1984 Pulitzer...
The Secrets of the Immortal...
This collection of poems by Mary Oliver won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, so you know it's good. Of course, poetry is personal and, in my opinion, highly subjective. Honestly, not all of her poems do it for me, but, when I run across one that does, it breaks open my heart, like this one:
Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing to be dazzled
to cast aside the weight of facts
and maybe even to float a little
above this difficult world
I want to believe I am looking
into the white fire
of a great mystery
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing
that the light is everything
that it is more than the sum
of each flawed blossom rising and fading
And I do.
Getting lost in a great fantasy series is one of life's greatest pleasures. This first book of the series will draw you in from the beginning and have you looking for the next book in the series right away. Scott is a smart author who ties together historical facts with fantasy, making for a fun adventure with characters you love and, love to hate. My favorite part of this book is that there are five more to follow in the series. It's like taking the first bite of a yummy dessert, knowing there's more to come.
Here's a quick review of the book I just finished reading:
Author, Dr. Mark Gabriel, was a practicing Muslim for more than 30 years in Egypt. Not only was he born and raised in the Islam faith, he earned his doctorate in Islamic history and culture from the most well-respected Islamic university in the world. He also holds a master's in world religion and a PhD in Christian education. I found these facts alone to be fascinating.
Gabriel shares his extensive academic knowledge and personal experience of both the Islamic and Christian faiths. While it is clear early on that he has converted to Christianity, the content is still very interesting. Gabriel compares and contrasts the lives and teachings of both Muhammad and Jesus on a variety of topics.
Recommendation: moderate to high for those interested in examining the lives of these two highly influential, religious-spiritual men; realize he writes with a bias toward conservative Christianity.