Connection Through Time, Space, and Imagination

June 3, 2017

American public life is deeply troubling to many of us right now. As a society we seem to be in deep denial about our interconnectedness. I offer an interesting retro reading list this month that illustrates the need

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Reckoning with the Past: Three Books Confronting “Hinge” Moments

January 16, 2017

One of the qualities that sometimes distinguishes a kairos moment is that it feels like a hinge – either drawing on something from the past and sparking a memory from deep within or awakening us in such a way that we know we are changed somehow. These hinges can be as simple

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Soul Reading is a Weaving: the Best of 2016

December 29, 2016

As I talk to more and more people about Soul Reading, the most common question that I get is about what types of books to read. The first impression my project gives some people is that Soul ReadingTM should only be focused on spiritual books.

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Roles and Communities: Greater and Lesser Expectations

October 28, 2016

I have suggested in Community: Nonfiction Reading List that they way we think about community is tied up in how each of us performs our own unique calculus between individualism and collectivism. We intuitively know that the greater good requires individual

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Community: Nonfiction Reading List

October 12, 2016

The word community can mean different things to different people and may even shift in meaning for you across your life. This isn’t so surprising when we consider that the word community shares its root with so many other relevant words: communion,

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Soul Reading: Four Lessons from the Spiritual Journey Series

September 14, 2016

Last week I recommended a set of pilgrimage books and if you’ve read even one of these, I imagine you might be inspired to someday undertake your own pilgrimage. In the meantime, you can practice Soul Reading on your own virtual mini-pilgrimage through the pages

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Spiritual Journeys: Three Books Exploring Deep Discovery

September 1, 2016

In the popular creativity guide, Walking in this World, Julia Cameron suggests a number of discoveries that can be made by walking. She calls all of these discoveries senses. She suggests we can discover a sense of adventure, perspective, origin, momentum, discernment,

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Expand Your World Through Stories: A Three-Book List

August 7, 2016

In one of my first posts, I described the purpose behind this blog as being, in part, about my recognition that “through stories our little worlds can expand infinitely.”

I am sure many of you can relate to this. Maybe you don’t have the time or resources to travel as much

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Soul Librarian Reading Lists: A Note

August 7, 2016

How are the Soul Librarian Reading Lists created?

  • Beyond building reading lists around a monthly theme, here are some other criteria for book selections that I try to follow:

The focus will be on fiction, but you will also see some memoirs, personal essays, and occasionally other nonfiction

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All Souls Trilogy and the Immortality of Love

July 15, 2016

Today is the two-year publication anniversary of The Book of Life, the concluding volume of the wonderful All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. The Book of Life followed

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Three Fun Summer Reads About Families and Money

July 11, 2016

In Eligible, Charlotte Lucas states:

Sometimes it amazes me how much these defining parts of our lives hinge on chance.

The following three-book series are all stories

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A Partial History of a Happy Book Club

June 14, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, my good friend, Naomi, who has been in a book club with me for roughly 15 years now, asked me to send her whatever lists I had of the books we’ve read. I have been the organizer or scribe for the past six

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Grace and Loss: A Three-book Series

June 5, 2016

There are times when I feel like my reading life takes on a theme for a short time. Sometimes I haven’t really noticed, but all of the sudden I’ve read two or three books in a row that are all set in England during World War II or that deal

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