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 we have to be reminded of our connection with one another.
These booksRead more
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 simpleRead more
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.Read more
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 individualRead more
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,Read more
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,Read more
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 muchRead more
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 nonfictionRead more
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 storiesRead more
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 sixRead more
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 dealRead more