Books We Are Reading

Here’s how I decide what to read:

I don’t have a lot of time.  I can give a poem a couple of lines, a short story a paragraph, and a novel a few pages, then if I can stop reading without a sense of loss, I do, and I go on to something else.

—  Flannery O’Connor

I love this.

This section of the New Buddhist Methodist Church is where we will share what we’ve been reading recently.  As Senior Librarian, I encourage readers to contribute something (anything) of their own. Hopefully, this list will grow.Here are some of my Amazon Reviews. Let me know if you have some books you would like to include here.

 

Glimpsing Heaven: The Stories and Science of Life After Death, by Judy Bachrach I’ve been on somewhat of a “life after death” kick lately (and for like 40 years or so)– and a life before life and a life between life kick. This is a “quickie” I picked up at the Portland Library to read while on vacation. It’s a three star book. If you’re new to the field, or doubt the veracity of these experiences, this can act as an introduction. If you’re looking for better recommendations, send me an email!

Paranormal: My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife, by Raymond Moody I loved this book. Love Raymond Moody and his work. This is his autobiography.

Status Anxiety, by Alain DuButton This book was a real surprise for me. I read it straight through, which is quite rare for me.

Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis, by Mark Shriver I was going to just flip through this book. Then I got caught…

The Marijuana Addiction Cure, by Kino Dee We need more insight into addictions in our time. Alas, this is a baby step…

Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors… Meridith Maran As a writer, I needed this.

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, by Mohsin Hamid A good buddy said this was the best novel he’d ever read. It’s fiction. And good.

Rogue Messiah, by Colin Wilson /a> I love Colin Wilson. This book is a great example of why I do so love.

European Masters, Blueprints for Awakening, by Premananda
An amazing and wonderful work.. interviews with contemporary wise guys and gals.

The Open Secret, by Tony Parsons Tony Parsons is a good fueling station, along the Way…

Incarnational Spirituality, by David Spangler David Spangler is a long time hero of mine… swimming against the tide. We need such swimmers!

Systemantics: How Systems Work, and Especially How They Fail, by John Gall An old classic… worth rereading.

The Mandala of Being, by Richard Moss This man is very earnest.

Tarot Beginner’s Guide, by Olivia Miller This lady is in a bit over her head.

Botany for the Artist, by Sarah Simblet My wife Suzy, a gifted botanical artist, loved this book. What more to say?

The Art of Sexual Ecstasy: The Path of Sacred Sexuality for Western Lovers, by Margot Ananad Alas, this book places too much faith that we will find lasting peace and contentment through sexual activity. Nothing wrong with sexual activity, of course, but it is not the end of the path, contrary to what some recent idiots have believed.

Glimpsing Heaven: The Stories and Science of Life After Death, by Judy Bachrach I’ve been on somewhat of a “life after death” kick lately (and for like 40 years or so)– and a life before life and a life between life kick. This is a “quickie” I picked up at the Portland Library to read while on vacation. It’s a three star book. If you’re new to the field, or doubt the veracity of these experiences, this can act as an introduction. If you’re looking for better recommendations, send me an email!

Paranormal: My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife, by Raymond Moody I loved this book. Love Raymond Moody and his work. This is his autobiography.

Status Anxiety, by Alain DuButton This book was a real surprise for me. I read it straight through, which is quite rare for me.

Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis, by Mark Shriver I was going to just flip through this book. Then I got caught…

The Marijuana Addiction Cure, by Kino Dee We need more insight into addictions in our time. Alas, this is a baby step…

Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors… Meridith Maran As a writer, I needed this.

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, by Mohsin Hamid A good buddy said this was the best novel he’d ever read. It’s fiction. And good.

Rogue Messiah, by Colin Wilson /a> I love Colin Wilson. This book is a great example of why I do so love.

European Masters, Blueprints for Awakening, by Premananda
An amazing and wonderful work.. interviews with contemporary wise guys and gals.

The Open Secret, by Tony Parsons Tony Parsons is a good fueling station, along the Way…

Incarnational Spirituality, by David Spangler David Spangler is a long time hero of mine… swimming against the tide. We need such swimmers!

Systemantics: How Systems Work, and Especially How They Fail, by John Gall An old classic… worth rereading.

The Mandala of Being, by Richard Moss This man is very earnest.

Tarot Beginner’s Guide, by Olivia Miller This lady is in a bit over her head.

Botany for the Artist, by Sarah Simblet My wife Suzy, a gifted botanical artist, loved this book. What more to say?

The Art of Sexual Ecstasy: The Path of Sacred Sexuality for Western Lovers, by Margot Ananad Alas, this book places too much faith that we will find lasting peace and contentment through sexual activity. Nothing wrong with sexual activity, of course, but it is not the end of the path, contrary to what some recent idiots have believed.

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