Learning to Walk in the Dark, by Barbara Brown Taylor
Oh my. This book has been breathing life into my days over the past week. As Taylor writes about darkness, both physical and metaphorical, I paused several times to reread, to think, to gasp.
“John’s answer (John here is St. John of the Cross, who wrote The Dark Night of the Soul) is not simple but in the simplest possible terms, he says that the dark night is God’s best gift to you, intended for your liberation. It is about freeing you from your ideas about God, your fears about God, your attachment to all the benefits you have been promised for believing in God, your devotion to the spiritual practices that are supposed to make you feel closer to God, your dedication to doing and believing all the right things about God, your positive and negative evaluations of yourself as a believer in God, your tactics for manipulating God, and your sure cures for doubting God.”
Radical Runaway by Amy and Jonathon Hollingsworth
A young radical comes back from Africa confused, disillusioned, and looking for hope.
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Everything David Grann writes is gold. Gold. This is the incredible true story of one of the former richest per capita groups of people on the planet, a tribe of Native Americans, who were ruthlessly picked off one by one, sometimes by those closest to them, as people stole their fortune.
Tables in the Wilderness by Preston Yancey
A young man processes through faith struggles.
The Not-Quite States of America by Doug Mack
A hilarious and instructive journey through the areas that are, well, not-quite states.
Making Your Creative Mark by Eric Maisel
For anyone who fancies themselves a creator. Music, paintings, stories…Eric has tough love and insightful advice. I highlighted lines on nearly every single page.
Begin Again: Collected Poems by Grace Paley
Beautiful poetry, of course. Its Grace Paley.