What I’m reading right now…

I always enjoy finding out what people are reading. So I thought I’d share with the world what’s on my nightstand right now. It’s actually an uncharacteristically short stack of books. When I’m in hardcore writing mode, I might have 30 or more books going at a time, but my current list is only a fraction of that. Here goes (in no particular order):

Yes, I know. Busman’s holiday and all that. What can I say: I’m a geek for mysticism and monasticism and all that kind of stuff. Hey, at least I’ve got the Granger book for fun (of course, Granger is unpacking the layers of Christian symbolism in the Harry Potter books, so even that title has an explicit connection to the work I do. But it’s still something I’m reading just for fun).

For those of you who worry about me… I actually read a fantasy novel last month (The Temple and the Stone by Katherine Kurtz and Deborah Turner Harris) and I’m looking forward to reading its sequel, The Temple and the Crown. But probably not until after I finish Chasing Francis.

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • http://Facebook Ed Sellner

    I thank you for your list of books. Can you tell me more about the “People’s History of Christianity”?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlmccolman/ Carl McColman

      From the author’s website: A People’s History of Christianity is a “history of the grassroots movements in Christianity that preserved Jesus’s message of social justice for 2,000 years and their impact on the Church today. In the same spirit as Howard Zinn’s groundbreaking work The People’s History of the United States, Diana Butler Bass reveals the under-reported movements, personalities, and spiritual practices that continue to inform and ignite contemporary Christian worship, activism, and social justice reforms in the name of Jesus. The book will offer up a much-needed ‘other side of the story’ for progressive Christians, drawing from examples of alternative practices in every period of Christian history.”

      I’m only a few chapters into the book. With my long-standing interest in mysticism, which in itself is a liminal tradition within the Church, nothing that Butler Bass is saying is rocking my world, but I do think it’s a good introduction to the reality that multiple voices can be heard throughout the history of the Church.

  • http://none Delameilleure Fred

    Dear friends,

    I wish to point everyone to following most interesting books. They are translations by Ted nottingham of books by A. Goettmann, Orthodox priest, student and friend of the great Karlfried Graf von Dürckheim (therapist, mystic and pioneer in integrating desert spirituality, Eckhart, Zen, Jung, Orthodox faith, body consciousness) who is tmo a very important voice in today’s spirituality.


  • http://khanya.wordpress.com Steve Hayes

    I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who has several books on the go at once, and sometimes I feel guilty about starting a new book when I’ve got so many unfinished ones beside my bed.