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):
- Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron
- Monastic Practices by Charles Cummings, OCSO
- Thomas Merton: Essential Writings selected with an introduction by Christine M. Bochen
- The Spiritual Espousals and Other Works by John Ruusbroec
- The Land Within: The Process of Possessing and Being Possessed by God According to the Mystic Jan van Ruysbroeck by Paul Mommaers
- The Deathly Hallows Lectures: The Hogwarts Professor Explains Harry’s Final Adventure by John Granger
- Rancé and the Trappist Legacy by A. J. Krailsheimer
- Evelyn Underhill: Essential Writings selected with an introduction by Emilie Griffin
- A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story by Diana Butler Bass
- The Green Bible (NRSV)
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.