Reading List

“School is one thing. Education is another. The two don’t always overlap. Whether you’re in school or not, it is always your job to get yourself an education. You have yo be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference. Go deeper than anyone else, that is how you’ll get ahead. Google everything. I mean everything. Google your problems. Don’t ask a question before you Google it. You’ll either find the answer or you’ll come up with a better question. Always be reading. Go to the library. There’s magic in being surrounded by books. Get lost in the stacks. Read bibliographies. It’s not the book you start with, it’s the book that book leads you to.”  – Austin Kleon

I LOVE this quote. Reading is like constantly pulling the threads of your mind. There is no end, only limits to your curiosity. Do not set a course, start your journey. Begin reading and allow your thoughts to carry you. As questions arise, allow them to lead you. New authors and titles will appear, guiding you in your travels, as you desperately seek answers only to find new questions. It is deeply satisfying and never ending quest. Do not be afraid. Be strong. Stay hungry. Walk tall. Boldly seek knowledge.

Below are the books I have on my reading list at the moment. This is by no means a static list – it evolves, expands and shifts as my own threads get pulled and the winds of my mind change course. There is no correct path, simply read voraciously and with passion.

Fiction

  1. Lie Down in Darkness by William Styron
  2. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  3. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  4. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
  5. A Place on Earth by Wendell Berry
  6. Quo Vadis by Henryk Sinkiewicz
  7. The Brothers Karamozov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  8. Winds of War by Hermann Wouk
  9. War and Remembrance by Hermann Wouk
  10. In the First Circle by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  11. Another Country by James Baldwin
  12. The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis
  13. Andersonville by Mackinlay Kantor
  14. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis
  15. Just Above My Head by James Baldwin
  16. Go Tell it to the Mountain by James Baldwin
  17. At Play in the Fields’s of the Lord by Peter Matthiessen
  18. Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen
  19. Cancer Ward by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  20. Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  21. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  22. The Demons by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  23. King Jesus: A Novel by Robert Graves
  24. Great Lion of God by Taylor Caldwell
  25. Dear Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell
  26. I, Judas: A Novel by Taylor Caldwell
  27. The Devil’s Advocate by Morris West
  28. The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor
  29. Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy by Rumer Godden
  30. In the House of Brede by Rumer Godden
  31. The Man on a Donkey, Part 1 by H.F.M. Prescott
  32. The Man on a Donkey, Part 2 by H.F.M. Prescott
  33. Son of Dust by H.F.M. Prescott
  34. Things as They Are by Paul Horgan
  35. The Silver Chalice by Thomas Costain
  36. Cosmas, or the Love of God by Pierre de Calan
  37. Saint Francis by Niko Kazantzakis
  38. Dear James by Jon Hassler
  39. Viper’s Triangle by Francois Mauriac
  40. The Keys to the Kingdom by A.J. Cronin
  41. Helena by Evelyn Waugh
  42. Angel of Repose by Wallace Stegner
  43. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
  44. The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner
  45. Vatican by Malachi Martin
  46. Windswept House by Malachi Martin
  47. The Final Conclave by Malachi Martin
  48. The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck
  49. To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck

Non-Fiction

  1. The Empathic Civilization by Jeremy Rifkin
  2. The Gulag Archipelago Volume 1: An Experiment in Literary Investigation by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn 

  3. The Gulag Archipelago, Volume 2: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, 1918-1956 (P.S.) by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

  4. The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: Volume 3: An Experiment in Literary Investigation by Aleksandr I Solzhenitsyn

  5. The Jesuits by Malachi Martin
  6. Christ Actually by James Carroll
  7. Constantine’s Sword by James Carroll
  8. The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond
  9. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

  10. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond

  11. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

  12. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

  13. The Quest for Cosmic Justice by Thomas Sowell
  14. The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy by Thomas Sowell

  15. Black Rednecks And White Liberals by Thomas Sowell
  16. The Heart-Mind Matrix: How the Heart Can Teach the Mind New Ways to Think by Joseph Chilton Pearce

  17. The Biology of Transcendence: A Blueprint of the Human Spirit by Joseph Chilton Pearce

  18. Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton
  19. The Honeymoon Effect: The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth by Bruce Lipton

  20. Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here by Bruce Lipton

  21. Creativity: Unleashing the Forces Within by Osho
  22. Trust:Living Spontaneously and Embracing Life by Osho
  23. Joy: The Happiness That Comes From Within by Osho
  24. Freedom: The Courage to Be Yourself by Osho
  25. Compassion: The Ultimate Flowering of Love by Osho
  26. Intelligence: The Creative Response to Now by Osho
  27. The Book of Women: Celebrating the Female Spirit by Osho
  28. The Empty Boat: Encounters With Nothingness by Osho
  29. When the Shoe Fits: Stories of the Taoist Mystic Chuang Tzu by Osho

  30. The Art of Living & Dying by Osho
  31. The Book of Wisdom: The Heart of Tibetan Buddhism by Osho
  32. Absolute Tao: Subtle is the Way to Love, Happiness & Truth by Osho
  33. Hsin Hsin Ming: The Zen Understanding of Mind and Consciousness by Osho

  34. Zen: The Path of Paradox by Osho
  35. Tao: The Pathless Path by Osho
  36. Yoga: The Science of the Soul by Osho
  37. The Path of Yoga by Osho
  38. On Basic Human Rights by Osho
  39. The Independent Mind by Osho
  40. Enlightenment is Your Nature: The Fundamental Difference Between Psychology, Therapy, and Meditation by Osho

  41. What Now, Adam? The Book of Men by Osho
  42. Priests and Politicians: The Mafia of the Soul by Osho

  43. Fame, Fortune, and Ambition: What Is the Real Meaning of Success? by Osho

  44. Destiny, Freedom, and the Soul: What Is the Meaning of Life? by Osho

  45. Moral, Immoral, Amoral: What Is Right and What Is Wrong? by Osho

  46. The Beauty of the Human Soul: Provocations Into Consciousness by Osho

  47. Born With a Question Mark in Your Heart by Osho

  48. The Magic of Self-Respect: Awakening to your Own Awareness by Osho

  49. Danger: Truth at Work: The Courage to Accept the Unknowable by Osho

  50. The Path of Love: Understanding that Nothing is Perfect in Life by Osho

  51. I Say Unto You: Jesus: Son of God or Mystic? by Osho

  52. The God Conspiracy: The Path from Superstition to Super Consciousness by Osho

  53. Power, Politics, and Change: What can I do to help make the world a better place? by Osho

  54. Anglican Vision by James E. Griffiss
  55. Opening the Bible by Roger Ferlo
  56. Engaging the Word by Michael Johnston
  57. The Practice of Prayer by Margaret Guenther
  58. Living With History by Fredrica Harris Thompsett
  59. Early Christian Traditions by Rebecca Lyman
  60. Opening the Prayer Book by Jeffrey Lee
  61. Mysteries of Faith by Mark McIntosh
  62. Ethics After Easter by Stephen Holmgren
  63. Christian Social Witness by Harold T. Lewis
  64. Horizons of Mission by Titus Presler
  65. Ever After by William Wharton
  66. A Theology of Worship by Louis Weil
  67. God’s Secretaries by Adam Nicolson
  68. In the Beginning by Alister McGrath
  69. A History of the Episcopal Church by Robert Prichard
  70. The Powers That Be by Walter Wink
  71. Unmasking the Powers by Walter Wink
  72. Naming the Powers by Walter Wink
  73. Engaging the Powers by Walter Wink
  74. The Great Spiritual Migration by Brian Mclaren 
  75. Everything Must Change by Brian McLaren
  76. A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren
  77. The Secret Message of Jesus by Brain McLaren
  78. The Hidden Spirituality of Men by Matthew Fox
  79. So Far From Home by Margaret Wheatley
  80. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harari
  81. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Harari
  82. The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters by Thomas Nichols

  83. Dostoevsky: The Seeds of Revolt, 1821-1849 by Thomas Frank

  84. Dostoevsky: The Years of Ordeal, 1850-1859 by Thomas Frank

  85. Dostoevsky: The Stir of Liberation, 1860-1865 by Thomas Frank

  86. Dostoevsky: The Miraculous Years, 1865-1871 by Thomas Frank

  87. Dostoevsky: The Mantle of the Prophet, 1871-1881 by Thomas Frank

  88. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebag Montefiore
  89. Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore
  90. The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

  91. Nicholas and Alexandra: The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty by Robert K. Massie

  92. Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert K. Massie
  93. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
  94. The Romanovs: The Final Chapter by Robert K. Massie
  95. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard

  96. Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer

  97. The Cousins’ Wars: Religion, Politics, Civil Warfare, And The Triumph Of Anglo-America by Kevin Phillips

  98. White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

  99. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. Vance

  100. Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

  101. The Nine Nations of North America by Joel Garreau
  102. Who Are We?: The Challenges to America’s National Identity by Samuel P. Huntington