What I’m Reading and Writing

“A good book is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility what human nature is of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.”
— Susan Sontag

I’ve always been a book nut. It’s an addiction, really. Here are a few of the things that I have enjoyed reading lately.

1. “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. An amazing story of how Frankl found meaning in life while he endured the horror of Nazi concentration camps. Although the book was written more than 60 years ago, it’s messages are timeless.

2. “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” by Reza Aslan. I read this book along with the other members of my spirituality group, and while I was initially hesitant to read it (for a number of reasons), I was captivated by its historical accounts, approachable writing style, and fascinating “other side” of the story.

3. “Tell the Wolves I’m Home” by Carol Rifka Brunt. This book is easily one of the most raw and poignant portrayals of the complexities of human nature and relationships that I have ever read.

4. “The Hundred Secret Senses” by Amy Tan. Fifteen years after first reading this book, it is still one of my all-time faves so when it became my turn to host book club, I couldn’t resist choosing it. It is a unique story of enduring love, spiritual complexities, the afterlife, and the vastness of the unknown.

5. Those People” by Jennifer Ball. An absolute MUST read.

6. The Things They Really Don’t Tell You When You Have a Baby” by Cara Paiuk. The title says it all really.

I have also been doing a some writing lately, though not always on my own site. Scary Mommy recently ran a version of my recent post on recapturing the confidence of youth; RELEVANT published my article “Why I Still Go to Church: 5 Reasons I Still Attend, and Believe In, Church,” which will provide some clarifications to those of you who might wonder why I still go to church despite my somewhat unconventional beliefs; and I am excited to be joining a team of writers on the Patheos spirituality channel later this week.

Now it’s your turn – what are YOU reading?

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