I decided to make a list of all the books which helped shape my worldview. It’s a work in progress!


All of Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry

The Lives of a Cell by Lewis ThomasIMG_20160128_004725

History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

The Waters of Siloe by Thomas Merton

Q: The Original Sayings of Jesus edited by Marcus Borg

Strength to Love by Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Theology for the Social Gospel by Walter Rauschenbusch

God for the 21st Century edited by Russell Stannard

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley

Death and Western Thought by Jacques Choron

Jesus Means Freedom by Ernst Kasemann

With Head and Heart by Howard Thurman

Jesus Lived in India by Holger Kersten

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

Many Faces of Evil by Kenneth Cauthen

Sickness Until Death by Soren Kierkegaard

Gandhi the Man by Eknath Easwaran

The Praise of Folly by Erasmus

The Prophet by Kahil Gibran

A Letter Concerning Toleration by John Locke

The Gospel of Thomas

The Qur’antranstheism

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Building the Earth by Teilhard de Chardin

The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

UFO Secrets Revealed by Phil Cousineau

The Shaking of the Foundation by Paul Tillich

Proslogion by Anselm of Canterbury

The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Major Problems in the History of the Vietnam War edited by Robert J. McMahon

On the Truth of the Catholic Faith by St. Thomas Aquinas

Gandhi: Portrayal of a Friend by E. Stanley Jones

The Palm at the End of the Mind by Wallace Stevens

The Divine Milieu by Teilhard de Chardin

The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird

Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare by Bertrand Russell

Hind Swaraj by Gandhi

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Maggie: a girl of the streets by Steven Crane

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

The Handbook by Epictetus

Confession by Leo Tolstoy

The Trial and Death of Socrates by Plato

The Impact of American Religious Liberalism by Kenneth Cauthen

Oscar Wilde: A Biography by Andre Gide

The Divine Comedy by Dante



Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Confessions of Saint Augustine

The Gospel of Christian Atheism by Thomas J.J. Altizer

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Giants in the Earth by O.E. Rolvaag

The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton

The Temptation to Exist by E.M. Cioran

Dispatches by Michael Herr

Mere Christianity by Mere Christianity

The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Prayers of the Cosmos: Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus

The Silent Language by Edward T. Hall

The Penguin Gandhi Reader 

Walden by Henry David ThoreauIMG_20160324_172452

The Face of Battle by John Keegan

Religion in the Making by Alfred North Whitehead

The Stranger by Albert Camus

People’s Companion to the Breviary

The New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology by Bruce Malina

The Upanishads

The Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes

Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience by Gitta Sereny

Americans Who Tell the Truth by Robert Shetterly

Tao Te Ching 

The Book of Job (Steven Mitchell’s translation)

Waiting for God by Simone Weil

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Anything by Alice Walker



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