1. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. I’d always hated reading until this book. I was 11 and my 6th grade teacher used to read a chapter to us every day to quiet us down after lunch recess. (Thank you Mrs. Smith!) I’ve been reading ever since.
2. Book of Hours, Love Poems to God by Rainer Maria Rilke, Translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Marie Macy. “Now you must go out into your heart as onto a vast plain…” Sublime!
3. Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke translated by Stephen Mitchell: “….that you may find in yourself enough patience to endure and enough simplicity to have faith.”
4. Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman and Huston Smith
5. What Does it Mean To Be Human? by Frederick Franck, Richard Connolly, and Janis Roze Nearly one hundred contributors–social activists, thinkers, artists and spiritual leaders–reflect with poignant candor on our shared humanity. It’s my favorite book to give as a gift.
6. Learning to Fall: The Blessings of an Imperfect Life, by Phillip Simmons “This book is for everyone who has lived long enough to discover that life is both more and less than we’d hoped for…”
7. Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue (book 1) by Neale Donald Walsh. Made me feel like I was coming home.
8. Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott. Funny, irreverent and deeply touching.
9. Tao Te Ching: A New English Version translated by Stephen Mitchell. First time I really understood what balance and harmony meant: that each thing needs the other…
10. The Faithful Gardner: A Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. So beautiful.
11. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. To say this is merely poetry is like saying the ocean is merely water.
12. Harry Potter… (all of them) FUN, FUN, FUN!
13. Last Train to Memphis & Careless Love: The Unmkaing Of Elvis Presley by Peter Garulink. Tells the unvarnished story of Elvis – good & bad. LOVE me some Elvis!
14. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams “What is Real? “Asked the Rabbit one day…”Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you….” A classic fairy tale for ALL ages. Truly a must read.
15. Abraham Lincoln by Carl Sandburg. Wonderful biography of my hero AL
16. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson. by Mitch Albom. Because sometimes it takes someone who’s dying to teach us about living.
17. Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chodron. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to appreciate the teachings that come to light in this or any of Chodron’s books. She has marvelous ability to make you feel like everything can be endured and overcome. She will awaken your heart.
18. Swan: Poems and Prose Poems by Mary Oliver. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her. Not to be missed!
Rainer Maria Rilke
Tess Gerritsen: Start with The Surgeon. I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down.
Charlaine Harris: The Sookie Stackhouse books. So much fun.