Catherine's Book List

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Sunday, March 05, 2006

General Book List

Narrative-type Books I Have Read Since 2000 (school, work, and most other non-fiction not included - see further below for the "Non-Narrative-Type" list, still in progress)

Not necessarily in any particular order

Books with a “*” indicate that I highly recommend the book
(although I do not necessary not recommend books that are unmarked…)

Anna Karenina – Tolstoy

Harry Potter 7 – JKR

A Thousand Splendid Suns –

Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

His Dark Material (in three volumes) – Philip Pullman

The Vaccine Book – Dr. Sears

No God but God – Reza Aslan

So Much More: An Invitation to Christian Spirituality - Debra Rienstra

An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth - Mahatma Gandhi

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress -Dai Sijie

The Bhagavad Gita As It Is - A. C. Prabhupada

The Book of Miracles: The Meaning of the Miracle Stories in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam - Kenneth L. Woodward

Chocolat - Joanne Harris

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism - Linda Johnsen

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon

The Essential Rumi

The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew-- Three Women Search for Understanding - Ranya Idliby

Gathering Blue -Lois Lowry

Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith - Anne Lamott

Hinduism (Religions of the World) - James B. Robinson

Hinduism: A Short History (Oneworld Short Guides) - Klaus K. Klostermaier

Meeting God: Elements of Hindu Devotion - Stephen Huyler

The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards

Messenger - Lois Lowry

Midwives - Chris Bohjalian

Opening the Doors of Wonder: Reflections on Religious Rites of Passage - Arthur J. Magida

The Qur’an (in part)

The Ramayana and Mahabharata Condensed into English Verse (in part)

River Teeth - David James Duncan

The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Kidd

The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth that Could Change Everything - Brian McLaren

The Silent Boy - Lois Lowry

Teachings of the Hindu Mystics - Andrew Harvey

Wisdom of the Vedas - J. C. Chatterji

*Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
The Red Tent -by Anita Diamant
*Anna Karenina - Tolstoy
*Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
*A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
*Great With Child - Debra Rienstra
*The Brothers K - David James Duncan
*The River Why - David James Duncan
*River Teeth - David James Duncan
My Life as Told By Water - David James Duncan
*A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
*Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
Hard Times - Charles Dickens
*To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
*Things as They Are - Amy Carmichael
*Till We Have Faces – C. S. Lewis
*The Four Loves – C. S. Lewis
*Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis
Out of the Silent Planet; Perelandra; That Hideous Strength – C. S. Lewis
*Wrinkle; Wind; Planet; Waters; - Madeline L'engle
A Live Coral in the Sea - Madeline L'engle
The Young Unicorns – Madeline L’engle
*The Hiding Place - Corrie Ten Boom
*God's Smuggler - Brother Andrew
*A Severe Mercy - Sheldon Vanouken
*Traveling Mercies - Anne Lamott
Plan B - Anne Lamott
*A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
*Lord of the Rings trilogy- JRR Tolkien
*A New Kind Of Christian – Brian McLaren
*The Story We Find Ourselves In - Brian McLaren
*The Last Word and the Word After That – Brian McLaren
*A Generous Orthodoxy - Brian McLaren
*The Secret Message of Jesus - Brian McLaren
*Girl Meets GOD – Lauren Winner
*Mudhouse Sabbath – Lauren Winner
*Walking Home -- Kelly Winters
*The Kite Runner -- Khaled Hosseini
*The Secret life of Bees – Sue Kid Monk
* Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
*The Giver - Lois Lowry
Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry
The Messenger - Lois Lowry
*The Silent Boy - Lois Lowry
*The God of Small Things – Arundati Roy
*Nectar in a Sieve – Kamala Markandaya
*Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks
*Blue Like Jazz - Donald Miller
*Searching for God knows what - Donald Miller
*Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
Ender's Shadow - Orson Scott Card
Shadow of the Hegemon – Orson Scott Card
Speaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card
*Xenocide – Orson Scott Card
Children of the Mind – Orson Scott Card
*The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
*The Kitchen God's Wife - Amy Tan
*Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
*Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy
*Yellow Raft on Blue Water – Michael Dorris
*Harry Potter (entire series) - J.K. Rowling
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight - Alexandra Fuller
Because of Winn Dixie – Kate DiCamillo
Arrow of God - Chinua Achebe
Younger Evangelicals - Robert Webber
Blink - Malcome Gladwel
My Name is Acher Lev - Chaim Potuk
*Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt
‘Tis – Frank McCourt
Cry, the Beloved Country - Alan Paton
The Color of Water - James McBride
A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemmingway
Girl with a Pearl Necklace - Tracy Chevalier
The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
Grapes of Wrath - Steinbach
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay
The Samarai's Garden - Gail Sukiama (J
The Small Woman - Gladys Aylward
Crescent - Diana Abu-Jaber
Beneath the Banner of Heaven - Jon Krakauer
Into Thin Air – Jon Krackauer
Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
Ah, but Your Land is Beautiful - Alan Paton
Hinds Feet on High Places – Hannah Hurnard
Jacob Have I Loved – Katharine Patterson
The Bridge to Terabithia – Katharine Patterson
Sound and Fury - Faulkner
The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
The Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Princess Bride – William Goldman
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Barbara Robinson
The Love Comes Softly Series – Janette Oke
Why the Sky Is Blue – Susan Meissner
The Iron Lance – Stephen Lawhead

Academic, Non-Narrative Type Books

Counseling, Therapy, Psychology, etc
A Spiritual Strategy for Counseling and Psychotherapy - Richards and Bergin
Forgiveness is a Choice - Robert Enright
Pyschology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling - Mark McMinn
The Care of Souls – David Benner

Intercultural Studies, etc.
Anthropological Reflections on Missiological Issues - Paul Hiebert
Cross-Cultural Conflict - Duane Elmer
Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind - Gert and Geert Hofstede
Ministering Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships - Lingenfelter and Mayers
Figuring Foreigners Out: A Practical Guide - Craig Storti

Blink - Malcome Gladwel

Postmodernism, Emerging, etc.
Postmodern Children's Ministry - Ivy Beckwith
The Church in Emergent Culture: Five Perspectives – ed. by Leonard Sweet
The Emerging Church: Vintage Christianity for New Generations -- Dan Kimball
The Younger Evangelicals - Robert Webber
The Great Giveaway - David E. Fitch

Spiritual Formation, etc
Celebration of Discipline - Richard Foster
Prayer - Richard Foster

Opening the Doors of Wonder: Reflections on Religious Rites of Passage - Arthur Magida

Books that I will read someday

The book Thief
Too much of a good thing (about teaching childred to have character)
Blindsided by a Diaper
Autobiography of a Yogi
Assault on Reason - Al Gore
Terry Pratchett
Time Traveler's Wife
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
among the hidden
running out of time
The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children (Paperback)
by Wendy Mogel

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon (Paul Engman)
An American childhood - Annie Dillard (amy)
Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton (Grace D)
A Light in August - Faulkner (Dawn Hurley)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith (Haley Scharf)

Bel Conto - Ann Prachett (Hoekman's)
Babbitt - Sinclair Lewis (Charlie Davis)
Barefoot Heart - Elva Trevino Hart (Hoekmans)
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon - Rebecca West (Grace D)
Boy's Life - Robert McGammon (Alison Baldwin)
Bridge of San Luis Rey - Thorton Wilder (Jon Lidbeck)

Chocolat - Joanne Harris (sognatrice)
The Chosen - Chaim Potok (Haley Scharf)
Crime and Punishment - Dostoyevsky (JD)

Educating Esme - Esme Raji Codell (Haley Scharf)
Expecting Adam - Martha Beck (Haley Scharf)

The Gifts of the Christ Child - George MacDonald (Charlie Davis)

Hard Laughter - ann lamott (amy)
Homecoming - cynthia voight (amy)
House of Mirth - Edith Wharton (Grace D)
Hope When You're Hurting - Larry Crabb and Dan Allender (Alison)
Howard's End - E.M. Forester (Jon Lidbeck)

Love in the Driest Season -- Tucker Neely (Hoekman's)
Lancelot - Walker Percy (Jon Lidbeck)
The Ladies Auxiliary - Tova Mirvis (Haley Scharf)

Main Street - Sinclair Lewis (Alison Baldwin)
Mutant Message Down Under (Katie Couchman)

Oh Jerusalem! - Jane Yolen (Hoekman's)
Operating Instructions - Anne Lamott (Haley Scharf)

Peace like a River - Leif Enger (Hoekman's)
The Phantom Tollbooth - Juster (John Heimiller)
Passage to India - E.M. Forester (Kris Rubesh)
Paula - Isabel Allende
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver (Grace D) (Alison Baldwin)
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce (Jon Lidbeck)
Pilgrim of Tinker Creek - Annie Dillard (Jon Lidbeck)

The Second Coming - Walker Percy
School of the Sun - Anna Maria Matute
Silence - Shushako Endo (LC)
Song of the Lark - Willa Cather (Grace D)
Stepping Heavenward - Elizabeth Prentiss (Alison Baldwin)
So Big - Edna Ferber (Haley Scharf)
Savage Inequalities - Jonathan Kozol (Haley Scharf)

A Tale of Three Kings - Gene Edwards (AD)
Terry Pratchett series - (Kimberly)
To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
Mrs. Daloway (read first)(JL)
Trinity - Uris