Summer Reading List 2015

No summer is complete
without some sort of
reading list.

Interestingly enough,
I could make the argument
that the unifying theme in this list is change.

Some books listed below are about changing our perspective
by revealing truth found in research rather than myth
(like Provan's work or Zinn's),
some are about revealing a needed change from a previously held notion
(like Rieff's or Charry's)
simply, some are about how to go through transition and live well within it
(L'Engle's or Houston's).

This summer is not about scanning and flipping the page,
but about mulling over, basking in, and receiving the thoughts from
those that know very well the truths on their page
(even if I don't quite agree--like with Crawford).

Happy last weeks of summer!

x Jessie


1. Convenient Myths:  The Axial Age, Dark Green Religion, and the World that Never Was
Iain Provan

2. The Triumph of the Therapeutic:  Uses of Faith After Freud
Philip Rieff

3. The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining:  How to Make and Drink Whiskey
Colin Spoelman and David Haskell

4. The Irrational Season:  Crosswicks Journal Book Three
Madeleine L'Engle

5. The World Beyond Your Head:  On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction
Matthew B. Crawford

6.  The People's History of the United States
Howard Zinn

7. Prayer
Hans Urs von Balthasar

8.  The Age of Reform 1250-1550:  An Intellectual and Religious History of Late Medieval and Reformation Europe
Steven Ozment

9. The Culture of Narcissism:  American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations
Christopher Lasch

10. Joyful Exiles:  Life in Christ on the Dangerous Edge of Things
James M. Houston

11. The Life of Moses
Gregory of Nyssa

12. God and the Art of Happiness
Ellen T. Charry