Monday, October 11, 2010

What's On Your Bookshelf?

I love reading, although I purchase books much quicker than I can consume them. Here's a snapshot of the books I have yet to read. I've read a couple of these but the majority I have yet to crack open.

From left to right:
Some of the following are out of view
  • Sikh Religion [Not in view]
  • Still Here, Ram Dass [Not in view]
  • The Transcendent Unity of Religion, Frithjof Schuon [Not in view]
  • Behold the Spirit, Alan Watts
  • Taoist Tales, edited by Raymond Van Over
  • Cloud-Hidden, Alan Watts
  • The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff
  • Guide to Yoga Meditation, Richard Hittleman 
  • The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Joseph Chilton Pearce
  • Bhagavad-Gita
  • Who Needs God, Harold Kushner
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good People*, Harold Kushner
  • When Children Ask About God, Harold Kushner
  • When All You Ever Want Is Never Enough, Harold Kushner
  • Religion: A Humanist Interpretation, Raymond Firth
  • Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time*, Marcus Borg
  • Why Christianity Must Change Or Die, John Shelby Spong
  • A New Christianity For A New World, John Shelby Spong
  • Christianity's Dangerous Idea, Alister McGrath
  • Who Killed Jesus, John Dominic Crossan
  • The Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade
  • The First and Last Freedom, J. Krishnamurti 
  • The Book**, Alan Watts
  • The Sacredness of Questioning Everything, David Dark
  • Wherever You Go There You Are, Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Secret Message of Jesus, Brian Mclaren
  • Stages of Faith, James Fowler
  • Beyond Belief, Elaine Pagels
  • How to Practice The Way to a Meaningful Life, H.H. Dalai Lama
  • The Essential Talmud, Adin Steinsaltz
  • Jesus For the Non-Religious, John Shelby Spong
  • The Person of Christ*, Donald Macleod
  • The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell [Not in view]
  • Unity in Islam, Tallal Alie Turfe [Not in view]
  • God: A Biography, Jack Miles [Not in view]
  • The Bible, Karen Armstrong [Not in view]
* I've read
** I've read but would LOVE to reread.

I'm currently reading How Good Do We Have to Be?, by Harold Kushner and Orphans of the Sky, by Robert Heinlein. Although I should stick to reading one book at a time I enjoy switching between two books consisting of one religion and one sci-fi book. Unless it's a book on religion AND sci-fi, then my attention is focused on just one book. (I'm tempted to start reading Children of God, by Mary Doria Russell or Valis by Phillip K. Dick. They're just sitting there on my bookshelf, haunting me.)

So what's on your bookshelf? If you're a blogger I encourage you to post a picture of your bookshelf on your blog and share what's on your reading list. (I'm looking at you Don R. and Doug B.) Any suggestions what I should read next?


Don said...

Quite a collection....OK, OK, I can take a hint. I don't have a wide-angle lens, can I do a panoramic?......LOL!I'm going to hear Bishop Spong on Friday. It should be most interesting. He'll be lecturing on Eternal Life, A New Vision , which I finished several months ago. It is quite different from his other books. You might find it quite interesting.

Andrew said...

You need to read "The Sparrow" before "Children of God" and yes, you must read them! :)

Eruesso said...

@Don- Sounds interesting, I'll check it out.

@Andrew- LOVED The Sparrow and got sidetracked by another book and never got around to reading Children of God.

Doug B said...

Good luck. I think it was Schopenhauer who said: "To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them." So true! I just finished They Knew The Unknown by Martin Ebon, and I am alternating reading Standing In The Light (My Life as a Pantheist) by Sharman Apt Russell, The Transmission Of Doubt by Da Free John, and Philosophers In Wonderland, edited by Peter A. French. I've always wanted to read The Tao of Pooh, maybe someday. Oh, and my reading center is my bedside table. It is so stacked up with books, magazines, and other reading materials, I would embarrassed to post a picture of it!

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