Here’s a “book meme” that’s going around Facebook: “Make a stack of all the books you’re either 1) currently “in the middle of” reading (no matter how long that’s been the case), or 2) have on deck to read soonish.”
Mine is a lesson in indecisiveness. I have a tendency to 1) pick up very large books; 2) start a new book before I finish the prior one. So I’m perpetually making my way through about a dozen books at any given time, although I manage to finish most of them.
- The 99th Monkey: A Spiritual Journalist's Misadventures with Gurus, Messiahs, Sex, Psychedelics, and Other Consciousness-Raising Experiments, by Eliezer Sobel. A comical romp through human folly illustrating the
Chestertonianquip: “When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything.”
- The Essential Pope Benedict XVI: His Central Writings and Speeches – probably the most substantial single-volume compilation of Joseph Ratzinger’s writings to date.
- Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement by Brian Doherty. (I don’t consider myself such, but “Blackadder” @ American Catholic mentioned this and it perked my interest.
- The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, Vol. 1: The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600), by Jaroslav Pelikan. My revered theology professor in college Dr. J. Larry Yoder recommended Pelikan’s five-volume history. Very good, but dense (and committed) reading. Re-reading the first volume in preparation for the second.
- God and the World: A Conversation With Peter Seewald – Joseph Ratzinger’s second book-length interview with Peter Seewald. Re-reading in anticipation of the forthcoming third book, this time with the Pope.
- Building the Free Society: Deomocracy, Capitalism, and Catholic Social Teaching – commentaries on the social encyclicals.
- Heresy of Formlessness by Martin Mosebach. (File this under ‘going to read’).
- The Hauerwas Reader – A good introduction to everybody’s favorite “Catholic”-pacifist-anabaptist and all around gadfly to American Christendom. Provocative reading.
- The Third Reich: A New History, by Michael Burleigh. My favorite historian, second to Paul Johnson.
So, … what are you reading lately?