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The “Read Me” Project Reading List

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So. many. books.

Here’s a hypothesis: people who have trouble with something are likely to have read more than one book about “how to stop having trouble with that something.” This is how I know that experts on “how to get things done” – at least, self-proclaimed and published ones – recommend making lists.

Following that recommendation, then, here is the list of books on the “Read Me” Shelf as of January 17, 2018. As it turns out, my original count was off – probably because I ignored some titles that were hanging out on a couple of other shelves, or that I had stopped counting because they had been on the shelf so long.

Now that it’s made, I’m not sure how to describe it. Ridiculous comes to mind. Eclectic might be more charitable. Other …?


The “Read Me” Project Reading List

Akyol, Mustafa. The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2017.

Baggini, Julian and Fosl, Peter S. The Philosopher’s Toolkit: A Compendium of Philosophical Concepts and Methods. 2nd Edition. UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

Baker, Mark C. and Goetz, Stewart. The Soul Hypotheses: Investigations Into the Existence of the Soul. New York: Continuum, 2011.

Baldwin, James. Giovanni’s Room. New York: Vintage Books, 1956.

Barrett, Leonard E., Sr. The Rastafarians. Boston: Beacon Press, 1997.

Baumgardner, Jennifer and Richards, Amy. Manifesta: Young women, Feminism, and the Future. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.

Belfoure, Charles. The Paris Architect. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Landmark, 2013.


Berke, Joseph H. The Tyranny of Malice: Exploring the Dark Side of Character and Culture. New York: Summit Books, 1988.

Birkel, Michael. Qur’an in Conversation. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press., 2014.

Bolz-Weber, Nadia. Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People. New York: Convergent, 2015.

Brett, Regina. Be The Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible. New York: MJF Books, 2012. Check_-_2

Brown, Jonathan A.C. Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy. London: Oneworld, 2014.

Catapano, Peter and Critchley, Simon. The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2016.

Cohn-Sherbok, Dan. The Vision of Judaism. St. Paul, Minnesota: Paragon House, 2004.

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Just getting started.

Conti, Joseph. Holistic Christianity: The Vision of Catholic Mysticism. St. Paul, Minnesota: Paragon Press, 2005.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2005.

Dewey, John. Human Nature and Conduct: An Introduction to Social Psychology. New York: Modern Library, 1930.

Ecker, Gisela, ed. Feminist Aesthetics. Boston: Beacon Press, 1985.

Pope Francis. The Name of God is Mercy. New York: Random House, 2016.

Gould, Stephen Jay. The Mismeasure of Man. Revised edition. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996.Check_-_2

Hart, Josephine. Catching Life By the Throat: How to Read Poetry and Why. Great Britain: Virago, 2011.


Harvard Business Review. On Making Smart Decisions. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2013.

Harvey, David. The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Heinrichs, Jay. Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach us About the Art of Persuasion. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2007.

Herrnstein, Richard J. and Murray, Charles. The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. New York: Free Press, 1996.

Hirsch, Edward. How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry. San Diego: Harvest Books/Harcourt, 1999.

Hourani, Albert. A History of the Arab Peoples. New York: Warner Books, 1991.

James, William. The Meaning of Truth. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1997.

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Making progress.

Kirk, Patty. A Field Guide to God: A Seeker’s Manual. New York: MJF Books, 2010.

Kitagawa, Joseph M. The Religious Traditions of Asia: Religion, History and Culture. London: Routledge, 2002.

Kwok, Jean. Mambo in Chinatown. New York: Riverhead Books, 2014.

Lavine, T.Z. From Socrates to Sartre: The Philosophic Quest. New York: Bantam Books, 1984.Check_-_2

Lemann, Nicholas. The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000.

Leonard, Annie. The Story of Stuff. New York: Free Press, 2010.

Lipton, Bruce H. The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2008.


Lupton, Robert D. Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It). New York: HarperCollins, 2011.Check_-_2

McAmis, Robert Day. Malay Muslims: The History and Challenge of Resurgent Islam in Malay Southeast Asia. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2002.Check_-_2

McKelway, Alexander J. The Freedom of God and Human Liberation. Philadelphia: Trinity Press International, 1990.

McGowan, John. Postmodernism and Its Critics. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991.

Eric Metaxas. Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World. (New York: Viking, 2017).Check_-_2

Murata, Sachiko and Chittick, William C. The Vision of Islam. St. Paul, Minnesota: Paragon House, 1994.

Pagels, Elaine. Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation. New York: Penguin, 2012. Check_-_2

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Over half-way.

Pechilis, Karen and Raj, Selva J. South Asian Religions: Tradition and Today. London: Routledge, 2013.

Popkin, Richard H. and Stroll, Avrum. Philosophy Made Simple. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1993.

Power, Carla. If the Oceans Were Ink. New York: Holt, 2015. Check_-_2

Rainey, Lawrence, ed. Modernism: An Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005.

Quine, Willard Van Orman. Elementary Logic. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1980.

Renard, John. Islam and Christianity: Theological Themes in Comparative Perspective. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.

Ricoeur, Paul. The Symbolism of Evil. Boston: Beacon Press, 1967.


Said, Edward W. Orientalism. 25th Anniversary Edition with a New Preface by the Author. New York: Vintage, 1994 (originally 1974).Check_-_2

Sandel, Michael J. Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.

Schilbrack, Kevin. Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto. New York: Wiley Blackwell, 2014.

Spiro, Melford E. Culture and Human Nature New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 1994.

St. Clair, Kassia. The Secret Lives of Color. New York: Penguin, 2016.

Stenger, Victor J. God and the Folly of Faith. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2012.

Sutherland, John. How Literature Works: 50 Key Concepts. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

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Home stretch.

Stone, Howard W. and James O. Duke. How to Think Theologically. 3rd edition. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013.

Tammet, Daniel. Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2017.

Taylor, Jodi. Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s. New York: Nightshade Books, 2013.

Thévenez, Pierre. What Is Phenomenology? Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1962.

Tuchman, Barbara W. The Guns of August. New York: Ballantine Books, 1962.

Wade, Nicholas. The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures. New York: Penguin, 2009.

Walton, Douglas. The New Dialectic: Conversational Contexts of Argument. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998.


Wylen, Stephen M. The Jews in the Time of Jesus: An Introduction. New York: Paulist Press, 1996.

Zevin, Gabrielle. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. New York: Abacus, 2015.


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I cannot be the only person who does this … can I?

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