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The “Read Me” Project Reading List

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There’s a word for this.

It turns out there’s a word for “piles of books you’ve bought but haven’t read.”

The word is tsundoku, and it’s slowly making its way into the English language. (It has its own Wikipedia entry, so it shouldn’t be long now.)

This particular tsundoku ate the New Year’s resolution that gave rise to the “Read Me” Project List in the first place. The original list from January 2018 now reflects the new additions as well as the retirements.

[The latest Project Update is here.]


The “Read Me” Project Reading List

Adeney, Miriam. Kingdom Without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009. [added 01.17.2019]

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

Arnstine, Donald. Philosophy of Education: Learning and Schooling. New York: Harper and Row, 1967. [added 09.2018]


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

Baggini, Julian and Jeremy Stangroom. Do You Think What You Think You Think? New York: Plume, 2006. [added 12.26.2018]

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.

Barna, George. Revolution. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2005. [added 09.2018]

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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.

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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.


Campbell, H.M. John Dewey. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1971. [added 09.2018]

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.

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.

de Bellaigue, Christopher. The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times. New York: Liveright, 2017. [added n.2018 – Barnes & Noble’s topical displays seem to work]

DeMoss, Nancy Leigh. Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2001. [09.2018]

Depka, Eileen. Raising the Rigor: Effective Questioning Strategies and Techniques for the Classroom. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press, 2017. [added 10.2018]

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

Doctorow, Cory. Walkaway. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 2017.


Eagleton, Terry. Why Marx Was Right. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011. [added 12.26.2018]

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

Edmonds, David. Would You Kill the Fat Man? Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014. [added 12.26.2018]


Farhadian, Charles E., editor. Introducing World Christianity. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. [added 10.2018]

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


Godin, Seth. This is Marketing. New York: Portfolio/Penguin, 2018. [added 11.20.2018]

Gonzalez, Justo L. A History of Christian Thought, Volume I: From the Beginnings to the Council of Chalcedon in AD 451 Nashville: Abingdon, 1970.

__________. A History of Christian Thought, Volume II: From Augustine to the Eve of the Reformation. Nashville: Abingdon, 1970.

__________. A History of Christian Thought, Volume III: From the Protestant Reformation to the Twentieth Century. Nashville: Abingdon, 1970. [added 02.03.2018 – free to a good home.]

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Gottwald, Norman K. The Tribes of Yahweh: A Sociology of the Religion of Liberated Israel, 1250-1050 BCE. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1979. [added 02.03.2018 – free to a good home.]

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

Gould, Sam. Being Christian in the Twenty-First Century. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2017. [added 01.17.2019]


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.

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Helm, Thomas E. The Christian Religion: An Introduction. Prentice-Hall, 1991. [added 08.2018]

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.

Husain, Ed. The House of Islam: A Global History. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018. [added n.2018 – Barnes & Noble’s topical displays seem to work]


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

Janin, Hunt. Four Paths to Jerusalem: Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Secular Pilgraimages, 1000 BCE to 2001 CE. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co., 2002. [added 12.25.2018]

Jansen, John Frederick. Exercises in Interpreting Scripture. Philadelphia: The Geneva Press, 1968. [added 02.03.2018 – free to a good home]


Kirk, Patty. A Field Guide to God: A Seeker’s Manual. New York: MJF Books, 2010. [Transferred to my sister-in-law’s tsundoku 12.25.2018.]

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.

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Levy, Naomi. Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul. New York: Flatiron Books, 2017. [added 09.2018]

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


Maimonides. The Guide for the Perplexed. Translated by M. Friedlander, with an introduction by David Taffel. New York: Barnes and Noble, 2004 (1190). [added 09.2018]

Mayer, Catherine. Attack of the 50 Ft. Women: How Gender Equality Can Save the World! London: HarperCollins, 2017. [added 11.2018]

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.

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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.

Naipaul, V.S. The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief. New York: Random House, 2010. [added 09.2018]


Orlean, Susan. The Library Book. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2018. [added 02.04.2018 – when the family member for whom I bought it for Christmas finished reading it and passed it on]

Pachuau, Lalsangkima. World Christianity: A Historical and Theological Introduction. Nashville: Abingdon, 2018. [added 10.2018]

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

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

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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

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


Radin, Paul. Primitive Man as Philosopher. New York: New York Review Books, 2017. (1927, 1955, 1957)

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

Reeves, Anne R. Where Great Teaching Begins: Planning for Student Thinking and Learning. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2011. [added 10.2018]

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

Richter, Kent. Religion: A Study in Beauty, Truth, and Goodness. Oxford University Press, 2017. [added 12.25.2018]

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.

Sanneh, Lamin. Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity. Oxford University Press, 2008. [added 01.17.2019]

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.

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

Stanley, Andy. Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World. ePub Edition. Zondervan, 2018. [added 02.10.2019] Check_-_2

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

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

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


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.

Westphal, Merold. Whose Community? Which Interpretation? Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009. [added 12.25.2018] [Honestly, I already read this, but I thought I’d put it on the list anyway, since one of these days I will write something about it, and then I’ll be able to mark it off.]

Williams, Rowan. Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2014. [added 01.17.2019]

Wylen, Stephen M. The Jews in the Time of Jesus: An Introduction. New York: Paulist Press, 1996. Check_-_2

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


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