What I Am Reading These Days

I just finished “The Book of Negroes” by the Canadian writer Lawrence Hill. Wonderfully researched and expertly written, I emotionally fused with the story, identifying with each triumph and tragedy.

“Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith” by Barbara Brown Taylor was tremendously personal and vivifying. Frederick Buechner (one of my favourite authors) says this about “Leaving Church.”

“It is a book about the wonderful mess of being alive in this world, and about the wonderful and terrible things that happen to us in it, and about the dream of God.”

That just about says it. And I am now reading her follow up book, “An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith” and this to much profit.

I really liked “The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom” by Jonathan Haidt. This book was given to me by my friend and fellow psychologist, Glen Davies (of the Able Clinic). I liked it so much I used it to create 5 lectures for a week-long conference I led this past July.

For those of you who love Family Systems Theory, I have just bought and perused “Extraordinary Leadership: Thinking Systems, Making a Difference” by Roberta Gilbert. She is a fine systems thinker with much insight into the human condition.

That’s probably enough for now. What are you reading?