Thursday, January 07, 2010

My Current Reading List

This is a shot of my niece on one of her many climbing adventures. I love the satisfaction this photograph conveys; the sense of peaceful rest and reward that comes at the peak of a challenging climb. It reminds me of a similar gift I experience from reading a challenging good book.

"A good book should leave you...slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it." ~ William Styron, interview, Writers at Work, 1958
It's no surprise that I'm a lover of books and of reading, being a writer myself. I typically read two to four books each month. Here's a quick list of what I'm reading right now:

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink -- A fascinating and (for a right-brainer like me) deeply encouraging exploration of the current dramatic shift in the western business world from a left- to right-brained leadership model.

Await Your Reply, a novel by Dan Chaon -- A Christmas gift from The Enchanter. Regardless of genre, I love reading fiction that's exceptionally well-written. So far this book does not disappoint.

Clairvaux Manifesto: A Personal Odyssey of Spirituality at Work by Kirk Bartha -- Part autobiography, part poetry, part instruction manual, part wisdom literature reminiscent of great Christian mystics of the past, this is not a book that can be easily labeled--or easily put down. Truthfully, it's more art than a linear text; the kind of book you don't read so much as open yourself to, and let it have its effect. So far I'm deeply moved by the effect it's having on me.

Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius -- Continuing my exploration of the Jesuit approach to faith and influence in the world, I plan to engage in the Ignatian spiritual exercises over the next few months. This book is my guide.

What's on your current reading list?

5 comments:

OnitaSPedrosa said...
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Mike said...

Well, I did just buy Waymaker - by... some guy.

Michael D. Warden said...

And some guy thanks you, Mike. :)

Kirk Bartha said...

Hmmm, starting to see the fuller picture ;)

Tuneman said...

Clairvaux Manifesto is indeed a good one. I have read it too.