Hello Monday, and hello to autumn reading! And banana bread. And Tom’s favorite ice cream.
Crisp weather on a Monday morning launches my autumn reading—books that call me to reflect on my journey with Jesus.
Saturday was blustery, so I made Blueberry Lavender Ice Cream and Banana Bread, both from the Spunky Coconut cookbooks.
Then I crawled my bookshelf for the books that mentor me in autumn. The house smelled delicious as Tom devoured my cooking, and I consumed a few moments of quiet reflection.
Today I’ve gathered those books and stacked them next to my comfy sofa ready to read and, of course, share with you. Each book on my autumn reading list has short chapters suitable for reading during lunch or early morning devotions. The stretching they offer grows me in unanticipated, but necessary ways.
And yes, I really do re-read these books every few years. I need these mentors in my life.
Autumn reading with The Cloister Walk
No matter how many times I read The Cloister Walk, Kathleen Norris fashions my spiritual journey with beautiful depth.
Autumn reading with The Graces We Remember
Able to see the extra-ordinary in the ordinary, Phyllis Tickle’s stories from the Farm in Lucy create a sense of gathering and preserving the things of God in my soul. You’ll laugh, cry, and hold your life closer as you read The Graces We Remember.
Autumn reading with The Body Broken
Robert Benson has this knack for making me look at my life as he evaluates his own. The Body Broken challenges me to love those I live and work among—even when I don’t want to.
Autumn reading with In the Name of Jesus
Henri J.M. Nouwen always pulls me in new directions of spiritual growth. In the Name of Jesus shares his reflections of personal struggle as a priest at a L’Arche community for the mentally handicapped.
Autumn reading with The Gift of Years
As a grandmother not getting any younger, and as one who often counsels those caring for aging parents, The Gift of Years is a must-read. Joan Chittister’s style of questioning and telling the truths of life infuse this book with tools for growing older gracefully.
So what are you reading this autumn? Share your list with us in the comment section below.
Well, I’d better finish up my newsletter. It comes out this week, and I’m excited to share it with those of you who have signed up for it. Until then, Susan
“Jesus likes it when we share.” -Adelaide, age 3: Pass this along to everybody and their brother. OK, maybe not everybody’s brother, but you know . . . all of your friends would be nice.