…you know, books that I turn to on a regular basis for nurturing to my soul. As Christopher Hitchens writes “literature, not scripture, sustains the mind and the soul.”
Some of them I read on a regular basis: Ishmael (Daniel Quinn) and The Red Tent (Anita Diamant ) for instance. They are quick reads, yet their deeper truths never fail to resonate within my soul, and provide something for my mind to wrestle with.
Other works I take in a bit at a time, “The Portable Jung” for example, or Nietzsche’s “The Genealogy of Morals”. These give me an academic perspective and helps me to maintain a bit of objectivity about our humanity.
Then there are a few that I turn to every day almost, Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet” for instance, HDT’s ‘Walden”, and of course a certain hero of mine, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Each of these keep me grounded, focused on the higher purpose of contributing to my fellow humans and effecting change in this world.
We are fortunate indeed, in this day and age, to have access to a wide variety of literature available to us, enriching our lives, pointing us to higher purposes, and challenging us to think and grow.
What sorts of works do you turn to? Which books are your bibles?