Top 10 Books

I read a lot. However, I’m also a slow reader. Thanks dyslexia! So, before fully capturing the meaning of a book, I’ll have to read it twice and then a third time while taking notes. It’s exhausting. But, I’ve learned patience. And, as my sister is always apt to point out “Shawn, you didn’t pick up a book until you got into college.” That’s true. But, not totally true. I did read the Narnia books. Talk about transformative. I’m not sure how many hours I spent inside my closet pressing my back against the wall waiting to feel the touch of snow-dappled pine needles on my face.

Anyways, this is a living ordering of the ten books that doubled the size of my universe. As I read more, it will evolve. And, since I read slow, I live for book recommendations. There are too many books for this dyslexic-life-form-that-got-a-late-start to read in one lifetime. Indeed, many of the books below were recommended to me. So, if you have any please send them my way via email (shumphre@umw.edu). Thanks!

The Ten Books the Doubled the Size of My Universe

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Iron John: A Book about Men by Robert Bly

The Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Meditations: A New Translation by Marcus Aurelius and Gregory Hays

Institutions, Institutional Change, and Economic Performance by Douglass C. North

Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way (Ursula K. Le Guin’s interpretation)

In serious contention to break into the Top Ten

Centering: In Pottery, Poetry, and Person by M. C. Richards

Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meanings of Everyday Words by David Whyte

Books by Various Categories

Here’s are some more of my favorite books by various categories. This is a work in progress that just started. Keep checking back in.

Get Sh*t Done

MASCULINITY

NATURE

SELF-REALIZATION

SOCIAL JUSTICE

SPIRITUALITY

STOICISM

TEACHING

WORKING WITH YOUR HANDS

WRITING

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