Top 10 Books

This is a living ordering of the ten books that doubled the size of my universe. I’ve read these books again and again and again. I’ve read them so often that their binders have broken. I’ve dog-ear them into accordions. And, I have freely filled their margins with thoughts and doodles. As I read more books, this list will evolve. However, I’m a slow reader (thanks dyslexia!). So, 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. 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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