The other day on Facebook, I was asked for a list of books and authors that shaped my belief system.
Narrowing it down is always hard. I read hundreds of books a year and have more than a thousand in my library, but the following list is representative. I am pretty sure that if you read these, you would see how I got where I am.
I will say that the list is male heavy, but that is how I got here. It was after I was more shaped, theologically, that I began to make it a point to read women authors. It also doesn’t have as many people of color writers as is probably represented in my history of how I got here, but that is because if I had read bell hooks and Howard Thurman earlier, I would have gotten where I did sooner.
Anyway – here it is. The links take you to Amazon, where you can read descriptions or so on. The first four are all from the Bible.
- The Sermon on the Mount
- The Epistle of James
- The Sermon on the Plain
- The Book of Exodus
- Chapter 5 of The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
- Jesus and the Disinherited – Howard Thurman
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed – Paulo Freire
- Introducing Liberation Theology – Leonardo Boff
- All About Love – bell hooks
- The Life You Save May Be Your Own – Paul Ellie
- The Long Loneliness – Dorothy Day
- Brother to a Dragonfly – Will D. Campbell
- The Kingdom of God is Within You – Leo Tolstoy
- Ubuntu: I in You and You in Me – Michael Battle
- The Politics of Jesus – John Howard Yoder
- Peter Maurin, Apostle to the World – Dorothy Day
- A Testament to Hope: Essential writings and speeches of Martin Luther King, JR.
- God of the Oppressed – James Cone
- The Prophets – Abraham Heschel
- The Powers That Be – Walter Wink