Rumi, Thurman and Chodron

March 18, 2013 in Featured Question of the Week, My Ideal Bookshelf, Question of the Week, Spotlight Answers by Eyleen Farmer


“An Interrupted Life: The Diaries of Etty Hillesum 1941-43″ by the author.
A spiritual memoir that has informed my own journey in significant ways.

“The Essential Rumi” by the author.
Sufi wildness that invites me to open my mind and heart.

“Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Letters to God” by the author.
Love letters that express better than I can the love that calls me.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.
My favorite novel. My fourth grade teacher read it to our class.

“New and Selected Poems” by Mary Oliver.
I learned from Mary Oliver that I “don’t have to be good.”

“The Search for Common Ground” by Howard Thurman.
Thurman inspired Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and he inspires me.

“The Eternal Now” by Paul Tillich.
I read so much Tillich I eventually had to go to seminary.

“Brother to a Dragonfly” by Will Campbell.
A renegade Baptist and a hero of mine.

“When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times” by Pema Chodron.
A Buddhist helping a Baptist turned Episcopalian—must reading.

“The Holy Bible”.
Especially the Bible given to me by my dad when I was six years old.