Just One Book

There’s a great post and comment threat at Rev. James Ford’s Monkey Mind now where he writes about asking:

asking friends who are in the spiritual guidance business if they would recommend one book, just one book…Looking for one book on a spiritual theme? Something to touch the heart? Or open the mind? Perhaps it’s one of these…

My favorite was the recommendation by my friend Hank Peirce: Charles Bukowski’s Love is a Dog From Hell because it wasn’t a deep Zen text or a 19th century novel.

The list also made me think about books for spiritual direction in a different light, not just one book you’d recommend, but what was the one book, if there was one, that really turned your head or heart around? Did your ever read something and come away so changed that your spiritual life was never the same? Did you ever read something and maybe realize, even year later that looking back that one book was the one that planted the seeds that started the spiritual growth that’s been harvested since or sent you down your present path?

I have such a book. It’s A Wrinkle in Time by Madelaine L’Engle and I read it for the first time when I was about ten years old, sitting on a vinyl-covered, legless chaise lounge on the floor of children’s section of the Leominster Public Library. I even ended up writing a sermon about it for a UU RE course that I turned into a sermon preached while a ministerial intern.

All these years later, I think that’s the one that started it.

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