Tolle Lege (Take Up and Read)

6 11 2011

I frequently ask people I meet as well as friends, “What are you reading these days?”  Today I’m spotlighting five books that really gripped me over the past few years.  I hope you’ll enjoy these as well.

How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci (Michael Gelb) – Easily the most fascinating book I’ve read in ten years. Da Vinci, the quintessential renaissance man, is analyzed by Michael Gelb.  Gelb has boiled down the secrets to Leonardo’s genius in seven approaches to viewing and experiencing life and the world you live in.  Full of prints from Leonardo’s journals and lots of practical exercises.  Buy this if nothing else.  Very cool.

The Road Less Traveled (M. Scott Peck) – The opening sentence of this book is “Life is difficult” which lets you know where he’s headed.  Written in the late ‘70’s, this has become something of a modern classic.  A psychotherapist, Peck forces you to ask tough questions of yourself.  His insights on delayed gratification alone are worth the price of the book and if you’ve read anything by Bill Hybels, you’ll see that Peck’s shadow looms large.  This book really changed my life.  I’ve told people I wish I’d read this thirty years ago.

Father Elijah: An Apocalypse (Michael O’Brien) – Stunning.  Not a zombie apocalypse, “we’re-all-gonna-die” work.  The plot deals with an antichrist figure.  This novel betrays a profound understanding of human nature.  The chapters dealing with Elijah’s redemptive dealings with the befouled Count Smokrev are shattering.  You will come away from this book with hope in a forgiving Creator revealed in Him who was impaled on a tree for your sins.  Visit Michael O’Brien’s website (he’s an artist first)—there’s more.

Making Records: The Stories Behind the Music (Phil Ramone) – Grammy Award-winning producer and engineer Phil Ramone shares secrets and anecdotes from a career of making popular music.  He’s worked with everyone from Sinatra to Billy Joel to Barbra Streisand. This book is not a dish book.  You won’t find juicy, behind-the-scenes stories from the lives of those he produced.  Instead you will learn a lot about the craft of making fine records.  Loved this book.

The Little Flowers of St. Francis (translated by Raphael Brown).  This is a classic, written some seven hundred years ago.  Francis of Assisi was a remarkable, Spirit-empowered follower of Christ.  Rejecting wealth, he started a move of reform in the Church of His day.  Miracles were a regular occurrence in the lives of him and his friars.  This is a book of amazing stories from his and others lives.  My kind of saint.





2 responses

7 11 2011

What little I’ve read of Gelb’s book I love. (Dare I say, I identify?).

You’re ability not only to read but to retain amaze me. What a fantastic discipline. ch:

7 11 2011
Christian Fahey

Gelb’s book is amazing, C. I totally track with you. And yes, you would identify (your range of interests is vast…and inspiring). Thanks for the compliment. Certain bits of info tend to stick like velcro to my gray matter. 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

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