Mine is a lesson in indecisiveness. I have a tendency to 1) pick up very large books; 2) start a new book before I finish the prior one. So I'm perpetually making my way through about a dozen books at any given time, although I manage to finish most of them.
- The 99th Monkey: A Spiritual Journalist's Misadventures with Gurus, Messiahs, Sex, Psychedelics, and Other Consciousness-Raising Experiments, by Eliezer Sobel. A comical romp through human folly illustrating the
Chestertonianquip: "When people stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing — they believe in anything."
- The Essential Pope Benedict XVI: His Central Writings and Speeches - probably the most substantial single-volume compilation of Joseph Ratzinger's writings to date.
- Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement by Brian Doherty. (I don't consider myself such, but "Blackadder" @ American Catholic mentioned this and it perked my interest.
- The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, Vol. 1: The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600), by Jaroslav Pelikan. My revered theology professor in college Dr. J. Larry Yoder recommended Pelikan's five-volume history. Very good, but dense (and committed) reading. Re-reading the first volume in preparation for the second.
- God and the World: A Conversation With Peter Seewald - Joseph Ratzinger's second book-length interview with Peter Seewald. Re-reading in anticipation of the forthcoming third book, this time with the Pope.
- Building the Free Society: Deomocracy, Capitalism, and Catholic Social Teaching - commentaries on the social encyclicals.
- Heresy of Formlessness by Martin Mosebach. (File this under 'going to read').
- The Hauerwas Reader - A good introduction to everybody's favorite "Catholic"-pacifist-anabaptist and all around gadfly to American Christendom. Provocative reading.
- The Third Reich: A New History, by Michael Burleigh. My favorite historian, second to Paul Johnson.
So, ... what are you reading lately?