Non-UU authors / Meaningful books
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I realized that, for better or worse, most of the books that actually have spiritual meaning for me are not by UU authors. For instance, I'd look at pretty much the entire body of work of Richard Powers as an example of deeply spiritual writing--writing that makes me consider what it means to be human in this world today, while connecting me to all aspects of life, the universe, and everything.
Right now, I'm in the midst of reading Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, and it has overtly religious thematic material, with the narrator being a minister, the son and grandson of ministers.
Based on your reccomendation, I looked at some of Richard Powers' work and it appears quite interesting. I thought about fiction books that are spiritually meaningful to me, and recently I read Kazuo Ishiguro's book Never let me go. It brought up the question wha does it mean to have lived life well, how essential to life is art, as well as to what extent is facing one's mortality helpful in living life well?
Though I liked Gilead I wasn't that deeply moved by the book, more that I found it intellectually interesting.
PS - just got back from GA in Portland did you go?
And you know what? After posting about Gilead, I never actually made it all the way through the book. Hmmmm.
I read one book by Ishiguro--Remains of the Day. Excellent.
Best book read recently: Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union.
Meanwhile, the book is about the responsibility of individuals to give a portion of their income or wealth to alleviate poverty, and Singer makes a highly persuasive ethical argument. He's a philosophy prof. at Princeton, and is also the author of Animal Liberation, and a number of other books.
I'd be interested in hearing from anyone else in the group who has read the book!