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Book 26

  1. Pohl, Frederik — Gateway (278 pages)
  2. Clement, Hal — Mission of Gravity (193 pages)
  3. Benford, Gregory — Timescape (499 pages)
  4. O'Hare, Mick (editor) — Why Don't Penguins Feet Freeze? and 114 Other Questions (232 pages)
  5. Dos Passos, John — Number One (218 pages)
  6. Heller, Joseph — Catch-22 (457 pages)
  7. St. John of the Cross — Dark Night of the Soul (119 pages)
  8. Day, Dorothy — The Long Loneliness (286 pages)
  9. Allen, Ted, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Jai Rodriguez — Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab 5's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better (250 pages)
  10. Whittemore, Carroll E., ed. (William Duncan, illus.) — Symbols of the Church (59 pages)
  11. Hardy, Thomas — Jude the Obscure (507 pages)
  12. Lee, Harper — To Kill a Mockingbird (278 pages)
  13. Mann, Thomas (Helen T. Lowe-Porter, transl.) — Death in Venice (73 pages)
  14. Kempis, Thomas à — The Imitation of Christ (165 pages)
  15. West, Canon Edward N. — Outward Signs: The Language of Christian Symbolism (232 pages)
  16. Alexander, Lloyd — The High King (253 pages)
  17. Bellairs, John — St. Fidgeta & Other Parodies (84 pages)
  18. Endo, Shusaku — Silence (300 pages)
  19. Moorcock, Michael — Behold the Man (137 pages)
  20. Pouncey, Peter — Rules for Old Men Waiting (208 pages)
  21. Davies, Robertson — Tempest-Tost (The Salterton Trilogy) (235 pages)
  22. Davies, Robertson — Leaven of Malice (The Salterton Trilogy) (218 pages)
  23. Davies, Robertson — A Mixture of Frailties (The Salterton Trilogy) (311 pages)
  24. Austen, Jane — Pride and Prejudice (274 pages)
  25. Murakami, Haruki — Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (400 pages)
  26. Burrows, Ruth, O.C.D. — Essence of Prayer (210 pages)

Page count: 6,476 of targeted 12,500.

No, I haven't suddenly become a speed reader, blowing through 210 pages in a couple of hours! For the last several weeks I've been reading three books concurrently. It's just coincidence that I finished two of them on the same day. (I doubt I'll finish the third until December.)

My friend Kevin (he of smuggling fame) and I have been talking about Ruth Burrows' book for some time. I had asked his opinion on religiously-oriented materials to read and mentioned some possibilities. He recommended this book which had recently been recommended to him. He then sent it along as part of his gift to me a few weeks ago.

Essence of Prayer is, as the name implies, about prayer. It aims to clear up misconceptions about prayer, chiefly that prayer is something we do. (Prayer is simply acknowledging our relationship to God, that of child to parent, unworthy person to complete and unconditional Love, and allowing ourselves to receive that Love.) Burrows, a Carmelite nun, refers extensively to the Bible, Old and New Testaments, to the lives and writings of Saints and mystics (principally John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Thérèse of Lisieux), and to the traditions and daily life of Carmelite communities to illustrate her message about prayer. She writes lucidly, elegantly, humbly, and compassionately and is a joy to read.

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