Books we’ve read

(Alphabetically by author)

‘The Power’ by Alderman: When teenage girls suddenly have the power to cause agonizing pain and even death, not only do we see how the world would change if power was in the hands of women, but we also find an exposition of our contemporary world.
‘Daring Greatly’ by Brown: A professor of socil work offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly. Daring greatly means to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.
‘Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine’ by Campbell: A collection of Campbell’s lectures on the figures, functions, symbols, and themes of the feminine divine across cultures and epochs.
‘Myths to Live by’ by Campbell: This book explores the enduring power of the universal myths that influence our lives daily and examines the myth-making process from the primitive past to the immediate present.
‘Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype’ by Estés: A collection of Jungian archetypal stories about injury, healing, love, forgiveness, and self-discovery.
‘Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning’ by Fowler: Building on the contributions of developmental psychologists, Fowler draws on a wide range of scholarship, literature, and firsthand research to present expertly and engagingly the six stages that emerge in working out the meaning of our lives.
‘The Feminine Mystique’ by Friedan: The classic feminist manifesto by Friedan in which she describes “the problem that has no name,” the insidious beliefs that undermines women’s confidence in their intellectual capabilities.
‘The Crucible of Doubt’ by Givens and Givens: A careful, intelligent look at Mormon doubt and some of its common sources, the challenges it presents, and the opportunities it may open up in a person’s quest for faith.
‘The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life’ by Givens and Givens: The Givenses draw on the works of philosophers and poets to explain Mormon theology.
‘David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants’ by Gladwell: A look at the complex and surprising ways the weak can defeat the strong, the small can match up against the giant, and how our goals can make a huge difference in our ultimate sense of success.
‘The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion’ by Haidt: As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, a social psychologist has done what seems impossible: challenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum.
‘Sapiens’ by Harrari: This insightful and sweeping history of human culture since the cognitive revoluation is about how our capacity to believe in complete fictions helped us evolve to be more cooperative, including our capacity to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism.
‘Siddhartha’ by Hesse: This book is a classic tale of a young man discovering enlightenment, and becoming the Buddha, a figure revered thoughout much of the world.
‘Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind’ by Johnston: Stories of an ex-Catholic, a former Mormon, and a clandestine Muslim apostate, for whom trust in human capacity for reason led them to make the necessary (and intermediate) step in faith development, giving up a literal religious interpretation; stories of people at the ‘mystic’ level: those who see paradox in truth.
‘Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging’ by Junger: A critical look at post-traumatic stress disorder and the reasons that many of today’s returning veterans suffer.
‘In Quiet Desperation: Understanding the Challenge of Same-gender Attraction’ by Matis and Matis: A Mormon couple describe their path to reconciling their the chasm between their faith and the love and understanding the feel toward their gay son.
‘Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis: A Simple Developmental Map’ by McConkie: Theories of adult development applied to faith, with a particular focus on the Mormon religious culture.
‘The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy: Haunting the Hearts and Heaven of Mormon Women and Men’ by Pearson: Pearson shows that the ghost of polygamy remains in  Mormon doctrine, haunting the living, assuring women of their diminished value relative to men, and leading many to lose faith in the church and in God.
‘Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business’ by Postman: This is was book about the ways in which the media shape our lives. In short, thanks to the visual and auditory dimesions that television has added to the media through which we consume information, our capacity for reason has diminished, along with the quality of public discorse.
‘When God Was a Woman’ by Stone: The story of the archeologically-documented religion of the Goddess, under which women’s roles were richer than in patriarchal Judeo-Christian cultures.
‘Native Son’ by Wright: This novel that illustrates the impact of poverty and racism in the lives of inner-city Black Americans, and shows how we are all connected in producing the social ills of our time.
‘Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings by Brooks, Steenblik, and Wheelwright (editors): A collection of works by Mormon feminists written over 40 years

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