Sustenance for the Soul

Astha recently wrote about how good friends give you "sustenance for the soul." How true that is.

Another source is books. As a child, I spent many a happy hour sitting and reading the World Book encyclopedias, studying such fascinating topics as the human body, dinosaurs, planets, rocks, stars, and weather.

Later, I met other books that have had a deep and lasting impact on me, including:

- the MiddleEarth books of J.R.R. Tolkien
- the original James Bond books by Ian Fleming
- poetry by Neruda, Bly, Simic, Whitman
- the spiritual essays of Henri Nouwen and Joan Chittister
- Leo Schaya's book on the universal meaning of the Kabbalah
- the speculative essays of Ahmed Osman and Immanuel Velikovsky
- Sharing Wisdom by Sr. Mary Benet McKinney
- the works of Sigmund Freud, Gaston Bachelard, Carlos Castaneda, and Alan Watts
- Norman O. Brown's great work Love's Body

What books have had a deep impact on you?



Posted by Terrence Seamon, 2/24/07

Comments

Ellen Weber said…
Terrence, Great post and thanks. I was thrilled to meet a person who enjoys Neruda's poetry - since I've toured his home in Valpariso, Chile, on several occasions.

Thanks also for the link!
Terrence said…
Hi Ellen,
It's nice to meet another Neruda fan. You might also enjoy a jazz treatment of some of his poems by Luciana Souza. She is a great jazz-style singer from Brazil, I believe.

Terry

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