Books and Music

Books and music, some straightforwardly Christian/Catholic, and some slightly more off-the-beaten-track, which have heavily influenced my faith, spirituality & relationship with God – including, but not limited to: The Beatles, cookbooks, Islamic poetry, “Angels In America,” a song about Walla Walla by my friend Mollie, Broadway musicals, a song comparing God to both chocolate and broccoli, and my spiritual guru/life coach Leonard Cohen.


Cupid and Diana: A Novel – Christina Bartolomeo

The Soul Is Here For Its Own Joy – Robert Bly

A Man For All Seasons – Robert Bolt

How the Irish Saved Civilization – Thomas Cahill

Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers – Chap Clark

The Alchemist ; By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept ; The Zahir ; The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho

Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs – Leonard Cohen

Americans’ Favorite Poems – Maggie Dietz & Robert Pinsky

The Monk Downstairs – Tim Farrington

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search For Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia – Elizabeth Gilbert

The Laramie Project – Moises Kaufman

The Solace of Leaving Early ; Something Rising (Light and Swift) – Haven Kimmel

Angels In America – Tony Kushner

Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life – Anne Lamott

Feast: Food to Celebrate Life – Nigella Lawson

Mere Christianity ; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – C.S. Lewis

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me – Frank McGuinness

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality – Donald Miller

Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi

The Cloister Walk – Kathleen Norris

My Kind of Place: Travel Stories From a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere – Susan Orlean

Selected Poems – Ezra Pound

The Essential Rumi – Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

Angelica and Archangel – Sharon Shinn

The Case For Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus – Lee Strobel

Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman




Steve Angrisano – “Sweet Redeemer”

Louis Armstrong – “What a Wonderful World”

Fred Astaire – “I Concentrate On You”

The Barenaked Ladies – “Falling For the First Time”

The Beach Boys – “God Only Knows”

The Beatles – “The Long and Winding Road”

Belle & Sebastian – “Judy and the Dream of Horses”

Blues Traveler – “Great Big World”

Tom Booth – “The Shade of Your Hand”

Bon Jovi – “Livin’ On a Prayer”

David Bowie – “Under Pressure”

Bowling For Soup – “Trucker Hat”

Jason Robert Brown – “Shiksa Goddess” from The Last Five Years

Leonard Cohen – “Sisters of Mercy”, “Hallelujah,” “Suzanne”

Ceili Rain – “If God Was Chocolate”

Bobby Darin – “I’m Beginning To See the Light”

Ani diFranco – “Both Hands”

William Finn – “Heart and Music” from A New Brain

Green Day – “Minority”

Sarah Hart – “The Breastplate of Saint Patrick”, “His Name Is Joseph”

The Indigo Girls – “Galileo”

Jars of Clay – “Sunny Days”

Billy Joel – “Travelin’ Prayer”

Mark Knopfler – Local Hero film score

Alison Krauss (arr.) – “Down In the River to Pray” (traditional)

kd lang – “Season of Hollow Soul”

Cyndi Lauper – “Time After Time”

Annie Lennox – “Love Song for a Vampire”

Mollie Lewis – “Walla Walla”

Sinead Lohan – “No Mermaid”

Lyle Lovett – “Bears”

Matt Maher – “Leave a Light On”

Rich Mullins – “Hard to Get”, “If I Stand”

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – “Alright For Now”

Prince of Egypt Soundtrack – “Deliver Us”

Collin Raye – “I Think About You”

Paddy Reilly – “The Fields of Athenry”

Poison – “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”

Relient K – “High of 75”

REM – “Nightswimming”

Roxette – “Church of Your Heart”

Rusted Root – “Send Me On My Way”

Silly Wizard – “Golden, Golden”

Paul Simon – “The Myth of Fingerprints”

Steeleye Span – “Lady Diamond”

Stephen Sondheim – “No One Is Alone” from Into the Woods, “Something Just Broke” from Assassins

Regina Spektor – “Samson”

Bruce Springsteen – The Rising, “Atlantic City”

Sting – “Shape of Your Heart”, “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You”

Switchfoot – “Gone”

Talking Heads – “And She Was”

Chris Tomlin – “Come Home Running”

Train – “Meet Virginia”

U2 – “Angel of Harlem”, “Walk On”

The Verve – “Bittersweet Symphony”

Violent Femmes – “American Music”

Andrew Lloyd Weber – “Could We Start Again, Please?” from Jesus Christ Superstar

Joss Whedon – “Under Your Spell” from Once More, With Feeling

Gene Wilder – “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Dar Williams – “Alleluia”


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