Pastor Harley’s Reading List

Pastor’s Annual Reading List                                              Pastor Harley Wheeler

February 2015-January 2016                                        Minerva UMC, Minerva, Ohio

Reading and Study are a Spiritual discipline and a Spiritual refreshment for me. Please feel free to view what I read last year, and send me comments.

Biblical Studies/Religion/Theology:

The Bible

The Works of John Wesley Vol. II Sermons 34-70

Number in Scripture by E.W. Bollinger

The Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross

Homeric Stitchings by M.D. Usher

Man and His Symbols by Carl G. Jung

The Ascent of Mt. Carmel by St. John of the Cross

“Introduction to the Letters of John Wesley” by Frank Baker

Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

Begat by David Crystal

Jesus, God and Man by Raymond Brown

The Works of John Wesley Vol. 25 Letters 1 1721-1739

The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah, commentary by F. Charles Fensham

Commentary on I &II Timothy and Titus by Bruce Barton, David Veerman,& Neil Wilson

Holy Sonnets by John Donne

The Lost World of Adam and Eve by John H. Walton

Signs Amid the Rubble by Leslie Newbigin


Current Christian Thought: Apologetics, Ministry, Sermons & Devotional Lit.:

Autopsy of a Deceased Church  by Thom S. Raine

Oh Say Can You See? By James W. Moore

A Field Guide to Evangelicals by Jack Kirkpatrick

Eugenics and Other Evils by G.K. Chesterton

Forgive Me Father, for I Have Grinned by V.W. Phillips

Twelve Sermons to Young Men by C.H. Spurgeon

Faith Passages and Patterns by Thomas A Droege

The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis

Praying in the Wesleyan Spirit by Paul Chilcote

Apocalypse Wow! By James Finn Garner

The Thing by G.K. Chesterton

101 Moments of Hope by Edward Grinnan

I’ll be Glad to give a Devotion by Amy Bolding

Health and Wellness by Mark Finley and Peter Landless

The Latent Power of the Soul by Watchman Nee

Sticky Faith by Kara E. Powell


Classics, Period and Curiosity Literature:

“The Tempest” By William Shakespeare

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit  by J.R.R. Tolkien

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Tales of War by Lord Dunsany

The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens

“The Wasps” by Aristophanes

“The Poet and the Women” by Aristophanes

“The Frogs” by Aristophanes

Nowadays by Lord Dunsany

The Boats of the Glen Carrey by Wilson Hope Hodgson

The Charwoman’s Shadow by lord Dunsany

Toonerville Trolley by Fontaine Fox

King Solomon’s Mines by Rider Haggard

The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison

“Readers Digest” issues 1932-41

The Dunwich Horror and Other Stories by H.P.Lovecraft

The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien

Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling


Fiction and Drama: Contemporary Authors

 The Currents of Space by Isaac Asimov

The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien

Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook

The Strange Journeys of Colonel Polders by Lord Dunsany

Last Laughs ed. by Mort Gerberg

Christmastime by Sandra Boynton

Ur by Stephen King

California Demon by Julie Kenner

Frozen Solid by James M. Tabor

Someday You’ll Thank Me For This by Gayden Metcalf

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Something Wicked by Carolyn Hart

Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb

As Chimney Sweeps Come to Dust By Alan Bradley

Plays of Near and Far by Lord Dunsany

Sea Cursed ed. by T. Liam MacDonald

A Study in Scarlet by A. Conan Doyle

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

The Book of Merlyn by T.H. White

The Deep by peter Benchley

Battles at Thrush Green by Miss Read

The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories by Lord Dunsany

Gilead by Marilyn Robinson

Hickory, Dickory Death by Agatha Christie

The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

The Curse of the Wise Woman by Lord Dunsany

The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton

The Wisdom of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton

The Incredulity of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie

Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie

The ‘New Weird’ Anthology ed. by Ann & Jeff Vandemeer

Too Much Happiness  Short Stories by Alice Munro

The Secret of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton



The Taming of the Screw By Dave Barry

Dave Barry Slept Here by Dave Berry

Dave Barry Does Japan by Dave Barry

Dave Barry’s Guide to Guys by Dave Barry

Acres and Pains by S. J. Perlman

Dave Barry is Not Taking This Sitting Down by Dave Barry

Further Fables From Our Time by James Thurber

The Best of Wodehouse by P.G. Wodehouse

Dave Barry’s Money Secrets by Dave Barry

Boogers Are My Beat by Dave Barry

The Acme Catalog by Charles Carney

Shredded by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman

How to Survive a Robot Uprising by Daniel H. Wilson

Psmith in the City By P.G. Wodehouse

What Would Machievelli Do? By Stanley Bing



Biography, History, Sciences, Social Science, Philosophy, Lit. Criticism & Politics:

Thermopylae by Paul Cortledge

Local Wonders by Ted Kouser

“Enhancing Communication and coordination of Care, a Third generation Approach to Medical Futility” by Michael Panicola & Ron Hamel

Sumer and the Sumerians by Harriet Crawford

Shakespeare on Leadership ed. by Frederick Talbot

How to Build a Dinosaur by Jack Horner

Grant’s Final Victory by Cahrles Bracelon Flood

Albert Einstein, the Human Side by Helen derkas and Barret Hoffman

Sailing Around The World by Joshua Slocum

Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly

Causing a Scene by Charlie Todd and Alex Scordelis

Dr. Suess Goes to War by Richard H. Minear

Boomerang by  Michael Lewis

On Stories and Other Essays by C. S. Lewis

The Agile Canvas by Jack Ricchiuto

Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain by Scott Adams

Way Off the Road by Bill Geist

The Wright Brothers by David McCollough

The Goebbels Dairies ed. by Louis P. Lochner

Stuffed: Memoirs of a Restaurant Family by Patricia Volk

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams

When to Rob a Bank by Steven Levitt and Steven Dubner

The Bad Guys Quote Book ed. by Robert Singer

And There was Light by Jaques Lusseyran

Dick Van Dyke, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business by Dick Van Dyke

Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss

Run To Daylight by Vince Lombardi

John Quincy Adams by Harlow Giles Unger

The Man Who Wasn’t There by Anil Ananthaswamy

The Good War by Studs Terkel

Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong by Pierre Bayard

G.K. Chesterton, The Illustrated London News 1923-25

Barrel Fever and Other Stories by David Sedaris

Toxic Charity by Robert D. Lupton

The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand

In Defense of Sanity, Essays by G.K. Chesterton



Something Permanent by Cynthia Rylant and Walker Evans

Practical Gods by Carl Dennis

Thrall by Natasha Trethewey

Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey

In The Clearing by Robert Frost

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

Poems by St John of the Cross

The Old Dog Barks Backwards by Ogden Nash

Ridge’s Poems by John R. Ridge

The Fantastic Poetry of H.P. Lovecraft

W.H. Auden, Selected Poems

A Journey by Lord Dunsany

This is My Beloved by Walter Benton




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