Pastor Harley’s Reading List

Pastor’s Annual Reading List                                              Pastor Harley Wheeler

February 2019-January 2020                                        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 Oxford Works of John Wesley Vol. 3 Sermons 71-114

“Gender Matters: Human Sexuality and the Bible Yet Again” by Ben Witherington

Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture Vol. XIV Old Testament; The Twelve Prophets

The Twelve Prophets Commentary by A. Cohen

“The Gospel of Judas”

Reading Judas by Elaine Pagels and Karen King

St. Basil the Great on the Holy Spirit by St. Basil

The Gospel According to Luke, Commentary by Earnest Fremont Tittle

The Talmud

Selections from the Kabbalah edited by Maurice H. Harris

Selections from the Midrashim edited by Maurice H. Harris

The Rabbinical Ana edited by Maurice H. Harris

The Talmud-Proverbial Sayings and the Festivals edited by Maurice H. Harris

In Memory of Her by Elizabeth Schussler Fiorenza

How the Bible Actually Works by Peter Enns

The Political Ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas edited by Dino Bigongiari

Creation and Fall by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Temptation by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Essential Guide to Bible Prophecy by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson

Rumi- Spiritual Poetry

Nehemiah; Commentary by Rabbi Josef Rabinowitz

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

The Family Metaphor in Jesus’ Teachings by Stephan Finlar

The Early Church on Killing by Ronald J. Sider

Buddha’s Teachings by Bukkyo Dendo-Kyokai Tokyo

The Climax of the Covenant by N.T. Wright

Revelation Unveiled by Tim LaHaye

Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth

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

Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey

Principles of a God-Centered Church by Jim Johnson

Cultural Apologetics by Paul M. Gould

She Offered them Christ by Paul Chilcote

Back-Pocket Guide to Events and Retreats by Johnny Scott

Defining Moments by Denise Ward

God’s Love Speaks by Samuel Jackson

Christendom in Dublin by G.K. Chesterton

The New Jerusalem by G.K. Chesterton

The Faiths of Our Fathers by Alf J. Mapp

“The Way of Integrity” U.M. Commission on the Status and Role of Women

St. Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton

St. Thomas Aquinas by G.K. Chesterton

Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung

Night’s Bright Darkness by Sally Read

A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Conner

Little Russian Philokealia Vol. II; Abbot Nazirius, translated by Fr. Seraphim Rose

Practical Holiness by David Bernard

Free of Me by Sharon Hodde Miller

Christianity for the Rest of Us by Diana Butler Base

The Nehemiah Code by O.S. Hawkins

Sent by Jorge Acevedo

Under Wraps by Jessica LaGrone, Rob Renfroe, Andy Nixon, and Ed Robb

Love Anyway by Jeremy Courtney

Take This Bread by Sarah Miles

Bible Prophecy for Everyone by Tim LaHaye

Classics, Period and Curiosity Literature:

On the Road by Jack Kerouc

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

The Iliad by Homer

The Hashish Man and Other Stories by Lord Dunsany

The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

The Book of Wonder by Lord Dunsany

The Odyssey by Homer

Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling

The Satyricon by Petronius

Finn and Hengest, the Fragment and the Episode by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Earliest English Poems edited by Michael Alexander

‘The Imaginary Invalid’ by Moiliere

Time and the Gods by Lord Dunsany

Black and White by Rudyard Kipling

The Gods of Pegana by Lord Dunsany

“Prometheus Bound” by Aeschylus

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells

Han Fei Tzu – Basic Writings

Dreamtigers by Jorge Luis Borges

Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Fiction and Drama: Contemporary Authors

The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by Agatha Christie

The Uncollected Wodehouse by P.G. Wodehouse

Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie

Ghost Wall by Sarah More

Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

All Systems Red by Martha Walls

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck

Sisterchicks Down Under by Robin Jones Green

Never Say Pie by Leighann Dobbs

Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie

Peril at End House by Agatha Christie

Crossing the Boundaries; French Fantasy Fiction translated by Tom Clegg

Ghost Camera by Darcy Coates

Nothing With Strings by Bailey White

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

The City of Folding Faces by Jayinee Basu

Circe by Madeline Miller

Dubliners by James Joyce

The Flying Inn by G.K. Chesterton

Artemis by Andy Weir

Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

Flash Fiction Forward edited by James Thomas and Robert Shepard

The Diamond Moon by Paul Preuse

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

Science Fiction Classics Vol. 17 edited by Tom Pomplun

Ghosts of the Heaviside Layer by Lord Dunsany

‘The Prince of Stamboul” by Lord Dunsany

“Lord Adrian” by Lord Dunsany

Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie

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

Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Catholic Literary Giants by Joseph Pearce

The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan

The Best, Worst and Most Unusual Parts I & II by Bruce Felton and Mark Fowler

Gulp by Mary Roach

  1. S. Lewis on Stories by C.S. Lewis

J.R.R. Tolkien, Master of Fantasy by David Collins

Oops, 20 Life lessons from the Fiascos that Shaped America by Martin J. Smith and Patrick J. Kiger

Dance of the Trustees by Dylan Taylor-Lehman

Gestational Diabetes, What to Expect by the American Diabetes Association

Letters to Old Garibaldi by G.K. Chesterton

Divorce Vs. Democracy by G.K. Chesterton

Parallel Lives by Phyllis Rose

On the Future by Martin Rees

A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby Payne

The Search for Roots by Primo Levi

The Words of Ghandi by Ghandi

Apollo to the Moon by Teasel Muir-Harmony

Irish Impressions by G.K. Chesterton

Idiotica by Stephan Weir

Explaining the English by G.K. Chesterton

The Patriotic Ideal by G.K. Chesterton

A Short History of England by G.K. Chesterton

Marx’s Das Capital by Francis Wheen

The Perfect Nazi by Martin Davidson

The Sea Hunters by Clive Cussler

“Strengthening Stark” Stark Community Foundation

The First Wave by Alex Kershaw

Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard

The Uses of Diversity by G.K. Chesterton

The Priests Barracks by Guilliame Zeller

The Way Home by Mark Boyle

Old School by Bill O’Reilly

The Grand Inquisitor; Critical Study edited by Jerry Wasserman

The End of Sexual Identity by Jenell Williams Paris

Dignity by Chris Arnade

And Another Thing by Erin Coffee and Douglas Adams

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization by Anthony Esolen

G.K. Chesterton; a Biography by Michael Ffinch

Nearing 90 by Judith Viorst

Perpetual Peace by Immanuel Kant

The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature by Elizabeth Kantor

Bite-Size Einstein; Quotes

Baby Owner’s Manual by Louis Borgenicht M.D.

Travels with Charlie in Search for America by John Steinbeck

The Most Controversial Decision by Wilson D. Miscamble

The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton Vol XVIII

Farm City by Novella Carpenter


The 18-Carat Kid by P.G. Wodehouse

Life is Uncertain, Eat Dessert First by Sol Gordon and Harold Brache

My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Selected Shorts; Even More Laughs by Symphony Space

I Think There’s a Terrorist in My Soup by David Brennan

Equal Time for Pogo by Walt Kelly

The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit by P.G. Wodehouse

Kerplunk! By Patrick McManus

Joy Schtick by Joy Behar

Engineering for Cats by Mac Delany

Uneasy Money by P.G. Wodehouse

How to Survive a Horror Movie by Seth Grahame-Smith

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness by Paula Poundstone

Money in the Bank by P.G. Wodehouse

Why is This Night Different from All Other Nights? by Lemony Snickett

The Totally Awesome Book of Useless Information by Noel Botthm and Travis Nichols


The Wind Blows through the Doors of My Heart by Deborah Digges

“The Wasteland” by T.S. Eliot

America Journal; Fifty Poems for Our Time ed. by Tracy K. Smith

Learning Human by Les Murray

Fredy Neptune by Les Murray

“The Ballad of the White Horse” by G.K. Chesterton

Periodicals: Each Issue of:  “Good News,” ”Scientific American,” “Biblical Archeology Review,” “Archeology,” “Health Care Ethics Journal,”  “East Ohio Joining Hands,” ”HSLDA Newsletter,” “Lifewatch Journal,” ”The Catalyst” from AFTE,  “Voice of the Martyrs Newsletter,”  “AARP Bulletin,” AARP Magazine,” “AFA Journal,” “Smithsonian Magazine,”  “Imprimus,” First Things (postings on website), The Plough, “Ministry” March 2019, “Sky and Telescope” January 2019, World Archaeology #93 Feb.-March 2019

“Sky and Telescope” September 2019  World Archaeology #91 Oct-Nov 2018, “Discover” April 2019

“Oregon Home” Summer 2019, “People” Magazine 1/132020, “People” Magazine 1/202020, “Newsweek” 1/20/2020,