Pastor Harley’s Reading List

Pastor’s Annual Reading List                                              Pastor Harley Wheeler

February 2018-January 2019                                        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

God and the Permission of Evil by Jacques Maritain

Sermons of John Wesley Oxford Works of John Wesley Vol. 2 Sermons 34-70

The Meaning of Revelation by H. Richard Niebuhr

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Five Proofs of the Existence of God by Edward Feser

Preparatory Meditations First Series by Edward Taylor

Preparatory Meditations Second Series by Edward Taylor

Pia Desideria by Philip Jacob Spener

The Prophets by Abraham Heschel

The Twelve Prophets by Rev. Dr. A. Cohen

Zephaniah African Biblical Commentary

Amos African Biblical Commentary

The Cotton Patch Version of Hebrews and the General Epistles by Clarence Jordan

Our Roving Bible by Lawrence E. Nelson

The Shadow of a Great Rock by Harold Bloom

The Quran, A Biography by Bruce Lawrence

Why We Live in Community: A Manifesto by Eberhard Arnold (1925)

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood by John Piper and other authors

Samuel I &II Commentary by Rev. Dr. A Cohen

And He Had Compassion on Them by William Barclay

Works of Love by Soren Kierkegaard

On God and Christ by St. Gregory of Nazianzus (Five Theological orations and two letters to Cledonius)


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

Between Hammer and Sickle by Michael Wurmbrand

Walking on Water by Madeline L’Engle

The Third Day by Hank Hanegraaff

A Hobbit Devotional by Ed Strauss

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

The Pilgrim’s Regress by C.S. Lewis

Three Simple Rules by Bishop Rueben P. Job

Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels

Morality and Situation Ethics by Dietrich and Alice Von Hildebrand

The United Methodist Social Principles Working Draft 11/2018

Decision by Billy Graham

Well-Intentioned Dragons by Marshall Shelley

Growing in Grace by Bob George

Resident Aliens by Stanley Hauerwas

Tragically Transformed by Kendra Wriston

The Four Seasons of Marriage by Gary Chapman

Growing Old in Christ edited by Stanley Hauerwas

The Next Evangelicalism by Soong-Chan Rah

Can You Just get Them Through Christmas? by Pastor Margie Briggs

  1. S. Lewis Goes to Heaven by David G. Clark

Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren F. Winner

Love Never Fails by Tesa K. Strasser

Set Free to Choose Right by Josh McDowell

Not Safe For Church by E. Douglas Powe Jr. and Jasmine Smothers

Small(er) Church Youth Ministry by Brad Fiscus with Stephanie Caro

Gospel Reset by Ken Ham

Sustainable Youth Ministry by Mark DeVries

Illustrissimi by Pope John Paul I

In the Hand of God edited by Yvonne Whitman

The Question of God, C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud ‘Debate’ by Armand M. Nicholl Jr.

The Saints Among Us by George Gallup Jr. and Timothy Jones

Thirty-One Prayers for My Wife by Aaron and Jennifer Smith


Classics, Period and Curiosity Literature:

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint

The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges

Gaspard De La Nuit by Aloysious Bertrand

The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

New Arabian Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter by Ambrose Bierce

Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce

Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Strange Intruders by David Weatherly

Never Trust a Calm Dog by Tom Parker

The Law of Superheroes by James Daly and Ryan Davidson

Monsters Caught on Film by Dr. Melvyn Willin

The Man Who Ate the Phoenix by Lord Dunsany

The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay (1728)

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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

The Tenth Insight by James Redfield

A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel DeFoe (1665)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

What I Saw In America by G.K. Chesterton

American Notes by Rudyard Kipling


Fiction and Drama: Contemporary Authors

The Grave’s a Fine and Quiet Place by Alan Bradley

Masterpiece by Elsie Broach

Gossamer by Lois Lowry

The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry

Morgoth’s Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien

The New Ohio Review Fall 2010

The Snake Stone by Jason Goodwill

Witness For the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

The Tempest Tales by Walter Moseley

Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

Carbide-Tipped Pens edited by Ben Bova and Eric Choi

Volcano by Shusaku Endo

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie

Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows By J.K. Rowling

Quidditch Through the Ages by J. K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling

Half-Magic by Edward Eager

Compulsory Games by Robert Aickman

Some of Your Blood by Theodore Sturgeon

The Library Beneath the Streets by Daniel Hale

Lizard by Banana Yoshimoto

Another Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup

Mrs. McGinty Is Dead by Agatha Christie

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

The Return of the Shadow by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien

Poroit Investigates by Agatha Christie

The View From Castle Rock by Alice Munro

Somewhere a Band is Playing by Ray Bradbury

Leviathan ’99 by Ray Bradbury

The Shaping of Middle-Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien

Mortal Engines by Stanislaw Lem


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

Moral Man and Immoral Society by Reinhold Niebuhr

Lists to Live By, the 2nd Collection compiled by Alice Gray, Steve Stephens and John Van Diest

Walks and Talks by an American Farmer in England, Vols 1&2 by Frederick Law Olmstead

Look Big by Rachel Levin

The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barret Browning

Where the Animals Go by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

A Short History of England by G.K. Chesterton

An Autobiographical Essay by Jorge Luis Borges

The First 90 Days by Michael D. Watkins

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

I’m Looking Through You by Jennifer Finney Boylan

When Harry Became Sally by Ryan T. Anderson

France, My Country by Jacques Maritain

A Curious Man by Neal Thompson

Senator John McCain’s Farewell Letter

Dark Age Ahead by Jane Jacobs

Autobiography of G.K. Chesterton by G.K. Chesterton

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Technically Wrong by Sara Wachter-Boettcher

Zeppelin vs. British Home Defense 1915-19 by Jon Guttman

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

The Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams

How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

The Victors by Stephen Ambrose

Tora, Tora, Tora!, Pearl Harbor 1941 by Mark E. Stile

The End by Hans Erich Nossack

His Finest Hours wartime speeches by Winston Churchill

The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli

Generals in Bronze by James Kelly edited by William B. Styph

Hubble’s Universe by Terence Dickinson

Natural Causes by Barbara Ehrenreich

What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell

Ameritopia by Mark Levin

The Outline of Sanity by G.K. Chesterton

The Crimes of England by G.K. Chesterton

The Appetite of Tyranny by G.K. Chesterton

Utopia of Usurers by G.K. Chesterton

The End of the Armistice by G.K. Chesterton

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

The Existentialist’s Survival Guide by Gordon Mareno

13 Things That Don’t Make Sense by Michael Brooks

Lincoln Dreamt that he Died by Andrew Burstein

Seoul Man by Frank Aren

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Give Your Heart to the Hawks by Win Blevins

Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong

The Civil War, Strange and Fascinating Facts by Burke Davis

Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush



Pogo Peekabook by Walt Kelly

The World of Mulliner by P.G. Wodehouse

Stupid Ancient History by Leland Gregory

Don’t Get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff

Lemony Snickett, an Unauthorized Autobiography by Lemony Snickett



Your Own, Sylvia by Stephanie Hemphill

Poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, edited by James Fenton

God’s Determinations and Miscellaneous Poems by Edward Taylor

The Princess by Alfred Lord Tennyson

‘Maud’ and Other Poems by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Christian Poetry edited with Comment by Elizabeth Jennings

Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson

The Sonnets of Michelangelo translated by Elizabeth Jennings

‘Enoch Arden’ and Other Poems by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Facts About the Moon by Dorianne Laux

The Ogden Nash Pocket Book by Ogden Nash

Poems of Akhnatova selected and translated by Stanley Kuntz and Michael Hayward

Under Water by Ogden Nash, with Illustrations by Katie Lee


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,” “Reader’s Digest,”  “Imprimus,” First Things (postings on website) The Plough, and Individual Issues of:  Sky and Telescope, Feb 2018, April 2018, June 2018, September 2018, Current World Archeology Issues 85, 87,  Astronomy January 2018, February 2018, June 2018,  Fantasy and Science Fiction July/August 2017, “American Scientist” July-August 2017,  “Popular Science,” Winter 2018,