Pastor Harley’s Reading List

Pastor’s Annual Reading List                                              Pastor Harley Wheeler

February 2017-January 2018                                        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

Songs of Kabir translated by Arvind Krishna

Hebrews preaching guide and commentary by William G. Johnson

Commentary on I & II Samuel by Adam Clarke

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis

The Analects by Confucious

Giver of Life by Father John W. Oliver

Commentary on I Samuel by Bill T. Arnold

Commentary on II Samuel by Bill T. Arnold

I Corinthians Commentary by N. T. Wright

To The Hebrews commentary by George Wesley Buchanan

Verse by Verse study in I John (self-led)

The Case for the Psalms by N. T. Wright

Paul and the Faithfulness of God Parts III and IV by N. T. Wright

Characters of the Reformation by Hilaire Belloc

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tse

When God Spoke English by Adam Nicholson

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

‘The Gospel of Nicodemus’

The Undying Head’ Native American Legend

Commentary on Hebrews by Adam Clarke

Funeral Orations of St. Gregory Naianzus

Is Balaam Among the Prophets?” by Meindert Disjkotra JBL Vol. 114, Spring 1993

Sermons of John Wesley Oxford Works of John Wesley Vol. 1 Sermons 1-33

Funeral Orations of St Ambrose

You Are My People Louis Stulman and Hyun Chul Paul Kim

Commentary on Colossians and Philemon by Eduard Lohse

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

The Season for Joy by Chip Davis

Your People Shall be My People by Don Finto

Chesterton Day by Day edited by Michael W. Perry

Virtue and Vice by C.S. Lewis

Wonder Love and Praise by Faith and Order Committee of the UMC

Wiser Together by Bill Hybels

The Five languages of Apology by Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas

Worldview by Jeff Baldwin

Pastoral Letter of CRBC 2014

The Catholic Church and Conversion by G.K. Chesterton

The Thing: Why I am a Catholic by G.K. Chesterton

The Well and the Shallows by G.K. Chesterton

The Way of the Cross by G.K. Chesterton

Who Jesus is and Why it Matters by Jim Wallis

The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience by Donald L. Sider

America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis

Marriage Forecasting by Tim Muehlhoff

On God’s Side by Jim Wallis

Winsome Persuasion by Tim Muehlhoff

Letters to an Atheist by Peter Kreeft

Proclaiming the Gospel The 1st Century Performance of Mark by Whitney Shiner

A Firm Foundation by the Wesleyan Covenant Association

The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller

Arriving at Amen by Leah Libresso

Walking Blind by Robert Canfield

The Collected Writings of St. Hereticus by Robert McAfee Brown

The Wonder of Christmas by Rob Renfroe and Ed Robb

Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam by James W. Moore

Holding Up Your Corner by F. Willis Johnson

I Am a Church Member by Thomas Rainer

The Minister’s Handbook by Orlando L. Tibbets

Who Moved My Pulpit? by Thom S. Rainer

Dark God by Thomas Romer

Way of Wonder by G.K. Chesterton selected by Dale Ahlquist

Scripture and the Life of God by David F. Watson

Classics, Period and Curiosity Literature:

The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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

The Vinland Sagas

The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches by Matsuo Basho trans. by Nobuyuki Yuasa

‘The School for Husbands’ by Moliere

The Wars by Timothy Findley

National Geographic  November, 1948

A Universal History of Iniquity by Jorge Luis Borges

The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges

Poems from the Chinese by Ezra Pound

The Odes (Chinese) translated by Ezra Pound

‘Elektra’ by Ezra Pound and Rudd Fleming

Women of Trachis’ by Sophocles translated by Ezra Pound

Illuminations by Rimbaud, translated by John Ashbery

National Geographic  December, 1947

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

The Light that Failed by Rudyard Kipling

National Geographic  June, 1957

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Paris Spleen by Charles Baudelaire

The Sherlock Holmes Mysteries (the short Stories) by A. Conan Doyle

Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain

The Conquest of Gaul by Julius Caesar translated by S.A. Hanford

Aristotle’s Poetics

Stations of Desire poems from Ibm Arabi and Michael Sells, Translated by Michael Sells

In Defense of Women by H.L. Mencken

Samson Agonistes by John Milton

In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki

Solomon’ by Matthew Prior

Within the Gates by Rebecca Springer

The Lay of Aotou and Itruon by J.R.R. Tolkien

Fiction and Drama: Contemporary Authors

Brown Dog by Jim Harrison

Sunset Limited by Jim Harrison

The Woman Lit by Fireflies by Jim Harrison

The Sunny Side by A.A. Milne

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

The Next Thing On My List by Jill Smolinski

The Body in the Kelp by Katherine Hall

Checkpoint by Nicholson Baker

A Thing of Beauty by Steve Martin

The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moren

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

Exile and Kingdom by Albert Camus

A Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, anthology edited by John Joseph

Wheelers by Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen

Beren and Luthien by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien

I Am Legend and Other Stories by Richard Matheson

World’s Greatest Sleuths by Steve Hockensmith

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

The Rivals’ by Richard Brinsly Sheridan

The Elephant Man’ by Bernard Pomerance

The Ghost in the Corner by Lord Dunsany

Planet Dreams by Michaela Carlock

Tricky Business by Dave Barry

The Cemetery Yew by Cynthis Riggs

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr

Agents of Dreamland by Caitlin R. Kiernan

G.K. Chesterton,Collected Works Vol. XIV Short Stories Fairy tales, Mystery Stories


The Return of Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Live Right and Find Happiness by Dave Barry

Dave Barry Does Japan by Dave Barry

Dave Barry Talks Back by Dave Barry

Just What the Doctor Disordered by Theodore Giese led. By Rick Marschall

Crazy Bosses by Stanley Bing

Sun Tzu Was a Sissy by Stanley Bing

Never Hit a Jellyfish With a Spade by Guy Brawling

More Anguished English by Richard Ledere

Full Moon by P.G. Wodehouse

File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents by Lemony Snickett

Take Off Your Hat, Son! by Charles Simpson

Dogbert’s Top Secret Management Handbook by Scott Adams

Carry On Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

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


Operation Barbarossa by Christian Hartmann

Alexander Solzhenisten, a Century in His Life by D.M. Thomas

Dog Man by Martha Sherril

The Greatest Stories Never Told by Richard Beyer

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Friere

If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? By Kurt Vonnegut

In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larson

The Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution by Mark Roseman

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

The Man Who Loved China (Biography of Joseph Needham) by Simon Winchester

Who Knew? by David Hoffman

Weird True Facts by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser

Safe and Healthy Food Pantries Project by Amber Canto, Barb Ingham and Sarah Lawson

How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen

A Night to Remember by Walter Lord

Experience and Education by John Dewey

A Treatise on Human Nature by David Hume

An Inquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Essays Moral and Political by David Hume

Listening, the Forgotten Art by Madelynn Burly-Allen

Utopia of Usurers by G.K. Chesterton

How to Build a Tin Canoe by Robb White

The Quartet, The Orchestration of the Second American Revolution by Joseph J. Ellis

G.K. Chesterton, The Illustrated London News 1929-31

Famous Prefaces edited by Charles W. Eliot

By His Own Hand? Edited by John D. W. Guire

The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell

Cryptozoologicon by John Conway C.M. Koseman, and Darren Nash

Nova 57 Minor by Jon W. Lellenberg

Books for Living by Will Schwalbe

Lost Profiles by Philippe Soupalt

Death in the Rice Fields by Peter Scholl

Brave Companions by David McCullough

Strategic Plan 2016-18 Partnership for a Hunger-Free Oregon’

Helmet for My Pillow by Patrick Leckie

Coming Apart by Charles Murray

The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit

The Selfishness of Others by Kristin Dombek

Quintessential Pleasures by the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Good Man of Nanking, Diaries of John Rabe

David and Goliath by Malcom Gladwell

Do Humanity’s Best Days Lie Ahead? by Malcom Gladwell, Steven Pinker, Matt Ridley, Alain de Botton

The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks

Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks

The 50 Most Romantic Things Ever Done by Dini Von Mueffling

America’s Hidden History by Kenneth C. Davis

G.K. Chesterton, The Illustrated London News 1908-10

Make Your Bed by Adm. William H. Mclaren

As Ohio Goes by Rana B. Khorey

Excellent Sheep by William Deresiewicz


Poetry for Guys collection edited with commentary by Kathleen Grispyard Chinook

Each of Us is a Book by David Drake

Frost on the Window by Mary Stewart

Selected Poems by Anna Akhnatova

Lightning at Dinner by Jim Moore

Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Gluck

The Lecture on Dust by Brooke Horvath

Landscapes I &II by Lesle Lewis

Bewilderment by David Ferry

Poems by Gerard Manly Hopkins

The Ballad of the White Horse’ by G.K. Chesterton

‘In Memoriam’ by Tennyson

Poems, Chiefly Lyrical by Tennyson

Poems (1832) by Tennyson

Poems (1842) by Tennyson


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