The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future, Riane Eisler. Explains how the world was turned on its head, how patriarchy came to be, how partnership can return and lead us into a sustainable future.
Jesus Feminist, Sarah Bessey. A heartfelt examination of what Christ means for women, recontextualizing the “clobber verses” in Paul’s letters and exploring the role of women in the Bible and in Christian life. A truly liberating read for Christian women and the men who love them.
Nature and Other Mothers, Brenda Peterson. Essays on getting back in touch with ourselves, each other, and the planet that supports us.
The Sweet Breathing of Plants: Women Writing on the Green World, ed. Brenda Peterson, Linda Hogan. Fabulous essays about our vegetable cousins and all the critters that cohabitate with them.
A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold, in which he records his developing relationship with his own small parcel of the planet, in the process developing the all-important “land ethic.” A lovely, thoughtful man.
Dreaming the Earth, Thomas Berry. An erudite monk who spent his lifetime studying all aspects of reality; this is his distillation of that lifetime of work. It will give you new eyes with which to view this place we call home, and our place in it.
Home Economics, Wendell Berry. A series of essays written in the ’80s about what modern farming is doing, and how we can return to a more sustainable agriculture. A poet and farmer, he was decades ahead in his thinking.
Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, Shannon Hayes. Profiles individuals and families in the process of subverting the extractive economy by relearning the skills that all humans used to possess, transforming their lives while they transform themselves from consumers to producers.
What Matters?: Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth, Wendell Berry. Essays, including a few from the above book, meditating on what supports life and makes it worth living, contrasted with the life-destroying corporate-run paradigm we’re currently imprisoned by. Good motivation for liberating ourselves and the rest of the biosphere.