The easy answer: The ones that capture my attention, feeds my curiosity, or answers a question.
The book on the left had a huge influence on my when I was in college at Aquinas. I read it because a friend of mine had read it for a class she was taking and thought I would find it interesting. I did.
Thinking back on it now with a little prayer and a lot of hindsight, this book got me thinking about how women were treated in the “Church.” What were their roles? What was the attitude of men about women? What were the attitudes of men in the “Church” about women in the “Church”? I do indenitfy as a feminist but more the John Paul II type:
<Evangelium Vitae> (1995) "In transforming culture so that it supports life, occupy a place in thought and action which is unique and decisive. It depends on them to promote a 'new feminism' which rejects the temptation of imitating models of 'male domination,' in order to acknowledge and affirm the true genius of women in every aspect of the life of society, and overcome all discrimination, violence and exploitation."
and because of that my experience of the church, while it is not the same as others, was that it seemed to view me more as a womb than than a person seeking God and as JPII was to put it; that all women in all their many roles are vital to creating a positive society; we can not put women into one box because God calls all women to use their gifts and talents. Many years later I have had a change to talk with many other seeking-faith-filled women who have the same thoughts. I revisited the questions brought up by the book and asked them anew for me. I asked myself: What is MY role in the Church? How do I want others in the Church to treat me? How do I want men to treat me?
These questions changed the focus of the book from one that wanted to burn it down and start anew to one where I had responsibility to creating a church and society that I was being called to create!