Books I Read with My Mother
My mother read many stories to me, but many years later I recognized how much I had been influenced by her selection -- she sought out stories from many different cultures, the folk tales and fairy stories of China, Japan, Africa, Russia, Native America, eastern India. I grew up with a love of other cultures, other peoples. I also grew up with a strong mystical bent -- Mom and I read and discussed The Autobiography of Swami Yogananda together when I was ten years old.
This influence shows in some of the collections I have online so far: Unstereotyped Elves & Non-European Fantasies and Theological Themes in Science Fiction, as well as my attraction to C.S. lewis and his fellow Inkling, Owen Barfield. My religious and philosophical views have been wrestled out between the influences of my mother's mysticism, my grandmother's fundamentalism, my father's scientific humanism and my grandfather's practical Christianity.