Books That Inspire 2004

I and Thou
Martin Buber

I and Thou is a book to change your life. Martin Buber describes life as a series of relationships. Some are purpose-driven, seeking personal gratification or gain. In these relationships we absorb utility from the other and then discard the unused husk. But our most human relationships are not those in which we exchange value, but rather those in which we share our being. Buber unfolds his ideas in eloquent prose, with beautiful examples that show how we humans surmount the distance that eternally separates us, yet still binds us together. A deeply religious man, he has written a book for people of all faiths or of no faith.
William Ray
OU-Tulsa Graduate College