Friday, January 18, 2008

Friday Five Book Edition

This week's Friday Five is all about books. If you know me well, you know I could talk about books I'll try to be concise.
What book have you read in the last six months that has really stayed with you? Why?
Fiction: His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman--a really great fantasy story but not something I'd encourage my youth to read.
Nonfiction: Organic Community and The Search to Belong both by Joe Myers--a must read for anyone interested in community-building

What is one of your favorite childhood books?
So many...The Trumpet of the Swan, Huck Finn, Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please GO Now (A Dr. Seuss fave)

Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? Do tell!
Colossians, mostly, especially from The Message. As I was discerning my call to ministry, Peterson's paraphrase really helped me articulate my faith.

What is one book you could read again and again?
To Kill a Mockingbird. Ben and I want to write a Bible study curriculum using it as a text.

Is there a book you would suggest for Lenten reading? What is it and why?
From the Edge of the Crowd, by James E. Sargent. It's a series of letters written from the perspective of someone on the periphery of Jesus' ministry. Great questions and doubts and a wonderful view of what it might have been like to be there.

And because we all love bonus questions, if you were going to publish a book what would it be? Who would you want to write the jacket cover blurb expounding on your talent?
I want to! I just don't know what yet. Maybe, Is Paradise the Plural of Paradox? Pondering Faith for Everyday People with a jacket quote from Len Sweet and maybe Phil Wyman.


  1. I love The Message too, it captures my thoughts somehow in ways others can't. Great play.

  2. Oh yeah--Trumpet of the Swans! My mom read that aloud to us one summer...I laugh out loud every time I drive through Paradox, NY!

  3. I haven't read any of Pullman's trilogy, but I keep hearing about it from good people so I need to check it out.

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. I'll keep you posted on the faith/fertility project.

  4. there's just something about Len Sweet...

    i think maybe diane could help you with the mockingbird bible study thing.

    happy reading!

  5. Marvin K Mooney- gotta love him! Thanks for a great play.

  6. A Bible study with To Kill a Mockingbird?

    WOW! That is a wonderful idea!


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