Saturday, September 09, 2006

I too "love" to read

A book that changed my life besides the Bible: The Signature of Jesus, Manning. Thanks to Ike for getting me to read this book. I think this was really the first time I saw how radical, radical-discipleship can be.

A book I’ve read more than once: David Eddings’ series’ The Belgariad and The Malorean. Basic fantasy writing with a predictable plot, but the characters have such depth and reality that I half expect to meet them someday.

A book I would take with me if I were stuck on a desert island: Let’s just get the Bible answer out of the way – I would have my laptop with my Bible software (I would plug it in to the outlet in the Starbucks on the island—they are everywhere). This is a tough one . . . how about Celebration of Discipline, Foster. I would want to immerse myself in the spiritual disciplines on a desert island. Or maybe Confessions, Augustine since I haven’t had enough time to digest it yet and I don’t think I will ever have enough time to wrestle with it all.

A book that made me laugh: The Princess Bride, Goldman (the basis for the movie). Read it. You will laugh out loud. So freaking hilarious.

A book that I wish had been written: The Church Jesus Planted – Jesus had a vision that has changed the world. Because of his ministry there have been billions of Christians. But so much of the church has been based on the writings in Acts and the Epistles of Paul. I believe that Acts and the Epistles are corrective and descriptive texts for church, but the teaching of Jesus is prescriptive for church.

Note: if you’ve read this book, tell me I’m planning on writing a paper about this soon.

A book that I wish had never been written: The Redemption of Althalus, Eddings – after loving his previous work, this was such a shallow, disappointing pile. It read like he pulled an all-nighter to turn this in to his creative writing class on time – garbage from a talented man.

A book I’ve been meaning to read: This list is far too long . . . currently at the top of the list: Renovation of the Heart, Willard. Ike’s recommendation holds a lot of weight for me (see above).

I’m currently reading: Searching for God Knows What, Miller; The Making of a Leader, Clinton; Planting Missional Churches, Stetzer; Organic Church, Coles; Wild at Heart/Captivating, Eldredge; Preaching Re-Imagined, Pagett; miscellaneous school books.

Half-hearted tags:

Ty, I'm a little curious to see what's would be on your list, but I'm also a little scared.
Ron, don't break my brain with this assignment.
Tabitha, bring some non-nerd flavor to this game, please.
Dwayne, fellow Starbuxian please enlighten me.

6 comments:

Tim Lewis said...

Did you know that there are over three times as many tanning salons in Washington state than there are Starbucks?

James Wood said...

Uh . . . thanks, Tim?

arwen said...

when you get to that island, e-mail me so I can transfer to your starbucks. Cause Idaho is lame.

and yeah... that's cool Tim.... um... yeah. cool.

KMiV said...

You got me, guess I get to share my wealth of knoweldge.

Davis Family said...

I must admit, your book list is much better than mine. Makes me wish there were more substantial literature and books of theological significance on my list.

It was great to see Andrea this weekend. You were missed!

Ty said...

I think, since I have returned to a level of blogtivity, nominal though it may be, I shall, indeed, post a list of my own in the next few days.

Great idea!