Monday, August 14, 2006

I got tagged:
and so shall some of you!
Recently, on sweetpea's blog, I got tagged to do a book list. I posted my response in her comments section, but Macon encouraged me to post it here as well.

1. One book that changed your life: "More Than Equals" by John Perkins, Jr., and Chris Rice. This really opened my eyes to more of what it is like to be African American in America. It also really challenged me to see how the brokenness of relationship between black and white Christians is not a reflection of the wholeness of relationship God has made possible through Christ, and that it damages the way people see the gospel since they do not see it being applied here very often in real and transforming ways.

2. One book that you've read more than once: (okay, so I am a confessed bibliophile and have read dozens of books fact, I have read many series of books probably 5 times at, I am having trouble answering this one....) I may have to go ahead and say the Chronicles of Narnia, though (like most everyone else) because they are the books that I tend to find something new in every time and because I read them once a year...not many series receive quite that much commitment from me.

3. One book you'd want on a desert island: Like many others, I think the first book I'd want would be the Bible, but if I could choose something in addition, I think I might choose "The Count of Monte Cristo" (the unabridged version). It is long, keeps my interest, and I enjoy seeing this man struggle with his interpretation of justice and what it means to be God's representative in the world. I think he's totally wrong for most the book since he sees himself as God's arm of justice and God as distant and uninvolved--but I enjoy him coming to learn differently.

4. One book that made you laugh: This may seem strange, but the book that is coming to mind is "Fellowship of the Ring"...mainly because Pippin and Merry are so much fun, and because the laughter feels deep and rich.

5. One book that made you cry: hmmmmm...many many books fit this criteria...I guess I'll go with one of my sci-fi favorites: "Ashes of Victory" by David Weber. There is this point in the story where Honor's parents believe that she is dead, and the scene where they discover that she is not and get to reunite with her makes me almost sob every time...especially because there is such a deep love between Honor and her father.

6. One book that you wish had been written: (is this supposed to be a book that was not written, but which covers a subject that I would like to know more about?) If that's the case, then I would enjoy a book that looks at and integrates a trinitarian theology as expressed by Torrance with human development as beings made in the image of said Trinity.

7. One book that you wish had never been written: most any book that says we should throw out all current dating practices and only date like they did in biblical times. First of all, scripture doesn't really show us much about this. Secondly, we live in an entirely different society at this point. Thirdly, yes, there are many current dating practices that are deeply in error, but one may correct those without chucking the idea of "dating" altogether. (I'm sorry that was a bit of a rant...I used to work in college ministry, and this was often a topic of great angst, filled with many many misunderstandings about the Bible).

8. One book that you're currently reading: Okay, because I don't want to give another sci-fi answer, and because the other book I am currently reading has been sitting on the shelf for at least two weeks, I will say that one book I am currently reading is "Your Pregnancy Week by Week"--much more information that "What to Expect When You're Expecting".

9. One book that you've been meaning to read: "The Denial of Death" by Becker. This is actually the book that I have begun but which has been sitting on my shelf. My husband recently read this and wants to discuss it. Apparently it looks at how the fear of and denial of death is a huge underpinning for most everything in our lives as individuals and how that affects society. It looks quite deeply at psychoanalysis as well, noting its benefits and limitations.

10. Now tag 5 people: I tag Lindsay C, Carol, Mary, Katy O, and Scott McScootchie (Scott--don't worry about being the only male on this list. I just realized that the male Stokes usually post about what they are reading already, so I thought I would bring in someone whose answers I couldn't guess at).

Feel free to respond with your lists in the comments.

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