I've been tagged by Michael, and I'm just making cups of tea at the moment, so what better thing to do than the book meme?
1. One book that changed your life: Love’s Endeavour, Love’s Expense by W. H. Vanstone.
It was a book that I read when God was calling me back into faith and into the church. My own faith challenge was never “Is there a God?” but “Is God good or is God both good and evil?” This book helped me to affirm in my heart that God is good.
2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
I don’t normally read books more than once. I probably have done but I can’t think of one off-hand.
3. One book you’d want on a desert island: probably Margaret Silf’s Wayfaring which takes one through St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises.
I can’t imagine having only one book on a desert island, but I think this book is probably not only as good as any, but better than most.
4. One book that made you laugh: Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson.
This book didn’t only make me laugh, it made me explosively guffaw at inappropriate times on public transport. If you have some knowledge about life in Britain and you want everyone to think you are a stark-raving lunatic so they won’t sit next to you, this is the book for you!
5. One book that made you cry: Anyone who knows me in person knows that I could probably cry reading a book on particle physics.
Probably I Dared to Call Him Father by Bilquis Sheikh. Although I’m somewhat nervous about Christian exclusivity, this is one of those amazing stories about God bringing someone to faith in a miraculous way with very little prior knowledge of Christianity or the bible. I have known two un-churched people of “Christian” background who God brought to faith in miraculous ways.
6. One book that you wish had been written: The History of the Kingdom of God: The last 500 years.
7. One book that you wish had never been written: Das Kapital by Karl Marx.
The reason I wish it had never been written is not so much because of the book itself but because of a story I heard about Marx’s childhood – if the story is true. The story is that Marx wrote a paper for his Lutheran confirmation class where he asserted that Acts 2:44-45 were verses to be enacted in this world. He was failed on the grounds that this was not part of Christian discipleship today. How would world history have been different if Marx had become an activist Christian?
8. One book you’re currently reading: The Nonviolent Atonement by J. Denny Weaver.
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: Reaching out without Dumbing Down: a theology of worship for the turn-of-the century culture by Marva Dawn.
This is on my bookshelf and I keep meaning to read it.
10. Now tag five people: Sally Dave Will Sandlestraps Dave