Saturday, July 29, 2006

Can't Resist a Book Meme

HT to Chris T. It's a big week for you on this blog!

1. One book that changed your life: The Historical Figure of Jesus by E.P. Sanders. This book started me on my journey toward a thinking faith, complete with a Dark Night of the Soul that lasted into the early morning hours one night. But I got through it. This book got some gears turning; still turning some eight years later.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once: Does Romeo and Juliet count? I can't think of many I've read more than once, although I've been meaning to revisit a couple. A friend of mine makes it a point to read The Color Purple every year. I'm thinking of doing that with Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.

3. One book you’d want on a desert island: Shakespeare's Complete Works. Plenty to read and if I get really bored I can act scenes out.

4. One book that made you laugh: Pure Drivel by Steve Martin. There aren't many books that make me laugh so hard that they bring me to tears.

5. One book that made you cry: See above.

6. One book that you wish had been written: It's still possible to be written: my father's memoir. I think his story of ministry would bring a lot of insight to those still pastoring churches.

7. One book that you wish had never been written: You know, I really thought about this one. For someone to wish that a book had never been written, it can't be any less than something that influenced people in such a strong and negative way. There are books that are written badly and there are books that inspire or encourage bad things. The former can just be thrown out or will be seen for what they are. The latter are the type that really deserve this category. And even after a day of thinking about it, I can't come up with one that really stands out. I could say Hitler's Mein Kampf, but it wasn't the book that inspired what happened. I could list any amount of theological schlock that has come down the pike over the years. But I can't center on any one book that I wish had never been written. Chalk it up to lack of imagination.

8. One book you’re currently reading: The Crucified God by Jurgen Moltmann. One of the meatier books I've read this year.

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: Moral Man and Immoral Society by Reinhold Neibuhr. A classic on theology and ethics, and from what I understand one of Reinhold's attempts to practically apply his theology (which is what Christian ethics is).

10. Now tag five people: I tag YOU, person reading this!