Saturday, January 19, 2008

RevGals Book Meme

What book have you read in the last six months that has really stayed with you? Why? Today I'll go with Shopping for God by James Twitchell, which details the way churches market themselves and sell their message. Surprisingly, this book is devoid of cynicism and relates observances of typical practices in the American religious marketplace from a marketing point of view. Now I recall his points quite often when planning or observing church activities.

What is one of your favorite childhood books? Frog and Toad. Any of them. I read them all the time when I was little.

Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? Do tell! The book of James. A superb reconciling of faith and practice that has been ignored by the church WAY too long. Only a superficial glance will result in dismissing it as advocating "works-righteousness." All due respect to Martin Luther, but he got that one wrong.

What is one book you could read again and again? I've read BBT's Leaving Church and Richard Lischer's Open Secrets a couple times each, and I probably will read them again.

Is there a book you would suggest for Lenten reading? What is it and why? Borg and Crossan's The Last Week for a deep treatment of familiar Lenten texts. Bonhoeffer's Meditations on the Cross for more of a devotional emphasis.

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've actually been thinking this week about what might go into a book on pastoral spirituality. It would be different from a theology of call or of the pastoral office. I'd make it more of a book about maintaining a sense of God's presence in the midst of ministry's daily tasks and frustrations. It'd be related to call, but not an extensive Willomon type of treatment. I'd have a few ideas about the blurb, but I'm not going to share them here. This could end up being a real thing.