Friday Five: Read any good books lately?

18 January 2008

    1. What book have you read in the last six months that has really stayed with you? Why?Hmm.  The Simone Weil biography by Simone du Plessix Gray has really stuck with me, primarily because of Weil’s intense, contradictory, amazing, yet short life.  The Brothers Karamazov and Anna Karenina, because the Russians are amazing.

    2. What is one of your favorite childhood books?

I loved The Hobbit as a kid.  The Spaceship in the Apple Orchard books.  Anything by Daniel Pinkwater (Fat Men from Outer Space, Blue Moose, etc.)

3.Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? Do tell!

I’m lame.  It would probably be Psalms, followed closely by Ecclesiastes, Luke-Acts, and John. (I’m just not doing a good job of answering with just one book this week!)

4. What is one book you could read again and again?

Two books I have read again and again are A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving and Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, both of which are about life, faith, prayer, fathers and sons, and baseball.

     5. Is there a book you would suggest for Lenten reading? What is it and why?  Actually, I think that both books named in Number 4 could be profitably read as Lenten reading, because they are both about conversion (in a liberal sense) experiences but I figure you’re wanting something spiritual.  I’ll throw out The Ladder of Divine Ascent by St. John Climacus.  He’s crazy.  He’s absolutely bonkers.  And yet there’s a lot of wisdom in there if you can get around (or through) his adulation of insanely ascetic Syriac monks.  Reading it can be exhilarating, instructive,  and a penitential discipline unto itself.

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’d love to publish a book of poetry and, if I have time, talent, and ink left, a devotional/theological work of some kind.  Who’d write the blurb?  Any teacher of mine; no student can get better praise than a teacher saying, “You done good.”

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2 Responses to “Friday Five: Read any good books lately?”

  1. mompriest Says:

    The Psalms are a great book of the Bible – they really tell the story of human existence and our struggle with faith, in a kind of poetic way….good play!

  2. revhrod Says:

    I loved what you said about your teachers. Wouldn’t that be wonderful!

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