Rain Delay

Our Blogger Meet-Up scheduled for today is the victim of a Rain Delay, I’m sorry to say. Check this space later in the week to find out whether we get to visit with Phantom Scribbler and her family.
For me this means my Reading Week is beginning a day early. I’m planning to finish two books I’ve already started and then to move on to a couple of books that have been on my work pile this past year but haven’t made it into my hands, other than to be moved from a desk to a table to a shelf. The books are:
The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco–yes, yes, it’s fiction, but it *is* theological! And it’s been in progress for far too long, most embarassing.
The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry, Kenda Creasy Dean–I’ll be running a Confirmation class this year along with a friend who is pastor of a new church start, bringing our two fairly small groups of kids together. Next week I’ll be taking a closer look at the curriculum for the class, but this week I just want to reflect on the non-curricular piece of youth ministry.
The Art of Forgiving, Lewis Smedes–this is on my half-finished pile; I put it aside a few months ago because I found each chapter to be like an entire book in terms of how it moved me.
Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, Anne LaMott–I’ve been saving this one up!
And there is a book on pastoral care at the office, which I hope to dip into, but I can’t come up with the exact title at the moment.
During the week I’ll check in and let you know how it’s going! I can’t seem to get these books I put on my All Consuming list a long time ago to come back to the top, which is a bummer. It would be nice to have them all in the sidebar and then watch them disappear as I finish them!
I also have to carve out time to write a sermon for Sunday. I find preaching after vacation to be *very* challenging; I lose my groove, and I don’t get it back the way Stella did! The good news is I’ll be meeting with my lectionary group tomorrow, and that will help me get started.
Off to read!