Friday Five

Friday Five: Read Any Good Books Lately?

Bookshelf At RevGalBlogPals, revhrod writes:

The website promoting this piece of art says, "For the first time,
the worlds most influential religious texts are brought together and
presented on the same level, their coexistence acknowledged and
celebrated”. The shelf is made of reclaimed wood that contains seven religious books. The designers have put them – literally – on the same level.

Well, pish posh! I think that some books ARE better than others! How about you?

  1. What book have you read in the last six months that has really stayed with you? Why? — I was probably the last person to read this one, Parker Palmer’s "Let Your Life Speak." I read it last summer just as I was beginning my effort to live more healthily, and of course that external quest had an interior impact, too. Palmer came along at the right time, to challenge my negative thinking about myself. I know I will read it again and expect it will have more to say to me when I am in a different space.
  2. What is one of your favorite childhood books? — Only one? That’s hard. I lived with my nose in a book. I guess I would go with "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," by C.S. Lewis. I loved all the Narnia books, but that was my favorite. I related to Lucy and her experiences in that particular book even more than in the others.
  3. Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? Do tell! — I love Mark’s gospel. And I actually think I’m consistent when asked this question. I love the humanity of Jesus, the artful weaving of the stories, and the terror of the disciples unremitted by thrilling Resurrection accounts. The whole gospel is a Resurrection story, or so it feels to me. (I also love Ruth and Esther.)
  4. What is one book you could read again and again? — I am a re-reader, and when I’m in the mood to go back to a familiar place, I go back to Jane Austen, especially "Pride and Prejudice." I foresee many more visits to Charlotte, dances with Wickham, tours that end at Pemberley and eventual happy endings with Darcy. For Elizabeth, I mean. 😉
  5. Is there a book you would suggest for Lenten reading? What is it and why? — I just received a copy of Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter, which is on the RevGalBookPals list for March. I haven’t opened it yet, but it looks like a great Lenten companion. I am going to lead the discussion, so I had better read it!!! It contains short pieces by writers ranging from Lewis to Chesterton to L’Engle to Buechner.

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 think I might like to write devotional reflections on the lectionary, not a book for preachers, but for anyone to read. I really like writing about life in conversation with scripture. Most of the people I would like to write words of encouragement and promotion are probably gone on already, so I don’t have a clever answer to that one. So that’s a weak ending, sorry.

26 thoughts on “Friday Five: Read Any Good Books Lately?”

  1. I re-read passages too. Particularly the one from Pride and prejudice. I don’t often re-read a whole book, but I like to look for my favorite scenes!
    Nice to know someone else does it, too.

  2. Have you read any of the follow-up books to P & P written by other authors? I’ve been afraid to. I don’t often throw books across a room, but if they mess with Darcy and Elizabeth, I just might have to.

  3. I’m with you on Pride, and Queen Mum, you are right that “sequels” just don’t cut it. There is no need, but how I wish we could know more about the characters. Maybe if we did, we would grow tired of them?

  4. I recently got a cross-stitch pattern for “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
    I can’t wait!!

  5. I can’t get hold of a copy of the Bread and Wine readings for Lent in the UK- so I guess I’ll have to get a copy shipped by Amazon US. i’M LOOKING FORWARD TO READING IT THOUGH- GREAT PLAY sONGBIRD.

  6. I think I have to go to the library! Or a big, big bookstore! Between you and an essay on NPR I think I need to dive into Jane Austen. I honestly don’t know how I’ve gone so long without reading her books. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Well, you weren’t the last person to read Palmer’s “Let Your Life Speak” because I haven’t read it! 🙂 Hadn’t even heard about it but I am definitely going to check it out. Thanks!

  8. “Let Your Life Speak” is truly remarkable- good choice. And also, you and I share the same favorite gospel- so that is cool. Happy Friday.

  9. “Let Your Life Speak” is truly remarkable- good choice. And also, you and I share the same favorite gospel- so that is cool. Happy Friday.

  10. I’ve peeked at the Parker Palmer book a bit but haven’t really read it either. I will though, as I just signed us up for a Lenten small group study at a local Episcopal church (dinner included, kids welcome–woohoo! I am really excited about this parish).

  11. VODT is my favorite of the Narnia books as well. I think the thought of Reepicheep going on up the waterfall is one of the most poignant endings I’ve ever read – right up there with the end of The Lord of the Rings. I love Mark, too, but Luke is probably the gospel that most resonates with me.
    I haven’t read the Palmer book either, so you’re by no means the last.
    Great play!

  12. Pride and Predjudice…yep that is a good reread. Another kid with her nose in a book, huh? And I loved Rose in Bloom too, and Mac…had forgotten. This was fun!

  13. I was reading other folks blogs and saw your comment on “The Little House” on Will Smama’s page. Had to go look on Amazon because I loved Captain Kangaroo and couldn’t remember the book. After looking at the “sample pages” I remembered it. Thanks! I think the Captain is one of my favorite “read it to me” people. He had such a wonderful voice.
    And by the by, one of the men who played “Dancing Bear” was a member of my last congregation. Not everyone knew what that meant, but I felt this strange childlike awe. After his career as a professional dancer on Broadway and such things as Mary Martin’s “Peter Pan” on NBC, he went on to teach and serve as an elementary school principal. Now a very spritely man of 80, he can still do cartwheels and teaches tap dancing to seniors. They even have recitals.
    Have I blathered on long enough? 😉

  14. RE #2 — Ooo! I still get chills when I read it, esp the scene with the book of life and the one on the island of dreams….Although the opening chapter is pretty great too. Darnit, I think I”m going to have to go ahead and read it again now.
    (although Horse and His Boy was really probably my favorite Narnia book, I’m embarrassed to admit.)

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