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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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. 😉
- 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.
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.