I've had two busy days, so here's an update on my reading, which frankly has been at a standstill since vacation.
Book #46 — I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church, by Paul Nixon — This is a great little book. I picked it up at the New Church Leadership Institute. The author is a Methodist pastor, and he is the coach for my favorite neighbors, a couple who are both Methodist pastors and planting a new church here in City By the Sea. You don't have to be a new church planter to benefit from Nixon's book, it has great ideas for revitalizing, too. I highly recommend it. (I loaned my copy to someone, or I would be more specific about the contents.)
Book #47 — The Friendship of Women, by Joan Chittister — This was the August read for RevGalBlogPals. I am afraid I didn't like it very much. Chittister uses women in the Bible as archetypes for female friendship, but I didn't really share her perspective on particular Biblical figures and did not like some of the gender stereotyping she used.
Book #48 — Illness as Metaphor, by Susan Sontag — good stuff, thanks to Phantom for suggesting I read it; I knew about it and had read some of it a million years ago in college, but this was helpful in my current situation. (By the time I finished the first half, I was worn out with reading about illness, so I did not go on to the second book in the volume, AIDS and its Metaphors.)
I really enjoyed reading fiction this summer, but I seem to be out of energy at the end of the day now that the fall schedule has begun. I have "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" on my Kindle and I'm finally getting into "Saving Paradise" in hardcover. The other books I'm reading as part of new church thinking, which I have to admit is on hold until I get fall stuff under control.
Does your reading change with the seasons?