Books

Books #46, 47, 48

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?

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11 thoughts on “Books #46, 47, 48”

  1. Well, I’m reading a lot of Christmas stories right now, to find ones to read into the computer and put on CD for Sisterfilms. Otherwise I tend to read somewhat randomly except for my various “projects” and when there’s a book to read for book club, “real” or virtual. I only made it through one chapter of The Friendship of Women, for some of the same reasons you mention.

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  2. argh! I was doing really well, and now I’m having trouble finishing a couple of books…yes, I think in the fall, I get more “serious” again. Not sure why that is. I’m reading “The Citizen Solution”, which is great, but unfortunately, it is written explicitly from a Minnesota point of view. Too bad, because the lessons are general.

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  3. Your neighbor and I were just emailing today! He asked when I was going to come up and visit your darling street. (No time soon, sadly…)

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  4. My reading habits change, not necessarily with seasons of the year but with seasons of my life. I go through total binge reading – can’t get enough of it. Then I hit dry spells when I don’t read as much, or I only read certain kinds of books (work only, fiction only). It’s determined by my energy level, attention span, and/or schedule.

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  5. I read the Paul Nixon book in the spring. Excellant resource. I am currently reading “The Tribal Church” I think your reviewed it earlier in your blog.
    Peace and love,

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  6. I am currently reading The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, recommended and loaned to me by a friend. I don’t want to put it down. It is an excellent read. Hard to believe this is a first book from this author. I love “discovering” new authors. You will enjoy this book.

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  7. Tribal Church is great, g_g, do you read Carol’s blog of the same name?
    Mary, thanks for the encouragement, I’m having some dental work done tomorrow, and I’ll pick it up while I’m “in recovery.”

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  8. I chose the ‘mommy’ track too. I could have gone to a school for a job, but instead opened a private practice (speech/language pathology). This way, when the children needed me (sick, singing at school, chaperone, etc) I could call my parents and simply move a Tuesday to a Thursday. It made life much easier to be so flexible. I wouldn’t change a thing about it.

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