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?

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.

  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.

  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…)

  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.

  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,

  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.

  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.”

  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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