Book #15 — The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Final Week in Jerusalem, by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan — Like their book about Christmas, I liked this for the kinds of details about history and exegesis that inspire new ways of thinking about familiar texts. I don't feel these books are readable straight through, though, and that's a detriment. I wish they were. I know I will return to this one in a future Holy Week and am glad to have it on my shelf.
Book #16 — A Lion Among Men, by Gregory Maguire — I read this one on my Kindle (and I just discovered I can get to those books via an iPod Touch application, in case I am ever traveling *really* light), and it made my flight to Phoenix, well, FLY by. Such an engaging book. It's the third in the Wicked series, and in it Maguire expands the Oz universe further. I must admit I hoped for a different sort of ending, but perhaps this volume is intentionally transitional. I wonder what's coming next?
Book #17 — Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel, by the Rev. Dr. Wilda C. Gafney — This served as a reminder that my academic muscles haven't been stretched for a while. Wil Gafney made a dynamic presentation of the book at the Big Event 2.0, and I am glad to have it on my shelf.
I've got a mystery on my Kindle and a couple of good and current books on religious topics in hard copy to start reading. What's on your bedside table?