by Pastor Mark
The summer is always reading season for me. I donâ€™t know if it is because I have more time, or make more time, but I always do much more reading when the weather is warm. Each summer I read a major biography, several new mysteries, and a couple of books on religion and the Bible. I usually look forward to this and begin my reading plans in the winter as I compile the books. This spring I havenâ€™t given much thought to my summer books, but lately quite a few have come to my attention.
I didnâ€™t find a biography that really grabbed me until I heard on NPR that Vaclav Havelâ€™s memoir, “To the Castle and Back,” was just published in English. So Iâ€™ve already been to the Book Review to purchase a copy.
This summer Iâ€™m also focusing on the factors that bring success to churches and other organizations. Iâ€™ll be finishing “Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith,” by Diana Butler Bass. Her work stems from a extensive sociological study of vital mainline churches across the country. She identifies common factors in these energetic communities. Iâ€™m also planning to read about businesses that are successful in “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leapâ€¦and Others Donâ€™t,” by Jim Collins, as well as the companion book he wrote for social organizations.
For fun Iâ€™m still looking for some good mysteries. Do you have any suggestions? My tastes run to stories that are set in an historic period and I also like Robert Parker and P.D. James. Please email me some ideas.
Religion books will include finishing “The Return of the Prodigal Son,” by Henri Nouwen and Iâ€™ll be doing some research to find some new thinking on Paul. While I am suggesting booksâ€”two of my favorites from this past year are “Last Week: A Day-by-Day Account of Jesusâ€™s Final Week in Jerusalem,” by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan, and “Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith,” by Annie Lamont. “Last Week” takes a careful look at the implications of the last days of Jesusâ€™ life and paints a fascinating portrayal of his relationship to Judaism and the Roman state. Annie Lamont is simply the funniest and best Christian essayist working. She is always a must-read.
For fun I have “The Way of a Ship,” by Derek Lundy. The story of life on a big square rigger sailing ship in at the end of the 19th century. And I usually read what Ronnie has just finished and she really enjoyed “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Now I just need to find the time for all this delicious reading. Save me a place at the beach.
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