What’s on your bedstead right now?

Okay, fess up: what are you reading right now? Don’t go all lofty on me; I want to know, really and truly, what your brain is soaking up this week. What are you reading for fun and what are you reading for serious (and what’s on the runway)? I’ll start:

Serious reading: Just started the third book of McLaren’s trilogy (The Last Word and the Word After That). Phillip Jenkins’ The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Chrisitianity, Willard’s Divine Conspiracy, Emmet Fox’s The Sermon on the Mount and then Strauss and Howse’s Millennials Rising and The Fourth Turning are lined up on the runway.

Fun reading: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I’m an enormous scifi freak (it’s my drug of choice). Next on the runway: The rest of this series (approximately 5000 pages–she’s wordy, that one), The Heartbreaker by Susan Howath, and gosh but I’d like to slip David Brin’s Uplift War in there someplace!

Okay…your turns. I really want to know!

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I am Paul's wife, Chad and Carrie's mom, Erica's mom-in-love, Ella's and Zion's grammy. I am a marriage and family therapist. I have been "emergent" since 1959 when my sunday school teacher didn't have a good answer to the question, "But what about the poor kid in deepest, darkest Africa who has never heard about Jesus?" I just didn't know there was a word for what I was until recently!

54 thoughts on “What’s on your bedstead right now?

  1. Michael Kelley

    Just finished up Tempting Faith by David Kuo, and Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer. Working on Wells’ Above All Earthly Powers and The Heart of Evangelism by Jerram Barrs. And I’m also trying to reread Getting Things Done by David Allen, since it obviously didn’t stick the first time.

  2. Adam

    I am finishing up reading Audacity of Home (Barak Obama) and End of Poverty and Overthrow (Stephen Kinzer), Our Endangered Values (Jimmy Carter). I have a bad habit of reading multiple books at one time. By the way Faith and Politics is a good read (John Danforth). I am much more left than he is, but he is a thoughtful politician and I was interested to hear his take on how faith and politics should interact, didn’t alway agree, but it was a thoughtful take on things.

    Fun reading, I am working through the Honor Herrington Series (Baen.com gives away a ton of free ebooks) and Harsh Cry of the Heron.

    (A couple of these are audio books from Audible.com)

  3. Karen

    Outside of Guess How Much I Love You and the Potty Book for Boys….
    Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley (it is on hold at the library along with A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren). I just finished The Sunday Wife by Cassandra King. It was a good airplane book.

  4. Josiah Mory

    In the middle of “Jaco – The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius”. The first in a long list of autobiographies that I am trying to read.

  5. grammy Post author

    Karen: Ouch! You just sucked me back to memories of “that special time in my life” when the most fascinating source of incoming information was from Bert and Ernie (whom I watched, zombie-eyed, long after the kids had lost interest and toddled out of the room). Yeah, I remember those days; you could just feel the gray matter eroding. I say HUZZAH for any mom of young children who can find the energy to do any kind of adult reading at all!

    Sympathetically,
    TeriGrammy

  6. michael lee

    Josiah – Add “Beneath the Underdog”, the semi-fictional autobiography of Charles Mingus. It’s literature like jazz is music, very free-form, cadenced, and beautiful. It’s not for the faint of heart, though. He spends at least as much time talking about his sexual exploits as he does about creating music, and everything is exaggerated, 10x larger than life. It should probably be called “The Mythology of Charles Mingus”.

  7. michael lee

    In preparation for the Music and Ethics course:

    A Short History of Ethics: A History of Moral Philosophy from the Homeric Age to the Twentieth Century by Alasdair MacIntyre.

    For fun, (and because of the hot chick on the cover)

    The New Hugo Winners IV (New Hugo Winners), a sci-fi compilation. I highly recommend it, especially to those of you who don’t think you’re science fiction fans. If you like literation, if you like short stories, start reading the hugo award winners.

    Tai-Pan, by James Clavell.

    and, of course

    Sweewater Pro Gear catalog, Winter 2007. White is the new black for this years keyboard designs.

  8. Stick

    Oh man, I’m a serious lit-loser, I guess. Let’s see, I pick up Golf Digest when I visit the small room off the hallway, and once in a while I pick up John Feinstien’s The Majors if there’s no Golf Digest handy. Other than that, I can’t remember the last book I picked up…

    Well, yeah, then there’s TapeOp magazine, but that’s work.

  9. aly hawkins

    Just finished Lisey’s Story by Stephen King. Holy cow. It was stay-up-until-three-in-the-am good. Don’t laugh, because I’m dead serious: Pulitzer Prize shortlist.

    Also recently finished Godric for the first time. Buechner was nominated for the Pulitzer in 1981 for this earthy, winsome take on the 12th-century saint. I cried. (Thanks, Cerise, for the recommendation.) Also still working on Secrets in the Dark, a collection of Buechner’s sermons. A-may-zing.

    Still nibbling my was through Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat. Economics isn’t my first love, so it’s taking awhile…even though the book is pretty accessible to the layperson, I guess. I’m trying to grow a well-rounded perspective on globalization. Still working on that.

    And I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m 100-pages in on Ash’s newest Vince Flynn paperback. I like to imagine I’m all high-minded and literary, but the truth is, if a book has pages and words in English, it’s not safe from me.

    Teri, have you read The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin? It won the Hugo and Nebula awards in 1969. One of its themes is gender identity (the alien planet is inhabited by people who are cross-gendered). I think you might like it. Pretty heavy reading — from an era where sci-fi was still considered literature — but worth every minute.

  10. Morphea

    You guys are why I love this place. I even love you all (Stick – you too, silly man. Nothing wrong with magazines) for what you read.

    Teri, have you read Earth, by David Brin? [Another sci fi junkie checking in] I swear it’ll be your new favorite Brin book.

    Mike, I liked Tai Pan SO much, but Shogun has my heart now and always. And god bless you for steering me toward Hugo winners. (Of course! Why didn’t I think of that?) You must know what a crapshoot reading unknown sci fi/fantasy authors is.

    Serious reading: Theology and Feminisim by Daphne Hampson (oh. This is why she’s in an angry place. Got it). Feminist literature invariably pisses me off. If anyone has ideas about good feminist lit. that won’t send me seething into the atmosphere, I’m all ears. (This is not anger aimed at men, by the way, or even The Man. It’s aimed at The Way Things Are vs. The Way I Wish Things Were)

    I’m also reading one essay from Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now by Maya Angelou every night right before I go to sleep. I’m hoping something of her will rub off on me in my sleep.

    For levity, The Passion of the Keef by Keith Knight, a brilliant cartoon artist who’s about to hit the big time (I hope). Coincidentally, I go to work every day with his twin sister. I’m a lucky, lucky woman.

    I’m about to make a quick run through the Harry Potter series, which means lugging hardbacks on the bus and getting loving glances from all the geeks.

    Oh, and Aly just slapped me around (I wish) for not reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, so I’m going to get right on that, Madam.

    Wait! Wait! One more – a magazine (nods to Stick). Ready Made Magazine, baby! I’m a Ready Made whore.

    That’s it, I swear. Thanks for asking, Teri. I’ve enjoyed compiling a reading list from this thread.

    Cerise

  11. Gretchen

    Oh how I wish my list was as long as yours, or Aly’s or Cerise’s. I do have a goal to read for me each day, as not unlike Karen (go moms!) “Ten Little Ladybugs” and “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?” are my daughter’s first choices. But really I like anything Sandra Boynton , and the lift the flap and tactile books are the greatest….oh waith you wanted adult fiction….

    So, my friend Emily has been giving me a list of great books to read, in between my Pulitzer Prize winners. She recommended one called “Possessions”. So when I go to the library and pick up “The Possession” , I think, hmmm, cover looks a little suspect. Yeah, get like one page in and I know this harliquen romance was not what Emily meant.

    So, “Possessions” by A.S. Byatt is what I am currently reading ( and truly enjoying)I just finished the “Life of Pi” which was very enjoyable, and have “A Prayer for Owen Meaney” and “The Shadow of the Wind” by Zason on the list. As for “serious” reading, I go to Addisonrd.com

  12. june

    Geez Louise. Everyday Addison Road makes me feel like my brain is smaller than the day before. Ok, so here goes: ‘It’s Potty Time’ which, with the built in “flush flush flush” speaker, is a true must-read. Be forewarned though, the “flush flush flush” is a commercial strength sound effect. My two-year-old has been afraid of it ever since the first time he innocently pushed it. Great. That helps. Last night I flipped through the November issue of Sunset magazine and also on my night stand are the Nov issues of Real Simple and Family Circle. (Laugh hard, laugh loud people.) Under my “Mom’s Devotional Bible” is a copy of “The Great Divorce” which I pulled out to read again since I’m not sure I remember anything I read before becoming a mother. I haven’t yet opened it though. And the other real mind-bender I’m slowly making my way through is a lovely tome called “Say Goodbye to whining, complaining, and bad attitudes in you and your kids” ala Focus on the Family fame. At this point, you’re all just dying to meet me, I know. Remember, I’m the wife of the golf mag in the potty room reader. Apparently, me and mine are the white trash of Addison Road. Anybody want a Hot Pocket or a twinkie?

  13. june

    We don’t actually eat those things. We prefer to munch on things all organic whilst we fill our minds with nothing upon nothing.

  14. Paul

    As my daughter has pointed out, I am a closet ADDer, which means that I have several books in play at any given time, generally related to venue. If I ever finish one, it’s a miracle (or a really compelling book).

    Bedside: “The Emerging Church” by Dan Kimball – an engaging and thoughtful take on this subject, highly recommended. “Adventures in Missing the Point” by Tony Campolo and Brian McLaren. I was expecting this to be a guilty, smart-aleck pleasure but it is actually quite thoughtful. Also highly recommended.

    Devotional time: The Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible contains notes and commentary that is very different from your typical reference Bible. “The Jesus Creed” by Scot McKnight – an excellent, thought-provoking study.

    Audiobooks in the car – Several in rotation, depending on my mood, which alternate with Audio Digest medical topics I need for continuing education, or “Veggie Tales Worship Songs” if Ella is a passenger. “Mayflower” by Nathaniel Philbrick is a fascinating look at the harrowing voyage and the first fifty or so years after the Pilgrims landed. It wasn’t like the illustrations on your grandma’s Hallmark Cards… “Robinson Crusoe” – you gotta do a classic once in a while, and it’s quite an adventure. “My Life So Far” by Jane Fonda – fascinating, transparent, insightful stuff.

    iPod while I’m jogging – John Ortberg sermons downloaded from mppcfamily.org. The guy is a great teacher. (I know this is straying from reading, but he’s really worth a listen.)

    Potty time – the LA Times Calendar section, or the ultimate ADD resource, Entertainment Weekly. I’m also working my way through “Godless” by Anne Coulter on a 2-week loan from the library, so I probably won’t finish. (I don’t spend THAT much time in the can.) It’s a long story why I’m reading it, but needless to say this is an infuriating blend of glib loose-cannoneering and actual insight.

  15. Paul

    Yup, I can only take so much at a time…

    Forgot to mention Dallas Willard’s “The Divine Conspiracy” which I’m tackling in small bites when I’m really ready to concentrate. A mind-boggling, far-reaching take on God and life.

  16. Jeremy

    Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand. I think I have read about 30 books since I’ve started this one. It’s brutal, but interesting which is why I’m powering through it. I’ve been told you aren’t supposed to read anything by her after you’re 30 but I figure since I’ve got the maturity level of a 16 year old I’ll be ok.

    Dark Tower VII by Stephen King. I’ve never given much respect to Sai King. I think the horrible movies that have been made from his work turned me off to ever reading his stuff. Especially when the one good one, “The Shinning,” he hated. But these 7 books might be genius. I had no idea. I think I might be A King Nerd now. I think they top in at about 5000 pages all said and done and I’ve powered through them in about a month with about 150 pages to go. Going to be sad when I’m done.

    Wikipedia. I think I could read this stuff all day. Pick a topic and follow the links until your head explodes. I am a wealth of useless knowledge so this fine website has been like Oxycodon to me.

  17. Morphea

    All right. All RIGHT. I knew that many of you with perfectly wonderful minds (and much better senses of humor than me, anyway, which is all anyone really cares about) would start in with whingeing about their lists being too short/full of the wrong stuff/etc.

    Do not lump me in with the super-readers. Maya’s essays are literally 1.5 pages long, max. I’m reading comix, for god’s sake! And did I mention the near-future Harry Potter run?

    I wasn’t going to share, but since there’s – as I said – whingeing going on, I’m going to really lower your collective opinion of me (if being the resident angry ignorant feminist bitch hasn’t grounded it already) by revealing that I devoured the first five books of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. Cheap gore, thrills, romance, stupid attempts at pithy humor, the works. I kind of love it. See? SEE?

    Paul, you’re reading Jane Fonda AND Anne Coulter? Dude, you know I think that people who really relish paradox and incongruity in their lives are the best kind of people on the planet, right? Oh yeah. (He jogs?)

    Yeah. You guys rule.

    Cerise

  18. michael lee

    For those of you who consider Wikipedia part of your essential reading list, let me recommend a little app called “Pathway”. It’s a like a streamlined wikipedia browser, complete with visually mapped links, and search history. Hard to explain, brilliant to use.

    And, of course, mac only.

  19. corey

    Gretchen, “A Prayer For Owen Meany” is probly my favorite book of all time. I really really loved that book. Rarely do I laugh or cry out loud from a book, but that one did it. Enjoy.

    I’m reading “Velvet Elvis” by Rob Bell (thanks, Mike), Bill Clinton’s autobiography, “Under Saturn’s Shadow – The Wounding and Healing of Men”, Fender’s 2006 Frontline catalog from NAMM last year, and when I’m on my thinking chair (like Stick) I enjoy a little “Caffeine For The Creative Mind” (please refrain from the obvious jokes about caffeine being a natural laxative and me being a shithead). Please also factor in the current month’s issue of Guitar Player magazine.

  20. Sharolyn

    Don’t worry, June, I’m with you. ‘Not a whole lot of reading these days.

    When I am, I am doing a Kay Arthur “Precepts” study on the book of John. It is an inductive study, which I am loving. It made me realize that I’ve read a lot of *Christian* stuff that isn’t the Bible. It’s refreshing to read what Jesus actually said and did, and in a study that isn’t trying to lead you to any other point.

    My husband likes to read investment books, and the arrangement we have is that he can pick a chapter, and I’ll read it so we can discuss. Then I say, “uh-huh, uh-huh” and try to appear to comprehend complex economic theories.

  21. Karen

    Hey Sharolyn I am glad to hear the Kay Arthur study is good. I will have to look into that. I was doing a study that made me furious because the verse taken totally out of context made you think that the question was about Jesus but when you went back and read the entire passage it was about John the Baptist.

    June I think online cookbooks have to count! We all have to cook don’t we? No comments from the peanut gallery Bobby!

  22. june

    Thank you K & S. Let’s get together in 10-15 years and see what we’re reading then! Surely it won’t be “brown bear, brown bear, what do you see…” : )

  23. Sharolyn

    I love adolescent fiction, so that plan sounds good to me! Perhaps that is my reading level!

  24. aly hawkins

    OMG, ‘rise…I can’t believe you like Anita Blake. I picked up Danse Macabre on a whim because I like vampire fic, and I was actually EMBARRASSED by it…and I’m not your garden-variety prude. I got to about page 20 and thought “Huh, I didn’t know it was physically possible to have sex with 7 other people at one time. Wait…did I need to know it’s physically possible to have sex with 7 other people at one time?”

    No judgments, dude, but…damn. That Laurell K. Hamilton is porn-o-riffic.

  25. Morphea

    SCREEEEEECH

    Whoa. Whoawhoawhoa. That’s book number 14, sweetums. I stopped at 5, remember? She must’ve gotten…uh…more IMAGINATIVE as time went on. Seriously – a seven-some? (Really? I’ve to pick that one u-….no. Bad Cerise. Naughty.)

    Back in 1-5 there’s some nudity and showing each other yours scars and sexy nibbling (vampires, people, remember?) and such, but no, ehm, intercourse. Or whatever.

    Please, girl. You wanna talk dirty books – I’ve got some humdingers in my personal library that are pretty damned good reads, actually. I’ll send you a link – you’re into S & M, right?

    Just kidding. [...or IS she?]

    Cerise

    I don’t read porn. [sing-song] I’m a feminist.

  26. aly hawkins

    Maybe I shoulda started at the beginning and just waived off when Anita got crazy…I thought I could just pick up anywhere and let context give me the back story. Hunh. There’s was a bit too much back story, if you know what I mean, wink-wink, nudge-nudge.

    I dipped into the A.N. Roquelare (pen name of Anne Rice) Sleeping Beauty trilogy a few years ago, and just couldn’t stomach it. I liked the idea of it: fairytale subtext brought to the fore…text…as a metaphor for sexual awakening. But man, some subtext just works better that way. I made it halfway through book 1 and called it quits. Too many whips and chains, and too much ritual humiliation for me. Good on Anne for choosing Jesus over bondage erotica. He makes a much better story.

    When I want sexual awakening, I’ll stick with D.H. Lawrence or Judy Blume.

  27. Tom

    *lurker alert* I’m breaking cover ’cause I always love to see what other people are reading. Currently, for a group bible study, I’m slogging through a commentary on the book of Hosea by David Allen Hubbard.

    For fun, I just got “Fragile Things”, a collection of short stories by Neil Gaiman. After “American Gods”, I want to read everything by this guy. And I’m with Jeremy on the “Dark Tower” series. Read the first book, it will change your opinion of Stephen King forever.

  28. Sara

    Serious – “Healing from the Heart” by Dr. Mehmet Oz
    Dr. Oz is a heart surgeon who combines traditional Western medicine with “complementary” Eastern practices to heal patients. He uses energy healing, chi-gong, positive thought processes, yoga, acupuncture and more to approach heart surgery recovery. He also utilizes such alternative methods before and during surgery and has had astounding results. If you’re in to the Eastern/Western battle you’ll enjoy this book because it combines the science with the “Hippie Dippy voodoo shit” as Zack lovingly calls it.

    Pleasure – mostly magazines. Just got a new Spirituality and Health mag that I’m about to crack open. Tricycle is a great Buddhist in review mag that I like, but it’s quarterly so I’m currently jonesing for one. SHAPE and Entertainment Weekly are some other guilty pleasures I’m into. However, I’m quite intrigued by the pleasure reading cited by Morphea. 7-somes sound a bit more pleasureful than learning how effective flaxseed is for my skin. Morphea..if you’re a feminist have you ever heard of the magazine “BITCH”? I’ve heard it’s hilarious!

  29. Morphea

    Sara, I haven’t read Bitch but I am a Bust subscriber. [laughing] Listen to me…

    I’ll look up Bitch straightaway. And seriously, if you’re looking for a really good epic read with kink in it, pass Laurell Hamilton by and go for Jacqueline Carey.

    Oooh, another Gaiman fan. Dude, Sandman comix changed my life. ‘Morphea’ is even what I tried to come up with if Morpheus were a girl. Not that I think I’m the King of dreams or anything…

    Cerise

  30. ash

    This week the list is as follows:

    “Term Limits” by Vince Flynn (This fills the escapism quotient.)

    “U2 by U2″ (This is a fix for my U2 addiction.)

    “A History of God” by Karen Armstrong

    “The Breakout Church” by Tom Rainer (I’m gagging my way through this for work…)

    “Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders” by Reggie McNeil

  31. BassBro

    Since I do the majority of my reading in the bathroom (yes, I’m one of them) there are no books on my bedstead.

    But I have 3 going at the same time, depending on my mood or time constraints.

    1. “Thriving As an Artist in the Church” by Rory Noland

    This one hits very close to home because I am an artist in my church and sometimes I don’t feel like I’m thriving at all.

    2. “Morse Code the Essential Language” by l. Peter Carron Jr. W3DKV

    I became a Ham earlier this year and now I want to learn the code so I can get more privileges on-air. Totally geeky, I know, but it’s fun.

    3. “Community Emergency Response Team Participant Manual” No author listed but it was developed by FEMA.

    This, as well as the HAM radio stuff are offshoots of my wanting to go the Gulf Coast last winter to help in Post-Katrina relief work.

    I never got to go help. But I’m preparing on my own to at least be ready if a disaster hits locally. And maybe I’ll get to help elsewhere another time.

    And I just bought Flags of Our Fathers at Costco over the weekend. I’d rather read book any day than see the movie. Well except when the book was a comic. Even then the film rarely exceeds the printed version.

    I’m wrapping up my C.E.R.T. training next week so I should be able to get started on this new one then.

    Oh Yeah, I’m supposed to re-read “The Barbarian Way” by Erwin Raphael McManus” before our Men’s retreat next weekend which is using the title as the theme of our event. But it’s a very small book.

  32. grammy Post author

    Good heavens! Suddenly there are 38 responses. You are all brilliant–you have just created my Christmas gift wish list. Thank you thank you for taking the time to let me peek at your bedsteads!

    Aly: I have “The Left Hand of Darkness” in my line-up and based on your glowing recommendation, may have to move it up closer to the front. (Interesting tidbit: when my “glass is always half empty” 84 year old mother moved in with us 2 1/2 years ago, one of the many things I did to fight against insanity was to order every Nebula and Hugo award winning book for the past 50 years. I’ve plowed through about half of them.)

    Michael: Yes, yes, the Hugo Winner short stories are always wonderful. I usually get one from Paul every Christmas.

    Cerise: No, I have NOT read “Earth” by David Brin, but I will most certainly order it, based on your enthusiasm. I read Jane Fonda’s “My Life So Far” along with Paul, and it was simply fascinating from start to finish. (However, I will not be able to read the Ann Coulter book; even I have some standards). I read Bill Clinton’s autobiography right before Jane Fonda’s, and found it to be incredibly self-serving and one-dimensional compared to Fonda’s candid look at herself.

    June: You consistently make me laugh OUT LOUD with your comments. If you ever get a life again, you should seriously consider getting some things published.

    Jeremy: OMG — I LOVED the Dark Tower series! I was incredibly depressed when the last page of the last book was read. I really became immersed in the characters. I think King is brilliant and highly underrated.

    Aly: I thought I was the only person in Christendom who had ever read Rice’s Sleeping Beauty trilogy! NOW we’re spilling our collective guts! :-) Like you, I found the initial “guilty pleasure” titillation quickly replaced by repulsion.

    Anyway, thank you one and all for taking the time to do this. When this thread dies down, I’m compiling an Amazon.com order of all orders!

    Teri

  33. ben miller

    i too have only left a few comments here and there – but enjoy reading, and love the lists of books. definitely some to check out in there… and i thought i’d add my two cents of books that i’m in the middle of and would recommend –

    gustavo gutierrez – the god of life
    aleksander solzhenitsyn – the gulag archipelago
    fredrick buechner – telling the truth: the gospel as tragedy, comedy, and fairy tale
    robert inchausti – subversive orthodoxy: outlaws, revolutionaries, and other christians in disguise

    fun mindless reading –
    robert ludlum – bourne identity
    mark heprin – winter’s tale (ok so far)

    and thanks for letting me be a part of this conversation – already looking forward to checking out some of these fun new books, and reminders of great classics that need to be re-read.

  34. Jeff Caylor

    Just starting _Through Painted Deserts_ and also working on _The Kite Runner_.

    Embarrassed to say that I’ve just finished Blue Like Jazz for the first time. It’s been a work in progress, but the last 4 or 5 chapters were amazing.

  35. Faith Kathleen

    Hmm…well, for the most part I’m reading textbooks for Bible classes, assignments for music theory, and the big fat logic pro manual, but in my “free” time….

    “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”~ McCullem
    “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”~Betty Smith
    “Without End”~Adam Zagajewski (translations of Polish poetry)
    “Gathering Blue”~Lois Lowry
    “The last of the really great Whangdoodles”…I read so much serious stuff for my classes, that I like reading kids books every once in a while to give my brain a break.

  36. corey

    “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter”- not to be confused with the Reba McEntire song. I could take or leave Reba, but the solo break after the first chorus is one of my favorite guitar tones of all time. Just smooth, overdriven, buttery goodness. mmmmmmm….. buuutterrrrr….

    oh, yeah, and mmmmmmm….. coouunntrryyy muuusiic frooom 1999….

  37. Sharolyn

    I finally took the time to read the six Demontape Letters by Hawkins. They are the brilliance I missed in my friend when I googled her a few months ago and found Addison Road.

  38. Christie

    Jeff mentioned The Kite Runner. What a great book!!!

    I just read it a few weeks ago for my book club. It is such an important book. It has immeasurably increased my understanding of what is going on politically in that country, the history of the people, and of social justice as a whole. What an amazing work of real-life fiction.

  39. Carrie

    It’s been a while since I checked in — the neighbors (from whom I was pirating my wireless signal) have moved away, and my little bars are painfully empty. But I had to weigh in on the whole bedstead issue.

    Currently, I’m reading the Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume One, which was one of my mother’s textbooks. It starts with “Caedman’s Hymn” and “Beowulf,” and right now I just finished Drydon and have moved on to John Bunyon. I highly recommend reading poetry by John Donne, by the way. Some of his poetry gets me a little flushed in the ol’ cheeks, if you catch my drift… And no comments about “Which cheeks?”.

    A month ago, I took a short break from that to re-read the fake travel book “Molvania: A Land Untouched by Modern Dentistry.” Think “Borat” in book form, abot a phony country, and not as R-rated. There’s a whole series of these by JetLag Travel Books.

    Carrie

  40. june

    Thanks to this discussion, the book “Mayflower” is now in my car cd player. (I live in the car…reading in bed, or anywhere else for that matter is a thing of the past.) I have to stop the cd every 4.6 seconds to help someone with their seatbelt or reach a juice box, so it will take me longer than it took the Pilgrims to get to the new world to hear it all, but I’m determined to make it through. Not that all the new pumpkin pie recipes in my mags aren’t just thrilling, but….

  41. Dave

    Now that school is over I have a little more time for reading that doesn’t require me to write a 15 page paper. . .thank goodness.

    1) Great Commission Companies: The Emerging Role of Business in Missions – Steve Rundle and Tom Steffen

    2) Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ – John Piper (for Bible Study)

    3) The Starbuck’s Experience – Joseph Michelli

    4) Setting the Table – Danny Meyer (on deck)

    5) Mentoring: The Promise of Relational Leadership – Walter Wright

    6) Hearing God – Dallas Willard (on deck)

    7) Leadership Made Simple – Ed Oakley & Doug Krug (on deck)

    8) Sex Isn’t the Proble (Lust Is) – Josh Harris

    9) When God Writes Your Love Story – Eric & Leslie Ludy

    Just finished “Making Ripples” by Mike Breaux of Willow Creek and “You Don’t Need a Title to be a Leader” by Mark Sanborn which are good books. That’s enough for now.

  42. michael lee

    Now that the Summer Reading Season is back, I’m going to have to burn through my Amazon gift certificates and order some of these.

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