Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I'm it!

I've been book-tagged by Scott Freeman, so here I go...

1. One book that changed your life:
Wow. This is a tough one. A lot of books go through my mind and Lee Camp's Mere Discipleship is definitely on that list, but I'll really have to go with A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren. It reinvigorated me and my faith in some staggering ways, making me rethink many things about what it means to be a Christian.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
I read many books multiple times. I generally read books so fast to find out what happens that I have to read them several times to get all the nuance of what an author does, particularly with fiction. So I'll choose The Paradise War by Stephen Lawhead. It's a great story that so subtly weaves a Kingdom of God message into it, you don't even realize it until long after it's over.

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
I'm going to slightly cheat here and call N.T. Wright's series Christian Origins and the Question of God one series. All three of the books (New Testament and the People of God; Jesus and the Victory of God; The Resurrection of the Son of God) look pretty interesting, and being 800 or so pages a piece that would last me until I open the hatch.

4. One book that made you laugh:
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. I laughed a lot during this book, just because Biff is so stinking hysterical in his narration. Very irreverant, but never blasphemous. Even clears up that whole Mary Magdalene thing.

5. One book that made you cry:
I wish I had a clear recollection of a book that made me cry or affected me so much that I wanted to cry, but nothing is really springing to mind.

6. One book you wish had been written:
Beside the Hidden Flame fantasy novel I've had in various stages of predevelopment, I'll answer this one in two ways:

a) A published book I wish I'd written would be A New Kind of Christian or Mere Discipleship or possibly The Secret Message of Jesus.

b) A nonpublished book that I wish I had written: Get Off Your Ass and Do Something: The Parable of the Good Samaritan as a Call to Action in God's World or perhaps Love: How Christians Figured Out that It's Very Difficult to Serve Someone and Judge Them Simultaneously

7. One book you wish had never been written:
Weigh Down Workshop by Gwen Shamblin

8. One book you’re currently reading:
Simply Christian by N.T. Wright

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Same as Scott. The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard. I've tried, but man, is it a tough read.

10. Tag others:
Adam Ellis, Matt Wilson, David Carden, Malia Carden, Jennifer Thompson, Justin Mundie, Judy Thomas, Brandon Scott Thomas, Tony Arnold, Father Thomas McKenzie, Thomas Stewart, Chris Lovinggood.


Jennifer Thompson said...

You're just trying to make me update my blog more than once every three weeks.

Malia said...

It's the return of the meme!! I thought they had virtually died out but I've been seeing them again recently in the blogosphere.

Yeah, yeah, I'll do it. But don't hold your breath for David!!

Amy said...

You are crackin me up with this post. I especially liked the books you wish you'd written.

And I agree on the Weigh Down thing. Who'd a thought weight loss could turn into such a cult?

scott said...

I need to check out that Lamb book.

Tony Arnold said...

Just for you, I did it...even though I don't do tags. I have seen the book one before and thought about doing it without being tagged.


Tiffany said...

Sigh. There was a time when I would have been included in your tagging. I really, really, need to start updating my blog again.

Malia said...

Yes Tiffany, yes you do!

judy thomas said...

What does one do when booktagged? Just answerthe questions on a blog?

Phil said...

That's it. Oh, and make sure your slaphappy son does it too...

Jim Martin said...

After reading your list, I need to finish Mere Discipleship. I've had it for several years but never read it.

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