Rev HRod gives us this Friday Five:
The website promoting this piece of art says, "For the first time, the worlds most influential religious texts are brought together and presented on the same level, their coexistence acknowledged and celebrated”. The shelf is made of reclaimed wood that contains seven religious books. The designers have put them – literally – on the same level.Well, pish posh! I think that some books ARE better than others! How about you?
What book have you read in the last six months that has really stayed with you? Why?
I just finished Geraldine Brooks' novel March, which is about Mr. March, the father of the Little Women. Haunting vision of war and what it does to people. Also, quite an insightful portrait of people who are both idealistic and flawed.
Also, like Mompriest, I have been reading Mary Oliver's poetry.
What is one of your favorite childhood books?
I always liked Little Women. I know I am not unique in this. I got an abridged edition when I was pretty young, and graduated to the thick illustrated edition. I think (no, I know) I identified with Jo, who wanted to be a writer, and was devastated that she didn't get together with Laurie.
Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? Do tell!
I can't help myself. I do like Romans. I guess I'm Lutheran, after all. Although my favorite verse of the Bible is from 2 Corinthians, chapter 5, verse 17: If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation. Everything old has passed away; behold, everything has become new.
What is one book you could read again and again?
True confessions: I have, on occasion, read certain sections of To Kill a Mockingbird over and over again. Maybe one of the reasons our dog is named Scout.
Is there a book you would suggest for Lenten reading? What is it and why?
Well, the one the Revgals has chosen, Bread and Wine, is pretty good. The readings are varied and reflect lots of different traditions. One year we read Henry Nouwen's book With Open Hands during Lent. I thought that was a wonderful meditation on prayer.
And because we all love bonus questions, if you were going to publish a book what would it be? Who would you want to write the jacket cover blurb expounding on your talent?
Right now my best book idea is a memoir of my years on the South Dakota prairie, learning from experts what it means to be a pastor. Possible title (taken from my post on Lutheran Cable Network shows: "They ordain Women, Don't they?") I'd love if Anne Lamott and Kathleen Norris could recommend it!