Friday, January 18, 2008

Friday Five: Read Any Good Books Lately?

Rev HRod from RevGalBlogPals writes:

I think that some books ARE better than others! How about you?

Oh - ABSOLUTELY! And unfortunately, there is a lot of trash out there. It is discouraging too, because I think, as you look at this list, that you'll agree that it IS possible to write a book that isn't soft porn or pablum.

Or maybe it's just me. Anyway, here's this week's Five!

1. What book have you read in the last six months that has really stayed with you? Why?

It HAS to be Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. I waited a month to get the book at the library, read it through twice and couldn't stop thinking about it after I read it. It is just one of those books that grips you. It's the story of Greg's mission to build schools for GIRLS in the remotest parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. (You can read the back story here!)

The book struck a chord in me because it talked about the passion and focus of one person, and what having and living for a vision and a dream can accomplish, against all odds. I especially appreciated reading something about that part of the world that was not militaristic propaganda.

2. What is one of your favorite childhood books?

Probably Black Beauty. I loved the story of a good horse and good people (and what happens when people aren't good to animals.) It was one of those books to curl up and read on a rainy afternoon... or under the covers at night with a flashlight!

Since I was horse-crazy as a kid, I wanted a horse in the worst way.

Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? Do tell!

Without a doubt, the Psalms!

You get history, poetry, metaphors, laments, praise, despair, confession, and deep words of faith. There are creative forms, meters and rhymes, chants and responses, long and short... a banquet of literature.

There's more than my mind can conceive or understand just reading the English translation. Then, ya throw in the riches of studying the Hebrew text, and my mind just boggles.

What is one book you could read again and again?

Oh dear. ONE book? Not possible. Not even one series... How could I chose between:
The Lord of the Rings
Harry Potter
The Chronicles of Narnia

I won't, I tell you! Instead, I'm going to vote for David Eddings' five volume series called "The Belgariad" (closely followed by "The Mallorean" series) and I promise you, if you start the series, you won't be able to put them down. Each book ends as a cliff-hanger, and you must must read them in order!

(OK, I know that's cheating. But really. ONE book? You must be joking!)

Is there a book you would suggest for Lenten reading? What is it and why?

I haven't even thought about Lent. I don't know if it's really "Lenten" or not, but I am going to re-read Brennan Manning's Ruthless Trust. I wrote about it last week.

It's just good stuff.

There's something about being reminded that you really don't have anything else you can trust, anything else you can really sink your roots into than God. No one else. No other thing. Just God.

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?

Wow. Well, I would love to write a book. I think I'd like to write fiction for readers who are after Dr. Suess but before Stephen King. Not horror. Not kiddie porn. Not Christian pablum. Something that intrigues, gives a challenge to the mind and the heart, and something that makes you laugh.

And who would be my "blurbist"? (is that a word? Well, it is now!) Oh, let's go for broke. Oprah!

That's my bookshelf and I'm sticking with it!



Mother Laura said...

I like all your other fantasy picks so you make me want to try David Eddings too, thanks.

1-4 Grace said...

Totally plan to check out Three Cups of Tea. You already have me sniffling over it.
I recently had to pick a favorite Harry Potter! Ugh. How hard is that!?!
I finally went with Order of the Phoniex because this is the point where Harry really begins to get how much his friends love and care for him. I also love Tonks. I am Tonks!

RevHRod said...

Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions. I'm going to head to the library tomorrow with a print out from all the blogs!

Counselor in Process said...

I'll have to pick up "Three Cups of Tea" Sounds interesting.

Queen Mum said...

Oh, a new series to read. My favorite thing ever!! Thanks!

(Also, 1-4 Grace, I love Tonks too.)

Sally said...

ha, knew it was dangerous to come here, my wish list is growing and growing...well played Deb!

Presbyterian Gal said...

A friend from church taught women in Afghanistan for some years! I'll have to ask if she's read this.

I'm with you on the Psalms...

And added David Eddings to my book shopping list. Thanks.

Sue said...

Deb, I'm planning to preach the Psalms throughout Lent, something I've never done. I'm a bit hesitant to do so because I've always been a bit inimidated by *preaching* them. I read them constantly because they speak to me, but preaching them can be tricky. I may check in with you for occasional hints, 'kay?

Jan said...

I hadn't heard of David Eddings before, so thanks for the tip. I'll look for those books.

mid-life rookie said...

I can never give just one answer either. I like the Psalms as well. They are so honest. Psalm 77: 2 talks about reaching out to God and then says "My soul refuses to be comforted." Now that's speaking truth! I enjoyed the Harry Potter books too. Our family listens to them on CD for long road trips. Your lists give me great ideas for new reading.

Diane said...

wow, what good picks, many of which I need to put on my list. Ruthless Trust sounds awesome. And I had meant to post something on Three Cups... it is powerful.

Ruby said...

The Psalms. Lovely choice.

Songbird said...

I will look for Eddings, too.

DebD said...

Oh, I love Meme's like this one. I may have to borrow it ;)

I'm going to have to check out Three Cups of Tea. How many books do people read 2x in a row.

I didn't read as a child :( It wasn't until I was an older teen that I discovered the wonder of books.

I haven't read Belgarid in a looonnnggg time. And, I couldn't pick just one book either.