I love and hate to read.
I love taking in books, considering points of view, challenging my faith, stretching my knowledge, and gleaning insights from others. As the old adage says, "So many books, so little time…" And thus, my love love/hate relationship with books. I don’t have near enough time to read everything that I’d like.
Recently, I finished two books by Mark Steele: flashBANG and Half-life/die already. Both were fun, interesting and insightful. The latter one, however, hit me right between the eyes. I highly recommend it!
Currently, I’m reading The Shack by William P. Young, loaned to me by a friend. I’m just in the first part, but am already greatly intrigued. This book has generated a lot of buzz over the last year, both by people who have been positively transformed by how it depicts the heart of God and by those who decry it for supposedly having an unbiblical presentation. I have no opinion yet, as I’ve have most of it to yet read, but must admit it’s got my attention! And that it has been endoresed by a lot of people whose opinion I respect.
Soon I hope to also tackle Reimagining Church by Frank Viola. This book is the followup to his earlier work, Pagan Christianity, co-written with George Barna. I found that book frustrating as it worked to point out all that was wrong in the modern day church. At times I thought it was insightful, but in other moments I felt like it completely overstated positions and reached conclusions that were a bit of a stretch from the supposed supporting evidence. Many aspects, however, challenged me deeply and caused me to rethink various facets of church life. Of course, the ultimate frustration was that it did nothing to offer solutions, remaining deconstructive in intent. Reimagining Church is the new companion piece that apparently offers some new direction. We’ll see!
Finally…I must say that LWC’s own Graham Old simply rocks! Back in August, he offered a tremedous book sale. The trick, though, was in trying to find an affordable way to ship things from where he is in Northampton to where I am in Ohio. Though I’m sure it was a bit of a hassle, Graham found a way to get things here. In an attempt to keep costs as low as possible, I ended up opting for what was presented as the slowest shipping method offered. In September, I received part of the order (much sooner than I expected, I might add) including: Listening To The Beliefs of Emerging Churches: Five Perspectives, Never Call Them Jerks, Spirit and Power, and Why Revival Tarries.Today, I was ecstatic to receive the other book I ordered from Graham, Renewal Theology by J. Rodman Williams. This book combines the three separate works of Williams systematic theology into one volume. I first became aware of it back in the late ’80’s when volume one was first published, but never opted to make the purchase (It was pretty pricey at the time! And not much cheaper now!). But I am fairly excited to finally have my hands on this attempt at a systematic theology from a charismatic perspective. All in all, THANKS GRAHAM! Your gracious sale allowed me to pick these books up for about half of what I would have had to pay here in the States, even with the overseas shipping.
So…I’ve got some reading ahead of me…not to mention my efforts to continue my chronological study through the scripture, where admittedly, I’ve got just a bit of catch up to do if I am going to stay on track to finish by the year’s end.
How ’bout you? Read any good books lately?