2.07.2007

Book Update

So earlier this year I set out to read some books. Here's how it's going so far:

Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith (Diana Butler Bass)
Read & reviewed (when the review is published I'll link). Great book that I highly recommend to mainline Christians who are tired of hand-wringing over the state of the church and ready to hear something hopeful.

The Secret Message of Jesus (Brian McClaren)
Oops, I was supposed to read this for a book group but haven't yet... I swear I'll catch up. I actually ended up reading most of More Ready Than You Realize, McLaren's light but helpful book on evangelism.

Blue Like Jazz (Donald Miller; rereading for book discussion group)
Reread.

God's Politics (Jim Wallis; for book discussion group)
I'll start this one in a couple weeks. Turns out my parents will be in town for our next book discussion group, so I'm making them read it, too.

The Memory Keeper's Daughter (Kim Edwards; for book discussion group)
I'm on the first chapter and I'm already hooked.

The Virgin Suicides (Jeffrey Eugenides)
I ordered this soooooo long ago. Amazon's free shipping deal is less and less of a deal, as it takes over a month to receive the goods. Hmph.

Peace Like a River (Leif Enger)
Um... I know some of you LOVED this book, but I'm sort of with Elizabeth on this one. I tried really hard to get into it and just couldn't. I think I read about 75 pages or so, but it was laborious and I finally gave up. Sorry!

Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
Next on the list after The Memory Keeper's Daughter.

Walking a Literary Labyrinth: A Spirituality of Reading (Nancy M. Malone)
Not yet.

Best American Spiritual Writing 2006
Just the Katherine Paterson chapter. I'm thinking March for this one, or maybe April if God's Politics goes slowly.

Best American Travel Writing 2006
May? June?

American Pastoral (Philip Roth)
This is a book I tried reading before & couldn't get into. Every time I see it on the list I cringe a little. But it won a Pulitzer- surely it will grow on me the 2nd time around.

Practicing Our Faith (Dorothy Bass & Craig Dykstra; for sermon series)
I've been reading chapters according to sermon themes. I'll probably go back and read the rest after the series is over; it's such a great resource, and I love the accompanying website.

I've also read The Great Gilly Hopkins, and The Bridge to Terabithia is in the same shipment as The Virgin Suicides. I have my fingers crossed that I'll get it before the movie comes out, because I'd really love to see it in the theater and I refuse to watch it before I read the book.

The other "unlisted" book I've read was Confessions of a Shopaholic... eh. It was a wee bit redundant. Shopping shopping shopping more shopping, but what was I expecting? I've yet to find another chick lit author I like as much as Jennifer Weiner.

I think that's it so far. Ah, reading. You just can't beat a good book.

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