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What are you reading right now?

I've always been a reader, turning it into a minor hobby with the reviews lately but really just always enjoying a good book. What makes a good book? One that holds my attention, gives me things I didn't know before or challenges my thinking in unexpected ways. Right now, I'm in the middle of at least three books - all of them are "good", some of them get more of my time for various reasons. While I'm an avid reader, I'm also a slow & easily distracted reader, so I tend to start a new one before finishing current stuff. There are still a few more waiting on the nightstand to be picked up, so I'm not hurting for stuff to read.

  • Preaching Re-imagined - Doug Pagitt
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths - Marv Wolfman
  • Jesus in the Margins - Rick McKinley

    One thing though: I don't understand people who say, "Well, I just don't read." I tend to stereotype people when they tell me that, and I know it's wrong. But if you don't read, do you think? Do you take the time to think about the complexities of life, to learn new things beyond the TV, to find new stories that might move you as a human being? I know lots of readers who used to not read anything except homework assignments, and then it was mostly paraphrases and plot summaries. And now, they love it and wonder what they've missed out on before. "Reading for fun" is something we need much more of as a society, and within the church body.

    All that to say: get a book - and if you don't have one, get one! Have a nice day.


    Blogger bjk said...

    Uprising by Erwin Raphael McManus and Inside Out by Larry Crabb

    18/8/05 1:10 PM  
    Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

    Diary of A City Priest - by Father John Mcnamee. Set right here in Philadelphia and a friend of a friend. hope to meet him soon.

    18/8/05 5:26 PM  
    Blogger Tana_Schott said...

    I have to say I share the same problem of sterotyping people who say they don't read (and I'll just say it - they go in the "not too bright" group). I know it's not nice. I try to not go there. All I know is that when I don't have time to pick up a book (like it's been the last three weeks), I get sad and I start to feel dull.

    I'm going to start on Piper's When I Don't Desire God, and then I have a couple of novels I want to start.

    18/8/05 9:49 PM  
    Blogger Rick said...

    "not too bright" might be much - i think i tend to look at 'em as "you could get so much out of it - don't know what you're missing"...

    19/8/05 6:37 AM  
    Blogger Nile said...

    hey Rick! long time, no see! I've been following you again via bloglines...

    I just signed up with http://blogforbooks.com/ ... they offer free books in exchange for book reviews on your blog! sounds like it might be something right up your alley!

    20/8/05 12:26 AM  
    Anonymous Michelle Porter said...

    I tell my staff that one of the key qualities I value above others is teachability. Reading proves and develops teachability!

    Still, some of them won't read! Think of this. The boss gives you a list of what HER priorities are. What turns her crank. Wouldn't you read just to score brownie points?!

    I don't complain unless they aren't reading THE book, preferably on a daily basis. Yeah, I'm a broken record, but there again, you've got the User Manual from Heaven. Why wouldn't you read it?! It just makes sense.

    As for me, I made a decision to drop novel reading for more educational and devotional choices.

    I stumbleed on this blog by typing into a search engine, "Are there levels of sin?" It was the caffiene that drew me in.

    I only recently learned about blogging. I am getting one set up on my web site soon! And, incidently, this is the first blog I've ever replied to. I've just lost my blog virginity! =)

    21/8/05 11:07 AM  
    Blogger Rick said...

    careful - blogging can be addictive :) - thanks for the input. giving up novels? i just re-discovered the fun of a good story, so i try to mix & match as much as i can.

    21/8/05 10:29 PM  
    Blogger Tana_Schott said...

    I admit it is harsh...that's why I said I try to not go there. Some people just aren't stimulated by the written word. But that doesn't mean they don't like stories.

    22/8/05 3:19 AM  

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