Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Tag - I'm It!

Indiana Jane got me. On a book meme, of all things. Now when was the last time I read anything of any relevance? Hmmm, this ought to be interesting.

1. One book that changed my life:
Everyday Will I Bless Thee, Meditations for the Daily Office by Burnell F. Eckardt, Jr. (I couldn't link directly to the book. Click the link and then open the catalog, and look for "Eckardt" in the Adobe Acrobat search function - hint: click the binoculars.)

Aaaah, finally, a devotional that fed me law and gospel, and didn't try to a) make me feel good about myself or b) confound me with convoluted, existential rationale. I had trouble with it at first, after previously using Portals of Prayer (a Lutheran devotional), Daily Bread (a Reformed devotional) and My Utmost For His Highest (this one was tough to swallow). But I couldn't turn back after making it through the season of Advent.

Talk about marvelous exposition of scripture! I received a fresh, relevant sermon text every morning.

2. One book you read more than once:
Nope, can't leave it at one.
#1 - see my answer to #1
#2 - Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis Good in 15-minute increments, otherwise it was overwhelming to me. Excellent, though, if you need to start with a secular understanding of religion as you try to explain your Christianity to someone.

3. One book you'd want on a desert island:
Excluding the requisites, The Bible and Luther's Small Catechism (the older the version, the better), let's try anything by Bill Watterson for $1,000, Alex. (Watterson is the creator of Calvin and Hobbes.)

4. One book that made you laugh:
Candide, by Voltaire

5. One book that made you cry:
Um, the unwritten book about the failure of Cleveland sports teams to win any championships since the 1960s (indoor soccer teams excluded).

A book has never made me cry.

6. One book you wish had been written:
Christianity for Dummies - man, when you care about your doctrine, and have to unlearn all the wrong that you ingested previously, and want it - FAST...oh, I found it; it's called Luther's Small Catechism. ;-)

7. One book you wish had never been written:
Nope, gotta go with two again:
#1 - The Koran
#2 - The Purpose Driven Life

What's the difference if the goal is how I have to please God? I am a sinner, and even my works are as filthy rags. And when I do good, and I have pride in myself for doing it, I sin again (duh!). 'Nuff said.

8. One book you're currently reading:
Best Practices in Project Management, by Harold Kerzner

A good cure for insomnia, but important for my development as a project manager.

9. One book you've been meaning to read:
Paradise Lost, by John Milton (in book form, not online form)

10. Scariest book you've ever read:
N/A

Added...best series you've ever read:
Incarnations of Immortality, by Piers Anthony

Tag...you're it:

Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury, John Bonham, Bon Scott, Buddy Holly, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Randy Rhoades

3 comments:

Jane said...

Having grown up as the daughter of a dedicated Cleveland sports fan, I like #5.

kate5kiwis said...

yep
i'd like to read freddie mercury's book meme too...

Quipper said...

Kate, thanks for stopping by again. Freddie lived quite an extravagant life, but I understand that all the members of Queen were well educated. Maybe I should have tagged Brian May instead. :-)