July 26th, 2010
Glad you all like the last barefoot post! Thanks for your feedback, and don’t forget that you can submit your own questions!
Now I’ve got a question for you all…
Remember how the last time I went to the beach, I took three books based on the wisdom of C.S. Lewis?
“…it is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”
Well, since I’m beach bound again this weekend and I’m stocking up on my literature I have realized that I only have two books this time!
DISCLAIMER: Before you read any further, please note that I am unleashing my inner nerd. It’s a scary sight, that is for sure, and if you’re frightened, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
My “new” book this time is actually really new! Just released by Os Guinness, The Case for Civility. This was recommended to by my friend Gary. The leaf inside says,
“In a world torn apart by religious extremism on the one side and a strident secularism on the other, no question is more urgent than how we live with our deepest differences—especially our religious and ideological differences. The Case for Civility is a proposal for restoring civility in America as a way to foster civility around the world. Influential Christian writer and speaker Os Guinness makes a passionate plea to put an end to the polarization of American politics and culture that—rather than creating a public space for real debate—threatens to reverse the very principles our founders set into motion and that have long preserved liberty, diversity, and unity in this country.”
Fascinating, right?! Oh.my. I am so excited!
My “old” book for the trip was brought to my mind during Sunday’s sermon when our pastor was discussing the passage in John 21 when Jesus commands Peter to “Feed my sheep”. He noted the different words for love in the Greek in this passage, both agape and philo (and being the nerd that I am, I was using my Greek Bible and saw it for myself ). So I decided to read The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis. NO vacation is ever complete without a book by my favorite author.
So now I need your help!
What should my third book be? I’m going to pick one of your suggestions! So just leave a title and if you want, leave an explanation if you want.
Here are the rules:
- Has to be a book that I have never read before (I’ll just rule yours out if I have read it, but don’t hesitate to suggest a book because obviously you don’t know what books I have read and what books I haven’t)
- Has to be some sort of story. These other two books will give me my fill of Philosophy and Theology and other forms of serious thought. I’m looking for a good story..you know, with characters and all (but it can still be deep and make me think…I like those).
- Cannot be anything by Nicholas Sparks or books of the same genre. I just can’t stand it, so please be kind and don’t trick me.
- Has to be relatively appropriate. I am a firm believer in that little saying, “Garbage in, garbage out”. I don’t want to be disappointed in your suggestions.
- Has to be a book that you love. None of this I heard it was good, or I didn’t really like it but you might. The books that we enjoy say so much about this, and I want to know about you!
Oh, and feel free to suggest a few! I’ll let ya’ll know what book I pick when I decide!
Ok… ONE MORE THING! I posted a new “Greenhouse Roof” post today! It’s extra nerdy so proceed with caution!
Greenhouse Roof and Reflections of the Sun: Eucatastrophe
Here it goes: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK?!