One Book Meme
There has been this meme going around the Christian blogs. I haven’t been tagged, yet, but I thought I’d tag myself before everyone I would likely tag has already had a go, which certainly seems soon as more and more of my fellow bloggers have been tagged. I’m taking the Bible off the list of personal options, but your choice if tagged.
Here it is:
1. One book that changed your life:
That could only be John Howard Yoder’s, The Politics of Jesus (1972; rev. ed., 1994)
2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
See above, but also Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship (German, 1936; English, 1963).
3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
Only one? Hmm. This is a tough one. Gustavo Gutierrez, Teologia de la Liberacion (1971) so that by the time I get rescued, I’ll have a much deeper knowledge of the seminal text of Latin American Liberation Theology and my Spanish will be much improved as well. (If you’re not willing to work on your Spanish, the English translation is A Theology of Liberation (orig. publ., 1973; Rev. Ed., 1988) and you can find it here.)
4. One book that made you laugh:
Michael Moore, Dude, Where’s My Country? (2003). ‘Course it also made me cry, too.
5. One book that made you cry:
Dee Brown, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West (1970).
6. One book that you wish had been written:
Miracle After 9/11: How the U.S.A. Renounced Violence and Worked for Global Reconciliation.
7. One book that you wish had never been written:
Hal Lindsey, The Late Great Planet Earth (1970). (Of course, it is fun to see how wrong Dispensationalism is by comparing all the places where Lindsey’s predictions were wrong and then changed without any comment in subsequent editions!)
8. One book you’re currently reading:
Mark Theissen Nation, John Howard Yoder: Mennonite Patience, Evangelical Witness, Catholic Convictions (2005). I have been waiting for this work on Yoder by Mark Nation for 5 years. This is the best secondary analysis of Yoder, from one of the top Yoder scholars.
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: James P. Byrd, The Challenges of Roger Williams: Religious Liberty, Violent Persecution, and the Bible (2002). I simply have to get to this in the near future.
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