Monday, October 02, 2006


1. One book that changed your life: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. After reading this book, I began searching for information, either for or against, much of the ideas and situations in this book. It has lead me on a great adventure of shifting paradigms and broadened horizons. The next book, My Ishmael, had a similar effect.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card and Imajica by Clive Barker. They're significantly different from one another, but I've enjoyed them repeatedly over the years. Also, collections of Calvin and Hobbes remain regularly re-read fair.

3. One book you’d want on a desert island: The Soul of Rumi, a collection of Sufi poet Rumi's works as translated by Coleman Barks.

4. One book that made you laugh: Pronoia is the Antidote to Paranoia by Rob Brezsny. This could easily be listed under "changed my life" as well. It's a great book.

5. One book that made you cry: I have never read a book that caused me to shed actual tears, but parts of Speaker for the Dead (when the piggies are dying) brought me close.

6. One book you wish had been written: The Progressive Christian Youth Ministry Handbook. And I'll write it, too.

7. One book you wish had never been written: the left behind series

8. One book you’re currently reading: Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson (to be followed by parts two and three, The Confusion and Systems of the World respectively)

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: I have to pick just one? Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

10. One book you’d like to write: The Life and Times of the World's Worst Youth Minister, a humorous psuedo-memoir I'm actually hunt-and-pecking away at already (but will not finish for the forseeable future, for certain).