9 thoughts on “Open Query #83

  • July 14, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    A fair amount actually for full time+. My most recent finish was Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer. I’m just finishing Voskamp’s Thousand Gifts.

  • July 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    @Jon: I think Ray was reading Bonhoeffer. It looks intimidatingly thick to me, but that’s probably because I don’t read enough biography to appreciate it.

    How was One Thousand Gifts? The only thing I know about it is the hashtag. :-)

  • July 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    He is reading it… I did Bonhoeffer on audio. It took a little time, and I have read scholarly critiques of the book on a number of levels. So he may be more a mystery than an orthodox theologian, but I enjoyed the bio regardless.
    Thousands Gifts… it deserves more than I’m going to give it. It’s a powerful spiritual memoir. It smacks of a modern mystic, but that’s kind of expected of a spiritual memoir. Her prose is almost poetic and very beautiful, which is accentuated by the fact that she reads the audio version I’m listening to. Her intonations and heart flow through her voice and words. It starts with her pouring out her heart about how deaths in the family had crushed her, and how gratitude opened the path for her to faith. Like Lewis, this path of gratitude, trust, and faith culminated in being surprised by joy. I’m being somewhat kind, depending on how much of a theological stickler I want to be I could misconstrue the book as horrible theology. But using a hermetical golden rule, I found the book very encouraging in a healing way.
    I could post some warning an overemphasis on personal revelations or different aspects, but I don’t think it’s warranted.

  • July 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I read “One Thousand Gifts,” too. And I agree with Jon. She leans too hard toward mysticism for my taste, and I found her poetic fashion a bit challenging to read, but all-in-all, the concepts were very sweet. I’ve followed Ann’s blog for a few years now, so the book was a good culmination of all that I’ve known and read before. =)

    My current read is “The Apostalic Preaching of the Cross,” by Leon Morris. Apparently I like polar opposites, because this book could NOT be any more different from “One Thousand Gifts.” I’ve been “in the middle of it” for months now… it’s not exactly what most would term a “beach read.” Heavy, heavy stuff. but SOOOO GOOOD!!!

    I’m also reading “Eat That Frog,” a book on procrastination. Next up: “Practical Theology for Women.”

  • July 16, 2011 at 6:48 am

    @Jon I recently had a similar experience with Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: it said something I needed to hear, but it said other stuff I wouldn’t share. It can be kind of awkward.

    I’ll have to check it out. A Christmas read, perhaps. :-)

    @Jordon: Sure!

    @Sarah: I went from Miller’s book to Getting Things Done. Yeah, that was literary whiplash. I like heavy reading in small doses. That’s probably why the only books that get my attention are either under 200 pages or over 400 pages: I read the same amount in both of them. :-)

  • July 18, 2011 at 2:07 am

    I’m enjoying “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” [such a cool title!] by Metaxas as well. I had a stack of other books I’d hoped to read this summer, but bought Bonhoeffer at the YWAM booth at the Ocean conference. I like to read a good biography over the summer. I did so once before when I read “A Chance To Die” a bio of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot. That was really good too; I read it a few years ago.
    How about you?

  • July 20, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Chopin’s 1st Concerto (Apologies to any string players!) Grieg’s 1st Concerto, and Liszt’s 1st concerto.

  • July 20, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    @Ellen: I recently finished The Unity Factor by Larry Osborne. That was an amazing read. I’d like to check out Sticky Church but that will have to wait until after the up-coming semester.

    @Jordan: Wow that’s a big set. Why did you pick those?

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