Tuesday, January 22, 2008

It being Tuesday

what else would you expect but a FRIDAY FIVE

1.What book have you read in the last six months that has really stayed with you? Why?
Timothy Radcliffe "What is the point of being a Christian?"
Truly splendid. I really want everyone I know to go and read it, - for far too many good reasons to cite. It's the sort of book that rekindles your faith in the Church- how about these as a random examples of sheer brilliance?
"God liberates us from small ambitions so that we may learn to hope more extravagantly"
"Thanking is thinking truly and prayer helps us to think well."
"The smile of Jesus summons me to an identity that is not constructed but given"

What is one of your favorite childhood books?
Oh my goodness - I was such a constant bookworm. As an only child I read, re-read and then read some more and to choose just one book feels deeply disloyal to so many other friends.
But because it has been very much at the forefront of my thoughts around Hattie Gandhi's 21st Birthday, I'll plump for Elizabeth Goudge's "Henrietta's House". I've just looked on amazon and it seems to be not only out of print, but collectably rare. How sad! I'd love to send it to several special people.
As an only child I made a habit of adopting dear people to augment my rather limited familial resources, and like the eponymous Henrietta I dreamed of living somewhere where I could have them all under one roof, close at hand. There are still traces of those yearnings - it matters hugely to me that the people I love should at least know each other...so if I ever make a big deal of your spending time with my children, trust me, it's a compliment.

Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? Do tell!
John....and Psalms. Couldn't do without either. Please don't ask me to try.

What is one book you could read again and again?
Oh - so many. All the C S Lewis Narnia books AND the "Out of the Silent Planet" trilogy.
Bleak House - imho the best of all Dickens
Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising. - which I re-read every winter, around Christmas time if I can (assuming that I can wrest one of our multiple copies away from the offspring)
Any Jane Austen...

Is there a book you would suggest for Lenten reading? What is it and why?
Most of my own current reading is very much geared to preparing for the realities of a "first responsibility post" - but I'm hoping during Lent to spend some time with Marva Dawn & Eugene Peterson's "The Unnecessary Pastor" - in order to shift my focus away from the nuts and bolts of churchyard regulations and the like and help me focus on the foundations of my calling. I guess that would be quite a goodie for many of us.

And because we all love bonus questions, if you were going to publish a book what would it be? Who would you want to write the jacket cover blurb expounding on your talent?
It might just be "the book of the blog" -
"Good in Parts - the struggles of a jobbing curate"...and thanks to your encouragement, I'd love any one of you to write a blurb for me. You really do make me feel good about writing, and about being me!


Michelle said...

You give me courage to do a Friday Five "late"...

It's nice to find another psalms lover.

The blog would be a brilliant book, I think. I'd volunteer to write the blurb ;-)

Disillusioned said...

Great post - I love reading about other people's book chices and preferences and it makes me think about my own.
I remember being introduced to the Narnia series. I came late to it - it happened after I became a Christian, when I was at college. I devoured them! Coming from a bookish household, I'm not sure how I missed out on them at the "standard" age - but on reflection, I think it wasn't such a pity, as I probably appreciated them more at that later age and from a Christian perspective.

Crimson Rambler said...

Interesting choices -- from time to time in my past life I used to present "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" to classes at the local university. I was bemused, often, at how the self-proclaimed Christians in class were oblivious to the underlying myth...and the unchurched and agnostic "got it" every time. I remember one girl saying wistfully, "My family are all atheists, and I had so many questions, and I wish so much that I had had this book then..."