Saturday, August 19, 2006

Books, oh goody!

Jen Leman tagged me after her erudite husband put out his list.

1. One book that changed your life:
"He is there and He is not Silent" by Francis Schaeffer.

2. One book that you've read more than once:
"The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever" by Stephen R. Donaldson

3. One book you'd want on a desert island:
Besides the Bible of course, "Desiring God" By John Piper.

4. One book that made you laugh:
"The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams

5. One book that made you cry:
Too many to count, but here's two "Ordinary People" and "A Separate Peace" (I've read the latter 4 times.) Here's another: "The Singer" by Calvin Miller

7. One book that you wish had never been written:
The Koran

8. The books you are currently reading:
Can't list them all here--too many, but among them are
"Are Evangelicals Born Again" By Kent Hughes
"The Compulsion of the Spirit: A Roland Allen Reader" ed. by David Paton and Charles Long
"One Church, Many Congregations" Ahlen and Thomas
"Organic Church" by Neil Cole

9. One book you've been meaning to read:
"Willaim Tyndale: A Biography" by David Daniell

10. Now tag five people:
Don't know how!


Jen said...

I'll tag Victor for you. He's got to have some interesting answers...

I'll add the Schaeffer book to my must read list. When I think about it, I really should read everyone's "one book that changed your life" answer. I think that would make an interesting doorway into people's minds/hearts/souls.

So VICTOR!!! You're up next! If you want to peruse everyone else who's caught up in this web of literature, go to

Craver VII said...

Jen tagged me. That's funny. I struggle so hard to get through the pages of books. It's part ADD, part culture/upbringing. We started reading to our kids at an early age, and they each do much better than we did at their age. For myself, I don't get to sit down and really burrow into a book very often. The joke at my house is that if Mrs. Craver sees me reading, she'll say something like, "Oh, since you're not doing anything..."
Countless times, I have discovered that although I have a book in my hands and I have taken a "reading" posture, my mind was in la-la land and I don't have a clue what I just read. Nevertheless, I try, and I keep on reading, and I think the effort is worthwhile, even though I can't fly through books 90 mph with super recall.

Chosen, out of curiosity, how did Schaeffer's book change your life?

ChosenRebel said...

Schaeffer's book(s), in particular the trilogy of He is There and He is Not Silent, Escape from Reason and The God Who is There established a solid intellectual and theological foundation for me as a young Christian.

My faith was being challenged i nthe intellectual climate of the University and Schaeffer showed me that the Christian Worldview was consistent and offered the best explanation for the facts.

Laura Pettit said...

I have really enjoyed reading the book lists and as Jen pointed out it has given me new books for my continually growing book list. I don't have a blog and many don't know me; however, I do enjoy reading so I thought I would share.

1. One book that changed your life:
There is more than one with the main one (yes) the Bible. A few others are Experiencing God, When Bad Christians Happen to Good People (Dave Burchetts), New Kind of Christian (Brian McLaren), Joseph F. Girzone Joshua books and multiple books on prayer that led me to the ministry of Moms In Touch International.
2. One book that you've read more than once:
Where the Wild Things are, Goodnight Moon (yes children's books), Ann of Green Gables series and there are more that do not come to mind at this moment.
3. One book you'd want on a desert island: Of course, as Marty said, besides the Bible I would like my journal.
4. One book that made you laugh:
Frequently the books that make me laugh also make me cry. One that comes to mind is by Lisa Whelchel titled The Facts of Life and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me.
5. One book that made you cry:
Mommy Paints The Sky by Danny Oertli which is about Danny's life with his wife who died. We heard him speak at a church in Colorado Springs a couple Christmas ago when we bought the book. It is sad and also a real picture of God's Sovereignty. Another book is Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom which is also about someone who dies. This theme is close to us as we went through Bruce Evans (illness) journey. On the Fiction side Francine Rivers book series and Nicholas Sparks books also make me cry.
6. One book that you wish had been written: More from Francine Rivers Mark of the Lion series.
7. One book that you wish had never been written: actually there could be many books; however, my first thoughts on this would be song lyrics because more people hear music than read and the younger generation is getting dragged down and negatively influenced in slow, subtle ways...
8.The books you are currently reading:
Romancing Your Husband (Debra White smith), Lies Woman Believe (Nancy Leigh DeMoss) The Story We Find Ourselves In (Brian McLaren), Healing Is A Choice (Stephen Arterburn) and just finished Sister Freaks (Rebecca St. James).
9. One book you've been meaning to read:
As I said earlier I have lists of books I want to read that I have not purchased yet. There are two books by Bill Volkman (Basking In His Presence & The Wink Of Faith) on my shelf from my daughter. There is a dorm building named Volkman at Judson College where my daughter & son-in-law graduated. A book that I just bought is Beth Moore's book Feathers From My Nest. This caught my attention not just because the subtitle is a mother's reflections but the book flap quote from Beth "The only thing as hard as watching our firstborn fly out of the next is bracing yourself while your baby does the same. I'd give up all the brushes in the world and my basic black skirt just to have her back. But some things you just can't tie down." Even though there is joy knowing children are gifts, we are to train them up to let them go, it is still just like getting punched in the stomach when you ponder the memories that are always so full of emotion and realize that it is also a glimpse of God when He let go of His Son.

10. I think the best way for me to tag others is to post this on

Thanks for sharing!

halfmom said...

I love the fact that Laura and Eddie have a "myspace". That is just about too cool!!

Patricia said...

Laura---You actually read "When Bad Christians Happen To Good People?!" You rock! I can NEVER find people who have read that book besides me. At least no one that lives near me.


Pastor Marty-You really should read that book! It's an awesome read and is one of the best books ever written, besides the bible of course!

Laura Pettit said...

One reason to read When Bad Christians Happen To Good People was to see if I was being a "bad Christian"...

ChosenRebel said...

That is the best reason to read any book I have ever heard.

Anonymous said...

A young reader entered into this Pastor's library and looked amazed at the books that lined his shelves. As he took a book from the shelf and flipped it open to a section and read to her, she smiled and starred in amazement. Not at the words that he spoke but of something else much more curious. He finished and she smiled. Later she told her Mom of her thoughts and of her curious thinking during the incident. "You know if he already has read those books, he should return them to the library....for I am sure they are all overdue by now!" .......this man loves his books! This child loves this Pastor! Keep on reading!