Ah, summer. Many of us not only look to summer as a break from the ordinary, rutted routines of the other seasons, but as a way to break away from our ordinary reading habits. Hence, we look around for best sellers and very often books we would not ordinarily have the chance to read. We ask folks not only where they might be headed for vacation, but we ask, what are you reading?
Thanks for asking! I finished recently reading July 1914 since this August marks the 100th anniversary of World War I. Very informative read. I also just finished Lawerence Wright’s, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & The Prison of Belief. Very informative but not as great as his The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda And The Road To 9/11. Currently I am in midway in I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For EducationAnd Was Shot By The Taliban. She is such an inspiration! I just began Jennifer Michael Hecht’s Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It. This is a stirring contribution to encouraging persons to not go through with suicide without making it a religious argument. And of course, I read Dan Brown’s Inferno for our Book Club and also we’ll be discussing this coming Sunday Annie Dillard’s, Holy the Firm.
You may not want to plow through several books and perhaps prefer a good read but not something that overwhelms you by page count or topic. May I suggest something to you? What if you could read a brief essay in less than half an hour that kindles your mind and lifts your spirit? What if you could do that and enjoy pondering contemporary issues, significant spiritual themes and do that simply over a brunch, a breakfast or at seaside? Sounds good doesn’t it? I want to suggest that you read a book of sermons this summer. Yes, sermons. Peter Gomes, formerly chaplain of Harvard University Chapel, has a collection entitled, Sermons: Biblical Wisdom For Daily Living. He writes cogent, penetrating essays/sermons that will boost your spiritual IQ. Or try Frederick Buechner‘s, Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons. Buechner is a novelist and a very thoughtful Christian preacher whose sermons read like short stories. Wonderful prose to beguile you while ambushing you with truth. Finally, consider your pastor. I have three books of sermons that you can find on Amazon ( “Dr. Bledsoe’s Books.” ) Or if you have an iPad and prefer a novel, you can download my Rooster’s Table: A Multicultural Apocalypse at the iTunes and iBooks store. After all, how much easier can it be to talk with both your pastor and the author at the same time?
Happy reading. Happy Summer. May the light of this season of sun translate into an enlightened mind! See you Sunday~