I made some time to browse through pinterest today. I truly think this was only my second or third time since we have lived here. Eventually I will have more time, right?
Anyway. one link I discovered led to a list: 51 books that every Christian should read.
And then lots of comments others had about that list. (Which I liked at least as much as the list itself)
As it is well known, I like to read. But I usually read fiction. Light things to take me away from reality. So I wasn't sure I even wanted to read the list itself.
But, as always, reading has something to offer. Always.
Pretty much the only things on the list I have previously read are the "classics". I have loved old words always. The fact that they have continued to be "good", 100 years later, well, I think God was speaking through them.
I actually get highly annoyed with the people getting filthy rich from writing books about serving Jesus. They better be doing good stuff with that money. I certainly have a hard time giving anyone $20-$40 so I can read their opinion about theology, or salvation, or grace or even how to treat my neighbor. But that doesn't mean there aren't good words out there. I just need to find them at a yard sale!
While reading through the comments I came upon a suggestion of a book they believed should be on the list: Now and Again by Frederick Buechner They said one of their favorite quotes from it was:
“Words–especially religious words, words that have to do with the depth of things–get tired and stale the way people do. Find new words or put old words together in combinations that make them heard as new, make you yourself new, and make you understand in new ways.”
I fell in love immediately.
That book wasn't on the list. I know nothing about it except that quote. And it certainly doesn't sound like "light reading". But I think I may have to add it to my stack.
A book about words. Who can resist that?