Thursday, August 24, 2006

Blog Tag on Books

Recently, a fellow blogger sent me the following list of "prompts" and asked that I respond to each and then "tag" some fellow inhabitant of the blogosphere. If you are such a soul, consider yourself tagged!

Here are my responses today. . .could easily change tomorrow!

1. One book that changed your life: Jack Nelson, Hunger for Justice: The Politics of Food and Faith (Orbis Press, 1980)

2. One book that you've read more than once: Gustavo Gutierrez, A Theology of Liberation (Orbis Press, 1973)

3. One book you'd want on a desert island: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. One book that made you laugh: Willie Nelson, The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart Gotham Books, 2005

5. One book that made you cry: Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner (Riverhead Books, 2003)

6. One book you wish had been written: The story of the post-modern Christian community's leadership in an amazing victory over injustice, poverty, classism, racism, hatred and war.

7. One book you wish had never been written: James Allen, Hilton Als, Congressman John Lewis, Leon F. Litwak, Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America (Twin Palm Publishers, 2000)--I wish it had never been written because I wish even more that these horrible acts of human depravity and racism had never occurred.

8. One book you're currently reading: Randy J. Sparks, On Jordan's Stormy Banks: Evangelicalism in Mississippi, 1773-1876 (University of Georgia Press, 1994) --there is a story here; email me and I'll tell you!

9. One book you've been meaning to read: Thomas E. Ricks, Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq (The Penguin Press, 2006)

10. Tag five others: This post should tag many more than that!

Have at it, friends!

Or, if you prefer, share some of your answers here for all of us to review.

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RC said...

That is pretty good Larry. You start a post to get our minds off the last two day, but your readers are not going to let you off the hook. I do love books so I will add my two cents. My almost current book is Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris. This is volume two that deal with his presidency. One of the best books on a president I have read. I might add others later.

Al Sturgeon said...

Thanks for responding to my "tag," Larry. I suspected you'd be too busy, what with forming the exploratory committee for your yet-to-be-announced run for mayor and all. :-) (You know, 2008 is just around the corner, and there's no front runner for the presidency yet?!)

Larry James said...

RC and Al, you guys are a riot, a real riot! Thanks for your comments.

DougM said...

I definately agree with your choice of William Shakespeare on a desert island. As for a personal recent favorite, my wife recommended The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This is one of those rare, inspirationaly life changing novels, and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.


MarkS said...

OK, here's how I see it...your blogs that received clearly the most response (comments, anyway) had to do with your running for mayor. The others hover around 4-10 blog responses, while the mayor blogs garnered many more. Is that telling you anything?

Terry Cagle said...

Like you, this list could change daily:
1) Changed my life: Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ron Sider.
2) Read more than once: Call to Conversion by Jim Wallis
3) Desert Island: The Moral Vision of the New Testament by Richard Hays [I'd finally have time to read it!]
4) Made me laugh: Dangerous Wonder and Messy Spirituality both by Mike Yaconelli, RIP.
5) Flashbang by Mark Steele and Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller [Laugh and cry]
6) Wish had been written: An understandable look at the postmodern vs. modern struggle w/ Jesus.
7) Wish it never been written: any book by Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and the Left Behind series.
8) Currently reading: The Powers That Be by Walter Wink.
9) Meaning to Read: Dissident Discipleship by David Augsberger.
Terry Cagle

Jeremy Gregg said...

Do I detect some entries for the 2007 Urban Engagement Book Club???

September 7's American Theocracy is gonna be interesting, that's for sure.