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3 Books…

Because I just felt like writing something fun…
3 Books that intimidate me:

  1. Capital by Karl Marx
  2. Truth and Method by Hans-Georg Gadamer
  3. Of Grammatology by Jacques Derrida

3 Books that have (permanently?) traumatised and unsettled me:

  1. Necessary Illusions by Noam Chomsky
  2. Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
  3. The Bible

3 Books that made me weep with joy:

  1. Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen
  2. Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
  3. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

3 Books that made me weep with sorrow:

  1. Race Against Time by Stephen Lewis
  2. The Wars by Timothy Findley
  3. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

3 Books that manage to take both hope and godforsakenness seriously:

  1. The Crucified God by Jurgen Moltmann
  2. Mysterium Pachale by Hans Urs von Balthsar
  3. Hope in Time of Abandonment by Jacques Ellul

3 Books I love for reasons I won’t share with others:

  1. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  3. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Anybody else?

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  1. I’ve just seen your discussion with John Stackhouse promoted on his blog, hope it goes well. I note he says “some” theology can be made with reference to the poor. It “seems” to me the some can quickly degenerate to “most” what ever the formal validity of the argument.
    In any case, hope it goes well .

  2. 4 easy-to-read books I constantly recommend and give away to people:
    1. Myth of a Christian Nation (Greg Boyd)
    2. Heaven is Not my Home (Paul Marshall)
    3. Irresistible Revolution (Shane Claibourne)
    4. Coming to Peace with Science (Darrell Falk)
    3 books that changed everything for me:
    1. On Being a Christian (Hans Kung)
    2. Anarchy and Christianity (Ellul)
    3. Satan and the Problem of Evil (Boyd)

  3. I’ve been reading your blog for awhile but since I don’t “know” you I’ve been shy to comment. I couldn’t help myself today. I loved your list of books. I work in publishing so I’m surrounding by books 24/7 & it’s hard to choose but to be brief…
    1.THE book that changed my life: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
    2. Book that cut through my soul: They Came Back Singing by Gary Smith
    3. Book that inspires me: The Long Lonliness By Dorothy Day
    4. Book that brings back memories: Bear by Himself by?
    5. Book that currently is making me uncomfortable: A Persistent Peace by John Dear
    6. Book I would bring to a desert island: Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien

  4. Richard:
    Thanks. I’ll keep you posted on how things go.
    I haven’t read any Greg Boyd but he keeps coming up these days… I’ll have to look into him soon.
    Thanks for commenting, please don’t feel shy around here! I’ll have to look up that Gary Smith book (so many books, so little time!).
    Shhhhh! I keep my ninja training a well kept secret. I can neither confirm nor deny as to whether or not it did or did not change my life. Hell, I can also neither confirm nor deny that a book called Secrets of the Ninja actually exists and is composed of pure awesomeness. (PS the book is available for free online here:

  5. 3 Books that intimidate me:
    1. The Dancing Bears by WS Merwin
    2. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
    3. Of Grammatology by Jacques Derrida
    3 Books that have (permanently?) traumatised and unsettled me:
    1. Report to Greco by Nikos Kazantzakis
    2. The Violent Bear it Away by Flannery O’Connor
    3. Nietzche: the Will to Power as Art by Martin Heidegger
    3 Books that made me weep with joy:
    1. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
    2. Balthasar and Blimunda by Jose Saramago
    3. Vida Perdida by Ernesto Cardenal
    3 Books that manage to take both hope and godforsakenness seriously:
    1. Hymns and Fragments by Friedrich Holderlin
    2. The Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke
    3. Zarathustra by Nietzsche