Chris Burgwald tagged me with the one book meme. Though I am going to have to cheat since the parameter of one book is just too narrow.
1. One book that changed your life:
"Letter to Paul" I don’t remember the author who was a priest. I picked it up from the library during my exploration phase thinking it was about the letter of St. Paul. Turned out it was from I think a Norwegian priest writing to his nephew. His discussion of the road to Emmaus and how it relates to the Eucharist hit me like a ton of bricks. It just made everything click for me in seeing that the Eucharist as the Catholic Church teaches perfectly fit.
2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
Frank Herbert’s Dune Series. I think I have read them four times and I am sure I will do it again.
3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
Well the Bible’s a given so I would pick the Summa Theologica since if you can only have one book it might has well be a real big one.
4. One book that made you laugh:
Anything by Terry Pratchett.
5. One book that made you cry:
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene.
6. One book that you wish had been written:
A converts guide to the Church explaining what most Catholics take for granted. There should be a guide to tell you the method to easily flex your toe move the kneeler up and down. There is a very specific art form to do this without making noise.
7. One book that you wish had never been written:
Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code.
8. One book you’re currently reading:
How about one book per room that I am current reading?
Tim Powers Declare. Great read and it is kind of a John Le Carre meets the Twilight Zone. I have been reading a bunch of his books recently and I have enjoyed them all.
Roy H. Schoeman Salvation is from the Jews. Probably not on Mel Gibson’s reading list, but it should be.
Dwight Longenecker St. Benedict and St. Therese: The Little Rule & the Little Way. Dwight Longenecker is a talented writer and this book makes some great comparisons between these two saints.
And finally I am also listening to Maisie Ward’s Gilbert Keith Chesterton. It is in the public domain and I converted it to speech to listen to on my iPod.
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Fr. Stanley L. Jaki’s
Science and Creation
10. Tag five others. Happy Catholic, A Catholic Mom in Hawaii, Father Stephanos, O.S.B, Kevin Knight, Fr. Erik Richtsteig.
I’ve had my eye on this one so at least have done a little thinking about it. 😉
I already gave my responses on another site but I’ll repeat the one I gave for the book I wish had been written: “The Decline And Fall Of The Culture Of Death” by Pope John Paul II.
“The Little Rule and the Little Way,” huh? I’m going to have to look for that one.
May I suggest “Father Elijah” by Michael O’Brien? You will not regret reading this inspired book.
No one asked me, but Phillip Pullman’s Dark Materials Trilogy for children are three books I wish had never been written. Pullman creates a captivating fantasy world. His rejection of Church authority becomes quite apparent early on, but I was hoping for some redeeming twist at the end. No other book I dislike has ever wrought spiritual dread in me, but the trilogy’s final book did with its thoroughgoing materialism and rejection of transcendence. The Golden Compass, the first in the series, is now being filmed with Nicole Kidman. It’s insidious because its makers hope it will be a hit the way the Narnia, Harry Potter, and the Lord of the Rings films were.
Interesting. I had a friend of mine, that I respect immensely, tell me that Pullman’s vicious anti-Christian personal tendencies were somehow related to his strange sci-fi fantasy (his dark materials) trilogy.
I enjoyed the first two books. I don’t know if I’ll bother reading the third. Knowing how bittery antagonistic the author is to everything I hold dear, makes it hard to enjoy what he writes. What a waste of a mind, what a wasteland of a life, is such a worldview.
I forgot to mention it above but I really liked the Longenecker book about St. Therese and St. Benedict. In fact, I’ve been meaning to reread it lately.
Okay! I’m no longer it.
Actually, believe it or not, Roy Schoeman is a friend of Mel Gibson’s. I’ve actually heard a voice mail Gibson left on Roy’s cell phone once.
This book meme is making the rounds of the blogosphere. Here’s my entry: 1. One book that changed your life: The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton 2. One book that you’ve read more than once:The Catechism of the Catholic