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Friday, August 17, 2007 

Book Meme

We here at What the Thunder Said... have been tagged by Mr. Wireman (who is either at blogger but sorta moved kinda to wordpress - you're tough to keep track of!) on a book list meme. If that interests you, click through.then you have a book fetish. If you have a book fetish, get help!then click through. (I'll try to keep the answers mildly interesting...)

Without further ado*:
1. One book that changed your life:
Silence
, by Shusaku Endo. This was the book that forced me to challenge all preconceived notions and deal with overwhelming evil. This book is still the closest I have ever come to giving up the Reformed faith. I still love this book and refer to it occasionally.

2. One book you've read more than once:
"Batman: Year One", by Frank Miller. No lie. I am the Dark Knight.

3. One book you'd want on a desert island:
"How to Get Off A Desert Island." Zing!!
Um... probably The Christian's Reasonable Service, by Wilhelmus A' Brakel, I think. Head's up in left field, huh?! To be honest, I haven't even finished it yet, which is even one more reason to have it with when marooned. Who wants to die half way through a book?

4. One book that made you laugh:
The Stranger, by A. Camus. I'm like: Really? Is this really what you base a life system on? Summary of plot: "I cannot feel. The sun is hot, glaring on me. I will shoot the Arab. I am Meursault. I am upset with the priest. I hope I die." As an author, this is not the inspiring prose I want to build my life and work around. He makes Hemingway seem like Seuss. Really, Camus? Is this how you wanna go out. Laughing at absurdity...

5. One book that made you cry:
Going with the comic theme: "The Death of Superman." Ok, in sincerity, The Nature of Indwelling Sin by John Owen. In the words of Rabbi Duncan, "Prepare for the knife..."

6. One book you wish had been written:
The Sons of Elendil: Of the Fall of Numenor and the Rise of Men by J. R. R. Tolkien. This would round out the Second Age, and fill in Aragorn's lineage. Also, a history of the dwarves. Please take your "geek" and "nerd" responses elsewhere, thank you...

7. One book you wish had never been written:
This one is a tie. Systematic Theology, Charles G. Finney. Hello. Also, probably some of the Late, Great Planet Earth and Left Behind ilk.

8. One book you're currently reading:
I've listed some of them on my sidebar to the right. I haven't, however, listed any books that I'm reading for class. One title I'm excited for is by Sidney Greidanus.

9. One book you've been meaning to read:
The Chosen, by Chaim Potok. I've heard he is really good, and has a terrific lens on modern Jewish culture.

10. Tag 5 other readers:
Let's see:
Ben - Deus Dixit
Carney - Carn-Dog Comments
Morrow - Morrow's Words
Kyle - Synod of Saints
Recio (which, Recio, you have to keep this to ten questions and not the billions of books you read per day.)


* Let's be real. This is blund. If I were to be completely honest, all of the above answers would be answered with one of two Calvins ("Calvin & Hobbes" or John Calvin), Tolkien and Owen. I had to make it somewhat interesting.


Update:
A few guys have already posted. Check out Ben, Kyle.
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