Monday, November 22, 2010

Questions Questions Questions - Part I

My friend Stratoz has been asked to submit possible interview questions as part of his church's search for a new rector, and I thought they'd been fun to answer over the next five (now six) posts ~ especially thinking in terms of possible search committees in my own life.  Here's the first one:

Please tell me about the last five books you read.

May I count the two I'm currently reading v-e-r-y  s-l-o-w-l-y as my major devotional focus these days?  The Gospel of Luke and The Sacrament of the Present Moment by Jean-Pierre de Caussade.  The latter is a classic on prayer and melds helpfully with the contemplative way I am approaching the Gospel.

Another current read: Joanna Trollope's The Men and The Girls. I've enjoyed her novels before and this one was on the shelf in the library's front room, so I picked it up for a leisurely read.

Last Night I re-read Barbara Brown Taylor's When God Is Silent, looking for what she has to say about my main preoccupation in my personal life.

And I've just finished They Come Back Singing by Gary N. Smith, an account of his years in Uganda. I'm leading a couple of book discussions on sections of this very readable and moving book, which the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (adults 55+ who commit to a year of community service and various reflection opportunities) is reading this year as a way of focusing on social justice issues.

What about you?


  1. I read three books on ecological theology: A New Climate for Theology - God, the World, and Global Warming by Sallie McFague; We Are Home - A Spirituality of the Environment by Shannon Jung; and Sacramental Commons - Christian Ecological Ethics, by John Hart. Also two novels: The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant; and I'm almost finished with A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve.

  2. Good lord, it's been so long since I've had time to sit down and read a book...feels like the last one I read must have been a first-grade primer....

  3. Soul Feast by Marjorie Thompson; lovely primer on the spiritual life/ spiritual practices. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides; amazing novel about three generations of a family and the trans individual at the novel's heart-- also a sprawling historical narrative starting in Greece and continuing through immigrants' eyes in Chicago in the roaring 20's all the way up to the present day. Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times by Peter Steinke (family systems guru; he just spoke at our Presbyery meeting last weekend). And finally, the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins-- an amazing young adult read set in a dystopian future.

  4. Mags: First two: check. Rest: New ones for my list.