Books ‘n’ Stuff

This is one of those tag things where someone requests that you answer the questions then you pick five more people to answer them, too. It’s a little narcissistic, but hey…what blog isn’t?
These questions pertain to books, but I will just go ahead and leave the Bible out of any answers. Sure, it’s words on paper bound together, but it’s so much more than a book, right?
1. One book that changed your life:
Wild At Heart: Discovering the Secret of A Man’s Heart by John Eldredge
I have to write a disclaimer here. This book changed my life because it helped to start a series of changes that ultimately led to pursuing my wife and a completely new way of viewing relationships I had with women. However, those changes were more of a result of the meetings I had with my pastor, Jim Pickett, and the other guys in my bible study. Eldredge’s book help to spark some things, but I actually didn’t like the book very much at all because of how he objectified the masculine persona to be a kind-of John Wayne type that did not fit with who I am or who my father is or grandfathers are.
Jim Pickett or my old RUF campus minister, John Stone, could probably write a much better book on the subject.
Wild At Heart is the closest thing to “a book that changed my life” despite the fact that I never even finished reading it.
2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
How To Escape Off of A Desert Island….just kidding
Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
I would probably have to be trapped with it on a desert island to read it without quiting.
4. One book that made you laugh:
Any of the Harry Potter Books by JK Rowling
Any of Kurt Vonnegut’s books (I don’t recommend them unless you want to get a fat dose of Nihilism)
5. One book that made you cry:
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
6. One book that you wish had been written:
Contextualized Reformed Worship
7. One book that you wish had never been written:
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
(maybe if I read it today I would appreciate it but in 10th grade it was like torture)
8. One book you’re currently reading:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
That Hiddeous Strength by CS Lewis
The Worship Team Handbook ed. Alison Siewert
Confessions of St. Augustine
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
anything by Francis Schaffer
With One Voice by Reggie Kidd
10. Now tag five people:
hmmm almost everyone I know who blogs has been tagged by someone else…
Meg M.
All women…where are the male bloggers?

  1. #1 by Neil on August 2, 2006 - 12:47 pm

    Amen, to many, brother, but #6 in particular, if I am getting your drift correctly. If theology is true its gotta work for all cultures.

  2. #2 by Heidi Vincent on August 2, 2006 - 3:29 pm

    Good ones! I really like Kurt Vonnegut too…his little drawings crack me up! “Wild At Heart”…not so sure about that one… “Captivating” was just given to me by Claire, and I’m digging it…it’s the girl version of “Wild At Heart”…I think?

  3. #3 by Andrew Kaufmann on August 8, 2006 - 1:37 pm

    How can you say that about #7?! Estella!? Pip?! Miss Havisham?! Rhion Hiller?! The connections of all the characters drawn all over the board?! This book changed my life! Just remember: “You cannot deal with probablys; you can only deal with Dickens!”

  4. #4 by kirk on August 8, 2006 - 2:26 pm

    I am amazed that you still remeber all that stuff. You are T.O.O.C.!

  5. #5 by Andrew Kaufmann on August 9, 2006 - 10:13 am

    Like I said, the book changed my life!

  6. #6 by meg on August 13, 2006 - 11:48 am

    great… so i’m just the leftovers who got invited to the party cuz no one else could come. thanks a lot. =)

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