As the title says, I love a good book! I see the value in tablets and Kindles (my last book, Standing Firm, was an eBook) but for me you can’t beat the feel of a good physical book, not to mention the smell of its pages. Or am I just the only one who wants to smell every book I read, whether it’s old or new?!…
I went on an errand today and happened to see the sign ‘Book sale’ which led me into a library. I’ve never been to it before but was glad I did for the books I came away with, not to mention the unexpected tour! It was a really old library, with huge bookcases, many first editions of books from all over the world, private reading rooms, dust, and the winding staircases and huge wooden ladders that you see in films and read about in stories. Pretty magical really.
Books are a big part of my life. I love to read them for pleasure, escapism, and work. Morale drops though when I see those ‘bucket list’ of books to read and find out I’ve still got a long way to go! Making the time to read is a discipline too – I can never cope with more than two books on the go at one time, and recently my down time had become stressful as I had to whittle the reading pile down…from five!
A guy called C. Christopher Smith made a list of his top 10 fiction books that have helped shape his understanding of God: http://www.relevantmagazine.com/culture/books/12-fiction-books-will-shape-your-theology
I haven’t read any of them but am tempted by a few. If I was to write a list like that I’d have to mention John Bunyan, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Frank Peretti, even Robert Jordan and Calvin Miller. I can’t sum up their works in one sentence as they are all different authors, but in my opinion all great and reading their works has provided entertainment at different times but also challenge about what I believe. If you’ve read The Roman Road you’ll see how some of them, particularly Tolkien and Bunyan, have influenced me, and Standing Firm has some resemblance to Peretti.
Do you have a favourite book, and why? What would you put on a list like Christopher’s?