I read a lot of books. With an hour-long bus ride to and from work every day, there’s plenty of time for reading. And having a husband at MIT gives me access to books from university libraries all over the country, including Yale Divinity and Harvard Fine Arts, which, believe me, I take excellent advantage of.
There’s a lot of time for reading, yes, but considerably less time for writing. I have a backlog of at least thirty books that I’d like to write about. Here are some of them (a post on the first two is forthcoming this weekend):
- Painting the Word: Christian Pictures and their Meanings by John Drury
- The Art of Worship: Paintings, Prayers, and Readings for Meditations by the Reverend Nicholas Holtam
- God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It by Jim Wallis
- Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw
- The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind—A New Perspective on Christ and His Message by Cynthia Bourgeault
- Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth by Bart D. Ehrman
- The Christ Connection: How the World Religions Prepared the Way for the Phenomenon of Jesus by Roy Abraham Varghese
- The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianityby Philip Jenkins
- Printing the Word: The Art of Watanabe Sadao, ed. Patricia Pongracz
- On a Friday Noon: Meditations Under the Cross by Hans-Ruedi Weber
Like Saint Augustine, “I count myself one of the number of those who write as they learn and learn as they write” (Letters cxliii). That’s one of the main reasons I started this blog: to share what I’m learning about Christ, and through that act of sharing, to learn even more. Writing forces me to consolidate and make sense of all the information I gather throughout the week. I love the challenge!
If you want to see what books I’m reading at any given time, check out my Shelfari site. I’m pretty good at keeping it current. I’ve also started adding information for books with a minimal or nonexistent online presence—mostly out-of-print art books, or books published outside the United States. I add basic information like contributors and page count, but I also scan in the cover and enter in a list of illustrations. Two things I like to know before purchasing art books are: How many illustrations? And are they in color? On Shelfari, I specify these two items in the “Ridiculously Simplified Synopsis” field. Most recently, I’ve been creating records for On a Friday Noon and P. Solomon Raj’s Biblia Pauperum.