1. One book that changed your life:
Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard.
I must say though it wasn’t the book that changed my life, it was a very specific act of grace from God that changed my life and the book was there to put words to that grace.
2. One book you've read more than once:
Ann Likes Red.
I don’t read books twice. But in my childhood I “read” this one incessantly, before I could read. Otherwise my chemistry and physics textbooks—I’ve read those more than once.
3. One book you'd want on a desert island:
The scriptures, with apocrypha in their original language.
4. One book that made you laugh:
The books I read, don’t usually make me laugh.
5. One book that made you cry:
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving or The Martyrs Mirror
6. One book you wish had been written:
A two part book named Friendship: A historical survey of exceptional friendships and a guide to nurturing lasting friendships.
I am ecstatic that my seminary is offering a course on spiritual friendship.
7. One book you wish had never been written:
Home Fires by some uneducated soul who didn’t know how to write.
I was 13 and my mom bought the book for me for Christmas from a conservative Mennonite publishing house. I felt bad because we were poor and she had sacrificed a lot to get the book for me but by the 3rd chapter I couldn’t take it anymore. “Mom, even I could write better than this author—the story-line is all confused.” It was a formative moment. I decided I wouldn’t publish, unless it was good, reeeeally good.
8. One book you're currently reading:
Umm. I’ve always turned my books over so the title is not visible because I always get a reaction from people about the sort of thing I’m currently reading. Why would I turn the books over, now, broadcasting their titles over a public blog? I think there are close to 20 of them.
9. One book you've been meaning to read:
All the books above, that are turned over, that I need to finish reading.
10. Now tag 1person:
I tag Jesus—as in el Cristo.