Sunday, September 02, 2012

E got double-teamed by Jeff and Kurt, both nominating me for a Booker.  So I bit:

My five "favorite" books.  Sorry, I have favorites that I haven't even read yet.  Sad truth be told, I'm a much better book obtainer than book reader, but nonetheless... Honestly, in no particular order:

The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. I pull this out whenever I want to become a christian again.  I love his understanding of why they refer to the gospel as "good news."  Brennan Manning is a special author to me and a gift to the world if you would like to learn about his Jesus.

The Rabbit Angstrom Tetraology by John Updike.  The mid-century and beyond mess of us USAians as only Updike could tell it.  Anyone from the future wanting to know what living in the last half of the 20th century was really like, this will be a wonderful source.

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. Delightful telling of a true original, one chosen by God, that will make you laugh, cry and thank your lucky stars that it was written.

Any and All Travis McGee Novels by John D. McDonald.  The Human Salvage business always includes a total ass-kicking, a romp in the hay with a needy lovely, sweet revenge and a battle hardened Travis having a tall and frosty Boodles and some well deserved R&R after each operation.  The social criticism that McDonald describes through the thoughts of McGee are also worth the price of admission.

Balancing Heaven and Earth: A Memoir of Visions, Dreams, and Realizations by Robert A. Johnson. This is one man's marvelous sharing of his life as lived on the outside while articulating a spectacular inner life.  As a raving extrovert with little ability to stick with introspection for more than a few minutes a month, I can still greatly admire someone who can.

Take a look at some of my Lucky 13 off to the right and see what they shared.

Cool invitation.  Thanks fellas.

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