It’s been a busy week on this blog with two fairly intense posts dealing with abortion and the election. I want to thank folks for engaging in such a thoughtful and respectful dialogue. One of my hopes in blogging is to create a level of Community – even via the internet.
So, I want to take a minute to thank you folks for a] reading the blog, b] engaging in dialogue, and c] growing in a level of ‘community.’ Since it’s been an intense week, I thought it would be good to ask a simple question. In addition to “regulars” sharing their answers, I am inviting the lurkers and quiet blog readers to chime in. No one will bite your head off.
Here’s the question:
What is the book that has influenced you the most and why?
I’m going to cheat and give you two answers.
First, it is the book of Genesis in the Bible. I’m not trying to sound overly spiritual here but reading, studying, meditating, and teaching through Genesis transformed my heart, renewed my mind, and compelled me to a deeper commitment into the story and work of God.
Second. High school years were turbulent and in their own ways, transformative years. I came to the revelation of the truth and Lordship of Christ the summer after high school but much of the angst, existential wrestling, anger and pain led me to Christ. You could say that my desperation led me to my acknowledge of depravity AND redemptive beauty. Having said that, the book that spoke to be most during those turbulent years was J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. Why did it change me? I’m not sure if it necessarily changed me but rather, it spoke to me. It understood what I can only refer now to my duplicitous existential angst and pain. I resonated with the principal character Holden Caulfield…both his pain and cynicism and his desire to “change the world.”
Most influential Christian book? Not sure.