Next to where I sit in my living room in the wee hours of the morning, there is a pad of paper. Sometimes, I write little notes to remind myself to do things later in the day. Putting them in writing assures that they will be attended to and I don’t have to worry that I will later forget (unless, of course, I forget to check my notes). Then I can get my mind back to my reading.
On the pad, I also will make notes about possible blog topics. These ideas usually spring up from what I am reading. If you follow my blog, you will note how often I share ideas and quotes from these books. I choose my books very carefully. I will always have one book of a spiritual or religious nature. Right now I am reading Christianity After Religion, by Diana Butler Bass, which I quoted yesterday. I wish I had read it sooner before I finished my book. Her quote would have been perfect for my introduction.
Another book I wish I had read sooner is What Every Christian Needs to Know About The Jewishness of Jesus, by Rabbi Evan Moffic. Earlier in my journey, I wanted to find a Jewish scholar willing to read my manuscript because I didn’t want to write anything offensive to my Jewish brothers and sisters. There are some facts in his book about Judaism in the time of Jesus that I wish I’d known. This same rabbi, who happens to be from my hometown Chicago, wrote another book I can’t wait to read: What Every Christian Needs to Know About Passover. Ours is a Christian family that has been celebrating the Passover for 40 years. I had the same concern when I wrote the script for the seder meal. I hope I have been respectful in both The Memorial of Jesus and our family’s seder script.
I also like to be reading books that help me to understand my world. Since the first of the year, I read a book on the Lewis and Clark expedition and another on the history of the presidency. I sometimes read books on themes like war and violence or making peace. Occasionally I will choose something that leads me to search my own inner territory, like the one I just completed, The Immortal Diamond by Richard Rohr.
I seldom revisit books though I will reread the Bible every few years. I have read Peace Pilgrim half a dozen times because it keeps reminding me that peace is possible if I just live peace every day.
I do enjoy fiction, but I reserve this for my night time reading. I am reading Minnesota authors currently, figuring that in the months ahead I may come across some of these. We have some great writers in Minnesota.
This isn’t exactly what I set out to write this morning. I wanted to tackle the first and very controversial idea I had listed at the top of my pad of paper. Instead, I got myself engaged in this conversation with ya’ll. For those of you who love to read as I do, I have a really good book to recommend…………………..