I, of course, began reading as soon as I entered elementary school. But reading for fun began for me really in my teenage years when a good friend convinced me to join the “Science Fiction Book Club” (which also contained fantasy books) back in my teenage years. I still can vividly remember reading Roger Zelazny’s “Chronicles of Amber” series, the “Book of Skaith” by Leigh Brackett, “The Dragon and the George” by Gordon R Dickson, and “The Sword of Shanarra” by Terry Brooks among many others. And I have kept reading through the years reading many Stephen King, Robert Jordan, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Reading such novels is like stepping into another world and are a wonderful way to relax and to think.
As an minister and as an Air Force officer I have found reading to be instrumental in having the outlook I do on life and the faith that I have. In seminary, I can still remember reading “Faith Seeking Understanding” by Dan Migliore, “The Bible and Ethics” by Bruce Birch, and many portions of much longer books by Augstine, John Calvin, Frederick Schliermacher, and Karl Barth. This just scratches the surface of what I read in those days but those were great great books in helping me to consider things I had never considered before.
Last night I was in Barnes and Nobles and they have a display where the staff recommends books. One of their employees identified, “All the Pretty Horses” by Cormac McCarthy as his favorite read of the year. Upon opening the books everything from the New York Times to Kirkus identifies it as a great America novel. This piqued my interest (along with the fact that it was just a little over 200 pages which is “doable” with my schedule these days. It will be a summertime novel for me.
What are you reading these days? What books stand out in your mind as helping you see a larger world?
Until next time,