Just one? I have dozens of favorites. "Little Women." My sisters and I read it over and over and over and over and... well actually I read anything Louisa May Alcott wrote. I also loved "Eight Cousins." Then there was " The Sugar Creek Gang," a Christian book series from the 30s or 40s that I found in a box in the attic. Oh, and who could miss the "Dr. Dolittle" books? Or Ramona and Beezus? I read "Black Beauty" so many times I wore it out. Or "The Wind in the Willows?" That is a book that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Oh, I'll stop. I was a kid who always had my "nose in a book" as my mom used to say.
3. Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? Do tell!
Oh, that is hard too. If I MUST pick just one I pick Isaiah and Psalms. (Okay, I cheated.) Isaiah is for it's wonderful poetry, and the fact that I have felt God communicating with me more times from Isaiah than any other book. As for Psalms, one has to love the raw honesty, the laments, the acknowledgement that life does not always seem to make sense, the consistent determination to trust God anyway, and the glorious passages of praise. I turn to Psalms in moments of great joy and in moments of great distress. They are songs, you know.
4. What is one book you could read again and again?
"A Walk Across America" and "The Walk West" by Peter Jenkins. They are dated in the sense that Jenkins walk was done in the 70s. However, his tale is fascinating, uplifting, surprising and encouraging. I've read these books several times, and each time I feel like I am on the road with Pete. What memorable places! What fascinating people! This is especially so because they are real.
5. Is there a book you would suggest for Lenten reading? What is it and why?
The Day I Was Crucified by Gene Edwards. There are some parts that do not square totally with the gospel accounts, but I found this book intriguing because it is written in the first person, from Jesus' perspective. I do like Gene Edwards very much, but he can be a bit of an acquired taste.
Bonus: The bonus question asks what I would write about if I was authoring a book, and who would I want to write the jacket blurb expounding on my talent.
I have ideas percolating (ever since a short series written here) on concepts of "The Church" versus "the church"--meaning the invisible and universal church comprised all all believers in Jesus Christ and the local expression of that--and why the two seem so disconnected sometimes. Or then again, once I am famous, I could just write an autobiography. I actually do have some interesting stuff to share. :-) Oh, jacket blurb....hmmm...how about my very smart friend Dr. Platypus (Darrell Pursifel).
Why am I suddenly incapable of just ONE answer?