It has been a very long time since I played the Rev Gal Blog Pals Friday Five. The reasons are many, but Deb enticed me to play today. Here's what she said:
Recently I decided to re-organize my study and put books of like topic and purpose together. (Of course, they don't stay that way -- but that's another matter!) I also culled out some books which I hesitated to even donate to the library book sale because they were either extremely outdated or had content that I didn't want the unexamined mind to read. (Not quite as bad as "The Total Woman" but... you get my drift!)
And here are the questions she poses to us today:
1. STUDYING: What is your favorite book or series for sermon prep or study? Or have you moved from books to on-line tools for your personal study?
I have mostly moved from books to online resources for sermon study. I have an OLD series of commentaries (I'm talking early 1900s) that, oddly enough, serve well when I want a hard copy of something to study. There are about 12 volumns and they are called "The Preachers Study" and I'd tell you more except I am not able to access them at the moment. The insights are often basic but profound.
2. IN THE QUEUE: Do you have a queue of books you are longing to read or do you read in bits and pieces over several books at a time? What's in the queue?
These days I tend to read in bits and peices, though that is not how I prefer it. Honestly, these days I so seldom get to just be alone and sit and read for pleasure. I'm longing to do so, but there seems to be no space for it. I have a shelf of books, none of them new, that I hope to get to. I haven't bought anything new because I just can't make myself do so when I already have so many unread volumns.
Someone gave me a small paperback by David W. Dyer, someone I never heard of, and it is shaking my world a bit. The title is "Let My People Go: Freedom from Religious Bondage" and pictures a ball and chain. I've only read two short chapters, and I am re-reading, very carefully. Not sure what to think, but it's a bit revolutionary for pastor-types. Making me think however, and that's a good thing. I hope...
I'm about to purchase, "Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from
the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate" by Justin Lee.
3. FAVORITE OF ALL TIME: What's one book that you have to have in your study? Is it professional, personal, fun or artistic? (For instance, I have a copy of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. It just helps sometimes.)
I can't pick a favorite book. I mean, I don't mean to be annoying, but the Bible is where I have to start. Sometimes in sermon prep I have to make myself NOT look at anything else for a while, so I don't get stuck in pre-conceived notions.
4. KINDLE OR PRINT? or both? Is there a trend in your recent purchases?
I have a Kindle. It is handy for some reading. But I much prefer books. I like the look, the feel and the smell. Books have good associations from my life. My Kindle does not.
5. DISCARDS: I regularly cruise the "FREE BOOKS" rack at our local library. (I know, I know. It's a bad habit!) When's the last time you went through your books and gave some away (or threw some away?) Do you remember what made the discard pile?
I have not done this for a looooong time. I have a large stack of boxes full of books in the basement and a stack in my office and it is on my to-do list for this month. MUST do it. It is difficult. My new ministry venture, "The OASIS" meets above a thrift store, so I do have the perfect drop-off place.