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More Books (Haul Post)

Went thrifting on Sunday afternoon, which meant (of course) that I ended up with five new books.  Haul post time!  (And yes, I do think this week on the blog might be dominated by book-y things.)

Children and Prayer: A Shared Pilgrimage
Betty Shannon Cloyd

I’m completely fascinated by spiritual education which actually takes account of contemporary developmental theory.  Here’s a book I’ve never heard of on just that topic.  The usual suspects make an appearance in the bibliography, though, including Cavaletti’s The Religious Potential of the Child, which I would love to get my hands on.  (Not that it’s rare; I just am always reading tons of other junk.)

For the Love of It: Amateuring and Its Rivals
Wayne Booth

Booth is most famous to most people (who I know) for his (and others’) seminal The Craft of Research, but while Booth is a professional expert on that topic, he is apparently also an amateur cello player.  I take life too seriously.  I don’t do things that I can’t do with my everything.  The joy of being an amateur thus gets crowded out, and it is definitely a joy worth gaining (especially as I don’t have plans for that Ph.D. anytime soon).

Lieutenant Nun: Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World
by Catalina de Erauso (trans. by Michele Stepto and Gabriel Stepto)

No, I am not in the academic or otherwise circles where I would have heard of this book before coming across this nice copy.  It is indeed what the name suggests, a memoir by a woman who came from Spain to Peru and Chile disguised as a Spanish soldier.

Walk with Jesus: Stations of the Cross
by Henri Nouwen

This weekend, pre-thrift shopping, I was journaling about wanting to think towards Lent, and in particular toward some sort of devotional material.  I had settled on reading a copy I recently got of Romano Guardini’s The Lord (because Benedict XVI loves the guy‘s work).  This newly acquired book may change things though, as I love the Stations, and who doesn’t love Nouwen?  (Plenty of folks, most of whom agreeing with many Nouwen-lovers in hating Benedict.)

Yours Are the Hands of Christ: The Practice of Faith
by James C. Howell

Sometimes I buy books that I don’t have high hopes for being great, out of the hope that they will be helpful down the road for pastoring.  Howell is a United Methodist pastor of a fairly massive church in Charlotte, NC and often teaches a course at Duke Divinity each semester.  That is, he has a doctorate in biblical theology from Duke, and he has a lot of pastoral experience.  Sounds like a good mix.  Also, the topic–twelve meditations on twelve different images of Christ’s hands at work–could be fantastic.  Also could be a good Lenten devotional, if there weren’t already two books ahead of it in line.

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And if you’re wondering at the lack of fiction, so am I.  I haven’t read a novel in a while now, whereas three years ago I read as little non-fiction as possible.


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Wife haul:
–Shiny red skirt.
–Cute white button-up.
–Shirt with lots o’ pockets and buttons.

Comment by bouquetofparentheses

Just saying: James Howell’s stuff is good. I’ve always thought his stuff made good sense since I worshiped at his congregation in Davidson.

Comment by Stuart

I really am looking forward to reading it, despite sounding like I’m down on it. He also did a chapter in the Davis and Hays’ The Art of Reading Scripture, so I do know I like some of the company he keeps.

Then he also just popped up with an article on Faith and Leadership which seems like it could ruffle some feathers.

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