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February 29, 2008

Here are a few books I’ve read since the first of the year. I haven’t taken the time to devote an entire blog post to any of these, but I think they are worth mentioning:

It’s All Too Much, by Peter Walsh
Talk of living with less clutter has increased a great deal in the last few years it seems to me. Peter Walsh has emerged as the poster child of this conversation. Clutter is not only a practical issue, but a psychological issue, and Walsh tackles both sides of it well. (The link above is for the hard cover version which is bargain priced on Amazon right now for $6.99.)

It’s a Dance, by Patrick Oden
There is clearly some rich and deep thought that has gone into the theology of the Holy Spirit that Oden develops in this book. That makes it a book worth mentioning. Unfortunately, I found the structure of the book to be very distracting as the theology is framed within a less than captivating story. The characters weren’t very interesting or believable. Rather than observing what these flat characters had to say to another, I would have preferred to have just read what Oden had to say to me.

Passionate Marriage, by David Schnarch
This book candidly describes the relationship between intimacy and sexuality. By the way, did I mention that it is candid? I read most of it in airport terminals and the jammed quarters of coach. There were not a few self-conscious moments as I adjusted my hands to cover some of the more candid bold section headings and chapter titles from wandering eyes. Christians who find sexuality to be a taboo topic might be taken aback or even offended by how forthright this book is. But, I was assigned to read it for a seminary class, and I’m glad I was.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone / Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by JK Rowling
My novel idea is coming along quite nicely, thank you very much. I’m 2.5/7 into the Harry Potter septilogy series. I admire how Rowling can drop in subtle humor and develop characters with a unique voice that I care about in simply written “children’s books”. You likely aren’t familiar with this series, but I think it might be one to watch out for.

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