reading from my travels

October 20, 2009

I think I’ve outgrown all my romantic notions of air travel from childhood. Cranky flight attendents and condescending TSA guards probably have a lot to do with that. But there is one thing I still like about it — a few hours of uninterrupted reading time. I read two books in my travels last week that are worth a mention:

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, by Donald Miller
In the midst of all the self-effacing humor, this is always an undercurrent of rich thought in Donald Miller’s writing. If you’ve heard Miller speak in the last few years, you’ve likely heard his premise that what makes a great story is also what makes a great life. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years expands on that. More than once, I found myself setting the book aside for a few minutes to reflect on how meaning was taking shape in my own life. Many books make a point that could be said in fewer words. So does Miller, but rather than belabor his point, he draws you forward into each page with his stories and style.

The Blue Parakeet, by Scot McKnight
For someone trying to make sense of how to read the Bible, this is my new recommendation. McKnight lends his own scholarship to offer a moderate view of how to engage the text of Scriptures written at a popular level. The book isn’t necessarily an introduction/overview to the Bible, but shows how to read the Bible amidst all the complexities that come from a collection of texts written over thousands of years by dozens of authors. When Austin Mustard Seed has a book table, this will be on it.

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