Monday, July 31, 2006

One Book Meme

I've been tagged by Jonathan with this meme.

1. One book that changed your life:
Art Needs no Justification by Hans Rookmaaker. This book started my journey in discovering the connection between Truth and Beauty. Dr. Rookmaaker was an art historian and you can read his bio here. When I read the book, I belonged to a group deeply influenced by Francis Schaeffer's L'Abri Fellowship. The book is online here.

2. One book that you've read more than once:
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. I've lost count how many times I've read this. The last few times have been out loud with my children. From one of my children, "Lembas is the Eucharist, isn't it?"

3. One book you'd want on a desert island:
The Bible. But it would have to be a parallel Bible with the Latin on one side and English on the other.

4. One book that made you laugh:
Why Catholics Can't Sing by Thomas Day. When the subtitle is The Culture of Catholicism and the Triumph of Bad Taste, I just knew I'd enjoy it.

5. One book that made you cry:
Confessions by St. Augustine. This passage:
The house of my soul is too narrow for thee to come in to me; let it be enlarged by thee. It is in ruins; do thou restore it. There is much about it which must offend thy eyes; I confess and know it.
has been the source of deep contemplation.

6. One book that you wish had been written:
The Austere and Simple Beauty of Family Life by Pope Paul VI...a snippet from his address in Nazareth on January 5, 1965.

7. One book that you wish had never been written:
The Historical Jesus by Dominic Crossan. It's led some loved ones of mine astray.

8. One book you’re currently reading:
I'm re-reading The Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius. I first read it as an Anglican. Now that I'm a Catholic, I wanted to see if it's more understandable now that I am under the discipline of the Sacraments.

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos. I've started it several times.

I'm tagging the following friends: Chad, Brian, Gerald, Denise, and Jay.

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