This is a call for contributions -- with a special challenge to my theological colleagues in the Twin Cities and environs.
Pontificator has a book thing going over at his blog. He asks questions about favorites, etc. (I'm not quite sure what a "meme" is, but this seems like it can be an open game. So let's go on this front.
I'll supply answers off the top of my head (I don't suggest that this become a competition in "The Great Books" I've read -- after all, I used to work for the Great Books Foundation in Chicago; I can't afford to be one-upped.) and then you respond with yours. (We can also comment on each others' choices.
1. One book that changed your life:
Honest to God by Bp. JAT Robinson (I'm not saying for better or worse, but this book woke
2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry (4 times and counting -- it is simply one of the most beautiful
books I've ever read)
(I'll cheat and add that I've read most of Robertson Davies' novels more than thrice)
3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare -- annotated, of course
4. One book that made you laugh:
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
5. One book that made you cry:
Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving
6. One book that you wish had been written:
Do This In Remembrance of Me: A Rubrical Guide to the Celebration of the Mass by Jesus,
Foster Son of Joseph and Son of Mary
7. One book that you wish had never been written:
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown (not for its controversial subject, but because it simply
8. One book you’re currently reading:
Embodying Forgiveness by L. Gregory Jones
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Summa Theologica by Aquinas
There you go. I await your replies. Keep in mind (he says defensively) that this is not a result of long meditation. I may give it some more thought and enter the names of books that I think were better answers -- but this is what came pretty much to mind right out of the chute. You may go either route: profound or knee-jerk.