“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” C.S. Lewis.
I love reading.
In fact, my preferred method for decompressing involves a bookstore, a comfortable chair and hours of no interruption. In fact, 4 years after moving to a country with no Barnes and Noble booksellers, I’m still searching for a suitable replacement in order to unwind. I was known to frequent the only Starbucks on the Sunshine Coast for reading, listening to the waves crash while drinking an iced americano, but even that has shut down now.
Somehow I will manage.
In 2009 my very good friend and I embarked on the best tradition. We started a book exchange. The rules were simple, give the best book you read that year.
Here is our list so far:
- 2009: Divine Conspiracy (Justin) and The Great Divorce (Ryan)
- 2010: Simple Church (Justin) and The Prodigal God (Ryan)
- 2011 The Forgotten Ways (Justin) and A Checklist Manifesto (Ryan)
- 2012 (Spring): Boys of Summer (Justin) Prayer: Finding the Hearts True Home (Ryan)
- 2012 (Fall): The Brothers K (Justin) and In a Sunburned Country (Ryan)
- 2013: The One and Only Ivan (Justin) and The Road Trip That Changed the World (Ryan)
- 2014: The Boys in the Boat (Justin) and Daring Greatly (Ryan)
- 2015: Bad Religion (Justin) and The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival (Ryan)
- 2016: Console Wars (Justin) and Water to Wine, Some of My Story (Ryan)
It has been an epic journey and I look forward our book tradition every year.
As I look over our list I feel I have pretty strong list, there are really great books on there, but I need to up my reading game. If I were an NFL quarterback I would be Jim Kelly. I always make the playoffs, but never win the Super Bowl.
Justin on the other hand is an enigma. No one I know reads more books than Justin and yet out of all the options he picks a children’s book? Or a book about baseball? I’m sleepy just thinking about it. If he were an NFL quarterback he would unfortunately be Eli Manning. He looks terrible all year long, throwing that key interception at the most heart breaking times, but he has two Super Bowl rings.
In the midst of all of the forgettable books Justin has chosen 2 of the most amazing books I have ever read. No argument.
If he had only picked one timeless book he would be more like the Super Bowl winner Trent Dilfer, but he didn’t. If you haven’t read them, do yourself a favour and go purchase The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard and The Brothers K by David James Duncan immediately.
Those are two of the best books I have ever read, head and shoulders above any book on my list. Kudos Justin. I like your style.
I’m really looking forward to Console Wars, and already I’ve started a list of books to read for the year. I’m hopeful to make up some ground on the reigning champion. If you aren’t a reader I hope you find the right book, the kind of book that makes you believe that sleep isn’t as great as finishing the chapter.
What are you reading?