Friday book goodness

Time for the second round of Pick a Flat Surface and List the Books Piled On It. This week's edition focuses on the Narrow Ledge to the Left of the Basement Stairs.

When Heaven Invades Earth, by Bill Johnson. Everybody at my church is getting very excited about this book; the senior warden of our vestry gave us a copy. I haven't read it yet. It's supposed to be very good-- all about miraculous healings, and how God still does them.

Frog and Toad Together, by Arnold Lobel. We love, love, love Arnold Lobel. The Frog and Toad books are very high on Colin's list of personal favorites. I have read this one approximately 1,576 times. The first story, "A List," is a scathing indictment of slavish devotees of the Franklin-Covey system. The last, "The Dream," highlights Toad's megalomaniac tendencies, held in check only by his pitiful emotional dependency upon Frog's tolerance. I love Toad.

Yukon Ho! by Bill Watterson. We do own the hideously expensive hardcover slipcased complete collection, of course, but we've kept our paperbacks around for everyday reading.

Weirdos From Another Planet!, by Bill Watterson. See above.

Reaching Out: the three movements of the spiritual life, by Henri Nouwen. We read through this for our homegroup last year. Wow. A choice quote:

"It is the most basic human loneliness that threatens us and is so hard to face. Too often we will do everything possible to avoid the confrontation with the experience of being alone, and sometimes we are able to create the most ingenious devices to prevent ourselves from being reminded of this condition. Our culture has become most sophisticated in the avoidance of pain, not only our physical pain but our emotional and mental pain as well….We have become so used to this state of anesthesia, that we panic when there is nothing or nobody to distract us. When we have no project to finish, no friend to visit, no book to read, no television to watch or no record to play, and when we are left all alone by ourselves we are brought so close to the revelation of our basic human aloneness and are so afraid of experiencing an all-pervasive sense of loneliness that we will do anything to get busy again and continue the game which makes us believe that everything is fine after all…"

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