Over the years I’ve had great luck with used book sales held at churches and synagogues. So, last Saturday when I saw a “used book sale” sign at a nearby United Methodist Church I immediately stopped my car and ran over to see what kind of books were for sale. After first accidently stumbling into a Russian language religious service being held in the Church sanctuary, (and apologizing profusely using a mixture of simple English and broken Russian), I eventually located the sought after sale. I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. As a matter of fact, I found several books I’ve been wanting to read for a long time. By now you’re probably wanting to know what I bought. Well, here are the books.
The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi- This book created a lot of buzz when it was published a few years ago. I usually don’t go for the “true crime” kind of stuff, but this book is supposed to be excellent. I can’t wait to read it.
Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity by Elaine Pagels and Karen L. King- Is this some pop-culture, sensationalist theology paperback for the Da Vinci Code-loving masses ? Or is this a credible look at the early Christian Church ? Since I’ve had pretty good luck with the books of Elaine Pagels I will give it shot. Hopefully I wont be disappointed. Add one more to the World Religion Reading Challenge.
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi- Yes, all of you have probably read this but I haven’t. Oddly enough, this bestseller and book group favorite has escaped my clutches. Until now. Add yet another title to the Muslim Asia Reading Challenge.
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan- Two friends of mine, including one who is a geology professor at my local state university, highly recommended this book. And since it’s a National Book Award winner, how could I go wrong ?
A Guide to Understanding the Bible: The Development of Ideas within the Old and New Testaments by Harry Emerson Fosdick- Originally published in 1938, my particular version is a first edition Harper Torch Book paperback published in 1956. Add yet another one to my World Religion Reading Challenge.