I am a reader.
I have always been a reader from the time I was in grade school and I read “David Copperfield” and “Lord of the Flies” in a few days, then backtracked and reread nightly chapters on schedule with my classmates.
Unfortunately, I don’t get as much time as I used to for reading. My tastes have grown up along with me from the classics to more contemporary authors and novels like “The Kite Runner” and “Running With Scissors.”
The latter is actually an autobiographical account of Augusten Burroughs’ life. There are many others I could name. Another recent favorite is Michael Shaara’s “The Killer Angels,” a historical novel about the Battle of Gettysburg.
While we’re on the subject, for future book tips, check out copy editor and book maven Sarah Chain (and other YDR staffers) at book buzz.
How does this relate to religion? I’m getting there.
As noted here previously, I recently read “Who Wrote the Bible?” the noted book by Richard Elliott Friedman, biblical scholar and the Ann and Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia. Interesting book, with issues that I don’t have the time or space to get into here.
That led me to fellow faith blogger Matthew Paul Turner, who compiled the “51 books every Christian should read.” You can check it out here.
It’s quite an interesting list and I found a few titles I may check out after I finish “The Help.”
Let me know if you have any other faith-oriented books that will help a religion reporter do his job.
And happy reading!