“Writers write AND writers read.” I’ve heard various attributions for that, none of them stand up to scrutiny. That’s okay, ThoughtCo provided better quotes in an article called, “Writers on Reading.” The “Reader’s Digest version” of these quotes is that we learn to write by reading. It’s a skill to be learned by both imitation and practice-like a baby learns to speak her native tongue.
Here is a list of some books that will help me to write in my own “native tongue…” (These are not in any particular order. I just needed help keeping count.)
- Work Clean: the Life-Changing Power of Mise En Place to Organize Your Life, Work, and Mind by Dan Charnas. Work fascinates me. I can sit and watch it for hours! Still, when it comes to getting things done, it takes actual DOING. My fascination with mise-en-place started with two TV shows: GOOD EATS and WORST COOKS IN AMERICA. I started to think that both of these shows have less to do with cooking and more to do with thinking. This book carries a similar thread. I thoroughly enjoyed Work Clean, and am completely ignoring any possible beneficial lesson it could convey.
- Night Driving: Notes from a Prodigal Soul by Chad Bird. This wasn’t the best book I have ever read and my pastors highly un-recommend it, but it may be of use to some. It details a life that moves from the vocation of
laypersonto pastor to layperson. He is an example of what we all do: set ourselves and our arrogance above what is right.
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Again. It’s back on my “to read” list. Enough said.
- Valentina: Soul in Sapphire by Joseph H. Delaney and Marc Stiegler. While the technology is dated (
late1980s or so), this story about a bit of sentient software coming alive in the equivalent of the Internet is great fun to me. Yes, the theology absolutely stinks, it is pure Gnosticism. I don’t know about you, but I am fully me in both my body and… The less measurable parts of me. I’m not just a ghost in the machine…
- Love Divine and A Great and Mighty Wonder by Alan Kornacki. (I should include the third book in the series, “One Thing’s Needful,” because I plan on reading it this year.) What could be better than romance and Lutheran apologetics? No, seriously! It’s working quite well for me!
I originally intended to give you 10 of the books I’ve read recently, but I have a lazy streak. Besides, I would love to hear what you are reading: the good, the bad, or indifferent. Leave a comment and let me know!