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    I haven’t talked about books in awhile, so here’s what I’ve been a readin’ lately…

  • The Street Lawyer by John Grisham – a quick 3 day read that tells the story of a corporate lawyer turned advocate for the homeless after being a hostage of a deranged man. The Street Lawyer was entertaining but more importantly helped to remind me of why I’m going to L-school in the first place.

    I had discounted Grisham in the past, but this book has me hooked. I definitely need to read more of him. (Thanks to my friend Allison from Hope Chapel in Austin for giving me this book on my last trip down there!)

  • The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic – a fascinating book, and one that will have to reread soon. (Too much to say about it. I need to write a fuller review of it for my other zine, exitzine.com, which has been sadly neglected lately) but I definitely would recommend it. I think what I like best about it is the characters that Frederic created. They are so compelling and multi-dimensional. It is one of the best books I’ve read from this era (late 1800’s) and is much better than some of the books that are more well-known from the time (i.e. Crane’s Red Badge of Courage). — Thanks to my friend Kimberly for giving me this book! Her book recommendations always served me well.
  • The Biography of Elder Barton Stone – actually most of it is an autobiography of Elder Stone, who was a revivalist preacher of the 2nd Great Awakening (early 1800’s) and one of the founders of the Restoration/Stone-Campbell movement of which grew the Churches of Christ, Independent Christian Churches, and the Disciples of Christ. Stone is fascinating man. I wish his influence would have been greater than the oft-lauded (but often wrong headed) Alexander Campbell. Brother Barton is one man I intend to look up when I get to heaven. I would love to have a long talk with him.
  • Currently, I’m reading a novel by Wendell Berry (one of my all-time favorite authors). I’ll report on it later.