I’m always reading a lot of books as you who read this blog all know. Reading is just about the most fun thing I do, regardless of the topic. And today, I want to give you a window into my reading pile, and share a few brief thoughts on a few of the books I’m reading right now.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Gaiman works mythology is like a DJ remixing a great pop song. It’s familiar, but fresh. That’s what the stories in this book are like. I want to be able to write like that.
Unoffendable by Brant Hansen. I just finished this one, the gist of which is this: Hansen argues that even though we all will be angry or offended at some point, anger is not ours to hold onto or be fueled by. What we need is not more anger, but more humility—to see others as greater than ourselves, to act not from anger but from love, and to trust God to right the wrongs we will inevitably experience in this life. I really appreciated the approach Hansen takes because it’s biblical. “Human anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness”, as James 1:20 says (CSB). There’s no qualifier (e.g. “justifiable” or “righteous”). Which is easier said than done, of course… I’ll be coming back to this topic eventually.
The Door Before by N.D. Wilson. Wilson writes darn compelling stories that I love and hate. I love them because I’m hooked instantly. I hate them because I’m eventually finished them. This one is extra cool because it is an unexpected prequel to 100 Cupboards, and adds a connection to the Ashtown Burials series. Go get a copy for yourself, one for your son, daughter, niece, nephew or younger sibling, and one for the dude you know who reads a lot of theology books.