It’s hard to talk about your own work. You’re too close to the source to see it straight. Yet, I keep getting asked over and over again— which are your most important books? My usual response is— Important for what? All of my 50 some books have a purpose, an audience, an intention. So it’s impossible to generalize about all of them like one would about say, an event in your life. Nevertheless, since I keep being asked, I will sally forth and provide some clues here, by category. Let’s start with poetry and fiction.
My most important poetry collection is called The Living Legacy (2009), not just because it has poems arranged according to the church year, coupled with commentary, and then the spiritual practice of lectio divina, but also because it gives you a cross section of poems I have written over the course of my Christian life. The more recent collections, such at The Litany (Finishing Line Press, 2015), are all recent poems, and just a collection of poems.
I hesitate to include the following volume in the category of fiction, because basically it’s not fiction, its a merging of story lines from the four Gospels, plus a little imaginative historical reconstruction. It’s entitled the Gospel of Jesus, and was recently advertized on the popular CNN series Finding Jesus.
We’ll turn to books about the historical Jesus in the next post.