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A Book You Might be Surprised I Like

A Book You Might be Surprised I Like August 7, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 8.34.23 PMMike Bird has enlisted me in a collection of posts by “bibliobloggers” and the question is What book do I like that others might be surprised I like?

I read for a living — reading and writing and teaching and reading some more for teaching and writing. But I also read for pleasure. My habit is to work from about 7:30am to around 2pm and then after that I tend to read what I want — desultory reading is the right word for it. I read what I want and let what I want determine what I read. It works for me. People often say “You’ve got to read this book.” My response: “Not on your life buddy, I’ve got a stack of books I can’t wait to read.”

Instead of telling you about biblical scholars I read — from John Goldingay and Water Brueggemann to Jimmy Dunn and NT Wright and Larry Hurtado, which probably doesn’t surprise. (I blog enough about reading and books I’m not sure I can surprise my long time readers.)

Every book Joseph Epstein writes I read, and I think the only one I haven’t read is his first collection of short stories, but one of his latest ones was one of my favorites:

Wind Sprints: Shorter Essays.

Funny, clever essays about familiar topics, topics he opens up that shine a gentle light on ordinary human life and truth.

I nominate:

Joel Willitts
Greg Carey
Mariam Kamell Kovalishnyn
Randy Harris
Dennis Edwards
Larry Hurtado
Sean Palmer
Tim Gombis
Tara Beth Leach

 

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