i wasn’t tagged by scot mcknight on this meme, but i really enjoyed it, so i’m answering the questions anyhow.
1. One book that changed your life: the bible. ok, i had to write that. :o) beyond that, i’ll say jim collins’ good to great. the part about level 5 leadership completely kicked my butt and has been the single biggest factor in the shift of how i lead in the past 2 years.
2. One book that you’ve read more than once: the bible. ok, i’ll stop. um, i’ve read so few books multiple times. i’m just now reading orbiting the giant hairball a second time. it’s a fantastic book about maintaining creativity while being a part of a bureaucratic organization.
3. One book you’d want on a desert island: the bible. no, really, i’ll stop that. if i were stuck on a desert island for an indefinite length of time, and thought i could only have one book with me (uh, other than the bible) that i would likely read over and over and over again, i think i’d go for something like anne rice’s christ the lord, or some other story of our story that i could soak in and ruminate on. i’d probably need to spend a day on amazon looking, though, as i might want to bring some pithy book of theology that would take me years to understand anyhow.
4. One book that made you laugh: christopher moore’s lamb: the gospel according to biff, christ’s childhood pal
5. One book that made you cry: renee altson’s stumbling toward faith
6. One book you wish had been written: an idiot’s guide to rethinking salvation models and atonement theories, without jetisoning orthodoxy
7. One book you wish had never been written: the left behind series
8. One book you’re currently reading: christopher noxon’s rejuvenile (review to come in the next few days)
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: scot mcknight’s the jesus creed. i’m so lame for not reading this yet. i finally ordered it a couple weeks ago, and am planning on reading it in the next couple weeks.
and since this meme only had 9 items, but just seems to be begging for a more neat 10, i’ll add one:
10. One book you’d like to write: i’d love to write (and maybe will someday) organizational hope, a book about the role of hope in human organizations.