two illustrated books, one semi-real book, and one humor collection:
Sshhh! , by Jason — this guy’s illustrated books are just a kick. this one has NO words at all; but he somehow communicates a detailed story line about longing and love and loss.
Hey, Wait… , by Jason — again, a short illustrated book. amazing what this guy can deliver — this time about regrets — with goofy pictures of people with animal heads.
Velvet Elvis: repainting the Christian Faith, by Rob Bell. Rob and i worked together at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, while he was attending fuller seminary. and we’ve kept in touch over the years, especially as he’s spoken at a bunch of ys events. i really like the guy, and have enjoyed watching his personal and spiritual journey from a mezzanine seat. this is a fun and easy book to read, full of stories and the kind of insights you’ve heard from rob, if you’ve ever heard him speak. i’ll post a quote seperately. Scot McKnight posted a good review of this book on wednesday, july 13, 2005 (i wasn’t able to pull up the individual post to create a link — sorry — it’s not hard to find).
Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: the best of McSweeney’s humor category. funny, funny stuff. hmm, tasty. i was reading this around the campfire, and kept giggling. then i’d have to read to the others. some are funny essays, others just funny lists (almost like “top ten lists”). it’s kinda hi-brow humor — no “you might be a redneck if…” stuff here! i’ll post a favorite seperately.