three christian books that will never be together again

i just glanced down at the desk area in front of my computer and started laughing. i had, earlier today, moved a few stacks around, and had put three books in a little stack right in front of my monitor, because all of them require some bit of action from me in the next few days. my laughter was due to the realization that — i’m fairly confident — never before or again will these three books sit in an exclusive stack together, anywhere in the universe:

    on the bottom of the stack is… The Complex Christ: signs of emergence in the urban church, by Kester Brewin (a London emerging church leader). i met kester last night, and he gave me this copy, which i’m really looking forward to reading.

    in the middle is… Praise Habit: finding God in sunsets and sushi, by David Crowder. i recently finished this book (ooh, i forgot to list it in my “books i’ve read in the last couple months post” below), and am due to send David comments about it (which will be very positive — it’s both whimsical and deep, rich with both story and insight).

    and on top of the stack (drum roll please)… Battle Cry for a Generation: the fight to save america’s youth, by Ron Luce. Long story that i’m not sure i am ready to post about here (because it’s so fresh and feels so vulnerable, and i DO NOT want to turn it into a talk example or objectify it), but Ron and I recently had a fairly significant connection, which i would never have expected, and God has put a good measure of warmth in my heart for him. Anyhow, he sent me a copy of his book, and i need to email and thank him.

So… what three books can you never imagine sitting in stack together — like, they would probably spontaneously combust if they were to rub up against each other in that manner?

4 thoughts on “three christian books that will never be together again”

  1. I’m gonna have to pick these 3 out of my pile to bring to the half price bookstore … Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead”, “The Purpose Driven Life” and Anne Lamott’s newest “Plan B: Further Thoughts on Life” … I’m thinking they might bring at least a buck total ;-) All those interested in a copy feel free to email me :-)

  2. hahahaha,

    well, I’ve never been one to organise my books in any particular order, but the way things are at the moment, I’d say that all my books are likely to end up side by side at any point of time…

    random organisation…

  3. Ok, how about “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard Foster; “The Emerging Church” by Dan Kimball and last but not least….The United Methodist Hymnal. I’m a Christian Ministries Major and new Youth Minister at a Methodist Church. These are sitting in front of me as research for a paper I’m supposed to be writing – but I’m checking yout YS instead!!

  4. I’ve always like the idea of Montage – that certain things when you put them together give another meaning collectively. Take my desk for instance; right now I have Postmodern Children’s Ministry (Beckwith), Good to Great (Jim Collins), and Small Group Strategies (Polich) all waiting to be responded to. I’ve read 1 but not the other two. Together, the speak a different message than apart.

    Perhaps its good (though I’ve never thought of it until now) to not just choose good books to read, but also to choose what order to read them in.

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