I’ve got two novels on the go as well as my theological reading and a book about prayer. Lets start with the novels.
1. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. This is really good. You should probably read it despite its intimidating size and odd title. Notice that it is One Q 84. I kept trying the letter I in searching for it instead of the number 1. The world has shifted and so one of the characters decides to rename the year 1Q84 instead of 1984. Enough said.
2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve never read Gabaldon before, and wanted to start with the first book. I’ve a thing about time travel, so the premise was interesting to me. I’m not impressed, though, with errors of historical fact that appear in the first few pages of the book. The book’s present is Scotland, 1945, around the vernal equinox. The heroine is an army nurse who is just back from the war, and the rationing has just been lifted. Erm, the war in Europe didn’t end until May of 1945. People wouldn’t have been released from armed forces service when the book is set. Rationing in the UK didn’t completely end until the early 50s. Now it may be that Gabaldon is writing about an alternate history in a slighty different world, but lets make that obvious instead of shifting easily verified facts about a major event in the main character’s life.
3. The New Testament and the People of God by N.T. Wright. Methodology and history and theology all together. I’m enjoying this very much. Wright is a good writer, who makes his points clearly. This is a virtue not often found in academic writing on the New Testament, or, for that matter, in any theological discipline.
4. Opening to God by David Benner. The subtitle includes the word Prayer and the phrase lectio divina and that subtitle is what actually caught my eye. The book is the print version of a Lenten series given in Victoria, BC a few years ago. This is also a good book. One cannot speed-read it, and that is appropriate, given that lectio divina is by definition meditative reading.
What are you reading?