Between travel, Christmas shopping and work, I haven’t had as much time as normal to read, watch documentaries and do general research. Still, here are a few items I’ve picked up lately and/or given as gifts:
- Pensées by Pascal — Although by nature unfinished, this collection of thoughts from the French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal, is a classic of everyday theology. I first read Pensées in college, and returned to it again recently.
- The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination by Daniel Boorstin — Boorstin, a Pulitzer Prize winner, has a breadth of historical knowledge rivaled by few.
- Dubliners by James Joyce — Joyce is a master at describing the ebbs and flows and personality of daily life. His Dublin is the real Dublin (or it was when he wrote it).
- City of God: Faith in the Streets by Sara Miles — I have a lot of respect for the writing and experience of Sara Miles. Here she traces faith on the streets of San Francisco.
- The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry — One of my favorite short novels from one of my favorite authors, The Memory of Old Jack follows a Kentucky farmer in the twilight of his life.
- Even though Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens felt a little formulaic for my taste, the buildup to it and the atmosphere surrounding it, and seeing it with a bunch of family members was a lot of fun.