Shadows & Dust, Vol. II, Issue 10

Last month, my two oldest kids and I made a trip to one of the best used bookstores in the area — Used Book Emporium in Longmont, Colo. Used Book Emporium does a lot of trading and is one of the only stores of its kind to allow customers to use 100 percent of their accrued trade credit toward the purchase of used books. That is not easy to find! We dropped off four boxes of books for trade (they kept maybe two boxes worth of books, which gave us a LOT of extra trade credit). The highlight of the trip was getting stuck inside the store because of a huge rainstorm, during which a stray bat flew in and hung upside down in the entryway to the store. Very random.

While we were stuck I ended up looking for, not finding, and adding some titles to my “to read” list. Here are a few of them:

  • Joan of Arc by Mark Twain — Some critics believe this title, not Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn, is Twain’s best.
  • The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin — Can’t find this anywhere, but can’t wait to read this classic travel writer’s take on song and story from Down Under!
  • The Rocks Don’t Lie by David Montgomery — Heard the author interviewed about his take on the interaction between the critique of mid-20th century creationists and later evolutionary science. Interesting stuff.
  • Why I’m an Atheist Who Believes in God by Frank Schaeffer — A book with a paradoxical title like that deserves a read.

Currently, I’m just reading:

  • Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer — This is a classic by the iconic WWII-era German pastor and theologian.
  • After Christianity by Gianni Vattimo — Haven’t read much philosophy for a while, but this Catholic philosopher has an intriguing perspective on postmodernity and contemporary society.
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