by Lee Hull Moses
I’m re-reading Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time in preparation for worship this week, part of our Stage, Page, and Screen series. It’s a book I hated the first time I read it (come to church Sunday and I’ll tell you why), but I’ve come to appreciate it more each time a read it.
I’ve been trying to reach for books more often than screens these days (though, boy, those smartphones are addictive aren’t they?) I’m old fashioned and I don’t use an e-reader; I like to turn actual pages and scribble in the margins. Here’s what I’ve been reading this summer:
I just finished up Holy Spokes: The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels, written by Laura Everett, who is a minister in Boston who has committed to commuting by bike instead of car. She uses the bike as a metaphor for how we move through live, absorbing the bumps and discovering new roads. It challenged me to think about how I can use my car less in my daily life.
While we were at the beach, I read Jhuma Lahiri’s newest novel, The Lowland. I’ve always loved her writing – so rich and lyrical. In many ways, it’s a sad story about the loneliness that sometimes comes with being human, but it ended on a note of hope for redeemed relationship.
My daughter has been working her way through the reading list for the Battle of the Books competition next year, and she’s passed on a few of her favorites. I loved Rules, by Cynthia Lord, told from the perspective of a teenage girl whose brother is on the autism spectrum. I also really enjoyed Liar and Spy, by Rebecca Stead, which got me thinking about the stories we tell ourselves when life gets hard.
My “currently reading” stack includes Becoming Wise, from Krista Tippett, whose radio show and blog On Being has been regular fodder for our Tuesday night Table Topics conversations. She writes beautiful and hopefully about what it means to be human. A friend just dropped off a copy of In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World, by Padraig O Tuama. I started reading as soon as I got it and had to tear myself away. I do love a writer who can put a good sentence together. And finally, I’m about to dig into Rob Bell’s newest book, What is the Bible, which we’re going to be reading together at Table Topics this fall. (More on that soon!)
Words and stories, poetry and art, sometimes that’s how we make sense of the world. Sometimes that’s where we find the good news.
What have you been reading these days?