Our family room is full of bookshelves which we rarely “organize.” New books just end up getting stacked on top of others until they create the impression that we do a lot of reading; otherwise, it just looks cluttered. So I recently decided to thin things out by boxing up ones that I knew that none of us would be reading again. While doing that, I also pulled out a few that I did want to read again, which is pretty rare for me.
I had previously mentioned Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon. That book was a coming of age tome for me that helped me find a sense of direction at a low point. It’s by far my favorite book, and I read it again for the fourth time with no regrets – its still as good as it was before.
I also re-read Crusade, which is a history of the first gulf war (Powell, Schwartkoff, and co.) It just struck me as an interesting bit of military history and biography. I would recommend it.
For something new, I ordered a used copy of Amish Grace from Amazon. This is the story of the Nickel Mines shooting in Lancaster last year. I, like many others, was touched by the aftermath, and I wanted to know a little more about the Amish and how all of this developed. Religion-wise, we attend a Brethern in Christ church, which is closely related to the Mennonite, which is related to the Amish.
While people relate less and less to denominations these days, I find myself really intrigued by the Amish philosophy and theology. I think from a secular perspective, they are not unlike those aspiring to a car-free/simple life style. Theologically, I find a lot of their views make sense, especially the focus on community v. individualism.
I like the book so far, but be warned that its not a thriller, but a pretty straight forward, no-frills description of what happened and why.