John Frye has been going to the gym with me. Sue Monk Kidd was going, but I made her wait in the van for a few days.
I just finished John’s book, Out of Print. I am going to write a very brief review because I dislike fiction reviews which give away too much of the story.
First, I already told you the book would be wonderful, and it was. The general idea of the story has to do with the disappearing of the written Scriptures.
John does a brilliant job of carefully dissecting the God of the Word from the Word of God without diminishing either, but rather leaving the reader with a greater appreciation for both – God beyond the written Word and the Word itself written on the hearts of His people.
He also does a masterful job of “fleshing out” the concept of incarnation. While he weaves various theological ideas throughout an interesting story, I believe the picture of incarnation that he depicts is most valuable. During this season of focusing on the Word made flesh, I especially appreciated the nuance and clarity with which John describes incarnation.
John, I enjoyed your story and smiled at the surprising little twist at the end. Of course I would have loved a few hundred more pages. Thank you!
As long as I am writing about books, I thought I would write about the books I have open at the moment. Some of you may remember my scattered style of reading multiple books.
As I said, I just finished John’s book, and now going to the gym with me is God’s Joyful Surprise by Sue Monk Kidd. This is an older book that I happened to pick up somewhere. It is the right book at the right time for me today.
On the night stand is Living in Dependency and Wonder by Graham Cooke.
In the living room, Everything Must Change by Brian McClaren. I will post a review of this some time after the holidays.
In the kitchen, Unveiled at Last by Bob Sjogren. I’m not sure how that one ended up there. I must have been carrying it around with me and stopped for a minute. It’s not likely to get read much in the kitchen.
Finally, as a PDF on my computer with a hard copy on its way in the mail, That You Might Believe by Brother Maynard.
So how about you? Read any good books lately?