Thursday, July 10, 2014

Books and bookshelves

So I had been thinking about getting another long board and some cinder blocks to add to the bookshelf along the west wall in the basement. My books don't all fit on it (or the other three bookshelves we have). Then it occurred to me.... maybe I just need to get rid of some books. I probably don't need a lot of them, but they're hard to part with.

Speaking of books... I ordered a book the other day. It seems like it's been ages since I got a new book. I don't read at all. I tried reading David Platt's "Follow Me," but... I just kind of lost interest. I'm sure it's a good book and all, I just had a hard time getting into it.

However, Scot McKnight put up a thing on his Facebook about J.R. Brigg's new book, 'Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure.' It struck a chord, because... I am a ministry failure. Probably not forever, but right now I am. It doesn't matter if it was my fault or someone else's. That just where I am. I could try to ignore it, avoid it, or deny it... so I thought maybe I would read J.R.'s book. I checked how long it was - and it's only like 200 pages. I think maybe I can handle that. Maybe.

So... we'll see. I'm hoping it will be waiting for me when I get home.

1 comment:

MR said...

I'm getting the impression you gave away your Kindle Fire. I can guess where it went if you did, so it's understandable.

I know what you mean about getting rid of books. I have some tech manuals that are hopelessly out of date, but they launched my career, so I still keep them. I even e-mailed the author of one of them and he replied. He was wicked shmot.

I would HARDLY call 14 years at the same church a failure. It ended as things do. Either circumstances pull you to the next chapter of life, or your passive aggressive close friends leverage your trust in them to conspire to undermine and betray you.

Usually the latter, in my experience.