PASTOR’S BOOKSHELF – WELCOME TO MY BOOKSHELF! JUNE 2021
Welcome to my bookshelf!
Each month I will discuss a recent book that I’ve finished.
*disclaimer; I don’t always have time to sit and read physical books,
but I do quite a bit of my reading through audiobooks these days.*
This month I’d like to talk about:
FICTION BOOKS By: various authors
Every month I take a book that I have recently read and I recommend it to the wonderful people of this congregation. It’s a way for me to encourage good authors and perhaps even challenge you with new perspectives or insights you’ve never considered before. It’s funny though – I believe over the years I may have given you a false impression. I do not only read religious non-fiction books. In fact, I don’t really enjoy reading non-fiction books at all! I read them, because they help me grow, and I love to learn – but the truth is, I’d much rather be reading fiction!
This month I wanted to celebrate and encourage you to read fiction, for no other purpose than it allows you to explore other worlds and engage your imagination in meaningful ways. I especially recommend fiction books as an alternative to watching something on a screen. TV can be a wonderful thing – but only a book allows you to draw the picture in your mind.
One of my favorite authors is Michael Crichton. You probably remember his most famous work “Jurassic Park.” He puts an enormous amount of study into his books, and that research gives them a level of reality that helps your imagination come alive. I also enjoy anything set in the medieval world or involving pirates. One of my favorite books of all time is Captain Blood – a story of an Irish doctor, Peter Blood, who became a slave and then a reluctant pirate.
Other works I have enjoyed would be The Chronicles of Narnia
(CS Lewis), The Eragon Series (Christopher Paolini), The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkein), and I’ve recently begun the sci-fi series “Enders Game” (Orson Scott Card).