This is the last day of 10 Books a Day for a Week. A late Sunday whim, this has been one of my favourite blogging weeks. I lost track of comments for a while, I simply couldn’t keep up with all of the wonderful suggestions. Many book lovers found each other in the comments, some of my favourite comments were: “Oh, my goodness! I love him! I can’t believe you read his books, too!” between other readers, with nothing to do with me or my list. I loved reading your lists, and tried to visit as many of your links as I could manage (while still keeping bodies and souls together here).
Readers are such lovely people.
To finish off the week, I’d like to share the handful of books I read daily, and 10 books of poetry. (I’m still trying to convince Brian to share his 10 books that changed his faith here tomorrow, but I’m not holding my breath.)
The Message, a paraphrase of the Bible by Eugene Peterson. I read the Message almost every day, and it feels like Scripture is brand new to me. It takes Scripture into an earthy, Everyman language that resonates with me, it’s so real that it reads like poetry, and cleanses like a bath.
New Living Translation Bible. This is the Bible that Brian bought me right after we were married. He had my new married name imprinted on it, and I’ve loved it ever since. I grew up on the NIV and KJV, which I still like, but this Bible was my companion, and, in so many ways, my healing.
The Book of Common Prayer came into my life 10 years ago. I had been a Christian for 15 years before I discovered that there was a Church calendar, let alone liturgy or creeds. Who, low church? me? I began to attend a small Episcopal church in San Antonio on my lunch breaks, for Eucharist, and fell head over heels in love with it, right down to the smell of waxed wood and candles. I continued my lunchtime Eucharist habit at a stone Anglican church over the next few years. I found The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime (Tickle, Phyllis)) to be the best introduction to learning to pray the hours. I go through seasons with this one, times when I pray the hours daily, for weeks, and other times, when I simply don’t pick it up, usually because I’m using Common Prayer, below.
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young. A series of daily devotions, this book is written from Scripture, as if a letter from Jesus directly to you. It’s one of my daily devotions, typically read over my coffee or breakfast.
Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne, Enuma Okoro, and Jonathon Wilson-Hargrove. This book came into my life through a friend, during the season of Lent in 2011. I have used it daily, ever since, and I love it. I don’t always do the singing (that seems more communal, I guess) but the readings and Scripture orient me every day. I read it every morning, and sometimes the evening prayers as well, but struggle to find the discipline or habits for the midday prayers.
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. We give the tinies a Bible for their first birthday, and this was Evelynn Joan’s present. But all of us have fallen in love with it, and this is the Bible we have started to use for the tinies bedtime Bible story (along with their other two, okay three, all right fine four, other stories). It’s beautiful, weaving the story of Jesus throughout, and the illustrations are whimsical.
I wrote a bit about how I rely on poetry these days, and how it helps. I found out, I am not alone in that.
Witness yesterday morning: tinies were playing legos, Evelynn in the tub, me sitting on the washroom floor, cuppa coffee in hand, and a book. I snatch a moment, here and there, where I can, it’s what we do, isn’t it?
Here are my favourites:
- Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
- Migration by W.S. Merwin
- The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke
- 100 Selected Poems by e.e. cummings
- What It Is Is Beautiful: Honest Poems for Mothers of Small Children by Sarah Dunning Park (I’ll have more to say on this slim volume soon…)
- Polishing the Petoskey Stone by Luci Shaw. Luci Shaw is my favourite poet, I could include every thing she has written, but I won’t….I think….
- Little Girls in Church by Kathleen Norris
- New and Selected Poems Vol. 2 by Mary Oliver
- Complete Poems by Emily Dickinson
- Accompanied by Angels: Poems of the Incarnation by Luci Shaw. Okay, I tried to limit myself to one Luci Shaw book but couldn’t. My bad.
I have a few anthologies of the Romantics, and one rather embarrassingly dog-eared copy of Irish love poetry, but these are ones I read most often these days.
Your turn: What books do you read daily? What are your favourite books of poetry?
We’re talking about 10 Books a Day for a Week. Share your own favourites on your blog, and post your link in the comments, or just let me know what you think or recommend. I love to snoop bookshelves, and this is my excuse – and yours – to talk books.
Sunday: 10 books that changed my faith
Thursday: 10 books I read over and over (and over)
Friday: 10 spiritual memoirs
Saturday: My daily books + 10 books of poetry
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