So, anyway, my friend
mentioned that he was asking all his friends to recommend three books each. Well, I can’t be bothered trying to pick three, so I’ll just go for a bunch of titles that jumped out at me when looking over my shelves:
Moondust: In search of the men who fell to Earth, Andrew Smith
The story of the Apollo astronauts who walked the moon and what happened to them after they returned home. Really interesting stuff, and worth it for the slight subplot featuring the guy who denies we ever went to the moon. I think Buzz Aldrin sorted him out though.
Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian faith, Rob Bell
One of the new wave of pastors, Bell is cool. A nice slant on faith, and got me interested in the Jewish roots of Christianity…
The Man Comes Around: The spritual journey of Johnny Cash, Dave Urbanski; The Man Called Cash, Steve Turner
Because Johnny Cash was the coolest man on Earth.
Roaring Lambs, Bob Briner
Quite an influential book a few years back, all about living out your faith in the day-to-day world rather than retreating into a Christian subculture. It’s been a while since I read it though.
Anything collection of American humour journalist Dave Barry’s columns (for instance…)
Because he’s not well known enough in Britain and he makes me laugh.
Red Moon Rising, Pete Grieg
The story of the 24-7 Prayer Project, and a book I keep recommending at church. Not sure anyone’s listened to me though, so here we go.
The Cuckoo’s Egg, Silicon Snake Oil, High Tech Heretic, Cliff Stoll
For a guy who knows a fair bit about computers, Stoll’s pretty suspicious about them, but he’s so chilled out and Californian about it, you can’t help but agree. Snake Oil and Heretic are his musings on the digital revolution of a few years ago, while The Cuckoo’s Egg is about how, as computer administrator at university, he stumbled across an East German hacker hijacking their network…And one of the books features a recipe for cookies.
The Irresistable Revolution, Shane Claiborne
There’s something hippyish about Claiborne, but this book on how he discovered a sort of communal Christian living in urban America is great. Love the bit about how a bunch of homeless people occupied an empty cathedral and their struggle to be allowed to stay there…
I’ll probably have remembered another ten by tomorrow morning…