Good books for reading, gifts

11/7/2007

By Bishop Hope Morgan Ward

I enjoy books on tape from the public library when I am driving by myself and listened recently to John Adams by David McCullough. The love of John Adams for books was astounding and deeply touching. Until his 90th year, nothing delighted him more than good books, more than 3,000 in his personal library.

I devote this column to recommendations drawn from conversations about reading. Perhaps some of these will give you Christmas ideas, for the list of a reader you know and love or perhaps as you give hints for yourself this Christmas!

·   In the Name of Jesus, by Henri Nouwen, recommended by Tommy Artmann

·   The Elusive Mr. Wesley, by Richard Heitzenrater, recommended by Willis Britt

·   Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, recommended by Jerry Beam

·   Trolls and Truth: 14 Realities About Today’sChurch that We Don’t Want to See, by Jimmy Dorrell, recommended by Bob Rambo

·   The Grand Sweep (and other books), by Ellsworth Kalas, recommended by Jim Porter

·   The Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv, recommended by Bob Kochtitzky and Ron Barham

·   Turning To One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future, by Margaret Wheatley, recommended by Steve Casteel

Happy reading!