I’ve been wanting to type up the final draft of the Best Books of the Year Part Two that I promised, but just can’t find time. Soon and very soon. I hope…thanks for your patience.
So, I hope you don’t view this as a delaying tactic. I really do want to tell you that I will be appearing on the radio on Pittsburgh’s WORD-FM this Wednesday around 4-5 PM (EST) with the best talk show hosts I know, John & Kathy. All this week they are doing a good series on Christian engagement with popular culture and will have rock music critics, film makers, novelists like Anne Rice, me….uh, did I say me? Yep, right up their with Pittsburgh Steeler Daniel Sepulveda, and other great folks who live out their interests “in but not of” the world around us. I talk books, publishing, classics, the shift to electronic reading, reading for study, reading for pleasure, and mumbling a few cheap words about buckling down and making time for what matters most, including reading. Like I have that figured out. I hope you enjoy listening in if you are able. I think it might be on their website eventually, too. The whole week’s series is going to be great!
(You can be friends with them on Facebook, too, here.) Scroll back through and see who they’ve interviewed—-and then feel free to order the books from us, if you’d like.
I rattled off a list of great classics with which we should at least be familiar. I also admitted that I appreciate handbooks to such stuff, guidebooks and suggestions, to help us along, such as the wonderful Invitation to the Classics: A Guide to the Books You Always Wanted to Read edited by Louise Cowan and Os Guinness (Baker; $26.95) It is encyclopedic, full color, interesting, and with some suggestions as to why people of faith might find these master books to be of use. From early church fathers to the key figures in Western thought and literature and theology, this is the best book of its kind. This is a beautifully produced book with many solid contributors, helping us learn about the best of Western literature, explained well from within a thoughtful, appreciative, Christian worldview.
Tell us if you listened to this interview (if you really did, of course) and we’ll sell Invitation to the Classics to you at half off. That’s 50% off. Kind of a payback after the radio initiation rite. Fair enough?
We’re now out of town selling books with some UCC clergy friends for a few days (with guest speaker, old pal Graham Standish, author of Becoming a Blessed Church and Humble Leadership, both published by the Alban Institute) so we pre-recorded the interview. Hosts J&K seemed pleased, and we hope you will be too–Wednesday, January 27th at 4:00-5:00 EST.
While I’m presuming to invite you to listen in to the sound of my voice—catching, perhaps,
some of my enthusiasm and joy for the printed page and our high calling of bookselling that you may not get if you are a BookNotes reader or friend of the store on Facebook—you might recall that my friend Jory Fisher, who has an internet radio show on life coaching, calling, and purpose, had us on her show last fall. It was a very special time as she invited us to not only tell our story, but to tell of books that will help others find their passion and purpose and how all of us, as we discern our vocations and callings, can impact the world around us, to God’s greater glory
The interview with me can be found at the archives of Heart & Soul With Jory Fisher here and we’d love for you to hear our little song and dance. While you are there, check out the other good stories she has uncovered–she found some good folks to share some remarkable testimonials about how they make a difference in their corner of the world. I was especially impressed with the good interview with Gordon Smith, a wonderful author who nicely brings together a serious sense of vocation and calling, and attends to the inner journey of spiritual formation along the way. It is very helpful to hear him, as a conservative Protestant, to draw so nicely on the Ignatian method of spiritual honesty and discernment. See, for instance, his book Courage and Calling: Embracing Your God-given Potential (IVP; $15.00) It is particularly wise and mature study of this vital topic that Jory explores so nicely in her interview with him.
Anyway, thought you might like to hear my interview with her, and learn a bit about us, our bookstore, and why we so appreciate our mail order friends alongside our local customers.
Tell us if you listened to this interview (if you really did, of course) and we’ll send you a book any book on vocation, calling or purpose that I mentioned, at half off. That’s 50% off any one mentioned. Good deal, huh?
Thanks for caring about books, for keeping indie shops alive, for your interest in our writing, reviewing and ruminations about our Kingdom living in God’s good world. I hope these audio interviews might remind you, as it does us when we get to speak it, what we are all about.