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"If God is sovereign, then his lordship must extend over all of life, and it cannot be restricted to the walls of the church or within the Christian orbit." Abraham Kuyper Common Grace 1.1.

Wednesday, 16 August 2006

I've been tagged - book meme

Gideon Strauss has tagged me. I've been a little slow in responding - and blogging - as I've been in Germany visiting my brother and his family.

1. One book that changed your life: Creation Regained by Al Wolters.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once: Knowing With The Heart by Roy Clouser

3. One book you’d want on a desert island: Assuming that the Bible is included, then The New Critique of Theoretical Thought by Herman Dooyeweerd -to give me time to read it carefully.

4. One book that made you laugh: Any of the Disc World books by Terry Pratchett. The first page of the fist book I read of his (Reaper man ) had my sides aching:
The Morris dance is common to all inhabited worlds in the multiverse.

It is danced under blue skies to celebrate the quickening of the soil and under bare stars because it's springtime and with any luck the carbon dioxide will unfreeze again. The imperative is felt by deep-sea beings who have never seen the sun and urban humans whose only connection with the cycles of nature is that their Volvo once ran over a sheep.

It is danced innocently by raggedy-bearded young mathematicians to an inexpert accordion rendering of "Mrs Widgery's Lodger" and ruthlessly by such as the Ninja Morris Men of New Ankh, who can do strange and terrible things with a simple handkerchief and a bell.

And it is never danced properly.

Except on the Discworld, which is flat and supported on the backs of four elephants which travel through space on the shell of Great A'Tuin, the world turtle.

And even there, only in one place have they got it right. It's a small village high in the Ramtop Mountains, where the big and simple secret is handed down across the generations.

There, the men dance on the first day of spring, backwards and forwards, bells tied under their knees, white shirts flapping. People come and watch. There's an ox roast afterwards, and it's generally considered a nice day out for all the family.

But that isn't the secret.

The secret is the other dance.

And that won't happen for a while yet.

5. One book that made you cry: The Hobbitt by J. R. Tolkein

6. One book that you wish had been written: Dooyeweerd for Dummies by Mark Roques, Richard Russell or Roy Clouser.

7. One book that you wish had never been written: Can't think of anything specific - but anything that degrades sex.

8. One book you’re currently reading: The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell and The Myth of Religious Neutrality by Roy Closer (again)

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: Rainbows for a Fallen World by Calvin Seerveld - I know, I know I should have read it years ago.

10. Now tag five people: Paul Otto and Elbert Bass- in an attempt to get them blogging again, Russ Reeves, Maggi Dawn, Kenn Hermann and Gregory Baus (who said I could count?).

1 comment:

Paul said...

I have yet to read Rainbows as well! Too many other books to buy and read! (Don't even own a copy).

PS. You cheated: you are taking 66 + 3 books with you! Greed!