Books I’ve Read Before I Died, 7/9/2014 Update

Continuing a unique series to this blog, even though there’s only two entries.  The first one is so good I had to say something about it right away.

Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, SJ ISBN-13: 9780062024237

Read this last week on vacation, and was overwhelmed. The author is a wonderful storyteller who integrates good scholarship into the narrative without getting dry. The connections I felt were his vignettes of his Holy Land trip: the experiences he had at the Church of the Nativity and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher were very different than mine, but he makes all the places he visits vivid. His reflections on Jesus’ life are thought provoking and not seeking to convert the reader to his viewpoint. In this way, it’s truly a witness of what he’s seen and heard, which is the best kind of storytelling and personal witness. I recommend this to everyone, since it’s not an academic book but a personal journey. I don’t think you would have to be Catholic or even Christian to appreciate this book. Get it.

Skin Game by Jim Butcher ISBN-13: 9780451464392

This is a fun book, and continues the high quality entertainment standard set previous in the series. Jim Butcher is a great storyteller who packs a lot of action as well as providing food for thought. There were many times I was wondering where the story would go next, and it went in fresh and unpredictable directions that didn’t seen illogical or forced. If you’re into Fantasy literature, pick it up.

To be continued…

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One comment

  1. Pamela Demasi · · Reply

    Great! Love it.

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