This morning I noticed that my wife and I have a tendency to stack a pile of books next to our beds. I also have a tendency to analyse people by their bookshelves. I have a rude habit of making for people’s bookshelves when I visit them in order to see the sort of thing they are into. There is probably a whole science to this for those that care to develop one. One of the many great things about the 1980s was Lloyd Grossman on ITV’s “Through the Keyhole”, a programme which had Lloyd exploring the houses of famous people, trying to guess “who would live in a house like this?”
So join me as we go “through the keyhole” and take a look at our bedside book-stacks …
The Inklings by Humphrey Carpenter – I got this for Christmas and it’s my next read, a group biography of JR Tolkien, CS Lewis and Charles Williams and writers of their ilk who used to hang out at The Eagle and Child in Oxford.
Bulfinch’s Mythology – For dipping into at bedtime for dream material. I’m working through the Norse section at the moment.
Subterranean by James Rollins – I read about six pages and couldn’t bear the writing style so it’s here to remind me to return it to the owner.
Hindu Scriptures tr./ed. Robert Charles Zaehner – I have been meaning to tackle this for a while having read around Hinduism quite a lot, I particularly want to read the Upanishads.
Strength to Love by Martin Luther King – This is wonderful for dipping into, inspiring and crammed with MLK’s powerful rhetoric and memorable turns of phrase.
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny – Classic SF book borrowing heavily from Hindu mythology. Very good. It’s here to remind me to return it to the owner.
Curating Worship by Jonny Baker – Another book waiting to go back to its owner. I think it has been influential. I read it and was a bit “meh”.
Vegan with a Vengance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz – Another one for dipping into, not as much for the recipes (which are great) as for Isa’s punk infused anecdotes.
English Grammar for Dummies – Grammar is the main thing that keeps me awake at night so this is here for me to check stuff and get back to sleep.
Breakout by Mark Stibbe and Andrew Williams – An account of missional communities based from St. Andrew’s Chorley Wood.
The Seven Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership by Kate Coleman – Recommended to my wife by her spiritual director. Apparently it is very good. I can’t get over the title.
Restoring Your Spiritual Passion by Gordon MacDonald – I have read some of this author and he’s pretty helpful.
The Acts of The Apostles by Jimmy Dunn – My wife is doing a Masters in Theology and Ministry and was taught by Jimmy as an undergraduate.
The Vision and the Vow by Pete Grieg – I think this is a book about “boiler rooms”, centres of prayer in UK cities.
The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan – Presumably an appropriate bedtime read, I don’t know.
Overcoming Fear, Anxiety and Worry by Elyse Fitzpatrick – My wife does a lot of pastoral work and is constantly looking to learn and improve.
One Dog at a Time by Pen Farthing – Rescuing dogs in Afghanistan. I don’t think she has read this one yet but I have my eye on it, too.
Run with the Horses by Eugene Peterson – I’m not sure what this is about but Eugene Peterson is one of the few Christian authors I can stomach.
Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom – Classics, I believe, lent by a friend.
World Without End by Ken Follett – Historical fiction. She is working her way through Follett at the moment.
What is by your bed and why, and what does it say about you?
- My Bedside Table 2 (afictionhabit.wordpress.com)