Thursday, October 3, 2013

What are you reading?

Here are the books on my plate.  The first one is by a woman living in a small town about 30 miles from me.

Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions ~ by Rachel Held Evans, 2010, memoir
"Monkey Town" is Dayton, Tennessee, where Rachel lives.  From the back cover:  "Eighty years after the Scopes Monkey Trial made a spectacle of Christian fundamentalism and brought national attention to her hometown, Rachel Held Evans faced a trial of her own when she began to have doubts about her faith."
The Dalai Lama's Cat ~ by David Michie, 2012, fiction
I gave this one to my roommate for her birthday.  From the back cover:  "Starving and pitiful, a mud-smeared kitten is rescued from the slums of New Delhi and transported to a life she could never have imagined.  In a beautiful sanctuary overlooking the snow-capped Himalayas, she begins her new life as the Dalai Lama's cat."
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth ~ by Reza Aslan, 2013, biography
My Sunday school class has decided to study this book, starting in a couple of weeks.  From the dust jacket:  "Aslan explores the reasons why the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity."
Tell us in the comments what's on your reading plate right now.


AuntyDon said...

I am currently reading two books, THE ENOCH FACTOR and ZEALOT. I feel like I am living somewhat a parallel life with Steve McSwain (Enoch author and Aslan (Zealot) gives a very interesting "take" on Jesus. I will be picking up Linda Ronstadt's memoir at the library in the next day or two. I am interested in reading MONKEY TOWN also.

Amy said...

I'm just about finished with Alice Munro's latest collection of short stories.

Helen's Book Blog said...

I love the idea of someone rescuing a cat and then it makes its way to be the pet of the Dalai Lama!

Jan said...

Among other books, I am reading "Death, Dying and Dessert: Reflections on 20 Questions About Dying" by Susan Abel Lieberman.