Hubby and I became homeowners yesterday, and we move Monday. Much of what we own is in boxes. But there are a few handfuls of books I can’t bear to put away yet. As if I might be called to preach this Sunday or lead a retreat . . .
Add in the fact that I am working my way through the third season of Battlestar Galactica, (which if you don’t know) the story of the human race — on other planets — fleeing a genocidal apocalypse with hope of finding Earth. So a continuing plot device is considering what was brought along — some quite improbable things — and what might be found along the way.
So what books — and I’m skewing to the theological — would you pack last and take first?
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Hey, congratulations on homeownership!
At some point fairly recently, I got rid of just about all theological texts, and kept only fiction or nonfiction by people I know and like. I felt a lot lighter. I still have a bible.
A Fracken homeowner eh? Well watch out for the toasters.
Hearty congratulations on the home ownership!
You did check with Freddy and Fannie first? Yes?
Best of luck and blessings on the new home.
Bring poetry and a novel first. Thin the library.
Oh, Scott, that’s wonderful news! Huge congratulations to both of you! And while I know this is primarily a theological blog, I’d love to see a brief detour post in which you share your impressions on BSG.
Congrats on the new house!! I actually have my desert island list, because I packed a bag of books to bring with me to California, separate from my boxes (that are still packed – I’m am place-less, still.)
A book by Pema Chodron
A book of poems by Mary Oliver
Thomas Keaton’s book on Centering Prayer
A couple of science fiction novels
My Benedictine prayer book
A couple of technology related nonfiction books
I think it’s a nice variety.
Congratulations on the new home!
A few books:-
The beliefs of a Unitarian by Alfred Hall.
The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen.
Tennyson’s complete poems.
Thomas a Kempis Imitation of Christ
Edward Conze’s Buddhism, its essence and development.
An encyclopaedia of railways.
I’ve often wondered what books I should take to a desert island…. and of course which books should I leave on that island …
“47 Years in the Universalist Ministry” by D. B. Clayton; this is his biography, history of southern Universalism and a debate book.
“Hymns of the Spirit – with Services” (Red Hymnal) this is the 1937 hymnal. It’s argued that most hymnals are at least ten years out of date – which means this one is from the 1920s or earlier – good – contains the traditional and the modern
One of those universalist proof books, one of Hanson’s or one of Manford’s
(I note on a shelf I have Manford’s “150 reasons to believe in the final salvation of all mankind”) – Of course keeping both Hanson and Manford together will make them mumble (they feuded).
Probably would take the five volume set of the “Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman” – short stories are great to pick up quickly – if i had to pick one, I’d take my “Who Fears the Devil” Arkham House edition. It being a collectors item is better to look at than read however….so I’d pick one volume at random.
And I’d last pack whatever I’m reading now (“Nathaniel Greene” )