The tag of gareth – I’ve been bookblogged!

Conspiracy ahoy … Gareth B has “tagged” me virtually at the same time I responded to Roger’s question “What book are you reading?”.

So here goes:

1. One book that changed your life
“The meaning of the creative act” (1917?) by Nikolai Berdyaev. I read this while recovering from Bible college, 1983. Or, Thomas Moore’s “Care of the Soul”.

2. One book you’ve read more than once
“Weaveworld” by Clive Barker. Barker is possibly this age’s greatest mythmaker; his knowledge of the esoteric and the exotic is simply awesome, and his imagination is unparalleled.

3. One book you’d want on a desert island
The Bible – It’s 66 for the price of one, in the space of one, and despite it all it’s not going out of fashion.

4. Two books that made you laugh
“The real Frank Zappa Book” by Peter Peter Occhiogrosso and His Zapness (?) – my baptism into all things Californian. Both times.

5. One book that made you cry
“Birdsong” by Pat Barker. Wrenching story of the first world war.

6. One book you wish had been written
“Man” by Jonathan Paton. He was my dad. His dad was a famous writer.

7. One book you wish had never been written
I’m completely blank on this one. No one book could take all the blame.

8. One book you’re currently reading
“Crazy Horse”, by Mari Sandoz, the story of the Lekota warrior mystic.

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read
“The God Delusion” Richard Dawkins, I’ve been on chapter 4 for 18 months. Gareth, were bookbuddies after all.

10. Where’s your favourite place to buy books
Charing Cross Rd, Westminster.

10. What book do you want to shamelessly plug
“Original Blessing” by Matthew Fox. It’s a tour de force of new theology; generous, sweeping, liberating.

I tag you liquidlight, tim, fakeexpressionsoftheunkown, and don.


  1. gareth b said

    That was really fast! no frills, no fuss, just good value!
    thanks for playing along with this conspiracy. should we have a ‘finish god delusion’ race? first one there wins a milkshake.

    PS – here’s a great take on the Kingdom of God – the use of tribe and dream made me think of your words last night:
    You’ll probably be interested in Adam’s whole KoG series. There was a great one looking at sexuality a few weeks back too.

  2. Don R said

    Thanks Nic. This may take a while, but I promise to give it a try.

  3. Nic Paton said

    I *insist* you compile a list of books (wink wink) … your journey is a light of hope to me.

    gareth “just one more url” b :
    The Phyllis quotes really tickle in the right place. I cutnpast one paragraph here, inappropriate and unorderly as that may be:

    “There is a tribe, I believe…a people dispersed around the globe, driven from the center of their beginning, but held to one another and to the dream of the center in their hearts by mutual miracle and affection and longing. They were, in the beginning, a pair in a garden that became a family that moved among humanity and that, in time, became a tribe. A tribe chosen of God and then, by a singular intervention, expanded to a membership of millions. Like any tribe, this one has its common heritage and shared stories and its symbolic rituals of bonding and mutual recognition. And as with any tribe, its members are citizens of nowhere and everywhere, because theirs is not a citizenship of geography, but one of communal blood, of allegiance to an ancestral promise, and of a familial spirit housed within them and functioning there.”

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