bookmining.com update

I finished reading The Question of God by Armand Nicholi recently, which was the inaugeral book discussion at my new book discussion site BookMining.com. I would highly recommend this book. The author expertly lays out the beliefs and lives of Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis, comparing both how they understood and answered the question of God (as well as love, sex, pain, happiness, death, and the meaning of life) and the impact of their beliefs on how they lived their lives.

We are now deciding on the next book to read together, and I’d like to do 2 things.

1. I’d like to invite folks to read the next book with us. If you enjoy reading and reflecting in community, you’ll probably like BookMining. So give it a try.

2. If you’re inclined to participate, I’d like suggestions for the next book. I’ll gather suggestions, then present them to participants for a group decision. BookMining.com will have some genre variety (fiction/literature, history/biography, religious non-fiction, maybe others). We just finished something non-fiction related to religion, so I propose something in the literature genre as the next book to read together.

Here are a few books I’m interesting in reading in that category to get us started:
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, by Anne Rice
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller

What do you think? Other book suggestions?

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “bookmining.com update

  1. I’d join you for Kite Runner. Christ the Lord would be hard to muster the will to read — I have heard it is good – but I would need to be convinced.

    I enjoyed Yan Martel’s “The Life of Pi” – I would recommend it and would gladly read it again.

    I’ll check back later and see what you all choose.

  2. I agree about “The Life of Pi” – a good and thought-provoking read.

    As for the three suggestions currently on the table, I’m going to have to say that “Christ the Lord” might provoke some really good discussion (I haven’t read it, but in light of the Da Vinci Code’s success and controversy, it seems like the faith/fiction issue is a hot one…)

    I found “The Kite Runner” to be a bit contrived. It’s an OK read, but it may or may not stir up a rich conversation.

    Catch-22 is one of my all time favorites. I’m still going to vote for “Christ the Lord,” but I’m all for Catch-22 as well! Might be a good discussion book in light of the conflict in Iraq.

    There’s my two cents. I’m so glad to finally have the time to do some reading for pleasure!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s