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July 03, 2007

Blog-a-Book: Summer reading challenge

Book Perhaps you heard Chuck Colson talking today about BreakPoint's new summer reading list. Here's the commentary, in case you didn't -- and here's the list, compiled of all those book suggestions we tossed around the last few weeks. 

And here's a challenge for those of you who love to read:

Next week a group of us bloggers, along with two guest bloggers from our internship program, are starting "Blog-a-Book." It's an idea we got from Slate's "Blog the Bible" feature, although our vision is just a bit less ambitious. Each of us has selected a book from the new reading list and, for nine weeks (starting July 9), will be reading it and writing about it here on the blog.

We'd like to challenge you to join us. If you're game, choose a book from the list and blog along with us! You can use the comment section on any of our Blog-a-Book posts to log your thoughts and impressions on what you're reading. Some of your comments may be quoted on the main blog site as well.

Click on the link below to find out what we're reading . . .

Catherine Claire: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Atta girl! ;-) )
Gina Dalfonzo: The Book of Uncommon Prayer, edited by Constance and Daniel Pollock
Kim Moreland:  Jeeves in the Offing by P. G. Wodehouse
Kristine Steakley: The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
Lori Smith: Father Brown: The Essential Tales by G. K. Chesterton (There's such an overwhelming number of Father Brown stories that we allowed Lori to pick the abridged version for this project. Here's the link to  The Complete Father Brown in case anyone wants it.)
Travis McSherley: Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

And our guest bloggers:

Alyce Loeser: The Habit of Being by Flannery O'Connor
Jess Eischens: Now and Not Yet by Jennifer A. Marshall

Are you ready to join the fun? Grab a book and let's get blogging! Again, look for the first Blog-a-Book posts Monday, July 9, so we can give everyone time to get a copy of his or her chosen book.

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Denny Hartford

Terrific idea, guys. A few of us have already committed to joining you. Thanks for holding high the banner for quality reading.

Another source I encourage you to check out is The Book Den (thebookden.blogspot.com) a literary site specifically designed to encourage and assist Christians who desire to read the best books around. There you'll find specific book reviews, quotes, information about our reading clubs, and even some fun stuff like "Everything I Needed to Know I Learned from Sherlock Holmes."

Again, thanks for the enthusiasm you've inserted into summer reading.

Sue Frenz

Check out http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/
to download free public domain books for your PDA or computer. I've downloaded and read almost all of George MacDonald's books. I can see why he was a favorite of C.S. Lewis!
Dostoyevsky, Dickens, Shakspeare,Tolstoy, and many more are available for free.

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