The stupidest book endorsement/review I read this year: It's impossible to open this book at any point and not begin reading.
Why the publisher chose that review to include on the back cover is beyond me. But then again, I'm not an academic, so perhaps there's some high brow significance to that I'm missing. (Maybe Mark can explain it to me off list, so he doesn't embarrass me with its obvious yet simplistic profundity, because everyone knows I don't need help embarrassing myself.)
Anyway, it's the eve of a New Year and I'm the absolute wrong person to send you into it with profundity. But, as it happens, New Year's Eve falls on a Saturday and it's my day to post. I could be obvious and talk about what a year we've had at The Master's Artist; discuss my plans to fail miserably at my New Year's resolutions; ask you all to list your goals for the coming year. And while taking the easy route is usually my preference - I don't like to think too deeply on weekends, or, well, ever - I'll resist that glass of bubbly and just write about what I usually write about: Nothing of Significance. It goes great with fish or beef.
My book buying has far outpaced my book reading this year. Sometimes I wonder if I love the idea of books more than actually reading the books. Just being honest.
And it's not as though I buy only leather-bound, ooh-she-must-be-really-brilliant titles.
I suppose what has kept me from devouring the titles, or only taking a nibble, besides time constraints, is discovery. As I mature in Christ it's difficult for me to devote time to books that tackle themes in a humanistic, ungodly way. I respect the questions and the right to ask them, yet I flinch at the answers, or the postmodern chant of "there is no right answer."
Yet, with some exceptions, I've stopped buying "Christian" fiction because most has the depth and scope of a child's wading pool. Yes, yes, there are some very shallow mainstream books, too. I'm not looking to explore that argument again.
Then, inevitably, the question turns to me: Can I do any better?
I have a whole new year to answer that.