Words Read … Thoughts Churned in 2008

It’s typical of periodical media of many types, news, sports, special interests at this time of year to do year end reviews and so on. Last year I suggested some books which I thought most affected or influenced my thinking and ideas in the prior year. As a reminder the two books, which I still very highly recommend from last year were Stephen Collier’s The Bottom Billion (note: now in paperback) and Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age.

  • For the first book, an interesting approach to the theodicy problem in The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami? This book frames the problem and stresses that there aren’t “trivial” answers locates the best solution (and framing of the problem) in the literature as being found in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov which … I also finished reading this year at long last. And which, now having found the suggestion that this book, among other things, is “about” theodicy I will start to re-read. This book too, I glanced at but will return to when I return to the latter book here Dostoevsky: Language, Faith, and Fiction.
  • For my second book, I’m going to have to go with The Princeton Companion to Mathematics, which I highly recommend to anyone who likes math and has a few collegiate mathematics classes under their belt. 

How about you? Any books you found interesting that you read in 2008?

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  1. Anne says:

    The best book I read this year was an oldie: Therese of Lisieux’s Story of a Soul. It’s largely based on that book that she was named a doctor of the church, right up there with Augustine and Athanasius etc. Though what got me interested in reading Therese was none of that, but the comment from (soon-to-be Saint) Theresa of Calcutta that she had chosen “Theresa” as her name, not because of the great famed mystic Teresa of Avila, but because of the humble Therese of Lisieux, who at that point was not yet a doctor, though already a saint … Therese was the only person named a Doctor on JPII’s long watch as bishop of Rome.

    The first few chapters — in which her superior had ordered her to write a memoir of her childhood — were medium-dull though contained enough good material to be worth the trouble. But some of it — especially the chapter on the retreat when she finally understands her vocation — was some of the best Christian literature I have read outside the Bible, probably second only to Athanasius among those I’ve read.

    Take care & God bless
    Anne / WF