Recommendations and NaNoWriMo

I don’t have anything profound to say today (like most days I guess). I did want to mention a few things I’ve been reading lately. But, first if you weren’t aware of my ‘Required Readings‘ page, you should check that out. It’s not complete, but basically I’m trying to construct a list of books, movies and sermons that would be part of my required reading list for Trying To Follow 101. The goal is for the list not to be overwhelming long, so it’s a work in progress. Anything you think I should add?

I’ve actually gotten myself on a roll reading books, which I hope to continue. I finished With Justice for All by Jonathan Perkins last week, which I would highly recommend if you know nothing of the CCDA philosophy. I also just finished Freakonomics, which I found extremely interesting and entertaining. I’m almost done with Divided by Faith which sheds light on the racial divide in the evangelical church. I had started reading the third Harry Potter book, but stopped because I think it falls into the ‘Redemptive Violence’ category that I’m trying to avoid for at least a year. Not sure what’s next on my list just yet.

And finally, I have a big decision to make. Thursday starts the month of November, which is also known as National Novel Writing Month. Each year a large group of people attempt to write their own 50,000 word novel. I’ve always wanted to write a book, though fiction seems difficult I also think I’d really enjoy doing it. Inspired by Zach’s writing last year, I’d like to give it a shot. However, it would probably mean I write little to nothing on the blog for that month. It’s a busy month, but I might be able to pull it off. I’m thinking I’d write a fiction story about what I think a church really following the teachings of Christ in the USA would look like. I think I’d also write it in a public space (maybe a google document) so others can read it as I go. Or, I guess I could just write it as blog posts each day (would that be overwhelming?).

That’s about it from here. I’d love to hear your input.

12 thoughts on “Recommendations and NaNoWriMo”

  1. I tried nanowrimo once. It lasted approximately five minutes. But I have a friend who finished one year.

    I admit that I haven’t read anything on the required reading list, but I am currently working on The Shame of the Nation.

  2. I’m considering it… not sure how it would play out with me also being an Master’s course… and a full time job… and, most importantly, spending time with my wife… but i’m considering it, yes.

  3. Ariah… Great question for all of us… What SHOULD the Church look like? Hope you write the novel. And if you do, please add your comments re this ‘model church’… at ‘Pastor Paul’ there could sure use some help there.

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