Our women’s ministry is doing a neat thing on the first Sunday of each month. A sister takes the lesson time and teaches us about her life. I’ve loved hearing about people , even though most presenters seem to find it nerve-wracking. It was my turn this month, and I am just narcissistic enough to have enjoyed it. It seemed like a challenge to me– my whole self in thirty minutes or less. If you read this blog, then you know that my life pretty much is books, so it may come as no surprise that I used book titles as a scaffolding for my presentation. They weren’t necessarily books that I had read (though I have read most of them), or that I love (though I do love most of them), or are even intrinsically representative of my life. Mostly, the book title nodded towards what I wanted to talk about. It was more a memory aid for me than anything substantive, but it was still fun.
Here are the books I chose, and what they meant:
1) Travels with Charley, by John Steinbeck — my dad’s name is Charles (he goes by Chuck, not Charley) and we moved around a lot when I was a kid
2) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer — the title refers to my family, for reasons that should be obvious
3) Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever by Justin Taylor — a list of my favorite things
4) Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis — how I met and married David, and what happened after
5) The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball — how my first marriage happened and ended
6)The Twilight Mystique — my academic life (because I have an essay published in that volume, not because my academic life was particularly mysterious)
7) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway – referred to all the places I’ve lived and my favorite places to eat there (sadly, we did not discuss this one in-depth)
A lot of stuff ended up getting left out– relatively important stuff, too– but the most interesting things were addressed at least. I let the class members choose a book, and then I talked about it.
What books would you use to organize your life?