Three-Minute Book Club

September 9, 2009 | 6 comments

Ever since I realized I had to completely re-write my book, one of the things I’ve been praying for guidance on is how to keep up with blogging. In general I haven’t found it too hard to do both, but there are some times (like this week, for example) when I’m making great progress on a particularly tricky part of the book and am pouring so much time and mental energy into it that I’m not able to write as many blog posts as I’d like.

I was thinking that I would just continue to rerun old posts or take sporadic blogging breaks as needed, when last night an idea popped to mind that I think was an answer to my prayer: I had pulled some of my favorite books off the bookshelf and was flipping through them, noticing all the stars I’d drawn next to salient paragraphs, catching sight of places where I’d scribbled Fascinating! or Great point, and I wished that I had more of an opportunity to share some of these gems of wisdom with readers. The problem is that a lot of times I don’t have enough of a “take” on the excerpt to write a whole post about it, or even comment much at all — it’s just some juicy bit of information that’s fun to think about.

It occurred to me that sharing some of these great excerpts might be a fun way to both free up extra time for book writing when I need it but also have some new and interesting content here on the site. So I’m going to try occasionally doing short posts with excerpts from some of my favorite books, and maybe some questions for discussion that come to mind — sort of like a mini book club. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on some of these great books!


  1. Pam Elmore

    I like this idea a lot! I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  2. Cassandra Frear

    This is exactly what I have decided to do as well. I think it's a great idea to share with people something that we may not otherwise have time for. I have discovered many books I loved because someone shared an excerpt from them.

  3. Melanie B

    I think it's a great idea.

  4. Sr Anne

    I didn't know whether to post this here or after the Merton quote… but just to share a book moment: A few summers ago I was sitting in my Mom's back yard (in New Orleans, pre-Katrina) reading Flannery O'Connor. Not her stories (too intense for me), but a book that related her spiritual insights to the desert fathers. Great book. Can't remember the title, but you can Google it.
    Anyway, the author developed the concept the desert fathers had of "logismoi": those seemingly "logical" thought patterns that, strangely enough, lead you not to the truth, but to a narrow and generally selfish or prideful confirmation in your own way of thinking.
    I realized with a start that for years I had given total credence to what I thought was impeccably logical thinking. And on one level, it is impeccably logical. In itself. It's also totally incomplete, if it fails to take into account such realities as God's lordship, providence, the mystery of the Cross and of communion… You can see these "logical thoughts" run rampant, naturally, in Flannery O'Connor's characters.
    There's a line in the Psalms, "from deceitful and cunning thoughts, rescue me O God."

  5. Laura

    This sounds like the best of both worlds — we still get to read "new entries" woohoo — and you get work done on the book! Thanks for sharing your starred passages with us – c an't wait!

  6. Lena

    Its amazing what we learn from taking note of little details like that! God does love order and beauty.

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