Monday, January 31, 2005
I like to recycle, and the following is a case in point. I sent an earlier version of this post to my friend who gave me the book, and then I sent basically this version to our theology pintnight group, which will probably be using the book as fodder for discussions over the coming months.
A friend of mine sent me a copy of this book as a gift a couple weeks ago, knowing that I wanted it. I finished the book about a week or so ago...couldn't put it down; I think I read it in something like two and a half sittings.
Once while reading it I actually cried (something I don't do nearly enough of), and later, another essay brought tears to my eyes. Parts of it also pissed me off, e.g. the numerous times that Atkinson flipped the bird at fundamentalists in what seemed to me to be annoyingly affected displays of leftism, but he always redeemed himself somehow (indirectly) in the next essay such that I thought the book wonderful overall.
Definitely the best book I've read all year. Seriously, though, I tend to think it will even finish in my Top 2 or 3 Reads of 2005, and I look forward to rereading it through the years.
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