Ask the Authors: Friday
Welcome back to “ask the authors week.” This week we will pose five questions to our contributors, and you’ll find their varied answers to a single question each day.
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Is there a certain book you try to read at least once a year? If so, what is it?
Listening to your Life by Frederick Buechner—Jane Kirkpatrick
Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird. Oh, and the Bible. :>) --Liz Curtis Higgs
Other than the Bible--The Pursuit of God, by A.W. Tozer, and Rose from Brier, by Amy Carmichael. -BJ Hoff
Same book? No. I just do all I can to read the latest fiction, keeping up on what’s going on in the market. And that’s a lot to keep up on. –Brandilyn Collins
No. But I’ve read a few books quite a few times such as Philip Yancey’s Reaching for the Invisible God or Richard Foster’s A Celebration of Discipline. I’ve read A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving several times. Oh, and I’ve read Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler quite a few times. One year I read the Bible in a year, but I can’t do that every year. –Patricia Hickman
The New Testament. --Hannah Alexander
No. I struggle to get new books read every year. I rarely revisit old books (not counting the thesaurus, dictionary, Chicago Manual of Style, etc.). -- Robin Lee Hatcher
Not really. I love all kinds of writing books by different authors. –Lori Copeland
Streams in the Desert devotional. That book has impacted me more than any other book besides the Bible. –Karen Ball
"Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim", a collection of headlines edited by the Columbia School of Journalism. Headlines like:
"Milk Drinkers Turn to Powder"
"Child's Stool Great For Use in Garden"
"Shut-Ins Can Grow Indoors With Lights"
These remind me to use language carefully, and also to not take myself too seriously.—James Scott Bell
My husband and I read through the Bible once every 3 years or so, reading a chapter together every weekday morning before we pray. But there are very few other books I would read more than once because there are simply too many new books vying for my attention. One exception is that I do “spot-read” writing books anytime I need a boost of inspiration. My favorites there are Stein on Writing, Writing the Breakout Novel, Self-editing for the Fiction Writer, and Plot & Structure (by Charis Connection’s own James Scott Bell). ––Deborah Raney
I’m always a better writer after reading anything by Sol Stein. –Angela Hunt