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Book Corner November 2010
Fast Food for Thought:
Short Book Reviews while on Internship
by Joshua K. Warfield
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while, but finally got around to it during the National Banned Books Week (the last week of September) a program sponsored by the American Library Association to raise awareness about crimes against free speech in the form of literary censorship.
Hurston’s novel tells the story of an African-American woman’s quest to find a mutual loving relationship in a time where culturally women were supposed to be subservient to their husbands (which is still the unfortunate case in many religious and cultural social structures to this day). It is described by many critics as a proto-feminist novel for the depiction of the main character’s quest for freedom and mutuality. This is a great novel. Hurston has a way of writing that is so simple yet so elegant. You read along and then BOOM! a phrase jumps out of the fabric of the novel and overwhelms you with beauty and inspiration.
- Reclaiming the ‘L’ Word: Renewing the Church from its Lutheran Core by Kelly A. Fryer
This is another book in the Lutheran Voices series. In this easy-to-read book, Fryer invites the readers to reform the church here and now by reclaiming the core of Lutheranism: that Jesus is Lord, that everyone is welcome, that love changes people, that everybody has something to offer, and that the world needs what we have. Instead of being timid and humble about our Lutheran identity, Fryer invites us to be bold in our proclamation of the good news of God’s grace to the world. Fryer takes theologies that have often been accessible to laity (and many rostered leaders, too!) and uses a direct and easy to understand language. The book is perfect for a Bible-study, adult forum, or council devotion, and I think would foster excellent conversation about where parishioners see the Holy Spirit leading their church and the church in the world.