Further Adventures of a Hopeless Bookworm
So, in case you didn’t know, I’m a bookworm. I love books, bookstores, the smell of libraries, and getting swept into the mental castle an author builds with words and style and plot and character.
My latest bookwormy adventure has an embarrassing ending for me, but a happy one for you! I was at the bookstore last week replacing a missing book from my collection. But wait: let me tell you this first!
The Gospel of Luke is one of my favorite books ever. You cannot pigeonhole Jesus in Luke. As soon as you think you’ve got him figured out, he says something or does something that makes your hair stand on end, or gives you goosebumps, or makes you laugh out loud. I know all of the Gospel writers do this in their own way, but Luke stands out for me. Right now. Next year, I will probably be gushing about how Matthew or John have flipped my lid, but Luke’s my current favorite.
Luke for Everyone, by Tom Wright, is my single favorite book about the Gospel of Luke. I’m sure there are more scholarly commentaries, deeper historical investigations, but Tom Wright brings together three gifts that no other writer brings to Luke in such abundance:
- beautiful Christ-centered theology
- favorite-pair-of-jeans comfort and familiarity with ancient history and language
- best of all – the gift of a true story-teller – Tom’s writing truly helps the life in the story burst forth
So – there I was at the bookstore, buying a copy of Luke for Everyone. My third copy of Luke for Everyone. Yes, third. Why three, you might ask? Oh, let me tell you! I bought a copy a while back when I was teaching The Life of Christ. Then I joined the Tom Wright …for Everyone Book Club, which was an awesome idea but too low-tech (no EFT, so I kept forgetting to mail my monthly check, and not surprisingly the stream of books petered out around Romans), and received a second copy of Luke For Everyone. Thrilled I was! What an wonderful opportunity to start a back-up collection of my favorite books!
No, I didn’t. I gave that copy to one of my best friends, who doesn’t like to read very much. I told him that since he doesn’t like to read very much, he needs to have a few really great books around so that he doesn’t waste the few times when the urge to read really strikes him! So I gave him a copy of JA Turner’s book on raising kids with a Christian worldview, and I gave him Luke for Everyone.
You’re starting to wonder if the happy ending I promised will ever arrive? Hold your horses, we’re almost there.
So, now I’m back down to one copy of Luke for Everyone. Right up until I get a real craving to blog through it. Then, it is gone. Office shelves? Nope. Living room shelves? Nope. Dining room shelves? (don’t you judge me, Earl!!!) Nope. Church classroom? Nope. Laptop bag? Nope. It is well and truly gone. I perform a variety of searches through my house over the next couple of weeks, hoping it will show up.
Then, while Carly and the Queen and I are at Fayette Mall, I get the brilliant idea to make a joke. I say, “I bet if I buy a third copy of Luke For Everyone, we will find the first one!” Brilliant excuse to be sent into a bookstore with freedom to buy, right? SURE!
So I bought it (along with Living God’s Love: An Invitation to Christian Spirituality, by a couple of professors from one of my previous lives), ate a BBQ chicken pizza from Smashing Tomato, and went home happy.
And stayed happy, until I was getting ready for work on Monday, and the joke became reality. Carly bangs on the bedroom door and says, “Look at this!” I turn around to see my dog-eared original copy of, yup – Luke for Everyone. I had shelved it on the floor – and then a box and a storage bin of summer clothes had been shelved on top of it!
So, now I have a brand-new copy of Luke for Everyone that needs a home – and here’s the happy ending for you! ’bout time, right?
YOU can have this new copy – just share one fact you know about Luke (the author or the Gospel) in the comments section here at Fumbling Towards Eternity (I will try and pay attention to Facebook comments as well, but no promises!). Beware, though! If you repeat a fact that someone else has already shared, your fact doesn’t count! So in order to be entered into the drawing, you’ve got to read the other comments – if there are any! – before adding your own entry!
Good luck! I can’t wait to read what you like about Luke!
in HIS love,
PS – Ray and Alicia, I promise that I haven’t forgotten about you! I did forget, but I remembered – so I’m putting your certificates in the mail this week!