Bookshelf post (now with clearer pictures) -
I had the day off today, so I went down to the annual Salt Lake City Library book sale. The bad news was that this was one of the last days of sale (everything has already been picked over), the good news was that I got everything even cheaper. I think I still managed to get some decent books because the majority of the population around here (that might buy Christian theology) are either Mormon or VERY conservative evangelical.... neither of which would typically grab the books that would be of interest to me.
It is a bit like an Easter Egg hunt - digging through the piles of stuff I don't recognize - hoping to spot a name or a title I want. Glancing through a few unknowns that sound interesting. The emotions ranging from "Meh... I'll try that for a quarter" ... to uttering "No $***" in the religion isle because I found a like-new Marcus Borg.
At one point, a gentleman was drifting into my isle and I felt myself get a little territorial. I clutched my books tighter and gave him the evil eye. In his arms he had books by Joyce Meyer and Tim Lahaye. Whew! No danger there. Then he looks up and down my stack of books and shakes his head. I could see he was debating whether to give me a lecture, which would most likely be dripping in Christianese. Fortunately for me, his economic sense won out and he went back to his searching; I was in no mood to be evangelized with cliche's and single syllable words.
Before leaving, I drifted through the LDS section, just in case there was any Robert Millet in there. Nope. But wedged in between some copies of "The Work and the Glory" was a book co-authored by Borg and Crossan. My ecumenical nature had struck pay-dirt!
So what did I get?
Total Surrender - Mother Teresa
Words to Love By - Mother Teresa
Beyond Theology - Alan Watts
Who Killed Jesus? - Dominic Crossan
The First Christmas - Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg
The God We Never Knew - Marcus Borg
Meeting Jesus Again For The First Time - Marcus Borg
Resurrection - John Shelby Spong
Why Christianity Must Change or Die - John Shelby Spong
The Power Of Now - Eckhart Tolle
A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle
Reading Judas - Elaine Pagels
The Sign of Jonas - Thomas Merton
Soul Survivor - Philip Yancey
The Road Less Traveled and Beyond - M. Scott Peck
Traveling Mercies - Anne Lamott
Religious Literacy - Stephen Prothero
Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire - Deepak Chopra
Letter to a Christian Nation - Sam Harris
The Death and Life of Michael Servetus -Roland Bainton
Failing America's Faithful - Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Freedom in Exile - The Dalai Lama
How then shall we live? - Wayne Muller
The 5 People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
All of these are spread out in front of me, and it feels like Christmas morning.
Total spent: $9
Adding to my library: Priceless