Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hey, I just bought 28 books for 2 dollars!

So today is the last day of my local library's semi-annual book sale.  That means you can get a grocery bag full of books for a buck.  One George Washington greenback for one bag-o-books!  That's all! So I'm sitting here with two stuffed-to-bursting bags next to me.

When the books are that cheap, you tend to pick up whatever catches your eye.  It's like picking apples.  this one, this one, this one, that one.

So well, I bought 28 books.  Here are a few:

C. S. Mann's commentary on Mark.  Since I've pretty much decided to make the Gospel of Mark the subject of study for the foreseeable future, this was a fortuitous find.

John Eldredge's Wild at Heart.  I wouldn't have paid more for it, and I'm afraid it might make me cranky.  I mean, I don't really think the Braveheart guy is such a great hero and I don't dream of being a warrior, etc.  But, well, you can't beat the price....

In then there's Mark Buchanan's The Holy Wild, which was probably an attempt to catch the same lucrative wave that Eldredge has been riding for years.  After Wild at Heart, "wild" became the word every publisher tried to fit into every book aimed at the Christian guy market. Christian writers and publishers are nothing if not emulative.  Still, this might just be a worthwhile read, and Phillip Yancey praises Buchanan.  I'll give it a shot.

Kathleen Norris' Dakota: A Spiritual Geography.  Maybe I'll never read it.  In a year or two it'll just get re-donated to the library for another booksale.  This blogger calls the author "snotty."  Hmmm.

Elisabeth Elliot's The Path of Loneliness.  Subtitle: Finding Your Way through the Wilderness to God.  I think Elliot is a wise woman, but this book may just be another that I have acquired only to give away again.

Then there's the Mary Heart/Martha World book that has been  around for years.  Thought my dearest would like to have that.  Also, Kay Arthur's Walking in Power, Love, and Discipline, and Beth Moore's Breaking Free.   Again, hey, they were very nearly free, and might be okay.  

Finally, I found R. C. Sproul's Knowing Scripture and John Stott's Favorite Psalms.

That's it for the religion/spirituality department.  The rest of my haul is mostly history books, and something about the "art and science of home improvement" (because our home needs both the art and the science, let me tell you), and a book of poems by Mary Oliver (Blue Iris), and something called The Book on the Book Shelf, by Henry Petroski.


The Journeyman said...

I love Kathleen Norris! If you don't read Dakota, I want it!

Glynn said...

You cleaned up!

A couple of days ago, I ran across an offer on Amazon I couldn't pass up -- 36 books by G.K. Chesterton on Kindle for $1.

Anonymous said...

wow! that's only about seven cents a book!