One book meme

Okay, I know I’m a long way behind the times, but here goes.

1. One book that changed your life:

Hans Frei, The Identity of Jesus Christ. It unexpectedly took over my PhD, and was probably the first book I ever read carefully.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:

Lord of the Rings, more than any other (I think, and excluding books I read to my children). Yes, I was that kind of teenager.

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:

Jane Austen, Emma. Or Mansfield Park. Or Pride and Prejudice. But probably Emma. On a desert island, I might be able to get away with pretending that I was Mr Knightley.

4. One book that made you laugh:

Barry Pilton, One Man and his Bog. I remember my Dad reading it out to us while we were on a family caravanning holiday, some time in the ’80s, and us all ending up helpless with laughter. You probably had to be there.

5. One book that made you cry:

Pretty much anything sad will do. The Time-Traveller’s Wife, for instance.

6. One book that you wish had been written:

Hans Frei’s history of modern Christology.

7. One book that you wish had never been written:

Richard Swinburne, Providence and the Problem of Evil.

8. One book you’re currently reading:

Elliot Perlman, Seven Types of Ambiguity.

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:

John Milbank and Catherine Pickstock, Truth in Aquinas.

10. Now tag five people:

I don’t have five blogging friends. What do you take me for?

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