Here’s a look at my reading for the fourth week of June:
- The Fall of Arthur. To my knowledge, this is the only published piece that Tolkien wrote on the Arthurian legend. And though it is an unfinished poem, it is brilliant. Written in Anglo-Saxon alliterative verse, Tolkien casts the last chapter of Arthur’s kingship in a poetic form that enhances the tragedy and fate of Camelot’s fall. Most of this volume consists of Christopher Tolkien’s illuminating essays on the composition of this poem, its use of the numerous threads of Arthurian legend, and its similarity to the Silmarillion. This is a great volume in its own right, and it belongs on any serious Tolkien fan’s shelf. Amazon: Kindle, Paper)
- A Theology of Reading: The Hermeneutics of Love. This book addresses an issue that I’ve thought a lot about (though not anywhere close to this depth). Jacobs writes his answer to this question: “What would interpretation [of literature] governed by the law of love look like?” (10). In other words, if every Christian action is to manifest love for God and love for neighbor, what does this look like when a Christian reads? The rest of the book unpacks Jacobs’ understanding of the “hermeneutics of love.” A fascinating and very helpful read. (Amazon: Kindle, Paper)
- EntreLeadership. The subtitle says it all: “20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches.” This is not an airy-fairy business book that exposits ad nauseum the benefits of positive thinking. This is a practical manual for effective leadership and business practices. What’s more, it’s written with Dave Ramsey’s typical lucidity. I found a lot of useful material in here, even though I’m not in a business field. Amazon: Kindle, Paper)
Question: What have you been reading?