What are you reading?

Do you ever get in those phases where you pick up a book and simply cannot put it down?

Well, lately I have been completely taken over by books even though according to John Ensor’s blog post (thanks, Melanie) I probably should have watched more Olympic coverage of pair ice skating so that I can learn the beauty of complementarian marriages.

I have been buried in an Ann Patchett world, devouring her new This is the Story of a Happy Marriage which, by the way isn’t really about marriage but rather is a collection of fascinating non-fiction narratives based upon her life experiences. It was my first Ann Patchett book and I enjoyed it (and her interview on NPR) so much I immediately loaded my Kindle with Truth and Beauty, Patchett’s earlier nonfiction book based upon her intimate friendship with Lucy Grealy (The Autobiography of a Face).

I often do not reflect on why something resonates with me so much as simply that it does—or doesn’t. So, if you press me about why all of this sudden love for Patchett, I probably cannot tell you. Just that for whatever reason, her life spoke to mine and now that I have finished these books, I feel a little lonesome.

Or, I felt that way for a couple of days before I remembered Sue Monk Kidd has just completed a new novel: The Invention of Wings. A story based upon the lives of Sarah Grimké, a vocal advocate against slavery and patriarchy and her slave, Hetty, I am now hooked on this fascinating story. A long-time supporter of Kidd since she took the courage to write about her feminist awakening and how it propelled her away from her patriarchal Christian community into an inclusive feminine spirituality, I also resonate deeply with her life experiences, especially those within the church. Kidd’s The Dance of the Dissident Daughter is one of the best, most honest books I’ve ever read.

Most likely, you are well ahead of me. You’ve been reading Ann Patchett for years and you probably just saw Sue Monk Kidd on her author tour, maybe even at Powell’s (and if so, I’m jealous).

But, if like me, you haven’t found these literary friends yet, you might just put them on your “must read” list. That is, of course, “must reads” that follow after our book, Meant to Be published by Chalice Press.