One of my favorite summer pastimes is reading books that were given to me for Christmas. You see, I read a lot of books, but mostly I read … fiction and mostly I read, I will readily admit it, science fiction and fantasy and a few mysteries, too. The library practically holds things I will want to read and my list is long.
However, friends often give me “worthwhile” books, books that they feel I should really read — theology and mission books, poetry and social justice books. And I read them in the summer. When everyone else diverts to “beach reads,” I find the time to read some serious pieces, the kind of books that take — read, think, read, take a walk, read, think some more.
How embarrassing it was to discover that I received “We are the Socks” two Christmases ago, not just this last year. Thanks again to Bill and Mary Beth Mankin who gave it to me and to Lance and Christine Muteyo who are among the dedicatees.
It’s wonderful. If you are engaged in peacemaking, if you have a church reading group that would like to discuss international mission, if you want to be challenged to blessed and ordinary acts of kindness, and if you want to be filled with ideas for workshops in the future (watch out because those who are in my next workshop will become caretakers of eggs … and just maybe play soccer), then you should read a copy of this book. I read it as fast as I read John Scalzi (and a lot more deeply)!