The one book meme

1. One book that changed your life.
The Orthodox Church, Bishop Kallistos (Ware)

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church, Vladimir Lossky

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
The Bible, with all the apocrypha

4. One book that made you laugh:
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke

5. One book that made you cry:
The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam, Bat Ye’or

6. One book that you wish had been written:
A Commentary on the Scriptures, Jesus of Nazareth
[Oops. I just noticed I had originally misread that as “One book that you wish you had written. That’s why I answered with Introducing the Apocrypha, David deSilva, because I’d actually been putting together almost an identical book when his came out!]

7. One book that you wish had never been written:
The Qur’an (see 5, above)

8. One book you’re currently reading:
Scripture in Tradition: The Bible and its Interpretation in the Orthodox Church, Fr John Breck

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Unseen Warfare, St Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

10. Now tag five people:
Mike Aquilina, Claude Mariottini, Fr John Whiteford, and the last two people on the web who haven’t yet done it, whoever they may be.


  1. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke — oh yes, that one gave me many good chuckles too. It was superb — my favourite novel of 2005!

  2. So, I’m guessing your Orthodox. I enjoy your site, though I think this is the first time I’ve posted in the combox.
    I came to the site by way of Mike Aquilina who mentioned you were translating St Clement. It amazes me that you can translate so fast.
    I answered the book questions on the pontification site. Since I’m still in my teens some I couldn’t answer. I’ve never read a book that made me cry. The book that hasn’t been written makes me cry. I named it THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE CULTURE OF DEATH.

  3. Funny! Yes, I suppose the above makes it pretty obvious that I’m Orthodox. You’re certainly welcome to post. Mike Aquilina is a very talented and nice man, and we obviously share an interest in the Church Fathers. So, welcome, and ask about anything or suggest anything. I guess I do go pretty fast in the translating. I love doing it, actually. Enjoy!

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