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Well, it’s been a while

Posted by flyingbk on 02/22/2011

I know that I haven’t updated my blog in a while, and honestly, I haven’t been motivated to write these days. Maybe it’s because I’m busy with ministry, maybe it’s because I’m actually trying to exercise regularly (6 times in the last 2 weeks at the YMCA- that’s a record for me!), maybe it’s watching too much college basketball, or maybe it’s because I fasted Twitter for 40 days and therefore stopped writing, period.

I still hope to blog more, so for today’s entry, I’ll just tie up a couple loose ends. I never finished my Best Books of 2010. Just awful on my part. But without further ado, here is my top 5:

#5- The Help by Kathryn Stockett. The author is currently being sued for unpermitted appropriation. Nevertheless, this novel was a wonderful read. I don’t know if the voices of the black women employed by a white author were accurate, but I enjoyed them very much. I wrote an earlier review of this book.

#4- Radical by David Platt. This book was also reviewed by me (in two parts). Here’s Part I and Part II. This is definitely one of those books that I need to read over and apply in my life. If you are a believer who wants to go to the next level, this is the book for you.

#3- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. One of my youth group kids recently asked me to recommend a fiction book for her to read for school, and my choice was an easy one. I loved Kite Runner, and was hesitant to read Hosseini’s second book for fear of the dreaded sophomore jinx. That was irrational consternation on my part, and this novel is full of emotional vigor to the point that if you don’t tear up at some point, you’re not human.

#2- Last Call: The Rise and Fall of American Prohibition by Daniel Okrent. I really enjoy historical nonfiction, but I’m no scholar. That means I don’t have the patience or brainpower to digest densely written books that are more for the historian than the pleasure reader. Last Call clearly has a robust scholarly foundation, and yet is eminently readable. Okrent packs his narrative chock full of hilarious anecdotes, and despite its length (480 pages) and occasional esoteric writing (necessary, of course), I could not wait to get back to this book the next day during my summer of reading.

#1- The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream by Patrick Radden Keefe. Between this masterpiece and one of my favorite movies of 2010 (Sin Nombre, I highly recommend it!!), I remain floored by how desperately so many people in this world are dying to get to America. There are stories in this book that will stay with you forever- whether it’s Sean Chen’s calamity-ridden journey to get to the States (and yes, he would do it all over again), the Christians who joined forces to help a group of imprisoned Chinese illegals (“joined” because some were liberals, and some were conservatives),  or the main character herself (Sister Ping, the snakehead who masterminds the $40 million operation of smuggling in an abundance of Chinese people). Keefe is an unparalleled storyteller who weaves an epic narrative. All I can say is, read this book.

One personal note: I got into a car accident about 10 days ago. It was my fault; I panicked because a car in front of me stopped abruptly. I received a ticket for unsafe lane change as I tried to dart into the left lane while slamming on my brakes. Thankfully, no one was hurt and the cars were still driveable. I even drove my car back to New Jersey despite my driver’s side door looking like a charred-white piece of meat. I am thankful because it could have been much, much worse. Someone could have gotten hurt (I barely felt anything as our cars collided). My car, which I love, could have been totaled and I’d be totally bummed looking for another vehicle to drive. Instead, I’m happily driving a rental car for a couple weeks while my car gets TLC at my stepdad’s shop. Thank you Lord, for protecting me and the couple in the other car. Thank you Lord that I still get to drive my 2006 Honda Accord, which was totally a gift to me and my family. Praise God!

 

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