Friday, February 27, 2009

Lost (in a Book)

Today's question is a classic: If you were to be stranded forever on a desert island and could have only one book to read, which would you want?

I realize this may sound like a pat answer (not to mention holier-than-thou) but I really would want the Bible with me. From a reader's perspective, it contains so many genres of literature, including history, poetry, and memoirs, which would be useful since I would get bored reading the same type of thing over and over again. And it would provide comfort during lonely times. I imagine I would probably read the book of Revelation keeping in mind that its author wrote it while he was in exile on an island. His description of the "new heaven and the new earth" reflects how he felt about his circumstances; he points out that "there shall be no more sea."

Enough about me and John the Revelator; what book would you want?



  1. Is there a book called "How to Get Off an Island When You're Stranded"? If not, then the Bible for all of your reasons. -- Leann

  2. I think I'd need either Tom Robbins' Jitterbug Perfume or something by John Irving. I'd need some poetry through prose to keep me going, a good laugh and a fresh perspective.

  3. Did Bear Grylls write a book? If he did, that would be the one I'll be bringing with me.