The onebook meme
1. One book that changed your life (other than the Bible):
The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson. It shook me out of a carnal self-confidence, convincing me that repentace is more than feeling.
2. One book you've read more than once:
The Last Hero by Leslie Charteris. The third of the Saint books, it ends with a supreme act of self-sacrifice by one of the Saint's confederates. He gives up everything for the happiness of his friends, the life of a foe and the peace of the world.
3. One book you'd want on a Desert Island:
Works of Richard Sibbes. A sweet divine who'd comfort me when I'm all alone.
4. One book that made you laugh:
Texas Baptist Crucible by James Spurgeon. A truly terrible tale of fundamentalism's wacky side.
5. One book that made you cry (or feel really sad):
Lower Than Vermin by Dornford Yates. A novel about the decline of the British Aristocracy which ends with the compulsory purchase of the loved estate. The last words: 'From him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken from him.'
6. One book that you wish had been written:
Alfred Thomas: A Biography of the first Lord Pontypridd. Biography of a notable Welsh Baptist and politician. I may get round to writing it someday.
7. One book that you wish had never been written:
Jean Harlow: an Intimate Biography by Irving Schulman. A libellous travesty.
8. One Book You're Currently Reading:
Works of Richard Sibbes volume one. Found all seven volumes on sale for £65.00. I proved unable to resist.
9. One Book you've been meaning to read:
A Treatise of the Covenant of Grace by John Ball. Puritan reprint I got through the post this morning.
10. Now tag five people:
Triablogue (which must be good for two); Fred Butler; Libbie; Jonathan Moorhead.