Mark didn’t tag me, (thanks, Mark!), but I’ve been wanting to post a book meme for some time, and his latest motivated me.

1. First book to leave a lasting impression?

While I can’t remember which came first, it would have to be either Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia or Tolkien’s Rings Trilogy. I read them all as a young teen and fell in love with books. Of course, mom being a librarian certainly didn’t hurt.

2. Which author would you most like to be?

John Grisham.

3. Name the book that has most made you want to visit a place?

Deadline. A great, engaging Christian fiction book. Alcorn’s account of heaven in this book made me want to go there. It describes heaven in a way that is alluring, captivating, exciting, adventurous, and awe-inspiring.

4. Which contemporary author will still be read in 100 years?

I’d have to say John Piper for theology and George R. R. Martin for his Tolkien-esque fantasy epics.

5. Which book would you recommend to a teenager reluctant to try ‘literature’?

To Kill a Mockingbird.

6. Name your best recent literary discovery.

It’s not deep, by any means, but I’ve enjoyed Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt books. Add to that G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy.

7. Which author’s fictional world would you most like to live in?

I would agree with Mark here – The Stand. It’s an intense, page-turning read. I’ve read it 2-3 times. Love it. If not that, count me in as Knight Noble in the days of King Arthur.

8. Name your favorite poet?

Uh… poet? I don’t know it.

9. What’s the best non-fiction title you’ve read this year?
OK, I’ve already mentioned Chesterton, so I’d add Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christian.

10. Which author do you think is much better than his/her reputation?

Anybody that can make me laugh while I’m pondering theological or spiritual concepts has got my vote here. John Ortberg.

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