People put books in my hands all the time. And I love it…although, just as soon as I read 1, it seems 3 more are waiting to take it's place on my "stack of despair." 🙂
But here are 3 of the oddest books people ever gave me.
- I Gotta Be Me — Tammy Faye Bakker gets the nod at #1. I think of my friend Mark Velder every time she shows up again. We pass the book around the office as a "white elephant gift." And if you wait long enough, her generously-make-upp'ed, soft-focused face will grace your mailbox or desk. (The other random gift we pass around is "Mei Mei" the hairdresser's practice head. She's usually good for 1-2 moments of sheer terror before realizing it's just a head! P.S. Thanks, Tom Herzog!)
- The Geocentric Bible — This arrived in the mail one day in a mailing to 5600+ churches. Apparently it's been mailed to 132,000 churches in total. I want to make clear that I've never read the book (but you can read it here). I don't know the author personally (he's probably a great guy!). I just think the title is a bit odd. And maybe spending all that time on the topic too…I'll bet it's taken many, many days of research & editing. (Incidentally, the book came with a companion book, "A Geocentricity Primer," which you can read here.)
- Music in the Balance — Ok, I have to admit I bought this one myself. Years ago, I was researching music & the Bible, and I wanted to hear a cogent explanation from recognized experts from the side of the aisle that essentially claimed, "Rock beats are inherently sinful." I did. The authors are probably great guys, too. But I thoroughly disagreed with it. It's hitting my "oddest" list because of many of the core claims & "evidence" proposed by the book. If you read it, you'll know why.