I love blogging. You have no idea how much it means to me to have readers to keep me busy and thus to have a reason to write about a thousand different topics (all related to Messianic Jewish theology and practice).
I have no plans to stop blogging.
On the contrary, I am sort of rededicating myself to blogging.
I’ve been through some ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (David Bowie tune in background). Being a rabbi isn’t enough any more to keep food on the Leman table. I’ve taken on two other part-time writing jobs within the Messianic movement to thrive and stay alive. I will announce the projects I am working on at some point, when the time is right.
Finding new work has been a drain on my time for a while now and something of a preoccupation. I have been spinning so many plates to fight for the ability to keep spinning plates (as opposed to washing them at the local Chili’s or Houston’s restaurants).
My blogging has suffered a little from my preoccupation. I admit it.
But I am rededicating myself. I am going to be even busier than before with these new jobs (which I think you will find interesting when I share them with you). Yet, I know more than ever that Messianic Jewish blogging serves a valuable purpose for Christians, Jews, and all those willing to ponder themes touching on God and religion.
One change I am planning to implement post-haste is to start reviewing books regularly on this site. I have reviewed or at least summarized parts of many great books over the two years of this blog’s existence. But I am talking about giving you book reviews that are more an overview and evaluation of the entire book (not 10-part series getting into every detail).
There are so many worthy books out there and I read as many as I can. I want to read even more, a steady stream of books.
I’d like to start by giving you a list of books I’m planning to review in the weeks/months ahead. In an upcoming post I will include a wish list of books I’d like to review and don’t own yet. I also would love some comments with suggestions of books you’d like to see reviewed.
The books I would like to review include Jewish and Christian titles, some heavy reading and some lighter.
As for the wish list, I think I may set up a donation button or ask if anyone would like to buy books off the list for me and ask me to review them. Crazy? I’m not so sure. I think one or two of you just might find that small investment something you’d be willing to undertake. It’s a mitzvah to support scholarship, right?
UPCOMING BOOK REVIEWS
1. Blue Parakeet by Scot McKnight, a Christian book designed to help us think differently about the Bible and escape some less-than-helpful patterns. Pretty light reading, but stimulating.
2. Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice by Mark Washofsky. I’m interested in understanding more how the more liberal side of Judaism handles issues of Torah. I’ve read some good stuff in the past, especially Niles Goldstein and Peter Knobel’s Duties of the Soul.
3. My People’s Passover Haggadah edited by Lawrence Hoffman and David Arnow. This is more than an order of service for Passover. It is a well-researched commentary on the Haggadah with history, significance, and insight. This qualifies as heavier reading, but useful for Passover lovers.
PLEASE COMMENT AND SEND IN SUGGESTIONS FOR BOOKS YOU’D LIKE TO SEE REVIEWED OR TO TELL ME ABOUT A GREAT NEW BOOK I MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT.
. . . coming soon . . . my wish list (I’m closing my eyes and making a wish and even hoping some of you will spring for a book on your amazon account).