Well, Lent has done gone and Lented, and Triduum has, uh, Triduumed. The Easter eggs have all been hunted, and though Eastertide rolls on, it's time for Dizzy & Ges to bring the current season of Church Drunk podcasts to a close. So pour something paradoxical and join them in a revisit of their Lenty reading homework - Sr. Joan Chittister's Between the Darkness and the Daylight. Because unless one confronts life's contradictions, one will always contradict life's confrontations!
For the speed readers out there, feel free to consider this the 2019 edition of the Lenten Reading List. For the rest of us...let's just be grateful that there are 50 days of Eastertide for us to contemplate (and read about) the mystery of life, death, and resurrection! Deep in our bookish hearts, we here at Church Drunk love to find God between the pages of a favorite story, and the long, dark season of Lent yearns to be accompanied by a good book or two. So we've made it a bit of a tradition to put together a short list of good reads for Lent.
Do you ever get that feeling where you feel crummy about feeling great? Or you feel great about feeling crummy? Or you feel like the only way to feel better is to walk through a dark and sinister valley of crumminess? Well, welcome to Lent! Dizzy & Ges are here to help you sort through that huge pile of glorious Lenten suck with Episode 64 - Between the Darkness & the Drinkies!
I never met Brother Rick Curry, and he passed away too soon at the age of 72 in December of 2015. However, all that being the case, I feel like I've actually gotten to know Br. Rick pretty well over the last few weeks. You see, we spent Advent and Christmas baking together, and you can get to know a person in a rather unique and special way when you spend some time together in the kitchen.
Here at Church Drunk we'd like to think that our address puts us squarely at the intersection of Faith and Reason (though our irrational side often does get the better of us!), and if this is truly where we reside then our neighbor across the street in this dreamland scenario would surely be Brother Guy Consolmagno. Thus, to finish out our Church Drunk Summer Reading List, we present to you God's Mechanics, Br. Guy's impassioned plea for a dialogue between religion and science. Pour yourself something cosmological in a beaker, and join the conversation!
Here at Church Drunk, we tend to believe that life gets a bit spicier when heroism is tempered with a bit of truly wretched villainy. I mean, who doesn't love a good fairy tale? And so, as our Summer Reading List continues, Dizzy and Ges invite you to put on your most indescribable hat and cry bejeweled tears of joy while wandering the winding corridors of Coffin Castle in James Thurber's classic The 13 Clocks.
Here at Church Drunk, we are big advocates of words. In fact, we use them regularly. However, we are first in line to admit that we don't have all the best words. That honor, in our humble estimation, goes to Tom Robbins. And if you want to explore some of the best words that Mr. Robbins has to offer, then we strongly advise you to pick up a copy of Jitterbug Perfume, a book about perfume and time travel and immortality and falling in love and pagan gods and so much else. Or just listen to Episode 47 of the podcast. Dizzy & Ges will fill you in!
Summer Sundays are for praising the Good Lord and savoring a refreshing beverage while watching (or listening to, if you're an audiophile) the game that God gave us. To us here at Church Drunk, it just seems like booze, baseball, and churchin' go hand-in-hand. With that thought in mind, join us for a close look at the spiritual and recreational benefits of W.P. Kinsella's Iowa Baseball Confederacy, a book for everyone who finished watching Field of Dreams and said, "I want more!"
Does the perfect summer read have to be about summer? What is the appropriate age to embrace the delicate brevity of life? Does dandelion wine give you a hangover? Join Dizzy and Ges as we tackle these and other philosophical musings in our exploration of Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine. I mean, it's a book named after booze...how could we NOT include it on the summer reading list?