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.
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?
If you've ever confuzzled the angel and the devil that sit on your respective shoulders, well then do we have the book for you! Join Dizzy & Ges as they continue their Church Drunk Summer Reading List with Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. It's Neil Gaiman, it's Terry Pratchett, it's church nerd literary candy. You want it.
Here at Church Drunk, we love gold. It is, after all, the color of some of our favorite rums, lagers, tequilas, and other gilded boozy treats. So who wouldn't want jump at the chance to turn everyday items into golden goodness? Our next installment of the Church Drunk Summer Reading List takes a look at The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, a book about seeking gold and finding it in the most unexpected places. So pour yourself a pint, throw a starfish into the sea (because it matters to that one!) and get ready for Episode 43 with Dizzy & Ges!
We here at Church Drunk are big fans of summer cocktails (as well as the cocktails that accompany fall, winter, and spring!), but when we are not drinking ourselves cross-eyed you are likely to find us stretched on a hammock and reading a good book. We are, in the end, hopelessly spiritual book worms, and it is from literature that we draw our super powers (Ges can tread water in a pint of Guinness for hours on end, and Diz can burn a hole right through you with a single gaze...sometimes even on purpose!). And so, we have declared that Season 5 will be the Church Drunk Summer Reading List! Each episode will cover a different book. Want to know what they all are? Well that's what Episode 41 is here to do!