Astute readers of this blog will have noticed that there are no women in the Authors Who Sell Well list previously published, yet there are three women in the Authors Who Don’t Sell Well list. This may concern some of you. It concerned the feminists here in the store, the ones who carefully count how women are represented in each “X People From Christian History” book we stock. If you look at the writings of the saints, or saints’ lives, that is a place where women clearly outsell men at Crux. Which women? I’m glad you asked, here’s a list:
- Julian of Norwich
- Catherine of Siena
- Hildegarde of Bingen
- Teresa of Avila
- Mother Teresa of Calcuta
- Therese of Lisieux
Of course, Francis of Assisi has been getting a lot of press and increased book sales since Francis I became pope. But none of the other male saints get the sales of the holy women.
June staff picks are random books for random travels. So far Carolyn has suggested a little time travel to encounter a bear and a monk in the middle ages and Sheila sent us off to China with Hudson Taylor. Here are some more random travels:
Cindy’s Pick: Cindy is the store manager. For summer travel and reflection she suggests a nice travel journal.
Even if your only trip is around the block, summer is a good time to reestablish the discipline of keeping a journal.
Alain’s Pick: Alain is our resident classicist, about to leave us for advanced degrees in Texas. His pick is a work of literary criticism that takes us into a poem about Eden and the fall.
A Preface To Paradise Lost by C.S. Lewis
Dr. Heather’s Pick:
Dr. Heather has also chosen a work of literary criticism by Lewis. This one takes us into the world of books more generally. It looks at what makes a book worth reading and re-reading and suggests new ways of evaluating works of art, particularly works of literature.
An Experiment in Criticism by C.S. Lewis
Our June staff picks don’t have a theme. It is kind of a random month in the store. We are getting ready for inventory, there’s construction next door that had been rattling our windows and bones, and the weather in Toronto has been pretty random as well. Those are the reasons for our randomness. Without further ado, here are the first two random selections:
Sheila’s Pick: Sheila is our resident classicist turned theologian. She’s really into Patristics, which should surprise no one. Sheila’s pick of the month is
Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor
This is a classic biography of a missionary to China. Sheila reminds us that we need to read good Christian biographies to be challenged in our life of faith.
Carolyn’s Pick: Carolyn is our resident philosopher. She grew up in B.C. which may explain her affinity for bears. Carolyn’s June pick is:
Carolyn says “You don’t need to have small people in your life to find yourself completely entranced by this children’s story. Working from an obscure 12th century reference to a manuscript being eaten by a bear, the author creates a charming story about life in the world of medieval monastic libraries. This is a simple, beautifully illustrated tale for book-lovers of all ages.”
Sheila is our other resident classicist and customer service representative. She teaches dead languages and is writing a thesis about the resurrection; make of that what you will.
Lectures on the Christian Sacraments by St. Cyril of Jerusalem
Sheila is about to start this book on the sacraments. She reads extensively on sacraments as seen by this book, also near the top of her to-be-read pile:
Thank God it’s Thursday by William H. Willimon.
Remember that thesis on the resurrection? That might explain the next two books in Sheila’s pile of reading.
The Theology of Suffering and Death by Natalie Kertes Weaver
Theology, Death and Dying by Ray S. Anderson
Finally, to assist in Sheila’s reading of Karl Barth on creation (again for the thesis) this book:
Saving Karl Barth by D. Stephen Long
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Alain is one of our classics scholars. He works in customer service at Crux, but will, sadly, be leaving us later this summer to start his Ph.D studies. These are the five books he might have time for before an advanced degree takes over his life:
Getting What you Came For: The Smart Student’s Guide to Earning a Master’s or PhD by Robert L. Peters. There’s no mystery around why Alain might make this book a priority in the next few months!
Simple & Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers by Jacques Barzun
Augustine of Hippo: A Biography by Peter Brown. The definitive Augustine biography.
Constantine and Eusebius by Timothy D. Barnes.
Faith, Science & Understanding by John Polkinghorne
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Our fearless leader, Cindy, thinks she might get to some of these books this summer.
Rome & Jerusalem by Martin Goodman was recommended by Terry Donaldson for summer reading in 2013. Cindy has her eye on it for this summer’s reading.
Bonhoefer: Paster, Martyer, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas. Cindy plans to read this on the dock at the cottage some long weekend.
7 Men and the Secret of their Greatness by Eric Metaxas.
The Contemporary Christian by John R.W. Stott.
Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants by Jane Goodall. Cindy’s farm family roots are showing in this selection. She looks forward to reading the wisdom and wonder of the plant world, especially as Jane Goodall wrote the book.
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Carolyn is our local philosopher. She works in customer service and shipoing. These are the next five books she thinks she might read when she’s not writing her thesis this summer.
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor
The Brothers Karamazov by Fydor Dostoyevsky
Becoming Human by Jean Vanier
Take this Bread by Sara Miles
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