I saw James Carroll on CSPAN Sunday, and he was talking about the use of American power over the years since the building of the Pentagon (before then also , of course, but Carroll’s dad worked in the Pentagon, and late in life revealed to his son the sense of danger he felt was building in what he saw happening at the seat of power.) I was so impressed, I got in the car and drove to the bookstore to pick up a copy. Another big book. Making the stack of “presently reading” rather large.
The Bethge’s Big Bonhoeffer Bio, Dietrich Bohoeffer; A Biography , Carroll’s House of War, Hauerwas’ Christian Existence Today and Against the Nations, and Wendell Berry’s Citizenship Papers
As Berry deals frewquently with the Bush administration’s use of power and war, all of these books are various witnesses to peace. So is the just recently finished Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? by James K.A. Smith. And since I get Sojourners mag, that’s a part of the “stack” too I guess. I have a bit more on my averse reaction to JKA Smith’s constant jabs at Jim Wallis in the next post.