Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Nashville readers

Get religion does a great gotcha on a British snob who presumes that people in the Bible Belt don't read. Read the whole thing; it's worth it.

But here's what snagged my interest. They did a seat-of-the-pants survey of the top books ordered from from regions inside and outside the Bible Belt (the Bible Belt readers were doing quite well, thank you), but check this out:
1. The Praktikos Chapters on Prayer by Evagrius Ponticus
2. Wisdom of the Celtic Saints by Edward C. Sellner, Susan McLean-Keeney
3. Gregory of Nyssa: The Life of Moses by Abraham Malherbe
4. Athanasius: The Life of Anthony and the Letter To Marcellinus by Robert C Gregg
5. Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller by Marshall Chapman
6. Celtic Spirituality by Oliver Davies, Thomas O'Loughlin
7. Discipline for Life: Getting it Right with Children by Madelyn Swift
8. Bernard of Clairvaux: Selected Works, edited by G.R. Evans
9. Meister Eckhart: The Essential Sermons, Commentaries, Treatises, and Defense, edited by Edmund Colledge, Bernard McGinn
10. The Rule of St. Benedict: In English by Benedict, et al

As someone in the comments asked, "What's the deal with Nashville?" It looks like the whole town is joining a pre-Schism Church reading group. Maybe the Patriarch of Constantinople should move to Nashville. "American Byzantium" has a nice ring.

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