Originally posted: May 26, 2009
Over last Christmas break, I went to a conference in Chicago called Following Christ. After one of the mornings, they announced that the Veritas Forum was giving away free copies of Finding Calcutta by Mary Poplin. Free stuff is music to a grad student’s ears, and I actually took two copies.
Now, I study video games, b/c I grew up playing a lot of video games. You could say that I don’t read very much, and it’s been a while since I finished a book. I don’t know what motivated me to start reading this one, but I did and I couldn’t put it down.
There are 8 reasons why I, personally, loved this book:
- She has a PhD and I am on my way to getting my own PhD someday.
- She writes like someone who has a PhD..
- Her chapters are all well cited.
- I trust her accounts with a legendary woman, whom I will never have a chance to meet.
- She writes from the perspective of, not only, a well “educated” woman, but also as a person who has been a huge skeptic of Christianity for most of her life.
- She writes against common political views (which are often very liberal) held by academics, as she use to be quite like-minded with her colleagues before accepting Christ.
- The flow of her story is not only academically minded, but also builds into the recounting of the transformation of her as a result of her experiences.
- She explains that sometimes the small things are more important than the big things ever could be. Quite a blow to contemporary Christian “change the world” mind set.
It was so relevant to me, that I went on amazon and bought 30 copies of the book to give away to anyone who felt appropriate. I must’ve spent a bit over $300, but sometimes just being able to give someone a good book is more important that trying to change their life.