I’ve been tagged by Alaina. (By the way, I do know what "one" means – I just overlooked it most of the time :) So here are my answers! Also please note: As did Catherine, I am presuming that the questions mean "other than the Bible," which for most of them would be my first answer.
1. One book that changed your life: Christianity and Culture (actually an address by J. Gresham Machen, which you can read here); Messiah the Prince, by William Symington; Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham; Don’t Waste Your Life, by John Piper (link is to online version of book).
2. One book that you’ve read more than once: I love to reread good books. As a child, I read one of my favorites, Star Eye, easily a dozen times (the story of a pioneer boy taken captive by and raised by Indians) and God is My Copilot (an early account of the Flying Tigers) a half-dozen. More recently, I’ve read The Bourne Identity (my favorite of the series; I don’t think the sequels have the depth or originality) at least twice and portions of it more than that (yes, I also rereread favorite parts); ditto for John Grisham’s The Testament, The Runaway Jury, and The Firm. I’ve also read Don’t Waste Your Life multiple times.
3. One book you’d want on a desert island: I like the ideas of Alaina’s Escape 101, Catherine’s The Idiot's Guide To Getting The Heck Off A Desert Island, and Jeremiah’s How to Build A Boat Out of One Tree in Ten Days, because to be honest, while sometimes I think I would love to be marooned on a desert isle (provided I have the other life essentials) with a good stock of books, eventually I’m going to run out and want more to read. And because I’m not as fond of boating as flying, I’d want to have: The Complete Illustrated History of Aviation, Aircraft and Their Applications, Both Civil and Military, From The First Attempts of Man to Fly Using Feathers to the Wright Brothers to Today, Including Complete and Detailed Instructions for Building Human Powered Aircraft From Basically Nothing (you see, I’d want something interesting to read at night after a hard day’s work building my aircraft, and it’s a subject that has always fascinated me) (sorry – no link; Amazon.com doesn’t seem to have it).
4. One book that made you laugh: Catch Me if You Can and Calvin and Hobbes (this is one of my favorite books to read on outings to Barnes & Noble, but one which is nearly banned by my wife, embarrassed by my frequent and occasionally loud laughter).
5. One book that made you cry: The Rescue, by Nicholas Sparks (both with joy and grief).
6. One book that you wish HAD been written: How to Read and Drive Safely at the Same Time (not on Amazon.com either, obviously).
7. One book that you wish had NEVER been written: Many books that have greatly deluded people with false and destructive world views.
8. One book you’re currently reading: The Revolt, by Susan Wise Bauer (you can buy it for a penny, plus shipping, at the link!); Classical Education, by Gene Edward Veith, and The New Glass House.
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: parenting books, John Adams (actually started a while back), Three Weeks With My Brother, The Afghan Campaign, The Legend of Bagger Vance, and The Teeth of the Tiger (actually, this is my tentative reading list for our trip overseas).
10. Now tag 5 people: I tag Kevin, Tom, Josh, Peter, and Michael, as well as anyone else who wants to respond (if you don’t have a blog, you can do it in the comments below)!
11. One book do you wish YOU had written (or, more applicably, would like to write):
· Can’t We All Just Get Along? The Dangers and High Cost of an Increasingly Lawsuit-Happy People, and What to Do About It
· Stolen v. Squatted: The History and Future of Adverse Possession
· Natural Law: A Layman’s Guide to What It Is and What It’s Good For
· Out of the Christian Ghetto: Toward Excellence in Television, Film, Literature and Law (the title, not to mention the contents, is still a work in progress)
· The Idiot’s Guide to Designing and Building Your Own Home: Everything You Need to Know to Design the House of Your Dreams and Have It Built (with an architect and a general contractor who I have in mind but with whom I have not yet discussed the book)
Note: All my original titles above are or soon will be copywrited!