Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Geek Week

I am on retreat this week. A spiritual retreat is when you take time away to pray, meditate, recharge, and listen to God. It is a good practice to take a retreat once a year.

I am hanging out at St. Mary's retreat center in Sewanee, Tennessee. I basically tossed my Prayer Book, Bible, and a stack of books in my car and I'm reading and praying a bunch. I realized this morning that my retreat is definitely geek oriented when I looked at the stack of books I brought:

  • Listening Hearts: Discerning Call in Community

  • Introduction to Old Testament Theology by Walter Brueggemann

  • The Winners Manual by Jim Tressel (Head Coach of THE Ohio State Buckeyes)

  • Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton

  • Contemplative Prayer also by Thomas Merton

  • A Collection of writings by the Greek Playwright Aeschylus

I don't think I could think of a geekier list of books. Who else would seek inspiration from a football coach, a monk, and ancient Greek playwright all in one week. I'm strange.

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