If you want to get a head on reading some fun and interesting books, here’s a reminder of what’s coming up:
I’ll be posting the interviews and reviews of I Sold My Soul on eBay: Viewing Faith Through an Atheist’s Eyes by Hemant Mehta and Nothing: Something to Believe In by Nica Lalli mid month.
This month, our main reading selection is Ten Zen Seconds: Twelve Incantations for Purpose, Power and Calm by Eric Maisel. During the month, I’d like to talk about the self-help and coaching genre, and examine how and why it is so often mired in woo and superstition. Eric takes the genre and elevates it to a rational level, and I’ll be interviewing him as part of his blog book tour on May 28th.
Next month, we’ll be reading the e-book, Gormglaith, a non-magical fantasy by Heidy Wyss. I plan to talk with Heidi about magic in the fantasy and sci-fi genres. According to her website, “The writer was born (1975) in Geneva, Switzerland and educated there and in the UK. She has worked as an histologist and technical writer. Heidi says she likes raves, gardening and bats.”
In addition to our May and June main reading selections, I’ll also be interviewing Randall Balmer, an evangelical Christian and author of the book Thy Kingdom Come: An Evangelical’s Lament which is a scathing critique of the religious right and its distortion of Christian values. I think it’s an interesting and thought provoking counterpoint to Sam Harris’s idea that moderates provide cover to fundamentalists by not allowing religion to be criticized. As an evangelical, Balmer may not even qualify as a moderate. He’s certainly liberal politically — and unabashedly critical of his own religion.
For those who don’t have experience inside evangelical Christianity, Randall’s book and related PBS series, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America would be well worth your time. It’s availble in paperback and DVD on amazon.