Earlier, I admitted that I am a book geek. I buy my books, keep a list and rank them. Only 15 books have earned my “ABL top ranking” of a 5. “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving is one of those.
I will admit I have a thing for John Irving. I must because on paper, he’s not my kind of guy. His books are long and I have a short attention span. This book is about religion a topic I don’t usually gravitate towards. And he goes on and on and on. I like to cut to the chase.
But like I said: I do have a thing for John Irving. One of the most interesting things about him is that he famously writes the last sentence first and works backwards to the first sentence. He knows he is finished when he writes the perfect first sentence. Here is the first sentence from “Owen Meany”: “I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice – not because of his voice or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.”
Did it draw you in?
Now back to Easter. The Easter quote in this book is so good that one year my pastor even used it in his sermon. Here goes: “Anyone can be sentimental about the Nativity; any fool can feel like a Christian at Chrismas. But Easter is the main event; if you don’t believe in the resurrection, you’re not a believer.”
So Happy Easter from your favorite Book Geek!