Anatomy of a book recommendation

A couple weeks ago, I was writing about Sabbath. I got this email from my friend, Johanna Fenton. (She writes personally at Blip of Cheer  and works for The Seed Company.) Because it so perfectly illustrates what I think are the very best book recommendations, I asked her if I could share it with you. It’s the second or third book I’ve bought because Johanna explained why she likes the book. And because I appreciate where her thinking takes her, I am curious about the books that direct her thoughts.


Hey Jon,

Don’t know why I’m writing to you, because you seem like kind of person who gets dozens of book recommendations from well meaning readers.

Anyway, why not join the bandwagon.

I read your post on Sabbath-ing. I am re-reading a little book I bought this year that – golly – might make my top 10 list. I always say that. It is so good. It’s called Sabbath as Resistance by Walter Brueggemann.

You can read one chapter at a time with a cup of tea or coffee in hand, plus a highlighter. It’s not the kind of book you have to bury your head into, but at the same time, it’s crazy good stuff. I love the way this guy writes.

Check it out if you wish. Or at least consider me a well-meaning reader!



Dear Johanna,

Actually, I don’t get very many. Which is just as well. When people say, “You have to read this” I don’t respond well. On the other hand, when someone explains why they like a book and how they use it, I am intrigued.

So I am intrigued.

And I just bought it.




I’ll let you know what I think after I read it. On my Kindle. With coffee. On a sabbath.

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