Bathroom Reading

If you’re anything like me then you probably read when you’re in the bathroom.  Quite honestly (and people with small children can identify with me here), the bathroom is one of the only places where I can go to read uninterrupted.  I keep 3 books on the top of the toilet’s tank at all times:

  1. The Book of Mormon
  2. Yusuf Ali’s translation of the Qur’an
  3. Hebrew-English New Testament

Aside from these I have Martin Hengel’s The Four Gospels and the One Gospel of Jesus Christ in there at the moment.  I also have a plastic pamphlet holder full of small booklets in case I don’t feel like doing any serious reading.  And then there’s the obligatory CBD catalogue. 

What kind of books do you keep in your bathroom, if any?



12 thoughts on “Bathroom Reading

  1. I keep academic catalogs in the bathroom. I try not to bring other books in, but if I’m reading something, well… And then I keep the Koran in the laundry basket, as that is a dishonorable repository kept in a dishonorable place.

    Which reminds me: I never bring the Bible into the bathroom, ever. In the Orthodox tradition, we don’t bring the Scriptures (and other holy things) into dishonorable places (or set them on the floor, or the like).

  2. I don’t consider the bathroom dishonorable. I treat it as a sacred place and thank God that we have them seeing as how so many people don’t. :)

    But this is all reminding me of blessing that Jews say after going to the bathroom called the ‘Asher Yatzar’ — The Talmud says:

    On entering a privy one should say: ‘Be honoured, ye honoured and holy ones that minister to the Most High. Give honour to the God of Israel. Wait for me till I enter and do my needs, and return to you’.

    Abaye said: A man should not speak thus, lest they should leave him and go. What he should say is: ‘Preserve me, preserve me, help me, help me, support me, support me, till I have entered and come forth, for this is the way of human beings’. When he comes out he says: ‘Blessed is He who has formed man in wisdom and created in him many orifices and many cavities. It is fully known before the throne of Thy glory that if one of them should be [improperly] opened or one of them closed it would be impossible for a man to stand before Thee’. How does the blessing conclude? Rab said: ‘[Blessed art Thou] that healest the sick’.

    Said Samuel: Abba has turned the whole world into invalids! No; what he says is, ‘That healest all flesh’. R. Shesheth said: ‘Who doest wonderfully’. R. Papa said: Therefore let us say both, ‘Who healest all flesh and doest wonderfully’. (b. Berakoth 60b)

  3. I hope you don’t get any Islamic fundies reading this post. Qur’an in the bathroom? For them that’s blasphemy! You may just get away with having a translation there, but as long as the other two are not on top of it.

  4. Peter,

    No worries, I think only apostate Muslims read my blog. :-P


    Exactly! What else is there to do? Some of my best studying is done in the bathroom. :)

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