One Book Allowed, Which One?

Drew tagged me with an autobiographical widget™ (a.k.a. “meme”).  Here’s the rub:

Books are scarce in the world. They are illegal in some provinces. They are not easily replaced if not impossible to replace if lost in many if not most circumstances. If you can replace a book or buy one it is usually through the black market at astronomical costs that you cannot afford. Yet you have been able to maintain one of the best collections in the world. If your entire library was about to burn up (think of the firefighters in Fahrenheit 451 invading your home) and you could only have one* book to take with you other than the bible, what would that be and why?

Simple Rules
Answer the question. Offer once [sic] quote that resonates with you. Tag five people whose response is of genuine interest to you and inform him or her that they have been tagged. Cheers!

*And it cannot be an entire series of something, that’s cheating.

This is a difficult question to answer.  It’s like asking which child you would save in a similar situation if you could only save one.  I have a great appreciation for so many of my books, and all for different reasons.  But if I absolutely could only save one, it would have to be Robert Letham’s The Holy Trinity: In Scripture, History, Theology, and Worship.  I would save this book because out of all my volumes on the Trinity, this one is the most well-rounded.  A very large portion of my collection of Trinitarian books has been acquired as a result of my reading this book. 

Letham adequately treats the doctrine of the Trinity from every conceivable angle, both East and West, Ancient and Modern, Psychological and Social, Economic and Immanent, Patristic and Contemporary, and as the title implies, through Scripture, history, theology, and worship.  I could literally turn to any page of this book and probably find a passage that resonates with me, but for the purpose of this autobiographical widget™ I shall choose this one:

Worship and reconciliation go together. Christian worship is focused on the Holy Trinity and controlled by the Trinity. God is the undivided Trinity, in which the three indwell each other in love, seeking the interests of the others. Worship entails the whole person submitting to, becoming conformed to, the one worshipped. If Philippians 2 was true of Christ the Son at all times, it must become true of us too. [p. 421]

I now tag: Doug Chaplin, Jason Oliver Evans, Shaun Tabatt, Kevin Edgecomb, and Nathan Stitt.


6 thoughts on “One Book Allowed, Which One?

  1. Looks good! I wish I could easily track where this goes. What a fantastic way to get a list of books that are “must reads”. I had not even known of this one until now!

    And I did edit that typo eg. “once” should be “one”.


  2. If I can think of an honest answer that is not a series (I’m assuming that rules out the complete works of Shakespeare too) I will post on this meme. If I don’t, it will mean I haven’t got an answer.

  3. Drew: Well, in a perfect world, everyone would use WordPress blogs and you would be able to because of the pingbacks, but alas, some of the Blogspot cult prefer their idol to God. ;) But yeah, this should definitely bring to our attention some books we’ve never heard about.

    Doug: Depends on if the complete works of Shakespeare are bound together in one volume. I wondered myself if Augustine’s De Trinitate would qualify since there are so many ‘books’ to it. I’m thinking it would, but then again, it’s not really my meme so what do I know?

  4. Drew: Not at all. I was just curious about Augustine, although I’ve never been a huge fan (I prefer the Eastern boys myself). But Letham gives sufficient attention to Augustine in his book.

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