Saturday, March 05, 2011

World Book Night, One million Book Giveaway

So, it's the first World Book Night tonight, and the organisation aims to give away one million books. There are 25 titles being given away, and folks wanted to be part of the process were invited to make contact a few months ago, indicating which book they'd like to give away and why.

I applied, and asked to distribute the book "One Day" by David Nicholls. I'd picked up a copy whilst on holiday a couple of months ago, a friend had suggested it, and said there would be a particular reason I'd like it.

It's a book that is set on July 15th, St Swithin's Day, my birthday, and follows the relationship of two very different kind of people. It wasn't the usual kind of book I'd read, but I found it terrifically moving, very funny, and quite insightful about human relationships, life, and slowly growing older. Here's the blurb from the World Book Night site:

I can imagine you at forty,’ she said, a hint of malice in her voice. ‘I can picture it right now.’ 
He smiled without opening his eyes. ‘Go on then.’ 
15 July 1988. On their last day at Edinburgh University, Emma Morley wakes up next to Dexter Mayhew. She prides herself on her social commitment. He prides himself on his ability to extricate himself from one-night stands. 
This time, however, things get more complicated. They decide to spend the day together. They are completely mismatched. The timing is all wrong. They’re better off as friends. But from that one day grows a complicated friendship; a strange and tangled love story that weaves their disparate lives together.
So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? 
Every year on 15 July we spend a day with Emma and Dexter. From these snapshots we build up a collage of two flawed people, struggling to find their place in the world and working out what they mean to each other. 
One Day is a funny/sad love story spanning twenty years, a book about growing up – how we change, how we stay the same…

Well, I have collected my books, and have 48 to give away. A few folks got wind of this earlier and have bagged a copy, but that means I have at least 45 copies to give away. If you want one then comment on this blog, and include an email address if you don't think I'll have yours. Preference will be given to folks local to Wolverhampton, or those I'll see in the immanent future.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Shahbaz bhatti, the murdered Pakistani minister for minorities issues ex...

Today the terrifically sad news came through that Mr Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's Minister for Minorities, a passionate advocate of reform of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, and the only Christian in the cabinet of Pakistan's government has been assassinated.

The video here was recorded recently, and was sent to the BBC to be released in the event of his death.

Tertullian may well have taught that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church, and I pray it's true, however I find myself thinking of the voices of those slain for proclaiming their faith mentioned in Revelation 6 as they cry "How long, O Lord.."

Here's a hero of the Church, I ask you to join me in praying for his family, his church and his nation.