Ex Libris Brother Maynard — V

One more and then I’ll quit. I haven’t posted all of my shelves, and I’ve skipped some great stuff — not just Tom Clancy, but Peter Gzowski and Stuart MacLean and Calvin Miller and C.S. Lewis and lots more. All of my Sherlock Holmes stuff, Agatha Christie, my whole missiology section, biographies, and so forth. Can’t do it all. The second image in this set also reveals how I resort to makeshift shelves, propping them up when they start to sag. A sign of addiction, I know.

First up, we’ll note I somehow collected two copies of Bettensen. You can’t really read the spines, but there’s a duplicate. Then there’s the Nag Hammadi library and other fun stuff to make me look smart beyond what I can actually back up. Oh, and some New Testament Intro’s and stuff. Don’t worry, I do have Ladd, it’s just not in this picture.

Ex Libris Brother Maynard — IV

Here are a couple more from the bookshelves. First up, some Calvinists mixed in among some general stuff on a shelf.:

Next there’s another pic of a section of commentaries, this one including a lot of stuff on John, among other things. You can see on John I’ve got Barrett, Brown, and Schnackenberg as well as a number of other choice picks. The Fourth Gospel is a favorite area of study for me. You can also see Motyer on Isaiah, filled with chiasms — loads of fun.

Ex Libris Brother Maynard — III

The theme of this one is “Shelves that make me look smarter than I really am.” The TDNT set was a gift from my wife for my birthday some years back. She bought it from one of my college prof’s who was culling his library in a very big way… I picked up a lot of choice commentaries from him as well. He was a very influential prof in the lives of a lot of students, and performed our wedding ceremony, but no longer teaches… we’ll just leave it at that.

TDNT and other Reference Works

I’m up on the wisdom that if you can’t know everything, the next best thing is knowing where to look it up. I’m all about that. The stuff on the shelf below represents stuff I’ve forgotten but could still fake looking it up. Mostly. I only know enough to be dangerous, not enough to be right.

Ex Libris Brother Maynard — II

Having started into the bookshelf images, I persist. In this installment, you get a glimpse of some of the more emerging-y books in the library… though as you can see, a couple of Bibles (see that, Alan?) as well as The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual and Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web both sneak in there, just by chance. Actually, the latter book (SPLJ) sparked me to one of my earliest emerging-church-type insights, one of the ones that ultimately helped shake me loose from the institution I was in. You can’t really make out the obligatory Doug Pagitt book in the shadows at the top, but there are a couple of Dallas Willard’s and a couple of Scot McKnight’s. Sorry the image isn’t sharper, will try to do better on the next ones ;^)

Ex Libris Brother Maynard — I

Creech started it, then kept it going (and going and going even further ), while Antony turned it into a meme.

So now I’m jumping in too. I’m with Antony, I always like to go through people’s books, and when people browse my shelves it’s kinda, well, personal. Anyway, in that spirit, I’m going to offer you a few digital snapshots of parts of my bookshelves. Nothing so artistic as Alan Creech’s compositions, but you won’t find a Scofield Bible in these shots like in his. Other than that one, I’m jealous of quite a few titles on the shelves of the meme participants. (Hit the links above to view their shelves and click through to other meme participants.)

Random Acts of Linkage #115

ocean-alley.jpg Preceding the random links this week: a random photo from Stock.xchng and a few Scottish jokes… just because.

  • A Scottish boy came home from school and told his mother he had been given a part in the school play. “Wonderful,” says the mother, “What part is it?” The boy says “I play the part of the Scottish husband!” The mother scowls and says: “Go back and tell your teacher you want a speaking part.”
  • When Jock moved to London he constantly annoyed his English acquaintances by boasting about how great Scotland was. Finally, in exasperation, one said, “Well, if Scotland’s so marvelous, how come you didn’t stay there?” “Well,” explained Jock “they’re all so clever up there I had to come down here to have any chance of making it at all

Building my Library

Children's Hospital Book Market It’s been revealed that my library is somewhat large-ish, and was once called the Holy of Holies. References have been made in a book meme and at one point when a bunch of us were posting photos of some of our library shelves, which I did (in part) during 12345 posts. At present, it appears I must have about 160 linear feet of bookshelves. To be precise, I don’t have that much bookshelf-space, but that’s about what would be needed to get them all shelved… I have a few stacks and some boxes kicking around at the moment. It’s probably in the neighbourhood of 3,000 books at the moment.