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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I Am an Unashamed and Unrepentant Bibliophile!

bib·li·o·phile [bib-lee-uh-fahyl, -fil] noun- a person who loves or collects books.
Yep... that's me. I love books! I still prefer the good old fashioned bound volumes with paper pages, but I also own a Nook and have come to appreciate ebooks as well. I love to walk into a home filled with books, I like bookstores and libraries, and I like my own library of over 3000 volumes. People ask me why I need more books? Any bibliophile knows that such a question makes no sense.

So, being at the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature conferences in San Francisco, I'm a kid in the candy store when I walk through the book exhibits with publishers giving up to 50% of all their titles. I stopped in this morning and purchased a few books I have been wanting, and will probably buy some more before I leave. I took the photo above this morning.

Perhaps as a bibliophile I should feel guilty. Perhaps, I should get help....

...I don't think so. I am unashamed and unrepentant... and I freely admit... I am a bibliophile.


Greg Golden said...

I guess I'll send back the Kindle I got you.

Richard H said...

The books tables at AAR/SBL are great. One of the most dangerous places on earth.

GaryLyn said...

Several years ago, the counseling center where I did my training sponsored a lecture series. A local bookstore put up a display that included several self-help books and some books on 12-Step and Recovery. Several of us were pondering: What do you do if your addiction is books?? Hmmm