I was in a major department store the other night and the funniest thing happened to me.
I had been perusing the book section when a shiny and soft red book with embossed ivy and beautiful golden scrolled letters caught my eye.
Now this is probably a great time to digress and tell you that I really enjoy books, big ones, small ones, fiction, real life, drama, nonsensical (remind me to tell you sometime about a book I have called My thesis of Bullshit hee hee) and especially fantasy. I have loved books for as long as I remember, they are safe, they allow me to be swallowed up from whatever real-life drama I may have been facing, they are friends and challengers.
My favorite book is my ESV Study bible, it is beautiful, but after that it is fair game. I almost simultainiously drooled and jumped for joy when a friend of mine, noticing that I was reading Reformed Theology by R.C. Sproul, offered to lend me his complete collection of Spurgeon sermons! OH HAPPY DAY!
Anyway, back to the story at hand.
This book was beautiful (ok ok I am a marketers dream!) and as I picked it up I noticed the title The Purpose of Christmas and thought oh yay, a book about the REAL meaning of Christmas without the comercialism, socialism and every other 'ism' that can possibly come with a secular Christmas.
Then the inevitable happened, I read who the author is....
and dropped the book, jumped back in horror and eeeked in a high pitched voice!
I swear people ran at me from all directions!! I think they thought I had a fit or something! ha ha ha!
Well that is what happens when I pick up a Rick Warren book!
I assured everyone, including my friends, that I was indeed ok, just really disliked the author. The rest of the trip was uneventful, I think my friends were glad I avoided the Osteen section! They giggled and teased me all the way home, but it was nice.
I guess it could be said that I have a "purpose driven" dislike of Rick Warren, I'll stick to my ESV thanks!
Soli Deo Gloria