My Irish mate Pete Rollins is doing a USA tour right now. Pete is an original and provocative thinker and you won’t be disappointed if you go out to hear him speak. He was one of the favorites at Greenbelt this year. There are moments when he sees things from a completely unique perspective and comes up with unpredictably brilliant thoughts. And there are other times when his occasionally predictable subverting of phrases reminds me of The Sphinx from Mystery Men.
Pete’s first book was called How (Not) To Speak of God. I reviewed it and loved it so much that I went over to Belfast and crashed at Pete’s house for a few days and let Pete feed me and talk about his book. While I was there, I photographed parts of his extensive library so we could all see the books that inspired him – mainly philosophy and phenomenology and books by obscure French people. Photos are here.
More recently, Pete published an excellent book called The Fidelity of Betrayal. Its really good. Its NOT a book that explores postmodern thinking about faith. Thank God – we have far too many of them already. Instead, its a book about faith written by a postmodern thinker and that makes it worth reading.
Anyway, download a sample of the book and check it out yourself. I don’t believe that everyone should write a book. These days there are FAR TOO MANY LAME AND INSIPID BOOKS coming out every month, especially from the Christian publishing world. But Pete should write. And Pete should keep on writing. One day soon he will write a masterpeice and when he does, I will remind you that I predicted it here. But in the meantime, go and hear him speak. And don’t make fun of his height.
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