By RANKS : Jacqui Lewis, author and pastor
Do you have a favorite book?
Let me get down to a more personal level: My favorite book is Crossing the Land of Darkness by the English poet, Lorca. I believe that God, as Lord of all creation, has put there in our hearts the desire to make all existence visible in the world.
Do you have a favorite poem?
Poetry will always be a part of the natural order of life and yet is not essential to human well-being. The great poets like, Susan Sontag have inspired me in their translation of the words, and to hear beautiful poems reread is the source of rest and restlessness within.
Which author do you always recommend for students?
For everyone, especially in such a vast field as theology, it is important to understand the many perspectives that can be found by looking at many of the great authors throughout history who have explored their understandings of God, man, and the world.
What is your favorite TV show?
True Story (which is a murder mystery series from HBO with a great cast led by Woody Harrelson and Ricky Gervais. HBO is my favorite cable TV provider). The voice of the show is this masterful actor Woody Harrelson and the art on the show is extraordinary. If you’ve ever wanted to read a book and you’ve never wanted to watch a TV show, this is the perfect combination for you.
What is your favorite film?
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorites films of all time and so many people try to relive this novel. It is the perfect example of justice being served to a character that many people would rather not know about. If you’ve never read it, I highly recommend it as it is still an incredibly relevant, profound book.
What are your favorite websites?
I like to go online and visit the Earth Blog which is a blog for the monthly Grist magazine. It covers topics such as climate change, food and farming, energy and solar power, but it also examines people’s habits and acts of individualism on earth.
What are your favorite books and what are your favorite movies?
There are so many books to choose from! I like to choose books on God’s plan for the world and all the contradictions and miracles that it creates for each person. I believe there is always a flaw in the plan of God so we must never become complacent about the condition of the earth or our relationship with it.
My favorite movies have a lot to do with the film choices I make for my sermons. I may go to the theater just for a movie, but as I preach I will leave the theater with film books and generally gravitate toward a particular film for a sermon topic or its connection to a different theme of the day.