Weekend Reading: The Original Dr. Steve’s Almanac of Christian Trivia by Steve Wilkens
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary second definition of almanac is a perfect description of The Original Dr. Steve’s Almanac of Christian Trivia: A Miscellany of Oddities, Instructional Anecdotes, Little-Known Facts and Occasional Frivolity (2007, InterVarsity Press). Dr. Steve is Steve Wilkens, a professor of theology and philosophy at Azusa Pacific University.
Sometimes you want to read something fun, something light. This is a good choice. The almanac is an interesting collection of an assortment of historical stories, statistical data, biographical sketches, and other facts. Here are a few of the over four dozen entries:
- The pronunciation of God’s name
- The search for the Holy Grail
- St. Simeon Stylites
- The origins of Sunday school
- How the date for Easter is determined
The reality is that you will not find deep theological insight here. You will not find the latest way to grow your church. You will not find the secrets to a great marriage. What you will find is a fun and interesting diversion for in between chapters of that other deep stuff. Think of it as a palate cleanser for your reading habits.
Preachers, teachers, and other public speakers will find a very good source for illustrations or opening stories. Pick up a copy. Enjoy.