To Begin at the Beginning: An Introduction to Christianity — by Martin Copenhaver, wonderful book! There’s nothing astoundingly new for someone who has grown up with Christianity, but Copenhaver states things in thought-provoking ways and raises many good topics to ponder. Would be a good book for a committed Sunday school or Bible study.

Just Friends: The Role of Friendship in Our Lives — excellent, as well! The best nonfiction book I’ve read in quite a while. It explores kinds of friendships, social expectations around friendships, etc. Thoughtful and well-written.

The Mermaid Chair — by Sue Monk Kidd (author of Secret Life of Bees), I actually liked it even more than I did SLoB; it’s about a middle aged woman who rediscovers herself when she goes back home to help her mother; some of the morality I didn’t agree with, but it’s a great read!

Memoirs of Pontius Pilate — drier than I thought it would be, but still fairly good. It’s hard for me to tell how much of it is true. An interesting take on the life of Jesus in relation to the culture of the time, though.