I had downloaded this book, Mushrooms on the Moor by Frank Boreham, on to my Kindle. It was free and I had seen it recommended somewhere so I got it. Recently, I decide to read it. I had somehow thought that it would be fiction, but it turns out to be a book of theological essays. The author, Frank Boreham, was a pastor in New Zealand some years ago and was apparently quite prolific.
To say that this book is theology feels a bit misleading. It is theology in the sense that it is often about God. But it is not a dry tome nor does it use big words. It is rather a series of essays on various topics. Almost all relate in some way to the author’s own experiences or to stories he had heard.
Overall, I would enthusiastically recommend this book. I found it very readable. I was often drawn into the author’s stories. And there were a number of points that really made me think about things in a new way. Because it is a series of essays, there is some variation. Some chapters are better than others. But altogether it is a good book.
Not everything in this book is theological in nature. One of the first points that struck me was early on when the author was telling about buying a set of books at an auction. He wanted a couple of books in the set but ended up also with many others he never would have chosen. This turned out to be a very good thing though. As he read these extra books, he learned things he never would have otherwise and delved into new areas of knowledge. We all tend, I think, to have areas we specialize in and it becomes very easy not to deviate from those. If you look around here, you will see that I tend to review the same kinds of books — they are either on education or theology. But why not something different? A wide range of knowledge and experiences is a good thing. It is what I want for my children’s education; I do not allow them to only do the subjects that interest them. So why shouldn’t I also expand my field of study?
I will post more on the things I have learned from this book. But consider this a foretaste to whet your appetite.
Until next time