I love the new commercials on TV for the cell phone carrier that lets you put 5 of your closest friends in some sort of network or something. Don’t have a clue how it works, but the commercials are funny. Maybe it’s because I keep several “5” lists running in my head at all times. Things like 5 favorite songs, cd’s, movies, author’s and of course books. Well, move over Lucado, there’s something new to my “5”!

I should have learned my lesson with the book “Wild at Heart” (it’s also in my five by the way”). Several people told me about it, I waited several months, finally read it and it forever changed me. Then comes this crazy book about jazz or something. Ironically enough, the first person to tell me about it was a teenage worker in at a museum we were in, that happened to be reading “Wild at Heart”. I noted what he was reading and struck up a conversation. Next thing I know he is talking about jazz books or something.

Then over the course of the next few months, several other people recommended it, so I finally figured it must be worth reading. Thanks to my recent bulk order from CBD, I finally got a copy and read it. WOW. I mean…WOW. Maybe it’s the totally obsessive compulsive nature of the author, or his ability to ramble on an on about the most obscure things, but something clicked. I could go on and on about it, but bottom line is that the book “Blue Like Jazz” is a keeper. It also has NOTHING to do with Jazz. My next order to CBD will include other books by Donald Miller.

Now, just so I don’t miss any other great literary works, what would you recommend as your “5”? For what it’s worth, the rest of my “5” are, in no particular order, “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge, “Traveling Light” by Max Lucado, “In the Grip of Grace” by Max Lucado and “Everybody’s Normal Until You Get To Know Them” by John Ortberg.

P.S. There could be a shift in the polls soon because “Facing Your Giants” by Max Lucado showed up today.