Book Review Haikus

Last week, I tweeted this: “at this point, a paragraph over 3 sentences long is just begging to be skimmed,” which got me quite a bit of flack from my friends. I am writing a book after all – you’d think paragraphs would be my jam. But I’m as impatient and unwilling to read long chunks of text as the rest of you are. Let’s all hope I can incorporate gobs of sketches, photos, graphs and charts into my book (I love graphs and charts).

That’s over three sentences. Time to move on.

Book reviews can be super long and super boring, so I’ll tackle them as haikus instead. A haiku, if you’re unfamiliar, is a form of short japanese poetry consisting of three lines with the following structure: 5-7-5.

First, 5 syllables.
Then, 7 more syllables.
Ending with 5 more.

That’s both an explanation and an example of a haiku.

The trick is not actually in the numbering, it’s trying to figure out how to be succinct while actually communicating legitimate content. Much like how Dr. Seuss used to write books using only a certain lexicon: by limiting himself, he had to be more intentional and efficient, and ended up communicating more clearly. It also sparks serious punctuational creativity.

Now you know. Off we go.

What-We-Talk-about-When-We-Talk-about-God-hc-cWhat We Talk About When We Talk About God
Rob Bell

This might be Rob’s best.
With, for, and ahead of us:
That is what God is.

Item_9228_1Maybe I’ll Pitch Forever
Leroy (Satchel) Paige

Trav’lin’ the Negros,
Still tossed at forty-seven,
…or was it fifty?

9781461732891_p0_v1_s260x420Your Way With God’s Word
David J. Schlafer

God’s word. Your story.
Balance these to find your voice.
Preaching begs for both.

J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst

Author of myst’ry,
Codes. Secrets. Notes in margins.
Book like none other.

return-of-the-king-cover-1Return of the King
J.R.R. Tolkien

My first time through Rings.
The adventure matched the hype.
Silmarillion next?

Five book reviews and an explanation of what a haiku is. All under around 300 words. How about that?