I think of this column as a kind of search engine. Mention a puzzling item here and you’re sure to get a response. Recently I mentioned a book titled He Sent Leanness, a skinny volume I used to own. It has gone missing from the devotional-spirituality section of my library. Since it was not something I would have jettisoned during my several-year book giveaway, as I condensed five office-study’s worth of volumes into two, I must have loaned it out—which is equivalent to having given it away.
In the following week’s mail I heard from a score of fellow devotees of the book. Some were seminary classmates, unheard from for decades. Some were wondering if my capacity for remembering was dwindling. Others had excerpted a prayer or two from the book or described what they liked best in it. All were too smart to offer to lend me their copy.