Current position/title: Youth Culture Specialist, Youth Unlimited/Toronto YFC, Associate Staff member of CPYU.
Location: Toronto, Canada
CPYU: Have you always been a reader? If not, how did you become one?
PR: I have always loved to read but more so now than when I was younger. My parents were not readers but it seems I always had things to read.
CPYU: What are your reading habits and practices?
PR: I keep a file in my Internet favorites called “Books”. Whenever I read an article that refers to a good book, I go to my favorite online bookstore, look it up, and then add that link to my books favorite’s folder. About every two months I order all my books online, free shipment, and usually appear in my mailbox within two days. I tend to accumulate books and do lots of reading while on holidays at my cottage. I also keep a couple of books in the washroom… great place to get some reading done.
CPYU: Name 3 books that have been very influential in your life and one sentence that explains why.
PR: The Upside-Down Kingdom by Donald Kraybill. An absolutely refreshing look at what it means to be part of and a builder in the inverted kingdom of God here on earth.
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonheoffer. A classic look at the grace of God that should be read once a year to remind us how far we’ve wandered from original grace.
I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe. A fascinating look at the clash of cultures based on Wolfe’s observation of American campuses and how the world slowly wears down Christians.
CPYU: If you could meet any author, living or dead, who would it be and what questions would you ask him or her?
PR: Tony Bennett – Did you and a buddy really rough up Don Rickles in the early days for making fun of you?
CPYU: According to a recent study by the National Endowment of the Arts, very few young people are reading. Do you have any ideas on how to get young people to read?
PR: Parents need to read to their kids and be seen reading by their kids.
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