Blessed is the one Who is Forgiven (Psalm32, Weekly Word)

I've been blogging about my 100 favorite books of all time for the last four months or so.  My favorite books cover a variety of genres - history, biography, fantasy, fiction, theology and spirituality.  Yesterday I got to number seven!  I hope to get finished in the next two weeks.  But here's a spoiler alert [...]

#7 – Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (My 100 Favorite Books)

Most of the books in my top ten are ones I read years ago and have stuck with me ever since.  This is probably the one I read most recently and it totally blew me away.  In other words, one year ago this book would not have been in my top 100 and today it [...]

#8 – The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence (My 100 Favorite Books)

I remember finishing this book and then immediately starting it again.  Its short and I may have read it twice in one day (its only 68 pages).  But its SO GOOD. Imagine you work next to a person in some mundane occupation for decades.  Then all of a sudden you discover you have been standing [...]

#9 – Mere Christianity by CS Lewis (My 100 Favorite Books)

CS Lewis is definitely one of my favorite authors of all time. His Narnia series was one of the first books I remember reading that gripped me and instilled a love of reading in me.  Over the years I've read many of his books and am impressed by how wide-ranging the subjects are that he [...]

In God’s Hands (Weekly Word)

1 In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;     let me never be put to shame;     deliver me in your righteousness. 2 Turn your ear to me,     come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge,     a strong fortress to save me. 3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,     for the sake of your name lead [...]

#10 – The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien (My 100 Favorite Books)

This book was Tolkien's life's work.  It was not released until after his death, put together by his son Christopher.  I call it the Old Testament of Middle Earth. While it is not as exciting as the Hobbit, or even as fast-paced as Lord of the Rings (which is itself a bit slow at times) [...]

#11 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (My 100 Favorite Books)

The Harry Potter series is a modern classic.  There have been other books since that were incredibly popular (Twilight, The Hunger Games), but I'd argue that none of them will have the staying power that I predict Harry Potter will. The series is entertaining and imaginative.  One of the best things is the way it [...]

#12 – After Virtue by Alasdair Macintyre (My 100 Favorite Books)

“I can only answer the question “What am I to do?’ if I can answer the prior question ‘Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?” That quote is from Alasdair Macintyre's brilliant book on moral philosophy, After Virtue.  Macintyre traces the attempts to create a universal moral ethic after the fall [...]

#13 – The Crucified God by Jurgen Moltmann (My 100 Favorite Books)

Growing up, I was taught that Jesus had died for my sins so I could go to heaven when I died.  As for what to do once you believed and were assured your spot on the other side of the pearly gates?  Well, that was a bit more hazy beyond reading the Bible and praying [...]

Hope Beyond the Grave (Psalm 30, Weekly Word)

Christians sometimes speak of the various prophecies fulfilled by Jesus as the long-awaited Jewish messiah.  Whatever truth there is in that, there is one thing Jesus did that was not prophesied: the resurrection.  There is no hint in the Old Testament that the coming Messiah would die and rise again.  The very thought of the [...]