#96 – Unspoken Sermons by George MacDonald (My 100 Favorite Books)

Spoiler alert for my top ten books – both CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien will make an appearance.  But if you want to know who influenced them (and GK Chesterton), go back to the 1800s and meet George MacDonald.  MacDonald wrote some wonderful fantasy stories (The Princess and the Goblin, for one) that clearly point […]

#97 – The Jesus Storybook Bible (My 100 Favorite Books)

For the last few years, we have read through The Jesus Storybook Bible during Advent.  With 22 stories from the Old Testament, it is the perfect lead in to the birth of Jesus.  Further, it ties each individual story into the grand story of what God is doing in the world, culminating in the coming […]

#98 – The Hole in Our Gospel by Rich Stearns (My 100 Favorite Books)

Gospel means good news.  Growing up, the good news was simply that Jesus has died on the cross so we can be forgiven and go to heaven when we die. Rich Stearns, president of World Vision, thinks there is much missing in this formulation. Stearns was a successful CEO when World Vision pursued him to […]

#99 – The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (My 100 Favorite Books)

Its a book about building a cathedral. Okay, so it doesn’t sound riveting at first.  But Ken Follett’s book, set in medieval England, is filled with interesting characters and much drama.  What I recall liking best is that the book avoided stereotypes – there are both good and evil churchmen, good and evil skeptics.  The […]

#100 – The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr (My 100 Favorite Books)

A few weeks ago I was invited to share pictures of seven books on Facebook, with no comment.  I love reading and had trouble picking just seven favorite books.  So I decided to spend the summer sharing my 100 favorite books.  I tried to roughly put them in some order, so my all-time favorites will […]

Why I Chose to Give Up Twitter and Save My Soul

Most days my mornings beginning roughly the same: I get up, make the kids their breakfast and then sit down to drink my coffee while reading the news.  My interaction with the news is not through a physical paper but is filtered through the News and Twitter apps on my phone.  Because of this, my […]

Stop Shaming Women, Start Arresting Pimps and Johns

The headline in the feed from my local news station declares “Reading Police bust 8 women in undercover prostitution sting.”  Then there was the picture: 8 women each with clear bruises on her face, all looking totally dejected. My first thought – where are the pictures of the pimps and the johns (customers) who have […]

Why I Am Always Reading a Book

I love to read.  Its a disease and its only getting worse. I have always loved reading books – I have fond memories of Matt Christopher sports stories as a kid and then Star Wars novels as a teenager.  In college I discovered the Wheel of Time series as well as A Song of Ice […]

You Should Read Some Dostoyevsky…Here Are Some Tips!

When I talk with people about books I am reading or favorite books I have read, I always mention Fyodor Dostoyevsky.  Often the person looks at me like I have three eyes. Having read a bunch of his books, I want to offer some tips and encouragement.  They are certainly challenging, a far cry from many […]