The Geography of Memory

[The following is a both a sponsored book review that is part of the Patheos Book Club and a guest post by my friend The Rev. M. Michael Morse.]“Good my Lord, will you see the players well bestowed? Do you hear, let them be well used, for they are the abstract and brief chronicles of the time.” -Shakespeare’s Hamlet Jeanne Murray Walker has lived in that unfortunate long line of those who have witnessed firsthand the devastating disease of Alzheimer’s in a family member. Her experience has s … [Read more...]

Summer Reading Recommendations

A significant portion of my reading time this summer will be consumed with working toward completing the "Required Reading List" to become in fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. At last count, I have approximately 38 more books to go! I'll try to post about some of the more interesting ones on this blog.In the meantime, however, I do plan to squeeze in some fiction this summer, hopefully at least the following two titles:Golden Boy: A Novel by Abigail Tarttelin: The … [Read more...]

Everything’s A Miracle

(Tim Stafford, Miracles: A Journalist Looks at Modern Day Experiences of God's Power , 2012, 219 pages.) This book review is a sponsored post that is part of the Patheos Book Club. Chat with Tim Stafford about his new book and share your own experiences on Wednesday, July 25, from 2-3 pm EST, at the Book Club. As I reflected on Tim Stafford's book about miracles both contemporary and biblical, a quote from Annie Dillard came to mind from her book For the Time Being: There were no formerly hero … [Read more...]

From Independence Day to Interdependence

(Logan Mehl-Laituri, Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism & Conscience, 2012, 239 pages.) This book review is a sponsored post that is part of the Patheos Book Club. One of my heroes is Clarence Jordan (1912-1969). In college, he began to experience cognitive dissonance between his patriotic love of country and his religious beliefs. He had been studying Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), and unexpectedly during ROTC calvary practice, Jesus' command to … [Read more...]

Should You Add Your Social Media Skills to Your Résumé?

(John Voelz, Follow You, Follow Me: Why Social Networking Is Essential to Ministry, 2012, 159 pages.) This book review is a sponsored post that is part of the Patheos Book Club. Do ministers need to add their Klout scores to their resumes? Do congregational search committees need to take social media prowess into account when hiring staff? (For the uninitiated, Klout is a fledgling way of measuring your social networking influence compared to other people.)When I attended a recent ministry … [Read more...]

An Honest Memoir: Becoming a Dad, Take 2

(Christian Piatt, PregMANcy: A Dad, a Little Dude, and a Due Date, Chalice Press, 2012, 182 pages.) This book review is a sponsored post that is part of the Roundtable at the Patheos Book Club. Full disclosure: Amy Piatt, Christian's wife, was my classmate in seminary. I haven't talked in person with Amy or Christian since I graduated from Divinity School in 2003, nor have I met either of their children. Christian's new fatherhood memoir hilariously and profoundly caught me up on the h … [Read more...]