Why is The Hunger Games So Popular?


On Friday morning at 12:01, I found myself sitting with my teenaged daughter in a theater vibrating with expectation. Along with four hundred eager fans, we were about to watch the film version of Suzanne Collins’ novel The Hunger Games. I looked around the theatre to see if anyone looked my age or older. I [Read More...]

P.S. to My Review of Blue Like Jazz the Movie – Advice for Those Who Love the Book


A couple of days ago, I put up a review of Blue Like Jazz, the movie. Since then, I’ve received quite a few comments or emails from people who love the book Blue Like Jazz and are concerned about whether or not they’ll like the movie or not. They have every right to be concerned, [Read More...]

Cultivating Contentment: A Response to Enough by Adam Hamilton


Do you have enough? Are you always striving for more? What might truly satisfy you? Will you ever be content? These questions are addressed in a fine book called Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity (Abingdon, 2009/12). It was written by Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in [Read More...]

Three Thumbs Up for “Discovering Advent”


I’m pleased to have recently read three online reviews of my new e-book, Discovering Advent: How to Experience the Power of Waiting on God at Christmastime. The first appears at Faith, Fiction, Friends, the blog of Glynn Young. After sharing his own experience of knowing very little about Advent, Glynn writes: I knew what [Advent] [Read More...]