What’s In Your Current “To Read” Pile?

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One of my favorite questions to ask both old friends and new acquaintances alike is "What book or books are you reading right now?" I'll share the contents of my current pile of books, and I'd love it if you'd share the title of a book or two you're reading (or have read recently). If you've read more than half of it, please add a thought or two about what you're enjoying - or not. I'm always looking for more great reads to add to my stack. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri - A friend who belongs to … [Read more...]

Review: The Road To Character

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My general belief is that we’ve accidentally left this moral tradition behind. Over the last several decades, we’ve lost this language, this way of organizing life. We’re not bad. But we are morally inarticulate. We’re not more selfish or venal than people in other times, but we’ve lost the understanding of how character is built. – David Brooks If I could shove one book into the hands of most everyone I know and demand they read it, it would be NY Times columnist and pundit David Brooks' The Ro … [Read more...]

Review: Lessons In Belonging From A Church-Going Commitment Phobe

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I used to believe there was something deeply flawed about me because I've been a part of a number of different churches over the last four decades. Between the pastors who shamed people for being church-hopping consumers and some congregants I've met along the way who were able to stick with a church for life, no matter how dysfunctional it was, I chalked up my own rolling-stone resume to some deeply flawed part of my character. Not any more. This survey was an eye-opener for me. I discovered … [Read more...]

I Don’t Live In A Library

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You might think my office was a very poorly organized library if you were to stop by my house right now. You'd be right about the sad state of my organizational skills. The festive piles of books surrounding me includes my textbooks for this quarter's class at Northern Seminary and the crazy rotating cast of characters I've been borrowing by the pound (for this project) from actual libraries that keep their books on shelves organized by Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress numbering systems. I al … [Read more...]

In Search Of Mitford

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To The Good People Of Mitford, NC -You may be classified as fictional characters living in an imaginary place, but after reading all nine books in Jan Karon's series featuring so many of you during the last two decades, I feel as though I've you've taken on the status of my second home. I've had five addresses since I first met you all when a good friend pressed a just-off-the-press copy of At Home In Mitford (the 1994 Lion Press edition) into my hands. I've imagined myself living among … [Read more...]

Q & A With Jennifer Grant, Author Of Wholehearted Living

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The last thing a busy mom needs is another thing to do. But what if adding a wee slice of spiritual self-care to your day becomes the kind of "one more thing" that can help you begin taking other, less important things off of your plate?My sage friend Jennifer Grant has written a daybook of 365 brief meditations called Wholehearted Living: Five Minute Reflections For Modern Moms (Loyola Press, 2014) that is designed to help you think beyond the daily urgent to what matters most. Here's what I … [Read more...]

I Need A Hero

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Regular readers of this blog know that my family and I have experienced a number of nightmarish church experiences over the last three and a half decades. Not too long ago, someone asked me why I didn't just exit the Church at one particularly miserable juncture twenty or so years ago and just keep walking.My short answer came from Simon Peter's words to Jesus: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." (John 6:68) Though I don't believe that showing up in a church for … [Read more...]


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