On the 4th Tuesday of each month, we share what we’re reading. Here’s what I’ve been into.
[My review here] Sad at times, but a very interesting story of Ian being raised by an alcoholic dad who also worked for the CIA. As I near the end of the book, I’m seeing how Jesus will have the biggest influence of all in his life.
Because I absolutely loved his book 52 Lies Heard in Church Every Sunday, I’m dipping back to an older book of his, also good, on how we need to drop the legalism and accept the free gift of God’s grace.
“For a long time I thought that to experience success in my Christian life, I had to work harder. But I discovered that the key to enjoying success is not strenuous work, but spiritual rest.” – Steve McVey
When Jesus was on earth, he was rejected in many towns. But one place we never read of his rejection was in the town of Bethany, home to Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Viola centers his book around events in that town, drawing in principles for us as well to love more and struggle less.
I’m a little scared of this novel—the font is tiny and yet it’s still over 1,000 pages. I’m 50 pages in and so far, so good. I’ll stick with it for now (unless you overwhelmingly tell me it’s a waste of time!), even though I have no idea what it’s supposed to be about (and no, I didn’t see the movie or even previews for the movie).
Still working through the life of Jesus in this book. I’m up to his last days before the crucifixion. It includes some helpful historical information that I wasn’t aware of as well as spiritual insights from the author.
“Jesus recognized the promise as genuine. So he replied, “Salvation has come to this home today” (Luke 19:9). It wasn’t Zacchaeus’ vow that produced salvation. It was salvation that produced the vow. Contact with Jesus changed the tax collector. The tin man found a heart.” – Stephen M. Miller
Finished from June’s nightstand
[My review here] Mixed feelings about this one. It’s a dialogue between the two authors—a 72-year-old priest and a 37-year-old mentor to homeless youth (among other things), centering around their own lives and their work in “sacred activism.” It has value, but you have to weed through a lot of words to uncover it. (Available to the public on September 3, so hopefully it’ll get some tighter editing before the final printing.)
It’s small but full of stories and excellent commentary on how Christianity isn’t always the clean, neat progression of growth that we’d like it to be. (Sometimes I just like the feel of a book in my hands, too; this was one of those.)
A sweet story by a fellow-blogger. The story is about an Olympic cyclist turned priest and his mission in the world, including his romance with a non-believing American student. It is a novel including faith, but it doesn’t preach at you. I enjoyed it.
Love this one! Taylor is refreshingly honest but also purposeful in the stories she shares about her journey to becoming a “successful” Episcopal priest and then her decision a few years later to step down from it.
“I was neither as good as I hoped I might be nor as bad as I feared. I was simply another of God’s beggars, grateful to have found my way into the pool.” – Barbara Brown Taylor
So interesting! I don’t plan on becoming a human lie detector, but this information was very enlightening. Here are a few of the obstacles that make us gullible to believing lies: the belief that people will not lie to you; reliance on behavioral myths; complexities of communication; and our inescapable biases.
One of my favorite authors on one of my favorite subjects. A short, easy-to-read book that will inspire you to pray more often and more sincerely.
“Quiet, deep breath after any prayer is another form of Amen.” – Anne Lamott
Yes, it is paperless itself—I read it on my Kindle—and it’s practical. It encourages you to rely on Evernote (I do, more and more), Google Calendar, and Remember the Milk (I need to learn it). I’m all about digital and using the cloud, and so is this book. A useful resource.
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What’s a good book you are reading now or recently finished?
- Don’t be invisible
- It’s a high touch position