A few months ago I began to process what “the last third” of my life should look like. I have been more earnest about that mainly because of the work of Arthur Brooks. I listened to a talk he gave a few years go, then an article with the same basic material, and I knewContinue reading “Aging properly”
Category Archives: Book
Not being a fiction reader, I savored this book
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry My rating: 5 of 5 stars I started into the Lonesome Dove series a couple of years back on Audible. They were long and I was driving long trips, so it fit. I was hooked. The story was amazing. The stories of a brutal frontier, the luck of two men,Continue reading “Not being a fiction reader, I savored this book”
The Pharisee in me
“We don’t usually want to be Pharisees. But we all want to feel like Pharisees — standing on solid statements, having a place from which to argue. Given the choice between knowledge and life we prefer knowledge. It’s how Adam and Eve chose their fruit. We’ve been choosing the same fruit ever since.” — MandyContinue reading “The Pharisee in me”
The paragraph that broke me
I am far more able to slowly make my way through Eugene Peterson’s biography than most other books because I have to stop and repent so often.
The problem of pain
Tish Harrison Warren’s new book, Prayer in the Night is out and you should absolutely get this book. As I think through spiritual rhythms for the last parts of my “Living in Babylon” series on my podcast, her book fits in wonderfully with the need for patterns in our lives.
Caste is a disease and none of us is immune
Isabel Wilkerson’s newest book is Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. The first book I read from her was The Warmth of Other Suns, detailing the 100 plus year history of migration from South to North for Black Americans following the Civil War.
A book worth your time
There has been a LOT of reading in this time of coronavirus. I was glad to be able to get an advance copy of Marlena Graves’ new book The Way Up is Down. In this section she talks about the need for confession in our lives to deal with our sin and dwell humbly beforeContinue reading “A book worth your time”
The church as recovery group
D.L. Mayfield’s new book, The Myth of the American Dream, is timely. There is a lot of gold in this book and I will do a review later on. But this quote is incredible: My husband likes to say that we need the church to be our recovery group; we need it to be aContinue reading “The church as recovery group”
The road to American fragility
I’ve begun reading The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt. Lots of quotes to follow in the coming days. This book is needed reading.
The hope of human flourishing
A challenge I like to bring to people from time to time is this question: “Is it well with your soul?”