On the bookshelf: J.R.R. Tolkien (Christian Encounters Series) by Mark Horne

The world of the Middle Earth is vast and intricate, filled with iconic characters and epic landscapes. This brief biography of the mastermind of the Middle Earth? Not so much. Horne offers an overview of Tolkien’s life, with a fair amount of the focus resting on the author’s formative childhood years. Along the way, Horne… Continue reading On the bookshelf: J.R.R. Tolkien (Christian Encounters Series) by Mark Horne

On the bookshelf: Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me by Ian Morgan Cron

It's been quite some time since I read a book that I couldn't put down. Then came Ian Morgan Cron's Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me: A Memoir ... of sorts. Each page takes readers deeper into Cron's relationship with his mysterious, sometimes violent alcoholic father and the chaos his not-so-secret condition imparts on… Continue reading On the bookshelf: Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me by Ian Morgan Cron

On the bookshelf: Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would?

Strange how things work out. On the very day that I planned to post this review of Pete Wilson's Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn't Show Up the Way You Thought He Would?, the author is leading his church through a Plan B scenario. Wilson is the pastor of Crosspoint Church in… Continue reading On the bookshelf: Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would?

On the bookshelf: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. — Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854) For some reason, this quote from Thoreau kept whirling through my mind as I read Donald Miller's A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. Please understand I am not putting Miller on the same level as Thoreau. That's a judgment… Continue reading On the bookshelf: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years