September 13, 2013

Review: The Power of an Ordinary Prayer by Michael W. Smith and He Knows Your Name by Travis Cottrell

I know that this is no way to begin a review, but I can’t hold it back: these are two beautiful little books! In The Power of an Ordinary Prayer, Grammy and Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Michael W. Smith invites readers to “enter into the heart of prayer and discover how the joy of God’s transformation can truly change your world.” He begins by introducing readers to […]

July 26, 2013

Review: Chivalry by Zach Hunter (audiobook)

When I first agreed to review Chivalry: The Quest for a Personal Code of Honor in an Unjust World by Zach Hunter, I was skeptical but intrigued by the title. My recent experiences with the term “chivalry” have all involved discussions of male-female relationships and I was hopeful from the title that this would take a broader view of the term. Fortunately, it did. In […]

July 19, 2013

Review: Daughter of Jerusalem by Joan Wolf

She was the first person to see her resurrected Savior, a sinner whom Jesus cleansed of seven demons, and one of the women who followed and supported Jesus and the Twelve Apostles, but who was Mary Magdalene? What was her story? In her latest novel, Daughter of Jerusalem, New York Times bestselling author Joan Wolf puts a story to the person of Mary Magdalene. This […]

July 13, 2013

Review: Discovering the City of Sodom by Dr. Steven Collins and Dr. Latayne C. Scott (audiobook)

When I first read the subtitle for Discovering the City of Sodom: The Fascinating, True Account of the Discovery of the Old Testament’s Most Infamous City, I seriously doubted that any book about Biblical archeology could possibly deliver such a promise. I am not disappointed to report that my doubt was unfounded. Authors Dr. Steven Collins and Dr. Latayne C. Scott deliver a stirring tale […]

June 15, 2013

Review: The Book of Man by William Bennett

Is it possible to become a man by reading one book? No, but if it was, The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood by William Bennett would be that book. In the book, Mr. Bennett has compiled profiles, stories, letters, poems, and myths into a volume intended to show the reader what it means to be a man. The book is divided into six sections: […]

April 13, 2013

River

I know it’s the wrong time of year for this, but do you recall the Joni Mitchell song, River? It’s coming on Christmas They’re cutting down trees They’re putting up reindeer And singing songs of joy and peace Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on Somehow that song resonates with me right now. I’m so hard to handle I’m selfish […]

January 3, 2013

My January 2, 2013 Playlist

It happened like this: I woke up at my new normal wake-up time (5am) on January 2 ready to start my first workday of 2013 on the right foot. I read my morning devotions, spent a few minutes in prayer (too few, I admit), and replied to a couple of emails. Then I headed downstairs for breakfast and a shower. Everything was seemingly going very […]