A Slight Shift


Right off the bat, let me say that the focus of this blog is not changing. Being a writer, reader, and Christ follower is still what will drive the content here. But I will be making some changes. My personal and professional goals demand it. But I still want to provide content for you guys. […]

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Walden by Henry David Thoreau


I wanted so badly to enjoy this book. I’ve read such wonderful things about the insights Thoreau has in it that I was expecting page after page of things that blew my mind, or at least made me nod vigorously in agreement. What I got was several pages of Thoreau explaining how he built his […]

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Four Views on Hell: Second Edition


This second edition of Four Views on Hell is part of the Zondervan Counterpoints series. As with the other books of the series, we find a presentation of the current views on just what hell is. This updated edition features all new contributors. Each contributor presents his view of the doctrine of hell in an essay. […]

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The Violinist of Venice by Alyssa Palombo


The one thing Adriana d’Amato truly loves is playing music. When her mother dies, her strict father forbids her to have anything more to do with it. Now eighteen, she refuses to let him stop her. She sneaks away at night to take violin lessons from Antonio Vivaldi, until those lessons turn into a passionate, […]

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The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson


Ben Jones drives a truck down a long stretch of nearly abandoned highway through the Utah desert, making deliveries to people who, for one reason or another, prefer to be left alone. When he meets Claire, he finds he’s drawn to her, not really caring what she’s running from, and she’s obviously running from something. As […]

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One Nation by Ben Carson


“Highlighting the causes of disunity and decline in the nation, Carson takes aim at political correctness and its impact on curbing honest speech on critical issues…. Carson intersperses his own inspirational life story and biblical passages as he argues for the essential role of faith in addressing the myriad complex issues facing the nation.” – […]

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Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell


     An elderly farmer is brutally murdered, and his wife left to die, in a remote farming town in Sweden. Kurt Wallander, an inspector with the Ystad Police must find those responsible for the horrible crime. He has just one clue, the dying woman’s last word: foreign. In a country where lax immigration laws and […]

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A Quick Update – 6/21/12


Life has been busy. I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like, and I’ve got quite a lot of it to do, so here’s a preview of what’s coming… since it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. I’ve just finished “The Fellowship of the Ring” and at this point I’ll have to put my […]

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2011: A Year of Reading


Victory! I’ve completed both of the reading challenges I set goals for. I read 52 books this year… 12 of them were classics. I read several books I’d never read before and discovered a few new authors. Here are my recommendations of the books I read this year: Highly Recommended: Green by Ted Dekker (though I […]

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A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle


     After Margaret Murray and her baby brother encounter a strange visitor in their kitchen one night during a storm, they are whisked away on an incredible journey to find their missing father. Along the way, they will help fight a growing evil that threatens the entire universe. Some planets have already given in. Earth […]

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck


     It’s a classic tale of two unlikely friends. George is small and resourceful. Lennie is very large, and very strong, but short on brains. Lennie’s strength, coupled with his pure innocence, often gets him into trouble that George has to get him out of. They travel from job to job, but they have a […]

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No Wonder They Call Him the Savior by Max Lucado


     For Christians, the Cross is a symbol of salvation and hope of eternal life. Our faith rests on what happened on the Cross, but can we find hope there for our everyday lives? When we’re feeling lonely, guilty, or tired? When we feel like giving up? Yes, the events of the crucifixion and resurrection […]

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