If you’re wired anything like me, one of the most effective ways to learn about sometimes-uncomfortable truths is through story. That’s because story has a way of bypassing our intellect and shooting straight for the heart, where compassion and empathy have a chance to take root. That’s one of the reasons I value thoughtful memoirs that speak […]
If you’re wired anything like me, one of the most effective ways to understand truth is through story. Even uncomfortable truths — maybe especially these. That’s because story has a way of bypassing our intellect and shooting straight for the heart, where compassion and empathy have a chance to take root. That’s one of the […]
Yesterday’s post featured They Say We Are Infidels: On the run from ISIS with persecuted Christians in the Middle East by WORLD magazine editor and Middle East reporter Mindy Belz. If you missed my reflections on this important book, you can read them here. Today, I’m pleased to share with you an except from the book […]
A novel of Hitler’s Germany The End of Law by Therese Down About this book: (from the publisher) Berlin, 1933: as Hitler rises to power; the law–designed to protect and serve–becomes twisted to the will of those who dream of a pure Aryan race.
I first “met” today’s guest about a year ago when her publicist told me he’d be sending me her new book, Reclaiming Home, to read for my blog. He predicted that I’d find Krista Gilbert to be “up my alley.” Well, he nailed it, and for that, I will be forever grateful. One of the things I so appreciate […]
Over the last three months, I’ve given this post half-a-dozen attempts before ditching it every time. Not because I don’t think ethical shopping isn’t a good idea. I do, obviously, else wouldn’t keep coming back to it. What makes me back off is that I feel overwhelmed. By what I don’t know but feel I should. By […]
In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker About this book: (from the publisher) Nearly seventy-five years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi, became the first child diagnosed with autism. Beginning with his family’s odyssey, In a Different Key tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition
I want to make a world of difference. How many times have I said that here on my blog and elsewhere? I mean it, I do. I know God’s heart breaks for the suffering; I want to align my heart with His and then do something to relieve the suffering. I want to contribute toward the bettering our […]
“A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.” ~ Alan Rickman For its swift ability to inform, move, and yes, even to change, few artistic forms can beat a well crafted movie. These are five that have affected me.
The morning after the festivities of Midsummer’s Eve, the villagers of Bampton make a grisly discovery… Ashes to Ashes (The chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon) by Mel Starr About this book: (from the publisher) Master Hugh, Kate, and their children attend the Midsummer’s Eve fire. The next morning Hugh hears the passing bell ring from the […]