#96 – Unspoken Sermons by George MacDonald (My 100 Favorite Books)

Spoiler alert for my top ten books - both CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien will make an appearance.  But if you want to know who influenced them (and GK Chesterton), go back to the 1800s and meet George MacDonald.  MacDonald wrote some wonderful fantasy stories (The Princess and the Goblin, for one) that clearly point … Continue reading #96 – Unspoken Sermons by George MacDonald (My 100 Favorite Books)

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#97 – The Jesus Storybook Bible (My 100 Favorite Books)

For the last few years, we have read through The Jesus Storybook Bible during Advent.  With 22 stories from the Old Testament, it is the perfect lead in to the birth of Jesus.  Further, it ties each individual story into the grand story of what God is doing in the world, culminating in the coming … Continue reading #97 – The Jesus Storybook Bible (My 100 Favorite Books)

#98 – The Hole in Our Gospel by Rich Stearns (My 100 Favorite Books)

Gospel means good news.  Growing up, the good news was simply that Jesus has died on the cross so we can be forgiven and go to heaven when we die. Rich Stearns, president of World Vision, thinks there is much missing in this formulation. Stearns was a successful CEO when World Vision pursued him to … Continue reading #98 – The Hole in Our Gospel by Rich Stearns (My 100 Favorite Books)

#99 – The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (My 100 Favorite Books)

Its a book about building a cathedral. Okay, so it doesn't sound riveting at first.  But Ken Follett's book, set in medieval England, is filled with interesting characters and much drama.  What I recall liking best is that the book avoided stereotypes - there are both good and evil churchmen, good and evil skeptics.  The … Continue reading #99 – The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (My 100 Favorite Books)

#100 – The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr (My 100 Favorite Books)

A few weeks ago I was invited to share pictures of seven books on Facebook, with no comment.  I love reading and had trouble picking just seven favorite books.  So I decided to spend the summer sharing my 100 favorite books.  I tried to roughly put them in some order, so my all-time favorites will … Continue reading #100 – The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr (My 100 Favorite Books)

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God (Review)

              What is God truly like?  This is a question I have wrestled with.  My whole life I have heard people say, and have said myself, that God is a God of love and of justice.  Your sin deserves God’s eternal and unending punishment, or wrath.  You can avoid this punishment by trusting in Jesus … Continue reading Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God (Review)

The Walkin’ Dude Is Still Walkin’ – Thoughts on Evil

"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." So begins The Gunslinger, the first book of Stephen King's fantasy epic series, The Dark Tower.  Over the course of the series we learn that the man in black is in fact a character familiar to King's universe, Randall Flagg.  Flagg is an … Continue reading The Walkin’ Dude Is Still Walkin’ – Thoughts on Evil