Notes from the Trail

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Review: “Openness Unhindered” by Rosario Butterfield

Rosario Butterfield’s second book is a beautifully-written and vulnerable reflection on life as a Christian heterosexual after years of living as a non-Christian lesbian. Her scriptural faithfulness and commitment to re-examining sexuality in general in the middle of a cultural firestorm has gotten this book banned from Amazon.

Book Club: “What’s Best Next”

I posted on Instagram yesterday that I’m beginning a new book and invited anyone interested to read with me. I was pleased to see a few takers there. For followers of the blog, I’m putting it out there for your… Continue Reading →

Review: CSB Christ Chronological Bible

How does a late-night bowl of Lucky Charms Frosted Flakes (Yes, they’re a thing!) result in a Bible purchase? Read on…

Review: All Things Good

Hannah Anderson’s book on discernment is worth reading, and as we seek “all that’s good,” we are urged to not just identify the good, but to practice it.

Top Books I Read in 2018

I use Goodreads to help me keep track of my reading, leave brief reviews and get book recommendations. It’s really a fantasist resource. I set a goal of reading 25 books this past year after reading 26 in 2017. I thought… Continue Reading →

Book Review: Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World – by Eric Metaxas

Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World by Eric Metaxas GoodReads rating: 3 of 5 stars I’ve heard and often repeated, “Never use a $10 word when a $1 word will do” in relation to writing…. Continue Reading →

Review: Rediscovering Humility

Every Christian should make it a point to read – no to submit to – a book about humility. When Jesus Himself is demonstrated to be humble and in a day of celebrity pastors, there is much we can apply, consider and be censured on as we approach the teaching about humility.. humbly

Go see it: The Greatest Showman

This movie is BIG. Soaring themes, immediately addictive music and excellent acting. I was surprised I liked it. My tastes trend more toward aliens and explosions. Here’s why you should go see “The Greatest Showman.”

Top Books I Read in 2016

Here are my top books that I read in 2016. According to my GoodReads account, I read 28 books in 2016. “Rejoicing in Christ” tops the list.

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