Finding Your Sweet Spot

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Max Lucado’s book Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot (Nelson: Nashville, 2005) is not a book for scholars. Lucado, in fact, is not a scholar at all. But he has written a wonderfully readable and immensely practical book. A friend gave it to me several months ago suggesting that it was his favorite “life-changing” book for … Read More

A Truly Wonderful Novel

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The modern novel, Peace Like a River, written by Minnesotan Leif Enger is one of the finest first works of fiction I have read in years. Indeed, it is a superb book, first or otherwise, period! It is the story of a real family tragedy, told within the context of a true (Christian) love story. It is most definitely not … Read More

My Present Reading

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I read widely, as you might guess. I always have and suppose I always will. I am presently reading Douglas John Hall’s theological autobiography, Bound and Free, an engaging and moving memoir by a prominent theologian of our time. In the evening, and for sheer fun, I am reading and enjoying the baseball biography, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death … Read More

America's Reading Habits

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Americans have a strange fascination with “best-seller” status. The endless lists of best-sellers, such as those that appear in the NY Times, grow with every passing day. We now have several books which even give us the history of best-sellers in America.  I wonder if all these best-sellers are actually read by all the people who buy them, especially since … Read More