Thoughts about 2017

The clock just struck midnight, and it is now officially the last day of 2017.  In the past, I took the last days of the year to meditate and think about the future directions.  This year, however, I’m doing something different.  I’ve been thinking about what I’ve learned and how I’ve changed in the last twelve months.


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Book Recommendation: Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.  After packing and moving 150+ boxes, we have finally settled into our new place!

During packing, I sorted through our book collection for the last few years.  While many books went into the donate/sell pile, I paused when I came across this book:


Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace
by Miroslav Volf.


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FREE Meditation Journal – Promotion ended

Update 3/21/2016: I just checked this link, and looks like the free e-book download promotion is now finished. 😦  If you’re still interested in this item, the book (hard copy) is available here.

One of my favorite authors, Graham Cooke, is giving away his meditation journal for FREE! secret-sayings-hidden-meaningsI’ve learned a lot about meditation and how to keep a quiet heart from Graham. His teachings have always inspired faith and hope in me, especially on difficult days. This book, Secret Sayings, Hidden Meanings, is a collection of questions and prompts for journaling or meditation. Continue reading

More Jesus Less Religion

From time to time, I come across a book that just sums up my thoughts perfectly.  After I read it, I want to buy 10 copies and hand them off to all my friends.  Alas, this is one of them Good Reads.

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 More Jesus Less Religion – Moving from Rules to Relationship
by Stephen Arterburn and Jack Felton

I really liked this book because it brings you back to the core of our spirituality – it is really just about God and you.   Continue reading

The Power of the Blood Covenant by Malcolm Smith

The title may be somewhat intimidating. What is it with our culture that we have an aversion to “blood”? Or maybe I’m speaking only for myself.  In any case, this book has the best description/explanation of the Good News that I’ve read…and it doesn’t start/end with NT (or John 3:16 for that matter)

The author focuses on God’s covenant to us. This idea really isn’t anything new, but it’s refreshing when it comes from someone who has personally experienced this.  There has been many books on sharing about Christ written from the evangelical framework.  This one stands out because it emphasizes the Divine purpose through a relational lens.

I enjoyed the book greatly, and highly recommend it.