Unexpected and fantastic read

I started Midnight Jesus with a bit of trepidation – I guess I was expecting one of those justice books that suggests that everyone should be just like the author. Wow, is this not that. Author Jamie Blaine is a musician, church psychotherapist, and assistant manager of a roller rink. He describes each of these […]

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Book Review: The Heart Led Leader

I am such a fan of this book. It’s shot through with inspiring stories and great points, and stands head & shoulders about other books I’ve read with similar themes. I appreciate how the author defines “leading by the heart” in terms of deep caring, sacrifice, and wise encouragement (rather than the traditional model of […]

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On Being Gangster

“I believe that enjoying your work with all your heart is the only truly subversive position left to take as a creative person these days. It’s such a gangster move, because hardly anybody ever dares to speak of creative enjoyment aloud, for fear of not being taken seriously as an artist. So be the weirdo […]

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Three Books & What They Mean to Me This Week

It has been a fabulous reading week for me. I’ll tell you about three books I’ve loved, and then a bit about what I’m trying to do with what they’ve taught me. Consider it part of Project Stretch & Grow. (Which is not actually a project, but makes me smile when I think of it […]

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Love for Accidental Saints

I know I rave about books a lot here – I tend towards the jazz hands side on the review scale of life (Which is essentially: Ballet = “I found this to be a quiet, but important, read;” Modern Dance = “this book is weird;” Jazz Hands = “OMIGOSH I WANT TO HAND THIS TO YOU […]

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Book Review: A Fellowship of Differents

The opening chapter of this book stopped me in my tracks. In A Fellowship of Differents, author Scot McKnight posits that our local church determines the direction of our discipleship.  Put plainly, he’s saying that the type of church we grow up in –what that church focuses on, what it dismisses (because no church focuses […]

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Book Review: I’m Happy For You

The title of this book cracked me up… I’m Happy For You (Sort of…Not Really): Finding Contentment in a Culture of Comparison.  Funny, right? Author Kay Wills Wyma takes on our constant need to compare ourselves and how this holds us back. From the Publisher: Do you find yourself measuring your value against your friend’s […]

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Book Review: Trying Not To Try

Publisher’s Description:  In Trying Not To Try, Edward Slingerland explains why we find spontaneity so elusive, and shows how early Chinese thought points the way to happier, more authentic lives. We’ve long been told that the way to achieve our goals is through careful reasoning and conscious effort. But recent research suggests that many aspects of a […]

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Book Review: Rejection Proof

This was SUCH a fun read! Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection, is author Jia Jiang’s account of what happened when he decided to overcome his paralyzing fear of rejection by going toward rejection rather than running away from it.  Jiang set out to be rejected in […]

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Book Review: Searching for Sunday

This might be the most growth I’ve seen in a memoirist from one book to another. In Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church, Rachel Held Evans (author of the somewhat snarky takedown of Fundamentalist Christianity, A Year of Biblical Womanhood), offers a heartfelt and achingly honest account of her attempts to reconcile […]

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