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Feb 14
Jared Herd’s book More Lost Than Found presents the authors attempt to delve into issues of his past when he “found” Jesus at a young age, but then vividly recalls “losing” him later on. This churchy language of finding Jesus may sound goofy and seem debatable, but theological questions of what it means to be truly “saved” are not exactly the basis of Herd’s book. More like he questions why so many young people, raised within the church, are leaving and how one can lose something that should be as all encompassing and joy filled as salvation. Why, he seems to ask, would such a gift be rejected?
Herd attempts to examine the message of the Gospel as found in Christian tradition and the Bible and how that message is being shared or lost in our communication with young people growing up in modernity. 
More Lost Than Found attempts to help young people in the midst of forming conclusions during a turbulent time in early life when questions, doubts, and analysis are a natural part of development. Herd is especially successful in offering aid to the young seeker, but not being pushy about a message, a glorious gift really, that does not need forced.

Jared Herd’s book More Lost Than Found presents the authors attempt to delve into issues of his past when he “found” Jesus at a young age, but then vividly recalls “losing” him later on. This churchy language of finding Jesus may sound goofy and seem debatable, but theological questions of what it means to be truly “saved” are not exactly the basis of Herd’s book. More like he questions why so many young people, raised within the church, are leaving and how one can lose something that should be as all encompassing and joy filled as salvation. Why, he seems to ask, would such a gift be rejected?

Herd attempts to examine the message of the Gospel as found in Christian tradition and the Bible and how that message is being shared or lost in our communication with young people growing up in modernity.

More Lost Than Found attempts to help young people in the midst of forming conclusions during a turbulent time in early life when questions, doubts, and analysis are a natural part of development. Herd is especially successful in offering aid to the young seeker, but not being pushy about a message, a glorious gift really, that does not need forced.


Sep 24

Sep 22

Camino De Santiago Book Giveaway!

If you would like to win a copy of Discovering the Camino de Santiago by Rev. Greg J. Mackey simply like or reblog this post.  I will choose a winner randomly on Monday, September 26!


Sep 6
A book with a beginning that grabs the attention of the reader, dragging them in, is a wonderful thing.  A book that manages to hold that reader captivated throughout is beyond wonderful.
Surprised By Oxford by Carolyn Weber begins with a surprising bit of truth shared by her professor.  This bit of truth is a sampling, an introduction, a foreshadowing of the many truths exposed by this epic memoir.

“‘The truth is in the paradox, Miss Drake.  Anything not done in submission to God, anything not done to the glory of God, is doomed to failure, frailty, and futility’…
Dr. Deveaux stopped and looked at me hard.  He leaned in and whispered, ‘The rest is all bullshit, Miss Drake.  It’s as simple as that.  Your purpose here in life is to discern the real thing from the bullshit, and then to choose the non-bullshit.  Think of the opportunity that God has given you to study as the means by which to attain your own personal bullshit detector.’” – Surprised By Oxford, Weber, page 3

Please do not mistake my use of words like “epic” as romantic exaggeration.  I recognize the subjectiveness of my opinion, but I thoroughly loved this book.  It is an inspiring coming-of-age conversion story filled with wisdom, grace, and humanity.

A book with a beginning that grabs the attention of the reader, dragging them in, is a wonderful thing.  A book that manages to hold that reader captivated throughout is beyond wonderful.

Surprised By Oxford by Carolyn Weber begins with a surprising bit of truth shared by her professor.  This bit of truth is a sampling, an introduction, a foreshadowing of the many truths exposed by this epic memoir.

“‘The truth is in the paradox, Miss Drake.  Anything not done in submission to God, anything not done to the glory of God, is doomed to failure, frailty, and futility’…

Dr. Deveaux stopped and looked at me hard.  He leaned in and whispered, ‘The rest is all bullshit, Miss Drake.  It’s as simple as that.  Your purpose here in life is to discern the real thing from the bullshit, and then to choose the non-bullshit.  Think of the opportunity that God has given you to study as the means by which to attain your own personal bullshit detector.’” – Surprised By Oxford, Weber, page 3

Please do not mistake my use of words like “epic” as romantic exaggeration.  I recognize the subjectiveness of my opinion, but I thoroughly loved this book.  It is an inspiring coming-of-age conversion story filled with wisdom, grace, and humanity.


Aug 12
Most followers of Christ would assert that they seek to be a blessing in the lives of others.  We want to offer positive influence, to build up rather than tear down, but this takes so much work.
In The Blessing Dr. John Trent and Gary Smalley bridge Christian values with modern psychology to examine the way in which contemporary relationships can be fortified by principles found in the gospels.  The Blessing focuses a great deal on familial relationships, especially parent/child, but offers guidance that will strengthen any relationship because the focus is not on the external act, but the inner motivation that shapes our actions.

Most followers of Christ would assert that they seek to be a blessing in the lives of others.  We want to offer positive influence, to build up rather than tear down, but this takes so much work.

In The Blessing Dr. John Trent and Gary Smalley bridge Christian values with modern psychology to examine the way in which contemporary relationships can be fortified by principles found in the gospels.  The Blessing focuses a great deal on familial relationships, especially parent/child, but offers guidance that will strengthen any relationship because the focus is not on the external act, but the inner motivation that shapes our actions.


Feb 25