Have you ever clicked on a book online and once you got it, discovered it wasn’t at all what you thought you were getting?
Depression, Anxiety, and the Christian Life, Practical Wisdom from Richard Baxter is one of those reads that turned out to be something I didn’t expect. This was both good and challenging at the same time. Read More
I’ve read a few books lately that have had a straightforwardness that I really appreciated. Maybe that doesn’t sound like the word that would entice you to pick up a book, maybe you’re looking for inspiring, or encouraging, or comforting, or relatable. In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character is the rare book that is all those things. Read More
I bet that you, like me, know someone who has had their identity compromised. Maybe it even happened to you, a hacked email, stolen credit card number, phising emails…there are so many ways to have our identity hijacked.
Among the many things I love about this ministry is this-the necessity to read a multitude of genres. While I might always order the same thing at Anita’s Mexican Restaurant, (the Coast Highway location for you San Diego County readers) I have learned to love variety in my reading over the years.
Everybody loves a story, so the infamous “they” say. I suppose that is true, as long as it’s a good story, with compelling characters, interesting plotline and mostly satisfying ending. Good stories are harder to write than most people think, and as a reader, bad stories are even harder to read. Here’s what I know from 20 years of selling books-people often disagree over whether a book is a good story. Read More
I know that you, like me, often sit around and ask yourself questions like “Just who IS America’s greatest theologian?”
No? Fine, me either. But listen, here is something to think about for a moment. This country is so blessed with amazing religious liberty, a rich history of the Christian church and continuing move of God, how did it get that way? Who were the men and women God used to grow and shape His work in America? Read More
Last night a friend with elementary age kids asked me “It feels like things should be slowing down since it’s summer, so why do I seem busier than ever?” Whether it is summer, or the holidays, or a time of transition, life’s shifts have a way of throwing us off our routines. Sometimes this is a good thing, when it brings positive change, other times, not so good things, when we neglect the important for the impatient pushiness of busy. Even good things can push better things out of the way. I found myself in this very place a few months ago, and where I most felt its impact was in my devotional life. So here is what I did about it. Read More
When I was young, my friend’s older sisters all seem to have hope chests. Do you remember those? Usually a large cedar chest, young women and their moms would begin to stash away things for the girls someday household, so when she married she would have linens or other things to set up her house. Do girls keep a hope chest anymore? I hope so. Read More
Sometimes in life things sneak up on you. I remember the first time that I read Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P Freeman. When I picked up this book I would never have categorized myself as a "Try hard" person. I thought for sure I understood Gods Grace and how to live in it. By chapter two I realized I was utterly wrong and I was in for a wild ride over the next chapters, that ultimately lead me to freedom from my "try hard" tendencies.
When I picked up Why Her, 6 Truths We Need to hear When Measuring Up Leaves Us Falling Behind" I had the same thought. "I don't struggle with comparison. I know who I am, I'm content in my life." But alas like many books on the subject of our identity I came to find that this is an area I have struggled with, though not in the ways that you might think. It goes to show, you can't judge a book by its subtitle and you may be surprised what a little self examination will bring to light! Read More
We love to read books, to write about books, and we love conversations about books. Jane Austen once said, “If a book is well written I always find it too short.” I would add that if a book is well written I want to talk with others who have read it. If you concur, please join us for (drumroll) Read More