Category: Books

Tattoos On the Heart: Being Jesus Among the Gangs in LA

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I’m on a reading binge. My nest is empty and the hub flies the friendly skies. Believe me, I’ve got the time. But reading is time well-spent, so I make no apologies.

On the docket today is Father Gregory Boyle’s Tattoos On the Heart. Father Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, an organization that provides training, support, and hope to “formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women“.

C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium: A Book You Should Read

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Because I love books and am of the belief that everyone should be knee-deep in at least two at any given time, I’m going to post the occasional book recommendation.

I read 17 books in 2015. That’s chump change to some, sure, but in addition to those 17 are Bible studies, backs of cereal boxes, and the People magazines at my hair gal’s place. All in all the 2015 reading feast was a veritable mix of theology, philosophy, and mind-numbing vapidity. I’m all for balance.

One of the best of these reads was Peter Kreeft’s C.S. Lewis for the Third Millenniumsix essays applying Lewis’ take on the fall of Western civilization to “our time and the future.”

I’m a sucker for this stuff.

The Color of Grace: Healing for Child Soldiers in Africa

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“What if grace were a color? What about redemption or love? I finally concluded that these words, these soulful gifts that only exist because of God, would be an array of colors too beautiful for simple words, and they can only truly be seen by living them.” ~ Bethany Haley Williams, “The Color of Grace”

 

If you would have told me three months ago that I’d be reading a book about a woman who is serving the Lord by bringing healing to child solders in Africa, I’d have said you had the wrong person. I’m a self-proclaimed armchair political pundit with no time for such sentimentalities. There are people specifically called to care about such things. I’m off the hook. America is in the throes of the most unserious political cycle in history. The people in Africa can wait.