Joy & Orthodoxy

Thoughts on joy from G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy: “Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial. Melancholy should be an innocent interlude, a tender and fugitive frame of mind; praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul. Pessimism is at best an emotional half-holiday;…

Book Review: Fur Elise, by Peggy Sue Wells

I recently read Fur Elise by a good friend of mine, Peggy Sue Wells. It was an enjoyable and fun read that kept me up far too late one night…but was worth it. Check it out! Below is the review I posted on Amazon: Fur Elise by Peggy Sue Wells is the gripping tale of a…

Longing for More

I recently finished reading Till We Have Faces, one of C.S. Lewis’ less-famous works of fiction. Aside from gradually becoming enthralled with it, this piece made me think. Aside from Lewis’ portrayal of humanity, self-knowledge, and the natural corruption of human love, I found various passages which lent themselves to spiritual analogy: “This,” she said,…

Book Review: Finding Spiritual Whitespace

The Boring Part: Finding Spiritual Whitespace by Bonnie Gray is a breathtakingly honest work on how to find spiritual whitespace and authentic rest from a place of guilt, shame, and fear. To find peace and hope in the desolate places. Seeing things from an artist’s perspective, where whitespace makes a piece, Gray writes: “Whitespace is not blank–it breathes…

Spiritual Whitespace:

Bonnie Gray’s new book, Finding Spiritual Whitespace, is the story of finding space to breathe, feed your soul, and dream dreams. This is a lesson I’ve been learning slowly over this year. Living alone for the first time ever has been hard. It has also been nice. I have more quiet, alone time than I’ve ever had…

Art & Beauty

“We live in a world that provides us a glimpse of much that is beautiful, but not of beauty in its consummate state. Nevertheless, a homesickness for that consummate beauty dwells within our heart. That heart impulse leads to attempts to conjure up that elevated beauty for eye and ear. From such endeavors art is…

It’s All Part of the Story

Most of us love stories. I know when I get a chance to talk with a good friend and they start off by saying, “I have this story that I just have to tell you…” that I perk up and start really listening. Or maybe I’m the one who has a story to tell because…

Empty Hope

I went to see “The Great Gatsby” tonight with a co-worker and found myself strangely drawn to Fitzgerald’s tale. When I read the book several years ago, my relative youth and inexperience added little to the novel, leaving me disappointed. Now, an active participant in a society that in many ways reflects the carelessness, disillusionment,…

Book Review: Thrive

Thrive: The Single Life as God Intended by Lina Abujamra brings Scripture and truth to the topic of singleness like a cold drink of water after an exhausting run. Lina merges careful study with personal experience as she exhorts her readers to join her in thriving, rather than just surviving, as a single Christian. She…

A Month of Missions

Over the last month, I have been using a little booklet titled Gospel Meditations for Missions to guide my study of Scripture. It has been a soul-searching month, as I’ve re-encountered the Word and truths I’ve known for years from a different perspective and focus. From the introduction, where editor Chris Anderson writes “Missions is…

Conflict and Hope

Romans 5:3-4 – More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. So I teach English, right? And in English, one of the “hot words” is conflict. Every story starts with a conflict, and that conflict drives the character through the plot “mountain”…

Contend: Defending the Fatih in a Fallen World

Contend: Defending the Faith in a Fallen World by Aaron Armstrong (Cruciform Press, 2012) offers a manageable and concise look at what really matters when contending for the faith. Far from accusatory, Armstrong’s descriptive writing style weaves together fundamental doctrines with the need for grace and love. This small book begins by highlighting changes within…