“The Message” (the Bible in contemporary language)

bibleI truly love the Bible, but for reasons different than one might think. While it is the narrative foundation for my convictions and beliefs, I love the Bible as an amazing work of literature, poetry, symbolism and world view. I continually find myself amazed by this compilation of 66 books written by at least 39 authors over a period of approximately 1,500 years. I know there are so many arguments about the missing books, potential contradictions, edits made by those in authority, credibility of authors, manipulated translations, et cetera. None of these discussions take away from my love for this work. Continue reading ““The Message” (the Bible in contemporary language)”

Quotes from “the Christian atheist”

Craig Groeschel has written one of those books that cannot be captured by a collection of quotes. Perhaps the subtitle comes closest to capturing the essence – “Believing in God but Living as if He Doesn’t Exist.” Even at that, the book in its entirety is required to establish its full value. Nonetheless, here are a few that I underlined on my journey through the pages.

Review of “the Christian atheist” – Craig Groeschel

I have long known Groeschel to be a capable speaker who led a breakthrough multi-campus church environment, Life Church. I had not, however, considered him to be an author worth my limited amount of free time. Yet, the title of his latest book intrigued me greatly – the Christian atheist: Believing in God but Living as if He Doesn’t Exist. So, when he took the stage at Catalyst, I turned to a friend and said, “How he does today will determine whether I buy his book or not.” Well, Groeschel blew me away.  One takeaway that I hope to never forget was, “Public praise leads to private influence.” Continue reading “Review of “the Christian atheist” – Craig Groeschel”

Review of “We the Living” – Ayn Rand

This is Rand’s earliest and perhaps most personal work. In Kira, we discover the the beginnings of Rand’s personal philosophy – Objectivism. If you are looking for a good story, turn elsewhere. If you are wanting to understand more about Ayn Rand, there are later books to more clearly gain this insight. However, if you would like an insider’s picture of the U.S.S.R., this is the book for you. I have always felt a personal resistance toward socialism as if it were a road to danger. This book has caused my opinion to change. I now see that socialistic government is in fact a road to nowhere at all.

Review of “Total Money Makeover” – Dave Ramsey

“LIVE LIKE NO ONE ELSE SO LATER YOU CAN LIVE LIKE NO ONE ELSE” – Dave Ramsey

I was getting ready to take my daughter to volleyball practice and walked over to the bookshelf. This is when I realized that my planned reading had not been planned out too well – I had already finished all of the books on my shelf, at least the ones I planned to read. That book from the money guy was on the shelf. Its binding had never even been cracked. I had received it for free a few years back. Feeling more frustrated at the thought of wasted time than the thought of unnecessary reading, Continue reading “Review of “Total Money Makeover” – Dave Ramsey”