Review and Quotes from “Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me – a memoir… of sorts”

Jesus-my-father-the-CIA-and-me“I was all kite and no string.”

One section of my bookshelf includes books that were given to me, which I have never read. I was skimming through this selection of books given to me, picked up at conferences or set aside for “free time” when this title caught my attention. I remembered receiving it at a Catalyst conference a couple of years back. I wasn’t in the mood for another business or theology book so I picked this one up. I am glad I did.

Ian Morgan Cron takes us on a journey of his life growing up with an alcoholic father. Though reading, I felt as if I were experiencing the stories alongside him. Continue reading “Review and Quotes from “Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me – a memoir… of sorts””

“Starship Troopers” – Robert Anson Heinlein (quotes and a few thoughts)

StarshipTroopersI read this classic science fiction novel as the suggestion of a friend. While the story itself was somewhat lacking, I truly enjoyed many of the themes presented: reason, war, violence, economics, value and liberty to name a few. Here are a few quotes that speak for themselves:

“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)”

“The Book Thief” (a collection of quotes and thoughts presented by Death)

death

One small thing…

…you are going to die.” – Death

This opening line sets a uniquely appropriate tone for 2 hours of thought provoking empathy that can only be rejected by a stone. I have never seen a movie that captured my attention  and heart with both the storyline and the retrospective emotions of the history I know. A review of any sort would not do the work justice; so, I will simply offer some of the more memorable quotes spoken by Death. The fact that many of these quotes are absent from the movie does not take away from the value of seeing the production; it simply adds to the value of the written work. Continue reading ““The Book Thief” (a collection of quotes and thoughts presented by Death)”

Review and Quotes from “Can I Have Joy In My Life?” – R.C. Sproul

Can-I-Have-Joy“The life of faith is not just about believing that God exists; it is about believing God or trusting God.”

I have long appreciated the theological thought of Sproul; however, it was the book’s title that caught my attention. This question, posed in one form or another, has flashed across the hearts of every man I know at one point or another in life. I am not an exception. I picked up the book hoping to find the answer, and I did. The answer is “yes.” Sproul points out what I already knew: The joy of a Christian is found in God. In fact, true and lasting joy is found only in God. There you have it, a full and complete summary of the book. The rest of the content is Biblical references to support this answer.

The problem is that I was not actually looking for an answer to the question. I was looking for a plan to get there. Continue reading “Review and Quotes from “Can I Have Joy In My Life?” – R.C. Sproul”