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Month: June 2015

The Keepers of the House



I find that good things are often forgotten and this is especially true of books. Recently this book was offered at a huge discount on a BookBub email (if you love books and haven’t gotten on BookBub then you’re missing out). Here’s how Amazon describes the it: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1965, The Keepers of the House is Shirley Ann Grau’s masterwork, a many-layered indictment of racism and rage that is as terrifying as it is wise.

While set in a different era, you’ll find parallels to today’s racial environment. I can’t believe that I’d never heard of it, let alone read it. I also can’t believe that it hasn’t been made into a movie. It’s sort of like The Help, but with violence. And a killer ending. I give it two thumbs up.

Joy of Summer!

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I hope you’re enjoying your summer like these kids did in this picture from the 1960’s. So good to be out of the car!

The rain falls…

With all the rain we’ve had this month, I’m intrigued by this verse found in Matthew 5:45:

he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

I’m not sure where I stand in this dichotomy of just/unjust (I’m hopeful it’s more of a spectrum), and apparently I can’t tell based on the weather. However, we can know that the Lord is good to all, whether we deserve it or not. That’s comforting, on either a sunny or dreary day.


All The Light We Cannot See



I always enjoy reading novels. I read some that are recommended to me and others that I come across as I browse bookstores or the newspaper or The Atlantic magazine. I enjoy many of them, whether they are excellent or average. I like a good story.

Every now and then I read a novel that is excellent, one not to pass up. All The Light You Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, fits in that category.  Set during World War II, the story follows a blind French girl and a young Nazi soldier until their paths cross. The writing is fabulous and the story compelling. Even though I read the book this past winter, I find myself thinking about it at odd times. That’s one sign of a good book. No need to tell you more, but if you’re looking for a summer book, give this one a go.


Marching in Greece

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Changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Athens, Greece.

Matthew, Mark, Luke & John


The Four Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - by JORDAENS, Jacob - from Musée du Louvre, Paris

The Four Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – by JORDAENS – from Musée du Louvre, Paris

The Gospels. That’s what the first four books of the New Testament are called. These are eyewitness reports from those who lived and ate and walked and talked with Jesus. If you want to get a picture of how Jesus lived and treated people and engaged the world, then read the Gospels.

I’ve decided to read the Gospels through 4 times this year. I’ve read them through twice now and have started again on Matthew.  While I don’t often come away with profound thoughts, I do see things I’ve never noticed each time I read the stories. Or maybe I’ve noticed them before but I’ve forgotten.

I think it behooves those of us who are choosing to actively follow the Teacher, Jesus, to sift through his life and teachings regularly. I know that it’s always good for me.

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