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Book Review: A Monster Calls

A Monster CallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So many truths contained in one heart-wrenching story. One quote in particular stood out to me:

“You do not write your life with words…You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”

When I read that line toward the end of the book, I was immediately reminded of my pastor’s sermon this week from James 2:14-17:

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

And so, with the help of a “monster”, Connor summons the courage to do the hard thing – the right thing – to tell the truth.

After looking at many of the reviews, I was expecting to have a visceral, emotional reaction to the book, especially knowing that I’m an emotional person. But grief is a funny thing that affects us all in different ways. I kept waiting on the shoe to drop – the flood of tears – but they never came. This was a wonderful book, to be sure, about a very important subject and I have a feeling that I’ll be revisiting it in years to come. I imagine that people who are battling cancer or have a loved one that has been diagnosed with cancer would look at this book with different eyes and find comfort and resolve within it’s pages.  But the raw emotion of it would hit them… well… like a monster.

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NOTE: I listed to this book on Audible.  The audiobook version was very well done, but I would like to re-read the hardback edition for the illustrations, which are said to be wonderful.

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Posted by on October 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Book Review: Everything That Remains

Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The MinimalistsEverything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists by Joshua Fields Millburn

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

“Why waste time, say lot word when few word do trick?” -Kevin Malone

“Good author not need tell you he good. Big words not make you seem smarter.” -Me

To be clear, I understand and embrace the idea behind minimalism. I enjoyed the Minimalism documentary on Netflix – in fact, it was life changing for my family. It caused us to re-examine what was important in life and begin the process of decluttering our home and office. The message of The Minimalists is spot on – we live in a materialistic society who needs to understand that more stuff will not fill the void in our lives. Millburn almost gets it. He has learned that material possessions and shallow relationships will not satisfy the longing in your heart that stretches you thin every day and keeps you awake at night. But he hasn’t learned the true source of joy, peace, and contentment.

I was expecting a book that was 50% biographical and 50% practical advise on minimalism, but this book is not about minimalism. This book about the author. It’s 80% biographical, 10% pretentious humble-brag, and 10% words I don’t understand without a dictionary. Honestly, I walked away from this profanity-laced memoir feeling more pity than pleasure. I can only hope that one day when his pen dries up Millburn will realize that he has exchanged one god for another. The True Source of happiness lies elsewhere.

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Posted by on October 8, 2018 in Book Review, Personal

 

Book Review: The Case for Miracles

The Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the SupernaturalThe Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural by Lee Strobel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you’ve read The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, or The Case for a Creator, then you know the format and Strobel uses in his books. As an investigative reporter, he interviews witnesses (experts) in various fields to gain their knowledge and wisdom on the subject at hand. This book started well and ended well, but grew disinterested in the middle. A couple of chapters strayed into a laborious scientific discussion about the origin on the universe that seemed to drag on. A couple more chapters were lifted from the previously mentioned books. Perhaps there was some correlation to the topic at hand, but it felt more like they were copy/pasted to fill up more pages in a book.

As I said, the book started well and ended well.  I was intrigued by the interview with Michael Shermer, a well know atheist and skeptic, about his take on miracles. And I was equally fascinated by all of the accounts of modern-day miracles. Honestly, I would prefer an entire book of miracle accounts to the fluff found in the middle of this book. But taken as a whole, it was a good read, especially if you haven’t read his other work.

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Posted by on October 7, 2018 in Book Review, Personal

 

My Top 10 Reads in 2017

My Top 10 Reads in 2017

After missing the mark in 2016, I pushed myself to achieve my GoodReads.com goal of 30 books in 2017!   Setting such an ambitious goal pushed me to read more than I normally would and I’m very pleased with all that I’ve learned during my 2017 challenge.

My full list of all 30 books included a good mix of fiction and non-fiction, averaging about 300 pages per book.  I won’t include them all on this blog, but here’s a quick countdown of my Top Ten favorite reads from 2017 and a brief summary of each.


#10 – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Unexpectedly enjoyable. This was on my son’s reading list from school and, since I missed the movie in theaters, I wanted to check it out (we still haven’t watched the movie). I’m a huge fan of time travel fiction, so the constant flipping back and forth through time was fun to follow. Also, I loved the old (supposedly authentic) photographs that were sprinkled throughout the book and the way they were uniquely woven into the fabric of the story. I really enjoyed meeting each of the children, but would like to have seen more character development on each one. I wanted to know where / when they were from and how they discovered their unique peculiarity.

My biggest admonishment is the language. There was a lot of vulgarity; much more than I was expecting for a book aimed at Jr High readers. The sheer volume of profanity is the precise reason my son put the book down and refused to finish it. It felt unnecessary and forced. Without the bad language, I might have given this book 5-stars.


#9 – Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

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This is not a faith based book by a Christian author about God’s divine protection of a deeply religious man. In fact, it’s quite the opposite by all accounts. However, as a Christian reader, I can see God’s fingerprints on every page – from Louie’s turbulent childhood to a his brutal internment and especially his life changing encounter at a Billy Graham crusade. God had his hand on Louie and used his story in a powerful way to affect the lives of thousands.

Practically speaking, the book started to drag a bit in the middle. I was enthralled with Louie’s running career and his early military exploits, but I labored to get through the detailed chronicle of his time at sea and in the POW camps. Hillenbrand picked up the pace again toward the end and she wrapped everything up very well. I haven’t read the young adult version of this novel, but I wonder if that wouldn’t be more to my liking at 322 pages instead of 529. This is a wonderful story that everyone should read, but I could have been given less details and still enjoyed the overall experience.


#8 – 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You
by Tony Reinke

Asset 4As a father and a youth minister, I felt especially compelled to read this book.  I had seen several recommendations on our Youth Ministry FB page from fellow leaders and it did not disappoint.  Incredibly practical advice that caused me to examine my own habits.

Drawing from the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies, and his own research, writer Tony Reinke identifies twelve ways our smartphones have changed us—for good and bad. Reinke calls us to cultivate wise thinking and healthy habits in the digital age, encouraging us to maximize the many blessings, to avoid the various pitfalls, and to wisely wield the most powerful gadget of human connection ever unleashed.


#7 – Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1)
by Sylvain Neuvel

Asset 5Perhaps the most intriguing book I’ve read in a long time. I would definitely recommend listening to this one on Audible though. I can’t imagine trying to read a hard copy of this book simply becuase of the format. It is written as a series of interviews and the audio version capitalizes on this by using different voice actors to read the parts, which works very well. The “interviewer” is a nameless figure that reminds me of “The Smoking Man” in the X-Files television series. He is above the government, has unlimited resources at his disposal, and has a way of reading and manipulating people that is unmatched.

The story takes a few twists and turns that were unexpected, but everything was resolved well in the end and I find myself still thinking about the plot even now, a few months after finishing the book. My only hesitation about recommending this book is the gratuitous language. What’s that old saying? “If you can’t be interesting without using profanity, you’re just not that interesting.”


#6 – Family Worship: In the Bible, in History & in Your Home by Donald S. Whitney

Asset 6This book is a rare gem.  So small (only 64 pages), but so powerful.  The book is necessarily brief because Whitney aptly states that family worship is not that complicated.  This book may have a greater impact on the life of our family inside the home than anything else I’ve read this year.

Many Christian families have never experienced the joys and benefits of family worship. But the daily worship of God by families at home is a practice rooted in the Bible and common throughout Christian history.


#5 – Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot
by Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard

Asset 7   After reading this book it was immediately apparent to me that many of the facts surrounding the death of President Kennedy went right over my head in high school. I know that history class tends to give us a cursory view from 30,000 feet, but I’m glad to have read a book like this and landed the plane in Camelot for a few days.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would rate it just as high as the previous two book in O’Reilly’s “Killing” series. (Killing Lincoln and Killing Jesus) I especially like the way the author covers every angle chronologically then brings them together at the fateful moment, but he doesn’t stop there. He concludes by tying up all the loose ends and explaining how the main players in the Kennedy White House carried on in the aftermath of his assassination.


#4 – Doxology and Theology: How the Gospel Forms the Worship Leader by Matt Boswell

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Recommended reading for every worship leader. Each chapter is written by a different worship pastor, giving the reader a variety of perspectives on our calling. Very well done. Especially chapters 5 and 10. Some of my favorite quotes include:

“Worship leaders ought to come to lead the people of God with a guitar in one hand, a Bible in the other, and know how to use each weapon well.”

“Throughout the Scriptures, when ordinary people see the majesty of God, or the mercy of God, they are forever changed by it, and they go tell everyone about it. That’s just what happens.”

“We’ve got to do more than lead songs; we’ve got to lead people. If nobody’s following us Monday through Saturday, we’re not leading worship; we’re just leading songs.”

 


#3 – The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

VorkosiganSagaOkay, okay… I’m well aware that there are 5 books in the photo, but that’s how many of these books I read this year!  And I can’t pick just one for my Top 10 list!!  A friend recommended “The Warrior’s Apprentice” and I was hooked.

The Vorkosigan Saga is a series of 29 science fiction novels set in a common fictional universe by American author Lois McMaster Bujold. The first of these was published in 1986 and the most recent in 2016.  Think about that… 30 years of writing and crafting this wonderful universe beyond our own solar system.  Fans of Star Wars or Star Trek will love this collection.  The unique thing about The Vorkosigan Saga is the unorthodox reading order.  I’ve seen so many different suggestions!  Similar to Star Wars, there are prequels and in-between-quels galore, but honestly, you could start just about anywhere and enjoy the epic adventures of Miles Vorkosigan and his crew.  My personal recommendation… The Warriors Apprentice.  Let me know if you’re interested, I’ve got an extra copy to pass around.


#2 – Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi

Asset 10I began reading this biography with very little knowledge about Muslim customs and beliefs, but Nabeel Qureshi offers us a unique windows into his early life, being raised in a devout Muslim home. He gives us definitions and explanations along the way as he describes, in detail, the symbolism behind the expressions of their faith. Qureshi points out the similarities between Islam and Christianity, but more importantly he expounds on the differences – how the western world thinks differently from middle-easterners in the very core of their beliefs.

Qureshi shares his deeply rooted passion for Islam and his discovery of evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God – evidence that directly contradicts what he had been taught. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi’s inner battle will challenge Christians and Muslims alike. “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus” tells of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man’s heart and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus. This is a must read book, especially for the Christian who wants to know more Islam and how to tell your Muslim friends about Isa (Jesus).


#1 – Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ by Matt Papa

Asset 11Easily the best book I’ve read all year.  No question.  As soon as I closed the cover for the last time I knew this would be at the top of my list.  Matt Papa was a “professional Christian” in full-time ministry, ready and determined to change the world. All the while he was depressed, addicted to the approval of others, and enslaved to sin. But then everything changed. He encountered the glory of God.

All of us live in the tension between where we are and where we ought to be. We try our best to bully our desires into submission. And we all know, this is exhausting.  Matt doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to dealing with our sin problem.  Look at the cross, and LIVE.  One of the many, many things I underlined is this:

“The reason God commands us to love Him with all our heart is not because He is an egomaniac! It is because He knows that anything we love more than Him will betray us. Eventually, we lose it by its death . . . or ours.”

 


That’s it!  What do you think? Any you’ve already read? Anything you want to read?

As we begin 2018 I’ve already signed up for the GoodReads.com reading challenge and this year, I’m moving that mark up to 36.  Set a goal for yourself.  And happy reading!

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Posted by on January 6, 2018 in Book Review, Personal

 

Book Review: Unbroken

Book Review: Unbroken

A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Unbroken is not a faith based book by a Christian author about God’s divine protection of a deeply religious man. In fact, it’s quite the opposite by all accounts. However, as a Christian reader, I can see God’s fingerprints on every page – from Louie’s turbulent childhood to a his brutal internment and especially his life changing encounter at a Billy Graham crusade. God had his hand on Louie and used his story in a powerful way to affect the lives of thousands.

In many ways life is like that, I think. We get caught up in the cares of the moment, just trying to make it through one more day, butbut when we look back on all that has happened, we can see how God was working all things together for good.

Practically speaking, the book started to drag a bit in the middle. I was enthralled with Louie’s running career and his early military exploits, but I labored to get through the detailed chronicle of his time at sea and in the POW camps. Hillenbrand picked up the pace again toward the end and she wrapped everything up very well. I haven’t read the young adult version of this novel, but I wonder if that wouldn’t be more to my liking at 322 pages instead of 529. This is a wonderful story that everyone should read, but I could have been given less details and still enjoyed the overall experience.

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Book Review: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Book Review: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

I began reading this biography with very little knowledge about Muslim customs and beliefs, but Nabeel Qureshi offers us a unique windows into his early life, being raised in a devout Muslim home.  He gives us definitions and explanations along the way as he describes, in detail, the symbolism behind the expressions of their faith.  Qureshi points out the similarities between Islam and Christianity, but more importantly he expounds on the differences – how the western world thinks differently from middle-easterners in the very core of their beliefs.

Qureshi shares his deeply rooted passion for Islam and his discovery of evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God – evidence that directly contradicts what he had been taught. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi’s inner battle will challenge Christians and Muslims alike.

Engaging and thought-provoking, “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus” tells a powerful story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man’s heart and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus.  This is a must read book, especially for the Christian who wants to know more about Islam and how to tell your Muslim friends about Isa (Jesus).


EDIT: Allow me to add one thing.  This book gets very good reviews (4.9 on Amazon, 4.8 at Barnes & Noble, 4.54 on Goodreads.com) but I have noticed one common thread among those few who gave this book 1 star – their disbelief in the supernatural part of Qureshi’s conversion.  He asked for, and received, a series of dreams from God that led Him to the truth of Scripture.  (Read about it. It’s awesome.)  He clearly explains that the dreams didn’t save him, but they did point him to God’s Word where he had an encounter with Jesus.  I have absolutely no problem believing this, especially if we believe the Bible.  To quote Father Louis Gilbert:

“Two different Josephs in the Bible had what we might call ‘strange dreams’.  One became Pharaoh’s right-hand-man as a result and the other became the husband of Mary and the earthly father of our Lord Jesus.  Something they ate, was it? I think not.”

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My Top 10 Reads in 2016

My Top 10 Reads in 2016

At the beginning of 2016, GoodReads.com challenged it’s users to set a reading goal for 2016.  Initially 26 books sounded like a reasonable goal – one book every two weeks – but after giving it a little more thought I decided to push myself and set my goal at 30 books. I didn’t make it, but I did hit the original goal of 26 and thoroughly enjoyed myself in the process. Setting such an ambitious goal pushed me to read more than I normally would and I’m very pleased with all that I’ve learned during my 2016 challenge.

My full list of all 26 books included a good mix of fiction and non-fiction, averaging about 300 pages per book.  I won’t include them all on this blog, but here’s a quick countdown of my Top Ten favorite reads from 2016 and a brief summary of each.


#10 – A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker

ad30Step back in time to the year of our Lord…A.D. 30.  The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack, Maviah escapes with the help of her father’s warriors. But Maviah’s path leads her unexpectedly to another man. A teacher who speaks of a way that offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything she knows on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, it may be the only way for Maviah to save her people – and herself.

You won’t see any other Dekker books on this list becuase I’ve read so many of them in years past.  He’s a brilliant author and this novel is no exception to the rule.  This is a fictional story, of course, but it includes biblically accurate accounts of familiar characters such as Jesus, his disciples, Nicodemus, and Herod.  It brings the story of Jesus to life in a new and unexpected way from a completely different perspective.  Interestingly, all the words that Jesus speaks in this book are taken directly from Scripture.


#9 – Rooms by James L. Rubart

roomsCryptic letters from a long deceased uncle, a house with hidden rooms, a canvas that paints itself, memories from a life you didn’t live, angels, demons, and life lessons taken directly from God’s Word. Everything that made me want to keep reading until I’d turned the page on the last chapter. This is the kind of book that makes you examine your life and your relationship with God long after you’ve put it back on the shelf.

Honestly, I wanted to like this book even more than I already do. I desperately wanted to rank it higher on my list, but we’re left with a few unanswered questions at the end of the book, possibly a contradiction or two, and my analytical mind just can’t handle it if all the pieces of the puzzle don’t fit neatly into place. Granted, this is the author’s first offering, written over a six year period, and his subsequent books (which are further down this list) are much better.  Rubart has quickly become one of my favorite authors.


#8 – Seven Men and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas

7_menI love biographies, and this book is really seven mini-biographies in one. I was at least familiar with all seven of these men, but knew very little about any of them. Reading about their lives, their struggles, and their character in the face of adversity was a great encouragement to me. I’ll be looking for more of Metaxas’ work in the future.

Each of the seven biographies represents the life of a man who experienced the struggles and challenges to be strong in the face of forces and circumstances that would have destroyed the resolve of lesser men. Each of the seven men profiled—George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, and Charles Colson—call the reader to a more elevated walk and lifestyle, one that embodies the gospel in the world around us.


#7 – Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard

killing_jesusI know what the Bible says concerning Jesus’ life and death, but I thoroughly enjoyed learning about what was going on in the world during the time of Christ from other reliable historical sources. I didn’t realize many of the things involving the Roman Empire, the death of Julius Ceasar, his struggle for power, etc., that played such an integral part in Jesus’ death.

This book, understandably, omits many of the things that I believe as fact – such as Jesus’ miracles – since they can’t be proven “scientifically”, but the book doesn’t try to disprove them. It just omits them entirely. Overall, a very good read that presents many facts that I did not know.


#6 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

#5 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

hpx2Can I just group these two together and get them out of the way?  I loved reading the first Harry Potter book in 2015, so naturally I wanted to follow up by reading the next two books in the series.  Knowing what happens in the subsequent books (from watching the movies), means I probably won’t read past book 3.  To the die-hard fans that’s an outrage, but here is my reasoning: I read books to escape reality, I like happy endings, and the main characters should never, never die.  Some books are written to evoke emotions of sadness or grief to help us feel the full range of human emotion, but I happen to believe that life can be sad enough already.  I’m not going to read a book (or watch a movie) that helps me feel sad.  I’ll stop at Book 3, thank you very much.

Anyway, both of these books are very entertaining, introducing us to some wonderfully memorable characters – Dobby the house elf, Gilderoy Lockhart, Ginny Weasley, Moaning Myrtle, Sirius Black, and Professor Lupin.  They keep getting better, but let’s be honest, the Prisoner of Azkaban is the best book in the entire series.

SIDE NOTE:  I know some people in Christian circles don’t approve of the Harry Potter series.  My wife and I had a discussion just this week with a parent who wanted to know our opinion of the books becuase her 17-year-old daughter wanted to read them for the first time.  For a full review I’ll refer you to Andrew Peterson’s blog on the subject, which expresses my feelings more eloquently than I ever could.  Patterson points out clearly that “this story isn’t inspired, at least not in the sense that Scripture is inspired; but because I believe that all truth is God’s truth… I have the freedom to rejoice in the Harry Potter story, because even there, Christ is King. Wherever we see beauty, light, truth, and goodness, we see Christ.”  

He’s there and this is a good series.


#4 – Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis

silentplanetDr Ransom, a Cambridge professor, is abducted and taken on a spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra, which he knows as Mars. His captors are plotting to plunder the planet’s treasures and plan to offer Ransom as a sacrifice to the creatures who live there. Ransom discovers he has come from the ‘silent planet’ – Earth – whose tragic story is known throughout the universe…

From the creator of Narnia comes a lesser known allegory that is so well constructed that I am now compelled to read the following two books in this trilogy, even though I understand that each book can stand alone. I’m glad that I chose to listen to this one on audiobook, as the names and the made-up Malacandrian language would have been difficult to pronounce correctly if I were reading a paperback. (The pfifltriggi saw the hman, who was a hnau, eating the honodraskrud from the handra). Yikes.

Not only does Lewis have a wonderful way of writing allegory, but he is able to make the reader believe that the fictional story could have really happened. He does this with the wardrobe in Narnia, transporting the children from that world to this. In this novel, Lewis uses the prologue to persuade the reader to believe that this was a factual account, only presented as a fictional work because people wouldn’t believe the truth even if they heard it. Well done.


#3 – The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

great_divorceThe narrator boards a bus on a drizzly English afternoon and embarks on an incredible voyage through Heaven and Hell. He meets a host of supernatural beings far removed from his expectations, and comes to some significant realizations about the nature of good and evil.

I can’t believe I haven’t read this book before now – especially considering how much I love C.S. Lewis’ other works. One passage in particular, when a ghost with a lizard on his shoulder approaches an angel, was incredibly moving. Their discussion will stay with me always. I’ve read it over and over, contemplating it’s meaning. Lewis was a master of allegory and metaphorical writing. Such a beautiful, wonderful novel that I will revisit again and again.


#2 – The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James L. Rubart

jakepalmerCorporate trainer Jake Palmer coaches people to see deeper into themselves—yet he barely knows himself anymore. Recently divorced and weary of the business life, Jake reluctantly agrees to a lake-house vacation with friends, hoping to escape for ten days.  When he arrives, Jake hears the legend of Willow Lake—about a lost corridor that leads to a place where one’s deepest longings will be fulfilled.  Jake scoffs at the idea, but can’t shake a sliver of hope that the corridor is real. And when he meets a man who mutters cryptic speculations about the corridor, Jake is determined to find the path, find himself, and fix his crumbling life.

I told you he would show up later on my list. This is Rubart at his best and this is, incidentally, his latest novel.  The writing, the depth of insight in his characters and his ability to weave the spiritual and natural together is simply outstanding.  He even makes several references to C.S. Lewis and The Silver Chair, one of the Chronicles of Narnia.  I loved this novel.  You can’t read this and not be impacted by the themes of healing, discovery of identify, where we place our significance and the absolute desire our Creator has for us to know Him more.


#1 – The Five Times I Met Myself

5timesBrock Matthews’ once promising life is unraveling. His coffee company. His marriage. So when he discovers his vivid dreams – where he encounters his younger self – might let him change his past mistakes, he jumps at the chance. The results are astonishing, but also disturbing. Because getting what Brock wants most in the world will force him to give up the one thing he doesn’t know how to let go… and his greatest fear is that it’s already too late.

It’s rare for me to read a book from cover to cover so rapidly, but this page turner was hard to put down. I’ve always been fascinated by time travel (Back to the Future is one of my favorite movie trilogies) so the prospect of visiting your younger self and changing past events was intriguing from the start. I also loved the spiritual aspects of the book – touching on prayer, missions, and God orchestrating events through dreams.

Honestly, I could switch these top two books and still be satisfied with my list.  They’re both just so good.  Highly recommended reading from James L. Rubart.


That’s it!  What do you think? Anything you’ve read? Anything you want to read?

As we begin 2017 I’ve already signed up for the GoodReads.com reading challenge and this year, I am going to hit that 30 book mark.

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Posted by on January 2, 2017 in Personal