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(Steve Peha)

 


The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

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The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

Thumping Around I will admit that the concept of a circle serving as a means of getting one’s prayer answered was initially very disorienting. The Circle Maker starts with a somewhat myth-like tale of an ancient Jewish prophet commanding God to provide rain.  And drawing circles around himself for emphasis.  It is a nice, sweet story.  For children who need to begin to understand that God answers prayers. But right on its heels is the impactful Bible account of Joshua’s destruction of Jericho by marching continuously around the...

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Acedia & me by Kathleen Norris

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Acedia & me by Kathleen Norris

Leaving God out of the picture When my daughter was young, she watched a television show called, The Magic School Bus.  It was, as the title tells us, about the adventures of a school teacher, her students, and a bus that had magical qualities.  One such quality was to shrink down in size and then go places where an ordinary-sized school bus could not go.  A journey on this bus through man’s psyche was my general impression of Kathleen Norris’s book, Acedia & me.   The reader gets on the bus, opens the book, and the bus dives...

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Searching For Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

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Searching For Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

First the love, then the hate Rachel Evans’s book, Searching For Sunday, is organized into the seven sacraments of the church: Baptism, Confession, Holy Orders, Communion, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick, and Marriage.  Each sacrament is given a handful of chapters, which gives the author the freedom to approach each sacrament from different angles. And approach them from different angles she does. In spades. I cannot fault Ms. Evans for her writing.  She can truly find ways of making love with the subjects at hand.  And she clearly...

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