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You should read this book:

Isn’t…?

“Paul recognizes the allure of principles, commands, and regulations as the means to self-improvement. But he dismisses these as powerless to bring about any real change in our lives… Paul dispels the myth that God is pleased with rule-based approaches to ‘perfecting’ ourselves. Paul would ask us the same thing today…: ‘Isn’t the presence of the resurrected Christ inside of you enough?'”

The Naked Gospel a la Andrew Farley. Love it!

Finished Reading

Exquisite Agony by Gene Edwards

Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Audio)

http://chipmacgregor.typepad.com/main/2010/03/guest-blogger-thinking-about-writing-communities.html

Don’t believe me? Check here: http://www.chipmacgregor.com/

Guest Blogging

Feel free to check out my guest blog at Chip MacGregor’s site: http://chipmacgregor.typepad.com/.

After Googling Chip’s name for an appropriate descriptor, I came up with “the Simon Cowell of the Christian publishing world.” Thank you, Jennifer Schuchmann. 😉

In all kindness, he’s wicked smart, he knows the Christian publishing business, and for some reason, he allowed me to post my ramblings on his blog. Maybe he’s just too excited about the Colts playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday to care about the real world!

I enjoy S.J. Hill more as a speaker than as a writer. I imagine that he’s kind of like Paul in that way. Part of it, from what I can assess from his writing, is that he seems to be more a dichotomist vs. a trichotomist. And those of you who know me, know where I stand! Body, soul, spirit! =)

Overall, a decent devotional book. Great book for my FYI students given our topic at hand: The Heart of the Father. Excellent in conjunction with Lifetime Guarantee which clearly delineates trichotomy.

 

So, in lieu of getting my PhD in creative writing this year, I am, instead, taking classes through Exchanged Life ministries for lay counseling. Therefore, it is time for my “after class blog posts” which have become as traditional as my “before theology class and/or creative writing workshop day” slurpy runs. I could never sleep on those nights anyway, so a sugar high always seemed appropriate.

This time, I have decided to include within my posts, a song that sums up what I have learned.

With no further ado:

Matt Bonzo’s Books

So, one of my professors from my undergraduate days at Cornerstone University, has 3 books out! Yay! And, here they are, in no particular order (in bold is information from him):
Wendell Berry and the Cultivation of Life (Brazos) with Michael Stevens. You can read recent reviews in Christianity Today and Relevant magazine.

Indwelling the Forsaken Other: Moltmann’s Trinitarian Ethics (Pickwick)

JUST OUT After Worldview (Dordt) edited with Michael Stevens. Chapters by Seerveld, Olthuis, Wolters, Naugle, Reppman.

While these books are available from the biggies (Amazon, Barnes and Noble), we recommend ordering from Byron Borger at Hearts and Minds bookstore.

(And, I would add, any local independent bookstore).

Reading is Rape (GRE)

Apparently, Toni Morrison, in The Bluest Eyeconsidered rape akin to reading. Interesting interpretation. And, yet, I understand where she is coming from (aside from the fact that I am white and middle class). I understand where she is coming from in that reading is a struggle lately. I think this is because I feel like everything I read has to be GRE related. Or, if it isn’t GRE related, then it has to be scholarly. In fact, fluff makes me angry. While I used to enjoy sappy Christian romances, now I find myself having to skim them (I still like the “good” parts–so I skim for those). However, I know that I know need to look for something that is intellectually stimulating. And, yet, this is frustrating because I don’t always want to make my brain work.

What do you read when you are just reading for enoyment? Should you always read with intentionality?