Category Archives: Books

Escape to Fiction

It is my habit to keep a novel at my bedside at all times. I haven’t gone to sleep without reading in…years. In fact, panic sets in if I’m close to finishing a book and the next one isn’t ready. … Continue reading

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The Year in Books

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“So many books; so little time” is a quote attributed to Frank Zappa (according to Goodreads). I agree. C.S. Lewis said, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” As a … Continue reading

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Bible Translation Rumination

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Have you tried to buy a new Bible lately?  The choices are dizzying. I have at least a dozen physical Bibles, in seven different translations, within my reach right at this moment.  There are probably at least as many on other bookshelves in the house.  If my … Continue reading

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Fiction and Non-Fiction: A Year of Reading

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It’s a life-long habit of mine to leave a novel next to my bed, and I cannot go to sleep without reading at least a few pages.  A good book gently removes the cares of the day from my mind while I get absorbed … Continue reading

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If Only: Letting Go of Regret (book review)

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What do you do with your troublesome “if only” moments, a.k.a. regrets?  I tend to ignore them, safely stashing them in a mental holding cell because facing them feels like living Groundhog Day without the power to change anything.  No fun. If Only: Letting Go of Regret, by Michelle Van Loon, … Continue reading

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Deja View

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Hollywood has trained us to anticipate summers full of  action movies, goofy (raunchy?) comedies, and a few predictable romantic comedies.  I’ll no doubt cooperate by seeing several movies over the summer.  I’ve probably seen some of them before. 2 Much? “There’s a lot of No. … Continue reading

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The Best of Twelve Books in Twelve Weeks

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So far this year, to my delight, I’ve moved twelve books from my extensive list of “books to read” to my annual record of “books I’ve read.” Here are some of the best of my eclectic selections. When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Read (and the associated books that I read this year)

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Reason #1:  To enjoy, experience and learn from a compelling story.  A well told story, in print or on a screen, will grab me every time.   The Brutal Telling, Bury Your Dead, A Trick of the Light, The Cruelest Month, and A Beautiful Mystery, all … Continue reading

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