N O T I C EPersons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot will be shot. BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR, Per G. G., Chief of Ordnance With this unilateral prohibition, Mark Twain warns … Continue reading Huck Finn and the Providential Benefit of a Good Novel
It's ironic that I'm having writer's block as I try to start this post. I've always found the introduction (or "the lede" as they call it in the industry) to be the hardest part of the writing process. How do you hook your readers? How do you build suspense? How do you pique interest? I … Continue reading God Is a Writer.
"Good books are a very great mercy to the world." -Richard Baxter I've heard it said that a well-crafted book review is a success if it makes you want to go read the book. If this isn't too meta for you, it's the object of this review to make you want to go read Karen … Continue reading Book Review: ‘On Reading Well’ by Karen Swallow Prior
"We have men sold to build churches, women sold to support the gospel, and babes sold to purchase Bibles for the poor heathen! all for the glory of God and the good of souls!"
"I grew up in Freetown, Virginia, a community of farming people. It wasn't really a town. The name was adopted because the first residents had all been freed from chattel slavery and they wanted to be known as a town of Free People." From the opening paragraph of The Taste of Country Cooking, I was … Continue reading Edna Lewis and the Flourishing of African Americans
I was thumbing through Dietrich Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship again a couple of weeks ago. In Chapter 2: The Call of Discipleship, I came across an enlightening few paragraphs on the call of Levi the tax collector: "And as he passed by he saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the place of toll, and … Continue reading Bonhoeffer: The Command ‘Follow Me’ Is Not Complicated
It's hard enough to maintain a personal devotional time on a daily basis. However, when you sit down early in the morning or late at night, and you are reading about Jeremiah being thrown into a muddy cistern, the temptation is to think: But what does any of this have to do with my life? How … Continue reading How Does the Bible Fit into Your Life?