When Bad Christians Happen to Good People

It’s been about ten years. One place that I felt was a safe place to share intimate truths turned out to be a minefield of pain. I had attended this church for nearly three decades before the knife stabbed my heart. I’m not the only person who has been hurt by the Christian organization called

Share Your Faith with Muslims

God’s will is for all people to be saved. Even those we perceive as our enemies, in this case those who practice the faith of Islam. It’s for that reason I wrote about praying for Muslims. We need to see our “enemy” through God’s eyes. Author Wade Akins takes the same position in his new

It’s No Secret

Rachel Olsen’s newest book has the look and tone of what has been termed chick-lit. It’s No Secret is not the latest in get-away-from-it all fiction. Instead, it’s a get-away-from-it truth. What is the truth that women need to get away from? According the Ms. Olsen, it’s exhausting schedules, unpaid bills, relational conflicts, and a

It’s Your Call

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author, a full chapter from each book toured, and my review. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for

Beyond Opinion – Living the Faith We Defend

Christians are told to “always be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you” (I Peter 3:15). I think too often we come to think that it requires seminary study to have the knowledge for that defense. Some apologist drill deep into

Permission to Speak Freely

“What is one thing you feel you can’t say in the church?” author Anne Jackson asked on her blog. Hundreds of people had something to say. That simple question became the foundation for the book Permission to Speak Freely: Essays and Art on Fear, Confession, and Grace. Subtitled Essays and Art On Fear, Confession, and

Thin Places: A Memoir

When I agree to review a book, my goal is to actually read the entire book—whether I like it or not. After I read the first couple of chapters of Mary DeMuth’s new book Thin Places: A MemoirI mentally groaned. Would this be a book which I have to slog through someone’s jaded past that