peace like a river

A few weeks ago I finished up a novel by Leif Enger called Peace Like a River.  Every time I think back on this story I just smile in awe.  It is probably the most well-written, remarkable piece of literature I think I have ever read.  The voice that Enger creates through the narrator is nothing short of astounding–literally a sheer joy to read.  I’m pondering a re-read as soon as Kristi finishes it. It very well may be in the running for my favorite fiction book of all time right now.  And not necessarily because it is so meaningful […]

the pride of comparison

“If you want to find out how proud you are the easiest way is to ask yourself, ‘How much do I dislike it when other people snub me, or refuse to take any notice of me, or shove their oar in, or patronize me, or show off?’ The point is that each person’s pride is in competition with every one else’s pride. It is because I wanted to be the big noise at the party that I am so annoyed at someone else being the big noise. Two of a trade never agree. Now what you want to get clear […]

with every choice we turn

“People often think of Christian morality as a kind of bargain in which God says, ‘If you keep a lot of rules I’ll reward you, and if you don’t I’ll do the other thing.’ I do not think that is the best way of looking at it. I would much rather say that every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you […]

when he shakes his mane

I finally got to see Prince Caspian tonight! I wish I could tell you how much I love these stories. I decided tonight that Aslan is absolutely my favorite character in any movie I’ve seen or story I’ve heard. When Aslan comes to the rescue I turn into a little child jumping out of my seat in wonder. For real, ask my friend Jay. Aslan’s roar terrifies me, grips me, and produces an inexpressibly profound hope all at the same time. What an amazing Christ-figure he is. I think it is so incredible how millions of people around the world […]

what?

This just absolutely blows my mind. I guess I knew that tribes like this still exist in theory, but when I see pictures and read about them it just blows a circuit. I can hardly fathom groups of people unreached by the Gospel, much less entire tribes completely untouched by the world. It’s like Apocalypto…today, in 2008. Crazy. I guess my dreams of being a warrior in a tribe like that may not be dead after all…

the beauty of fiction

Fiction has been my escape the past few months. I am finding more rest, joy, and truth in these far reaching worlds than I ever have. It is achingly beautiful when we can speak God’s truth to each other using stories, plots, and characters that we can all connect with. It shouldn’t be a surprise, noticing the predominant use of parables in Jesus’ teaching. I have read three works of fiction lately that have absolutely floored me with God’s grace and beauty. The latest I finished just a few moments ago–a book called Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It is […]

the deceptiveness of time…

Time is just so weird. I’m discovering that even when I think it is no longer possible to do so time inevitably keeps moving by faster and faster, like a sprinter accelerating off the line. High school was gone with the quickness. I blinked a few times and college was over. And now it seems as though “real life” is moving even faster. And when I think about the future, like in 3 years when I am 25, it seems like that is almost no time. It feels like it will be here just a few days from now when […]