Monday, August 30, 2010

More Good Books

I've been steadily working my way through at least one book a week lately, writing reviews for www.crosswalk.com. Take a look at the latest:

 Blood Ransom by Lisa Harris





Heading Home by Renee Riva

The Homecoming by Dan Walsh

Though Trials May Come...

Today was my blogging day over at Stitches, the women's blog at First Baptist McKinney. I couldn't help but ponder the latest developments in our church leadership. How do we respond to trials? Click here for my thoughts.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

4-year-old Gems

Master of the Understatement

This morning I was chatting with my 9yo and 4yo as they ate breakfast, when I noticed that Maggie (4yo) had quieted down and was holding her hand to her chest. I wondered briefly if she was having trouble swallowing, but there was no sign of distress.

Me: Maggie, you ok?
Maggie (in a very quiet voice): yes.
Me, curiously: What are you doing?
Maggie: Listening to my heart.
Me (somewhat relieved): Oh, ok.
Nate:  So how is it?
Maggie looks up after a long pause: It's bumping.

Logic

On our way home today we drove by the church in town that is undergoing major repairs to the sanctuary. I mentioned how much progress had been made on the roof. Maggie asked, "Where's the steeple?" I said, "I'm not sure. Maybe they don't want to put a steeple on the new building."

There was a drawn-out silence from the back of the suburban, then finally Maggie asks, "Why don't they want to be a church anymore?"

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

FBI Thrillers and Fairy Tale Parodies

FBI-slash-CIA-slash-government intrigue thrillers seem to be cornering the market these days. David Baldacci, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor...throw in a little Catherine Coulter and Suzanne Brockmann...these and more authors offer action, suspense, romance, and mystery all wrapped up together. While fun reads, sometimes they offer a little more "romance" or vulgarity than one might really want, and the moral lessons and judgments may not satisfy the discerning Christian reader.

Steven James has an answer. He has authored 4 FBI novels, called The Bowers Files, titled intriguingly by names of chess pieces. In order, The Pawn, The Rook, The Knight, and now The Bishop, have followed Patrick Bowers, FBI agent, through a series of cases and one long personal drama. Last fall I reviewed The Knight, and this week my review of The Bishop was published.

I highly recommend James's work. Read the reviews to see why.


In other news, Veggie Tales has released another DVD worthy of your kids' attention. Mothers of girls should be especially excited, as Sweetpea Beauty is directed specifically to the princess in your home with a message about true beauty. But don't worry, the boys will enjoy the show too (because it's silly). So will you parents--the allusions to numerous fairy tales are subtle but hilarious. Here's my review.