From Off the Shelf

Warner Boys and Far From the Tree

Six years ago I read the excellent but difficult book, “Far from the Tree,” by Andrew Solomon.  Ever since I read this book, I have been interested in stories about parents facing the challenge of raising children who are disabled.  Thus I added the book “The Warner Boys:  Our Family’s Story of Autism and Hope” …

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Resistance to the Beast

My devotional book for the week is “Inspired” by Rachel Held Evans.  I reviewed her book, “Searching for Sunday” in January.  “Inspired” is a different kind of book.  It is a Biblical Scholar meets storyteller book.  The ideas are mostly scholarship that I have been dealing with since seminary (a long time ago).  But Rachel’s …

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Becoming and Tears We Cannot Stop

In an effort to understand the current state of affairs in our country, I have been reading a bunch of “political” books.  I am constantly seeking answers to “How did we get to this?” and “What can we do about it?”  Theology has plenty of answers to those questions, starting with original sin and the …

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