From Off the Shelf

Moment of Lift: Empowering Women

I recently read the very good book by Melinda Gates called “The Moment of Lift:  How Empowering Women Changes the World.”  I am an admirer of Bill and Melinda Gates because they worked hard with a new idea (Microsoft).  While they made a fortune from it, they have worked just as hard at giving it …

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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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