Archive for April, 2023


Posted: April 20, 2023 in Uncategorized

Yesterday I reviewed the book Never Too Far by Louie Giglio. I always link my book reviews to Amazon in case the reader wants to check the book out for themselves, and I always share by reviews of great books on Amazon to help promote books I enjoy. Well one of the things that shows up on the Amazon page is a chart showing the number of reviews at each star level. To me, the book was easily worthy of five stars, and given the opportunity I would have given it more, but I saw someone gave the book a one star review and I had to see why. I clicked on the review, and this well thought out negative review held all of four words. Those words were “wasn’t what I needed.” Forgive me but “What the heck…” A one star review means your find the book to be utter garbage. A one star review says, “Well that was x amount of hours of my life that I will never get back.” A one star review is pretty much saying, “Whatever you do, don’t buy this.” It is a horrible thing to do to a writer, and something I would reserve for things that are not just badly done, but destructive. To give a one star review because the writer wasn’t able to psychically discern exactly what you needed and write a book just for you is the epitome of narcissism and it’s ridiculous. You know what is worthy of a one star review? This particular reader’s comment. I’m sorry but that is just awful.

I have read many books over the years that were not exactly what I needed, and were I to review them, I might state that it was not what I expected, but I would still try to review the book based on the merits of what the writer had done, because just because the writer didn’t meet my need (something that was never his responsibility) it doesn’t mean that it won’t help someone. “Wasn’t what I needed” is not an acceptable reason for a one star review, as a matter of fact it’s not acceptable for a review period.

This great little book is the perfect read for anyone in need of a comeback. Through stories of people in various struggles from the Bible and from Giglio’s life and relationships, this book shows us that we are never to far from God for Him to meet us in the area of our deepest need. The book shows God as He is, a good God and loving Father who cares deeply for us, His children. Culminating in the ultimate comeback, the resurrection of Christ, Giglio’s message is simple. God’s got this, and He will help you to overcome. I thoroughly enjoyed this immensely encouraging book.

I’ve been calling this my coloring book. No I am not demeaning it. I’ve taken to reading books with a highlighter in hand, and I could practically have highlighted this whole book. To say that Dr. Evans has written a book for such a time as this, would be a profound understatement. This book is a book that speaks to the times in which we are living. He starts off by looking at what the values of God’s Kingdom are, and how we, as Christians, need to live them out. These chapters are powerful and convicting, and they hold up a mirror to our lives that cannot be ignored. From there Dr. Evans explores the beatitudes where Jesus calls out Kingdom values all believers in Christ need to pursue and live out. Evans does a deep dive into each of these topics and they are a challenge to each of us who claim the name of Christ. Tony Evans speaks the truth in love like few others in our world today. Sometimes it’s tough love, but it’s offered in love. This book belongs in every church library in the world, and every believer should read it. Yes, it’s that good.

Things I’m Afraid Of

Posted: April 4, 2023 in Uncategorized

If you’ve ever wrestled with anxiety, as I have, you may want to check out this song. After a great night of ministry, I was really wrestling. A lot of things around me are changing, some hard, some good, and while many of them have been great blessings for people I love and care about and that makes me very happy, I’d be lying if I said there’s no anxiety in my heart. I was praying and it felt like the Lord was leading me to turn on the radio. I turned on the Message on Sirius XM and it almost felt like the Lord was DJ-ing for me, with a long run of songs that really ministered to my heart, including this song which I heard for the first time.

If you’re ever wrestled with anxiety or even anxious moments, I think this will bless you. It’s Things I’m Afraid Of by Josh Wilson.

I read Daily Rituals: How Artists Work for a book study I am doing with the Emerge Arts Ministry group. It was a very interesting read. Basically the author/editor researched the work habits of about 150 artists, mostly from the fields of literature and visual arts, though artists from other disciplines were also included to a lesser degree. The book yielded some fascinating insights. Of course the artists sampled are anything but a monolithic group and their working habits ran the gamut. There were of course some destructive traits that showed up quite frequently including addictive behaviors and some of the random weirdness that is often associated with my fellow artists. On the other hand there were other artists with whom I really resonated, including something I am most passionate about. Many of the artists sampled derided the idea of sitting around waiting on inspiration. Rather they showed up every day and pursued inspiration by sitting down and doing the work. This is a trait that I believe all artistic people should aspire to. I really enjoyed this book and learned something from most every artist featured. Some showed me things I wanted to emulate, while others showed me the kind of artist I do not want to be. Both of those things can be helpful. This book is a worthwhile read. It is composed of very short essay style chapters, so the reader can digest the book in small bites if desired

How did people back then go from Hosanna to Crucify in five days? This is a question I think of every time I think of Palm Sunday, but maybe the better question is How do people today go from worship to rejection? I think this has something do with it.

The Thief and Theology…

Posted: April 1, 2023 in Uncategorized

I saw a post on Facebook and a related video on the thief on the cross and what the story has to do with our theology and something didn’t quite sit right. I am trying to explain it here.