The Seven Best and Five Worst Books I Read in 2019

On Christmas Eve we had some friends over and something was said about hobbies.  My son and daughter were in the conversation and my son said, “Dad doesn’t have any hobbies.”  He didn’t say this dismissively or critically, he just said what he perceived to be fact.  It’s actually what I would’ve said about me […]

A Praying Life – Paul E Miller

I recently re-read this book after having read it when it first came out about ten years ago. I decided to re-read it because lately my prayer life hasn’t been what it should be.  Reading it was both encouraging and very sobering; encouraging because of what God can accomplish through prayer and sobering because it […]

Boom Town – Sam Anderson

This is somewhat of a random book both to write and to select to read.  It’s a sort-of history of Oklahoma City written from the standpoint of it being a unique place with a unique history and civic makeup.  The book is not exhaustive by any means, and the author builds much of the story […]

Jesus – Walter Wangerin

This book is a novel written as a biography of Jesus.  It takes stories from the gospel accounts and fills in dialogue, feelings and thoughts and puts them into a collected narrative of Jesus’ life.  It’s written primarily from the perspective of two people – John the beloved disciple and Mary the mother of Jesus.  […]

Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow

It’s an enormous book but it’s worth the look You won’t regret the time that reading it took It’s a comprehensive story about Alexander Hamilton And includes a lot about Jefferson and Washington It’s got politics and love, war and duels Guys shooting at each other like ignorant fools Big names, big egos and founding […]

Natural Causes – Barbara Ehrenreich

The author begins this book with a fairly provocative statement: In the last few years I have given up on the many medical measures – cancer screenings, annual exams, Pap smears, for example – expected of a responsible person with health insurance.  The reason she’s done this – she says later in the chapter – […]