The Pleasures of God…

 
 
I would recommend John Piper’s  The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God’s Delight in Being God.  I was provided a copy through a special release of the revised edition (directly from the publisher for the purpose of an online review).
My favorite quote is captured in this particular picture.  What are your thoughts?  
 
As I have stated before, I do not fully embrace Reformed Theology by any stretch, but I do appreciate the emphasis such authors place on God’s rule and reign.  The story begins and ends with him.  He is the Story.  He invites us into his story.  We were created to enjoy him.  To glorify him.  Though I do not fully agree with many of his conclusions, I always take so much away from Piper’s writings.  He approaches the Biblical text with such humility and honor.  A great place to begin the conversation.
Check it out and let me know what your takeaway is.
 
For more information, check out the author’s blog.  
The Pleasures of God…

The Shaping of Things To Come…

 

I would highly recommend Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch’s The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century Church.  I was provided a copy through a special release of the revised and updated edition (directly from the publisher for the purpose of an online review).
My favorite quote is captured in this particular picture.  What are your thoughts?  
I was greatly impacted by their study on the Hebraic spirit as it relates to time . . . the idea that the First Covenant understanding of God was one of “the first (and possibly the only) religious system that posits history as the primary source of revelation of God and God’s will for the world . . . Any look at history, with all its wars, loves, adulteries, highs, and lows will tell us that life is a mess . . . [but this mess] is the place where God chooses to reveal himself to us” (153).
Check the book out and let me know what your takeaway is.
 
For more information, refer to The Forgotten Ways or Michael Frost’s page.
The Shaping of Things To Come…

The Giver…

 
 
Our family completed yet another Newbery Medal Award Winner in Lois Lowry’s The Giver.      

I have updated my rankings accordingly.  Like I have mentioned several times before, the following list does not include the works that did not happen to make the list of award winners (but that we still enjoyed together) such as the seven books included in The Chronicles of NarniaHatchet (an honor recipient), and The Hobbit.
Here is the list to date (along with my respective reviews): 
  1. The One and Only Ivan (2013)
  2. The Giver (1994) 
  3. The Tale of Despereax (2004)
  4. Bridge to Terabithia (1978) 
  5. Dead End in Norvelt (2012)
  6. Kira-Kira (2005)
  7. Shiloh (1992)
  8. Flora & Ulysses (2014)
  9. A Year Down Yonder (2001)
  10. Crispin: The Cross of Lead (2003)
  11. A Single Shard (2002) 
  12. When You Reach Me (2010)
  13. Holes (1990)
  14. A Wrinkle in Time (1963)
  15. The Higher Power of Lucky (2007)
  16. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! (2008)
  17. The Graveyard Book (2009)
  18. Moon Over Manifest (2011)
  19. Criss Cross (2006)
I really enjoyed this work.  Thought-provoking and truly engaging. Far superior to some series that make up much of today’s dystopian-future genre (though I have nothing against Hunger Games and such).  Some content might be a bit too much for younger readers but the author is careful to insinuate rather than be direct.  
 
My favorite quote from this book was when the author describes the time and setting to be “The life where nothing was ever unexpected.  Or inconvenient.  Or unusual.  The life without color, pain, or past” (1815).  
 
I am encouraging my eleven year-old daughter to continue on in the series.  I might even join her at some point in the future.  Now on to the movie (though I have only heard disappointing reviews thus far). 
 
As far as our next selection, we will tackle Bud, Not Buddy.  Have you read it?  If so, care to share your experience? 
The Giver…