Gone Tomorrow…

Sometimes all a three-day weekend needs is a fun-and-easy read.  With that in mind, I was able to dive into the thirteenth book in Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series.
 
My favorite quote is posted on Instagram
 
Honestly, this installment gave me hope again in the franchise.  Over halfway through the series (to-date) and I was beginning to believe that the best that Child had to offer was far behind him.  This book reminded me what I loved about the genre.  Suspense.  Mystery.  Action.  Twists and turns.  Historical fiction (loosely applied, of course).  
 
Here is where I rank each book thus far…
  1. Tripwire (#3):  Vietnam and Wall-Street 
  2. Killing Floor (#1):  Currency and Counterfeiting 
  3. Gone Tomorrow (#13):  Subways and Afghanistan
  4. Enemy (#8): Cold War and Cover-Ups
  5. Without Fail (#6):  Secret Service and National Politics
  6. Persuader (#7):  Drug Smuggling and Kidnapping 
  7. Echo Burning (#5):  Immigration and Domestic Violence 
  8. One Shot (#9): Assassinations and Soviet Prisons
  9. Running Blind (#4):  Sexual Harassment and Serial Killers 
  10. Die Trying (#2):  Extremists and Militias  
  11. The Hard Way (#10):  Mercenaries and Missing People
  12. Bad Luck and Trouble (#11):  Special Units and Terrorism 
  13. Nothing To Lose (#12):  Veterans and Christians
I plan to continue this series sometime next month (with 61 Hours). Has anyone read it?  I have heard mixed reviews.   

 

Gone Tomorrow…

Soul Keeping…

One of my favorite authors is John Ortberg.  He speaks with such depth and humility.  He is not only a man who clearly spends time with Jesus, but after listening to him, you want to spend more time with Jesus too.  His latest release, Soul Keeping:  Caring for the Most Important Part of You, is no exception.

My favorite thought comes from Dallas Willard who suggests, “You are an unceasing spiritual being with an eternal destiny in God’s great universe.  That’s the most important thing for you to know about you.  You should write that down.  You should repeat it regularly… you think you have to be someplace else or accomplish something more to find peace.  But it’s right here.  God has yet to bless anyone except where they actually are.  Your soul is not is not just something that lives on after your body dies.  It’s the most important thing about you. It is your life” (23).

Why do I have this propensity to equate my worth with my work?  Why do I tend to look past the people and places in the present and desire what could be and should be in the future?  How does purpose and pursuit begin as a daring step of faith and become just another dangerous idol?

 

Soul Keeping…

The Pastor: A Memoir…

A mentor recently sent me a podcast of Eugene Peterson at Catalyst and I knew I had to pick up a copy of the recent memoir that the interview was based on.

I was not disappointed.  In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to say that this was one of the best books that I have ever read.  I am truly better for it.  There were several times that I had to pause the audio book to make sure that he was not talking to me (let alone about me).   There are few voices that can encourage while bringing about conviction.  Lifting up while digging deep.

My favorite quote can be found on Instagram.  What are your thoughts?

The Pastor: A Memoir…