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The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher

Posted by Sherry on 6/15/2017 in Christian Life, Church, Community, Current Events, General, Nonfiction |

So, I’m usually a day late and a dollar short when it comes to talking and writing about the “buzz books”—the ones everyone seems to be discussing at any given time. And since I was on a blog break for Lent, that makes me even later in my entry to the discussion. Nevertheless, I did […]

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An Open Letter to Fellow Christians Who Plan to Vote for Donald Trump

Posted by Sherry on 10/10/2016 in Christian Life, Church, Current Events, General |

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, First of all, as I have made clear on this blog and on Facebook, I will not be voting for Hillary Clinton or for Donald Trump. Neither candidate is even minimally qualified to be President of the United States of America, a country I love and pray for in […]

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The Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge

The Dean’s Watch may very well be the best book I read this year. I can’t imagine any modern book outshining this lovely tale of the friendship between a cathedral dean and an atheist watchmaker. Isaac Peabody, horologist and master craftsman, had any belief in God taken away from him early in life by his […]

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Salvation on Sand Mountain by Dennis Covington

Posted by Sherry on 2/16/2015 in Christian Life, Church, Community, Conversion stories, General, Nonfiction |

Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia by Dennis Covington. Does a journalist need to participate in his subject’s life and culture in order to write with insight and understanding about those subjects? For instance does one have to handle snakes in order to write about snake handlers, Pentecostal Christians who […]

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Christmas at Brede Abbey, Sussex, England, c. 1955

“On the night of Christmas Eve the abbey was so still it might have been thought to be empty, or the nuns asleep, but when the bell sounded at ten o’clock, from all corners, especially from the church, silent figures made their way to their station in the long cloister, and Abbess Catherine led them […]

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A Hymn to God the Father by John Donne

Posted by Sherry on 11/2/2014 in Christian Life, Church, General, Poets and poetry |

WILT Thou forgive that sin where I begun, Which was my sin, though it were done before? Wilt Thou forgive that sin through which I run, And do run still, though still I do deplore? When Thou hast done, Thou hast not done; For I have more. Wilt Thou forgive that sin which I have […]

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Bad Religion by Ross Douthat

Posted by Sherry on 2/24/2013 in Christian History, Church, Current Events, General, Nonfiction |

Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics by Ross Douthat. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat has written a useful, compact history of the progression of Christian thought and heresy from the rise of modernism in the 1920’s (and again in the 1960’s)to the post-WW II revival of Christian neo-orthodoxy to the dissolution […]

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Swimming with Scapulars: True Confessions of a Young Catholic by Matthew Lickona

Posted by Sherry on 2/15/2013 in Biography/Memoir, Christian Life, Church, General |

My Protestant sensibilities are put off and, yes, somewhat offended by what Mr. Lickona and the Catholic Church call “sacramentals”. A scapular is a sacramental (sacred object or action) worn by lay Catholics to remind them of their devotion to the church and to the Lord: “The devotional scapular typically consists of two small (usually […]

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A Light Shining by Glynn Young

I thoroughly enjoyed Dancing Priest, Mr. Young’s first book about Michael Kent, Olympic cyclist, Edinburgh student, Anglican priest, and orphan with a mysterious past. Of course, it’s also the story of Sarah Hughes, American artist and also a student in Edinburgh, whose lack of faith throws a kink in the developing romance between her and […]

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Bringing Home the Prodigals by Rob Parsons

Posted by Sherry on 7/19/2012 in Christian Life, Church, Community, General, Nonfiction |

I didn’t get all the answers I wanted from reading Rob Parsons’ short book called Bringing Home the Prodigals. (I don’t get all of the answers I want when I read Scripture either.) I didn’t read the book, and immediately receive a phone call from one of my “prodigals” saying that she was returning to […]

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