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  • Eugene H. Peterson: The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way

    Eugene H. Peterson: The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way
    The Faithful Curmudgeon has been a student and acquaintance of Eugene Peterson for nearly thirty years. The Jesus Way is a substantive challenge to the Christian "pablum" pawned in so many Christian bookstores. If you are looking for cultural accomodation and "happy talk," pass on this one. If you are looking for a summons to faithfulness, and the God-revealed, as opposed to the God-of-our-choosing, this Peterson gem is a must read!

  • Doris Kearns Goodwin: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    Doris Kearns Goodwin: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
    One of the best books I've read. Ms. Goodwin tells the story of the genius of Mr. Lincoln, informative, spell-binding, and humbling. She reminds us of the greatness of the people who served with him, their substance, brilliance, ambition and how Honest Abe won them over to love him, and serve him and their nation with devotion. What a great leader!

  • Dale W Patterson: In the Snare of the Fowler: Lured by the Charms of Small Town Life

    Dale W Patterson: In the Snare of the Fowler: Lured by the Charms of Small Town Life
    Self-Interest demands I point this out to you. It's fun and maybe poignant. Check it out!

  • Dinesh D'Souza: What's So Great About Christianity

    Dinesh D'Souza: What's So Great About Christianity
    Like Lewis' Mere Christianity, but a bit easier to grasp, a wonderful response by a journalist Christian, in the face of a rash of pro-atheist diatribes.

  • Milton Friedman: Free to Choose: A Personal Statement

    Milton Friedman: Free to Choose: A Personal Statement
    Imagine an economic policy that helps the rich and poor, and values the precious worth of each and every human being. Friedman's classic advoates just that!

  • Anne Rice: Christ the Lord

    Anne Rice: Christ the Lord
    She wrote of ones who drink our blood; now she writes of the one who gave his blood that we may live.

  • Khaled Hosseini: Kite Runner

    Khaled Hosseini: Kite Runner
    A Great Book! Can be hard to hate people you've come to know. Learn about the Taliban & Afghanistan today in a delightful story.

  • Donald Miller: Blue Like Jazz

    Donald Miller: Blue Like Jazz
    Maybe lookin' for a faith, the things of God, but not all that church stuff? Check this out!

  • Eugene H. Peterson: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

    Eugene H. Peterson: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
    Truly a "Best" Seller, and substantive. Everything in our society today seduces us to believe in "instant." It's not just microvaves, instant yeast--how can yeast leaven a loaf in a flash? How can a person develop a healthy soul and a joyful substantive life in a moment, or even at a weekend seminar. Peterson says, "You can't." Read the book, AND NOT IN AN INSTANT, and see if he does not strike a chord.

  • M. Craig Barnes: Searching for Home

    M. Craig Barnes: Searching for Home
    "...from the beginning we have been searching for paradise." This is a book to savor like a cup of tea, a good coffee, or a sip of single malt. Barnes claims much of what we do in our daily lives is driven by being homesick. See what I mean. It's a substantive book, but a healing read.

Funky Music, White Boy!

  • Piano Concerto No. 3
    Sergey Rachmaninoff: Evgeny Kissin
    A concert pianist told me Rach 3 is the test of a real piano player. Maybe it takes a Russian to play this Russian masterpiece. Young Evgeny Kissin triumphs in spades!
  • Dr. John -

    Dr. John: Afterglow
    This gem of a collection proves Dr. John more than just the right place, and not the wrong time! Right up there with Rachmaninoff's No. 3. Blues & Jazz in the same groove.

Fine Flicks

  • On A Clear Day
    Imagine a middle-aged man trying to swim the English Channel--great challenge and a great fam' movie! Scots, ya know.