• Annual Top 10,  Books,  Extensions

    My Top 11 Books from 2011

    Although I share Tim’s desire to read widely to develop critical and discerning thinking rather than cloning myself to one or two author’s thoughts or perspectives, I have compiled a rather narrow top 11 reads of 2011. It seems somehow wrong to have two of the same authors as well as three books on the topic of justice, but these were the books I was honestly most impacted by this year. Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart An inspiring and informative read about how relationship and empowerment can bring change and self-respect to those who easily believe they are worthless. Boyle is a priest whose impact shows how each of us…

  • Books,  Extensions

    Peace Child

    I just finished an incredible book called, “Peace Child.” I am completely pumped up from it. I love God’s creativity in creating diverse cultures. And I love his self-disclosure and how he uniquely pursues even this remote tribe with his love. This story of a missionary to a head-hunting tribe of cannibals is such a beautiful picture of Romans 1:19-20, “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are…

  • Books,  Extensions,  Faith

    Learning from Let the Nations be Glad

    Just some excerpts and thoughts from what I have been reading. Passion“God is calling us above all else to be the kind of people whose theme and passion is the supremacy of God in all of life. No one will be able to rise to the magnificence of the missionary cause who does not feel the magnificence of Christ. There will be no big world vision without a big God. There will be no passion to draw others into our worship where there is no passion for worship.” Does this describe my reigning passion? Love“Love is helping people toward the greatest beauty and the highest value and the deepest satisfaction…

  • Books,  Fun Times

    Just a few of my favorite 2005 things

    Spent time with incredible people, participated in holistic ministry and learned more about the desires God has placed my heart all in a shanty-town in Lima, Peru Played with sparklers on the top of a volcano after watching the sun set over the clouds Went to a real island for the first time where I hiked a bamboo forest, lounged on a beach, walked through a pineapple field and went to a luau. Visited Washington D.C. twice with two amazing friends Stood by Niagara Falls with the mist on my face Received a promotion to Support Specialist Project Analyst Navigated a major road trip for the first time (we only…