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Carnal Delights

Carnal to the Point of Scandal by Kevin Jackson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Kevin Jackson had me at “Hello”. (It’s tempting to say that he had me at “Perge, scelus, mihi diem perficias” (p. 129) – of which … Continue reading

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Living from the heart

Every once in a while I read a book that seems in some way to be describing me, and seems somehow to understand me better than I do myself. The latest is The Shack by William P. Young. The Shack … Continue reading

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A voice that needs to be heard

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain My rating: 5 of 5 stars This may be one of the most important books of the last one hundred years. It is certain to … Continue reading

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Falling Upward

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr My rating: 4 of 5 stars Any book that quotes Gerard Manley Hopkins and T.S. Eliot in its first few pages is going to speak to me … Continue reading

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Grace, and what it does

What’s So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey My rating: 5 of 5 stars There are so many books out there that purport to teach us how to live. Every one starts from some premise, some basic assumption or other: … Continue reading

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Lives less ordinary

When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Every once in a while you read a book that passes straight into your bloodstream, and you are hardly aware of how it happened. When God … Continue reading

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Another excellent reason to live to one hundred

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Gloriously absurd and implausible, with a charmingly diffident hero who manages to bumble through the twentieth century, from one major … Continue reading

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