Saturday, September 16, 2006

Journal Keeping (Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice)

Journal Keeping (Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice)

by Carl J. Koch (Author), John Kirvan (Editor) "Whether you are already keeping a diary or just thinking about starting a journal, you can be sure of three things: You are not alone..." (more)

Okay - I'm *trying* to keep a journal - a pocketsize black moleskine is what I'm using, same size as my cahier notebooks I've been using for working on podcasts. This book was a nice survey of the variety of journaling practices and history (notable quotes and all). I'll admit I breezed through it quickly, but I gleaned a number of good ideas. Now to see if I keep it up!

Letters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father's Questions about Christianity

by Gregory A. Boyd, Edward K. Boyd

This is an excellent blend of "Mere Christianity" and "The Case for Christ" - that is, it is a winsome argument for the Christian faith as recorded in a series of real letters between a father and son. Rational argument ala Lewis (on whome Boyd leans more than alittle) along with evidentiary material much like The Case for Christ. Of course mere words do not convert souls - but for anyone who wants a better understanding of the Christian faith, this is a very nice introduction. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Boyd (I've got another queued up and a couple on order at the library.)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Language of God by Dr. Francis Collins

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Dr. Francis S. Collins, the man at the helm of the Human Genome Project, doesn't think that science and faith are foes. In The Language of God, Collins describes how his Christian faith has worked in tandem with his search for scientific truth.

This was an excellent memoir, both of a man' s personal faith, and his career in science as well. In addition Dr. Collins offers excellent insights into the message of faith and of science. I'd like to be more confident that his irenic advice will be heeded by believers and unbelievers, scientists and non-scientists, but I fear they won't. Something to pray about, I guess.

Highly recommended. And listening to it as an audio book is a plus, since it is not only IN his words, but voice as well - he even sings!