Renowned Jesus Seminar scholar, Marcus Borg, distinguishes between “Earlier Christianity” and “Emerging Christianity”. He discusses how Christianity limited its focus in reaction to Enlightenment Science challenging aspects of the Bible. Christianity narrowed its focus to a set of beliefs (atonement theology) focused around sin and the afterlife. Borg shows how much deeper and richer Christianity is than merely believing certain doctrines or the literalness of certain biblical passages.
I was impressed.
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Sixteen year old Emily Curtis has had a tough year. Her mother dies, her father loses his auto-repair business and subsequently their home and Emily’s boyfriend breaks up with her. Now, they have moved in with her over-bearing wealthy aunt and uncle. Could her life get any worse? Oh yeah, her once deep relationship with God is now non-existent. Christian author, Amy Clipston draws the reader into Emily’s struggles and attempts to rekindle her relationship with God. This book was an easy read and if you are a very emotional reader, grab that box of Kleenex. By the end of the book, I had puffy eyes and a stuffed up nose! I highly recommend this book (and also her other book series, The Kauffman Amish Bakery).
The Chance by Karen Kingsbury, read by Sarah, on 04/25/2013
If you had only one chance to meet up with your childhood sweetheart, would you take it? Even if it meant admitting that you’ve made some poor choices along the way? Ellie was forced to move from Georgia to California with her father when she was fifteen years old. She lost touch with her mother and her best friend, Nolan, for eleven years. Nolan has grown closer to God during this time, but Ellie has decided that God can’t possibly love her for so many terrible things to happen to her. They made a pact the night before Ellie left that in eleven years they would return to their spot in the park to dig up letters that they wrote to each other that night. Will they keep that pact? Or let the time slip away from them forever?
This book was emotionally and spiritually very powerful. God is willing to give us a chance if we just give him the opportunity to work in our hearts. I highly recommend it.
Three best friends whose lives are intricately tied together through a Sister to Sister group in their church have been through some real trials in their lives. A cheating, wife-beating husband, recent divorce, tempting potential lovers, an 11 year old son with serious anger issues, a possible threat to one’s marriage, being stranded on an island in a storm with the choir director….these are just a few of the issues that Pam, Taylor, and Yvonne have to deal with. When a lovely girl, Eva, shows up at their church meeting needing food, Yvonne is more than happy to assist her and reach out with kindness. But can Eva’s past derail all that Yvonne has hoped for? Can Taylor forgive her baby’s daddy? Can Pam stay strong in the face of temptation?
This book surprised me with its frankness in dealing with serious problems in relationships. It was a bit confusing at first because each chapter is told from a different woman’s point of view and you don’t really know the connection between the ladies early on. It mixes street-wise folk with shouting-hallelujah folk and is heavy on pushing that Jesus will help you through it all. All in all, it was a good read that kept you guessing.