Monthly Archives: December 2014

I’ve Been Knocked Down But I Won’t Be Broken

As someone who was very fond of Laura Hillenbrand’s book “Unbroken” [1], I was cautiously optimistic about the film of the same name, even if having Angelina Jolie direct a film about a man whose epic endurance led him to … Continue reading

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Interview With A Dictator

Ironically, as I left the movie theater this evening after watching “The Interview,” I was briefly interviewed by a reporter for one of Portland’s local television stations. I do not know if my dry and hopefully witty comments will make … Continue reading

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Book Review: Would You Baptize An Extraterrestrial?

Would You Baptize An Extraterrestrial?…And Other Questions From The Astronomers’ In-Box At The Vatican Observatory, by Guy Consolmagno, SJ and Paul Mueller, SJ [Note: This book was provided free of charge by Blogging For Books/Image in exchange for an honest … Continue reading

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Advent Children

For all of my father’s failings, one thing he did consistently well (and this is a comparatively rare trait) is knowing what sort of gifts I would appreciate. When I graduated from high school, among the gifts he gave (aside … Continue reading

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Book Review: Small Talk

Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most, by Amy Julia Becker [Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Zondervan Press in exchange for an honest review.] This particular book is a touching book written by … Continue reading

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Book Review: Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting The Goodness Of God In All Things ,by Sara Hagerty [Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Zondervan Press in exchange for an honest review.] A book like this demonstrates a few … Continue reading

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To Make You Better

Given my lifelong interest in music, it seems somewhat surprising that I had never heard of the Decemberists, nor any of their songs, before moving to the Portland area. Even once here, it was some time before I became familiar … Continue reading

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Book Review: Makers Of History: Genghis Khan

Makers Of History: Genghis Khan, by Jacob Abbot One thing I have noticed in my reading of histories of the latter half of the 19th century [1] is that many of them greatly enjoyed writing ethnographic histories and not merely … Continue reading

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Every Second Of The Night I Live Another Life

A few months ago, I had a conversation with a couple of friends of mine about the subject of lucid dreams [1]. For as long as I can remember, I have from time to time had some awareness of my … Continue reading

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Book Review: School Of The Prophets

School Of The Prophets: Advanced Training For Prophetic Ministry, by Kris Vallotton [Note: This book was provided free of charge by Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review.] When I saw the title of this book, the second book … Continue reading

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