Intentional Earbuds–Links to Great Listens #1: The Bishop Who Refuses to Dumb Down the Faith

While intentionally seeking more pockets of silence in my days, I’m also grateful for the invention of earbuds.  They’re not not entirely a blessing, naturally.  Earbuds can further the ever-growing problem of isolation. They can override the “still, small voice” by drowning it in mindless noise. But selective listening, fully present to the voice that’s … More Intentional Earbuds–Links to Great Listens #1: The Bishop Who Refuses to Dumb Down the Faith

Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead: A Merciful Mind for Our Contentious Time

Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer-prizewinning Gilead is a book for our contentious time. I’d picked up a copy when it first became a best seller, but this year when I went through my shelves looking for books I’d bought but hadn’t yet read, its weathered green spine beckoned. When I broke the book open, Gilead began the … More Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead: A Merciful Mind for Our Contentious Time

Crow Call: Beautiful Children’s Book for Fathers and Daughters

“The details of this story are true,” Newberry-winning author Lois Lowry writes of her beautiful father-daughter story Crow Call.  “But parents and children groping toward understanding each other–that happens to everyone.  And so this story is not really just my story, but everyone’s.” It is indeed.  Lowry’s Crow Call is a masterful evocation of the … More Crow Call: Beautiful Children’s Book for Fathers and Daughters