JRF’s # 21: The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan – 324 Pages

November 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

“It is always hard to see the purpose in wilderness wanderings until after they are over.” “I seek a place that can never be destroyed, one that is pure, and that fadeth not away, and it is laid up in heaven, and safe there, to be given, at the time appointed, to them that seek it with all their heart. Read it so, if you will, in my book.” A few months ago I was sent to a remote Navy base in Nevada.  I opted to drive there in part so that I could get a good audio book in.  The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan was that book. The desolate scenery of my drive combined with the dark season of doubt that my spiritual walk with God was in at the time, put me in just the right place to take this journey with Bunyan’s protagonist, Christian. I listened to the audio book version read by Max Mclean.  In between listening to the book, I continued the journey by listening to the excellent concept album, The Pilgrim by Nate Currin. Watching Christian allegorically traverse through the highs and lows, temptations and victories, sorrows and ecstasies of the way of the cross was […]

JRF’s #20: The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer – 113 pages

November 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

For a training assignment for missions preparation, I was required to read A.W. Tozer’s classic book The Pursuit of God and highlight a few points that were particularly impactful.  This was my second time reading this great book, and it was interesting to see that as my walk with God and my theology has matured (at least I hope it has matured) since I read this as a young Christian almost 15 years ago, different itches were scratched. Here are a few of my reflections. Pride Tozer’s discussion of “Self-sins” was exceptionally convicting.  Particularly this quote: “Self can live unrebuked at the very altar.  It can watch the bleeding Victim die and not be in the least affected by what it sees.  It can fight for the faith of the reformers and preach eloquently the creed of salvation by grace and gain strength by its efforts.  To tell the truth, it seems actually to feed upon orthodoxy and is more at home in a Bible conference than in a tavern.  Our very state of longing after God may afford it an excellent condition under which to thrive and grow….we must invite the cross to do its deadly work in us” (p. […]

JRF’s #17, #18, and #19 Stories of the Western Range: Man Riding West, The Black Rock Coffin Makers and Showdown on the Hogback by Louis L’Amour

October 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Back before hashtags, in a time before Jenner saturated newsfeeds, was a time when men were men and women were women.  Some of these men were good guys and some were bad guys.   They shot each other over land, cattle, pride, and mostly…women. They also rode horses and ate a lot of chili cooked over an open flame. I listened to these books on a long road trip through Nevada and let my imagination fill the landscape with these heroes and cowards of the legendary West. Share on Facebook

JRF’s #16 – Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

September 15, 2015 // 1 Comment

We seem to be big fans of Erik Larson here at my52books.com Many friends have recommended this book and I finally got a chance to read it.  It only took me 4 days to read it.  That’s fast for me.  There were a few reasons that I got through this book so quickly.  First, Larson’s writing skillfully weaves together at least three or four extraordinary stories that would have been full meals in themselves.  Secondly, one of those stories – that of serial killer HH Holmes was so dark that I didn’t want to dwell long in his world. The main narrative focuses on architect Daniel Burnham and his quest to design, build, and manage the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.  I found this detailed story fascinating.  I had no idea of the massive impact on culture and economics this event had, and Larson draws out the implications well.  The energy and innovation of industrial age America is truly astounding. The other main narrative is that of HH Holmes and his “murder castle” this was fascinating yet obviously macabre.  Holmes set up his “hotel” outside the fair grounds to lure in gullible, easily disappearable, out of town visitors. I found that the […]

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