“Making All Things New,” Henri Nouwen

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Daily Habits, My Library, Non-Fiction, Prayer, Reviews | 0 comments

This is short at 96 pages and is written in three sections, all of which are easy to read. But there is such powerful insight in the words Nouwen uses. I can read his work every day as there is such wonderful clarity around the understanding of the human condition plus he writes in this wonderfully melodic style that is non-judgemental and peaceful. The book starts with identifying busyness as a key enemy to a spiritual life. However, he highlights the fact that busyness doesn’t necessarily lead to fulfilment. He then leads us into...

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“Stranger Things”, Erin Healy

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Erin Healy, Favourites, Fiction, My Library, Reviews | 2 comments

This is my new favourite Erin Healy novel. It has all the hallmarks of what we’ve come to expect from Healy: gripping suspense, characters grappling with their external world but also with what’s in their heart, and an insider’s perspective of the “thin places” where the natural and supernatural intersect. However, added to this novel is an especially powerful story line drawing the reader into the dark sinister world of human trafficking. The novel starts fast and doesn’t let up. Healy’s descriptive powers make this novel a...

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Reflections on Lent – It’s all about Jesus

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Bible Reading, Jesus, Lent | 4 comments

As longer time readers may recall, I observed Lent last year for the first time. You can read about my experience in a series of posts I wrote, starting with this one. So I thought I’d do it again this year. Why? Well, any practice that gets me to think more about Jesus and The Father is a pretty good thing I reckon. But in saying that I don’t want to get too religious about it which in this case means I’m doing something for the sake of doing it, rather than truly seeking Him. Often less is more, if that makes sense. Devotional I...

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“Draw the Circle,” Mark Batterson

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in My Library, Non-Fiction, Prayer, Reviews | 0 comments

This is a series of 40 separate devotionals on focused on the power of prayer. Each chapter is only 4-5 pages in length so can be read quite quickly. However, most of the chapters have much to chew on and so I found myself meditating on many of the chapters throughout the day. I believe Mark Batterson wants to encourage us to pray more and believe, trusting that God is indeed faithful. Each devotional contains a short story, Biblical references and many wonderful soundbites that are useful for journalling. The chapters don’t really build...

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