Here are some new books and music I’ve been enjoying lately…
Finding God In the Dark by Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin: This book deals with some of life’s most difficult questions: Where is God when I’m hurting? Has God abandoned me? Why is God allowing me to suffer? While this book doesn’t offer anything particularly new or profound, it is written in an intimate, narrative style that makes it both accessible and encouraging. Both authors recount particularly painful experiences, and then detail how God met them in the dark. I would recommend this to anyone in the middle of a trial. MY RATING: 3 out of 5.
The Meaning of Marriage by Tim and Kathy Keller: Tim Keller is one of my favorite authors, and this book is no disappointment. As many others have said, this book is one of the best I have ever read on marriage, and it should be read by all Christians, both single and married. The book is deeply theological while still being easily accessible. It is extremely practical without being too focused on particular practices (i.e., dating vs. courting, etc.). I highly recommend this book. MY RATING: 5 out of 5.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan: This book is a fun, lighthearted suspense/mystery novel, which includes a secret book cult attempting to decode an ancient tome in hopes of finding eternal life, an old, mysterious bookstore, Google, and high-powered technology. Really this book is an exploration of the intersection of books and technology. It was enjoyable, and had minimal language or sexual content. This book will particularly appeal to book nerds, tech nerds, or both (myself). MY RATING: 3.5 out 5.
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan: Susanah Cahalan was a successful journalist for the New York Post until her career was derailed by a mysterious, almost fatal illness. She contracted a rare brain disease that caused her to, essentially, go insane for a month. Doctors frantically tried to diagnose the problem, all while Susanah was slowly slipping toward death. In God’s incredible providence (my words, not hers), she came into contact with the doctor who had just recently discovered the disease Susanah contracted. This book will interest anyone who enjoys medical mysteries or is in the medical field. MY RATING: 3.5 out of 5.
“Fiction Family Reunion” by Fiction Family: Fiction Family is the musical collaboration of Jon Foreman (Switchfoot) and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek). The result is a wonderful combination rock, blues, and bluegrass.
“Rinse, Repeat, Rewind” by Justin Paul Lewis: