the winner

Ever since school got out for the summer, oddly enough, I have been reading a lot. 

I picked up a few books at a local church book sale.  the winner

I have heard really good things about David Baldacci (mainly because of the movie based on his book, Absolute Power) and I found this book for $.50 so I thought I would give it a try. 

In fact, when handing my money to the cashier at the sale, the lady said that this was her favorite David Baldacci book.  She had good taste. 

You should read it.  If you want a copy, ask me and I will send it to you. 

Short overview for you:

LuAnn Tyler had nothing at all going for her.  She then gets a mysterious call from a man saying that he can guarantee her $100,000,000.00.  She accepts but not under the best circumstances so she must go on the run.  But after 10 years, she returns.  However, some are still looking for her. 

I will let you read it to fill in the blanks. 

4 out of 5 stars.

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Divine Commodity

commoditySkye Jethani is one of my favorite authors.  As far as I am aware, he has not written any other books, but I am going to plead with him to write some more.  Many more.

This book was great.  I loved it so much.  And I needed it so much.  I, myself, am a Consumer Christian.

Using his words, “My secret is that I want to be relevant and popular.  I want my desires fulfilled and pain minimized.  I want a manageable relationship with an institution rather than messy relationships with real people.  I want to be transformed into the image of Christ by showing up at entertaining events rather than throguh the hard work of discipline.  I want to wear my faith on my sleeve and not look at the darkness in my heart.  And above all, I want a controllable god.  I want a divine commodity to do my will on earth as well as in heaven.” (174) 

Starting off at a worship service filled with lights and sounds not uncommon to concert venues, Skye sensed his growing frustration with the church being all about entertainment so he began searching for a life that needed rejuvenation.  So using some of the descriptions of the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh, he immediately captures the reader’s imagination and captivates their spirit.  He directs us to the disciplines that we so often forsake – fasting, prayer, worship, silence, etc – and leads us on a journey to the heart of what God desires for us. 

Skye Jethani writes with a poetic quality untapped in many pulpits.  And his imagination astounds me.  It is no wonder that he is one of the leading voices in the church today as the managing editor of Leadership Journal

If you are searching for something past the mundane of your life, read this book.
If you need rejuvenation in your soul because your imagination has wandered off, read this book

This book will hit you in the teeth and leaving you gasping for air.  I cannot recommend this book more highly than I am now. 

5 out of 5 stars.

Lost generation

I am beginning to wonder what the future holds for me. 

But not just for me. 

For you. 

For my family. 

For the people I meet on the street.

America is in a bleak state. 

It looks like the sun cannot shine over the darkness that surrounds us. 

Yet God is there in the midst of it all. 

I saw this video on Michael Hyatt‘s blog and thought it was worth posting about. 

Here it is:

As Ghandi once said, “We must become the change we want to see.”

What future are you living for?

Paul Blart Mall Cop

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I honestly have wanted to see this movie for a while.  And since Vickie’s dad had bought this movie when it came out, I figured what is there better to do than watch Paul Blart Mall Cop on Memorial Day. 

I am very glad I watched it.  It had all the elements.

It was funny.  It had fat jokes (as Kevin James is king of).  It had a cheesy love story.  It had the story of a guy who has nothing to a guy who gets everything he ever wanted. It came from Adam Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison. 

All around, I liked this movie.  The plot was nothing to write home about and the jokes were definitely cheesy at points.  The villain was good.  He was hardcore but he was really, really fun to watch. 

If you want a fun movie to watch, this might the pick of the month.

4 out of 5 stars.

one prayer

I am happy to say that my church, Daystar Christian Fellowship, is joining in with thousands of other churches in the One Prayer series started by LifeChurch.tv and Craig Groeschel

You should join in, as well.  Find out how here.

It all starts in June so hurry up.

Click here to check out some of the messages from 2008’s One Prayer series.

Gran Torino

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My Memorial Day was spent at Vickie’s house and we all decided simply to be lazy and watch a couple of movies. 

Here is one of the movies we watched.

Gran Torino.  Written, directed and starring the one and only Clint Eastwood. 

I have always had a man-crush on Clint Eastwood.  Come on, he owns one of the best lines in movie history.  And he might be older than most living actors.  He is still quite an incredible actor. 

This story is reminscient of Crash, but it takes the issue of racism on a whole new spin.  Eastwood’s character, Walt, is simply hardcore.  He pretty much hates all races as the movie begins, but has a redemptive quality that has not been seen in most movies in the past 10 or so years. 

Do yourself a favor and watch this movie.  I really learned a lot through it. 

The best scenes involved Eastwood and his neighbors as well as some conversations he had with a local priest. 

4 out of 5 stars.

Henri Nouwen quote

Over the past few weeks, throughout the blogosphere, I have seen many people quote Henri Nouwen. 

Although, I have never read any of his books, some of his quotes have rocked me to the core over the past couple of years. 

Here is one that hit me hard this morning:

To pray, I think, does not mean to think about God in contrast to thinking about other things, or to spend time with God instead of spending time with other people.  Rather, it means to think and live in the presence of God.  As soon as we begin to divide our thoughts about God and thoughts about people and events, we remove God from our daily life and put him into a pious little niche where we can think pious thoughts and experience pious feelings… Although it is important and even indispensable for the spiritual life to set apart time for God and God alone, prayer can only become unceasing prayer when all our thoughts – beautiful or ugly, high or low, proud or shameful, sorrowful or joyful – can be thought in the presence of God. … Thus, converting our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer moves us from a self-centered monologue to a God-centered dialogue.”  – Henri Nouwen