2019 Best Books I’ve Read

This year, my reading was affected by two knee replacements and the accompanying medication that made it hard to concentrate. But I still managed to squeeze in over 100 books. I already wrote about the Chronicles of Narnia that I listened to and reread after my first surgery. They will always be at the top…

A Month’s Adventures for National Book Lover’s Day

Exactly one month ago on July 9, I had a second knee replacement surgery. In the following  days, I haven’t been far from my house physically, but I have had some wonderful adventures reading books. Today, August 9, in honor of National Book Lover’s Day, here are some adventures you might want to take also….

A Month of Healing in Narnia

On March 1, I had knee replacement surgery and began the process of recovery. For most of the month of March, I slept only a few hours at a time and in between, I would ice my leg, get comfortable on the couch, and listen to the Harper Audio version of the Chronicles of Narnia….

Wise words on Prayer

Lilias Trotter served her Lord in Algeria from 1888 to her death in 1926.  Lilias, born to a wealthy family in England, first applied to a missions organization but was  rejected because of poor health. So she went on her own as a single woman of 34 with two friends, all women of independent means. Her…

2018 Best Books I’ve read

This has been an interesting year for me in reading, with books ranging from spiritual themes to cultural contrasts to biographies, with a few mysteries thrown in. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered a recent  article on the Gospel Coalition titled Why J. I. Packer Reads Mystery Novels (Or in Defense of Light Reading). …

Try Tears

Sometimes a simple story captures such a profound truth it is unforgettable. The story below, as told by Leonard Ravenhill, is recorded in his biography In Light of Eternity by Mack Tomlinson. I think Ravenhill remembered it so clearly because it touched him deeply and became part of his very approach to life. In my…

Did Elijah have a secret?

Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. James 5:17-18 Even though James is telling us that Elijah…

First and Last

I have always found great comfort from Revelations 22:13. It reminds us that God existed in the beginning: nothing exits apart from his plan. And it reminds us that he will triumph in the end: all the sorrows we don’t understand now will be forgotten. Recently, though, the symmetry of Biblical beginnings and the endings…