I like 2 books by Donald Miller:
Blue like Jazz (an interesting commentary on Christianity- very insightful)(and it improved my Christianity)
Searching for God Knows What (a great book of BIG thoughts about God and the way He thinks- well balanced and very helpful)
I love the website: spencersmom.com (its a true story if Gods amazing Grace- and I am lucky enough to have Robin as a very close and wonderful friend who came and visited me in the hospital and even made me some amazing blueberry muffins! Spencer’s story is shocking and heartbreaking, but what happened after and is still happening can only be described as God’s Hand -visibly at work and changing peoples lives for the better.)
I love the New Living Translation Bible (1996)( and this is the version I have been reading for quite a few years- it is so clear and so helpful- although I have also gotten into the idea of ‘Context’ and sometimes really big context is bettter- so by reading and re-reading entire books of the bible it helps you see things even bigger -and God is always getting Bigger!)
I also like: Malcolm Gladwell (author of Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers), NPR (Cartalk, Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, Prarie Home Companion, Radiolab, This American Life) TED talks, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Brian Jacques (an author who is sorely missed)
I found the book “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” very helpful. Its by Rabbi Harold Kushner and it is a must read for your life- I read it before anything happened to me and then re-read it after I broke my back- I don’t think I ever felt like “God, why did You let this happen?” but I also did not consider myself as a ‘good person’ (!) I am a christian and I believe Jesus is in the process of saving me- but as far as my own ‘goodness’ -nope. Anyways- this is a great book- and you need to read it so you not be tempted to try and ‘help’ people the wrong way. Jobs comforters said the wrong stuff- so check this book out- its actually quite thin- so, no excuses!
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I love Don Miller too. So honest and so funny. We have to laugh at ourselves more! And I’ve also disovered with joy the NLT. Although I’m still loyal to King Jim. Robin Farnsworth is still difficult for me to get used to but she can bake. Maybe she will make her Carrot Cake for you someday since you are one of the few people out there that can put up with her. Love you Mark, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT
btw’s tmark also thinks Robin Farnsworth is Cool- it’s so amazing that we somehow allowed God to find us at all. Without Jesus- where would we be- how would we be? and yet we heard God calling- -just the fact that He called at all- -and we were smart enough to answer- Thank God we did- because life is really way too much to tackle without Jesus.