Read Like It Matters

(This post was originally published on the Baptist Churches of New England’s blog on March 6, 2023. You can find it here.) The Christian who is not growing intellectually is like a book whose many pages remain unopened and unread. Like the book, he may be of some value, but not nearly as much as if... Continue Reading →

Book Report: Adore

Adore: A Simple Practice for Experiencing God in the Middle Minutes of Your Day by Sara Hagerty 'O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.' These are more than mere lyrics to a carol we sing every Christmas; these words unlock a hidden world at the deepest level of our souls. Sara describes the... Continue Reading →

Book Report: Hearing God

Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God by Dallas Willard You know those people who have walked with Jesus so much that they seem to belong to a different time zone? As a spiritual formation teacher who moves at the pace of heaven, Dallas is uniquely positioned to shepherd readers toward finding their home... Continue Reading →

Book Report: Give Them Grace

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson "Although we're Christian parents, it doesn't necessarily follow that our parenting is essentially Christian. Frequently it's something else entirely." With these surprising words from the introduction, Elyse and Jessica—mother-daughter duo extraordinaire—will begin systematically dismantling everything you thought you... Continue Reading →

Book Report: The Discipline of Grace

The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges Oxymoron: a phrase comprised of a pair of words with conflicting meanings. Discipline? I'm your girl. Grace? One of my favorite concepts. But the two have always felt a bit like opposites; I never really understood that they regularly merge and dance together all along the road to... Continue Reading →

Book Report: Grace, Not Perfection

Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy by Emily Ley Have you ever taken on more than you could handle? Like, way more than you could handle? As a young working mom driven by perfectionism and productivity, Emily found herself hurtling full-throttle toward burnout. The concept of grace caught her at the last second. She... Continue Reading →

Book Report: Beholding and Becoming

Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship by Ruth Chou Simons For far too long, the gospel has been delivered in a distinctly utilitarian packaging. No aesthetics for us, thank you very much! We've decided that truth can't be beautiful—anything too slick or polished or pretty must be a counterfeit. But now coffee tables... Continue Reading →

Book Report: Catching Fireflies

Catching Fireflies: Teaching Your Heart to See God's Light Everywhere by Patsy Clairmont "Let there be light" blazed forth as the first message from the Creator's lips, and humanity has been captivated by it ever since. Perhaps the most captivated is Patsy Clairmont, herself a small, sassy ball of light. So who better to write... Continue Reading →

Book Report: The Creative Family Manifesto

The Creative Family Manifesto: Encouraging Imagination and Nurturing Family Connections by Amanda Blake Soule If you've ever been around a family that simply oozes creativity, you know that the experience can be both inspiring and daunting. You'd love for a little of their magic to rub off on your own crew, but where would you... Continue Reading →

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