It was a quick read and encouragingly addressed the significance of the perfunctory, menial tasks that make up a large piece of our day. Her writing cIt was a quick read and encouragingly addressed the significance of the perfunctory, menial tasks that make up a large piece of our day. Her writing can sometimes seem tangential and overly-academic, but I really enjoyed her narrative illustrations and the ability to relate housework to a monastical lifestyle, a connection I hadn't often made in my own mind. Definitely worth an afternoon!...more
This book was a breath of fresh air for a believer who feels presently stuck in an evil world and lacks the desire for an etherBecoming Heaven-Focused
This book was a breath of fresh air for a believer who feels presently stuck in an evil world and lacks the desire for an ethereal "otherness," convinced that he or she was created for something more. Alcorn presents the argument that our culture's view of Heaven, a cloud-lined, white-washed, harp-filled existence, leads believers to desire this world above the one we were created for. As Christians, we should be filled with hope and desire for Heaven, not dread or avoidance.
Though some might argue that Alcorn is too far-fetched or speculative in his perspective on Heaven, I am not sure that it is a problem. Most all of his speculations are based on Biblical citations, and a great number of them are presented precisely as such -- speculations. He openly admits that some of his book will be dead wrong, though he offers that some of it will be close, if not correct. I think his point in writing speculative thoughts is more so to start inciting thought about Heaven and dreaming of the greatness to come than to simply submit to the culture's view of Heaven. Our culture says we'll be bored and lonely and senseless in Heaven, but Alcorn desires for readers to challenge our culture. He presents a Heaven based on Scripture and filled with ideas I had never dreamed of for Heaven -- adventure, exploration, entertainment, friendships, etc.
Reading his book made me more anxious for Heaven than I have ever been. And if when I get there, I find that my beloved pet is missing or that I can't actually sit down and have a discussion with CS Lewis, I don't think I'll feel a void. The biggest theme in Heaven is that God is there. And more than anything else, He is what we desire and He will leave no room for boredom or loneliness. I would encourage everyone to read this book and grow a hunger for Heaven. After all, Christians are no Earthly good if they're not Heavenly-minded....more
Born to Run is a quick read. The story moves along really well, even with several side stories added along the way. It is about one man's quest (and iBorn to Run is a quick read. The story moves along really well, even with several side stories added along the way. It is about one man's quest (and incidentally, several men's quests) to discover how we are really meant to run, and not just for fitness, but for the joy of running. It delves into the ultramarathon culture and the Tarahumara, a virtually unknown Indian tribe in Mexico who run extreme distances often. If you enjoy running or are trying to learn how to enjoy it, I recommend this book!...more
I picked up this book after having it on my shelf for three years. I regret that I hadn't read it sooner. It is an amazing story of two women who deciI picked up this book after having it on my shelf for three years. I regret that I hadn't read it sooner. It is an amazing story of two women who decided to follow God's command to love others rather than insure their safety. Corrie, along with her sister and father, housed several Jews in their Dutch home during the Holocaust. They were eventually found out (don't worry, you know this within the first chapter, so I'm not spoiling much) and taken to prison. The parts that made the biggest impact to me were the insights to the women's thoughts of their prison guards, Nazi soldiers, and their fellow inmates. This story is so full of God's love and redemption, and it inspired me in my walk with God. Everyone should read this book!...more