Author of Life of Pi brings us another tale of animals, but this time we are not amused. In fact, we are disgusted, just as he intended. Once in a whiAuthor of Life of Pi brings us another tale of animals, but this time we are not amused. In fact, we are disgusted, just as he intended. Once in a while, tragedy is perfectly appropriate....more
For all his deep thoughts of faith and reason, the wretchedness of man, theology and the controversial schisms of the church during his time, the hearFor all his deep thoughts of faith and reason, the wretchedness of man, theology and the controversial schisms of the church during his time, the heart of Blaise Pascal, French philosopher and physicist of the 1600s and author of his famous Wager encouraging belief over apathetic agnosticism, can perhaps be best summed up in this simple declaration: “I love all men as my brothers, because they are all redeemed. I love poverty because he loved it. I love wealth because it affords me the means of helping the needy. I keep faith with everyone. I do not render evil to those who do evil to me, but wish them a condition like my own, in which one receives neither good nor evil at the hands of men. I try to be just, genuine, sincere and loyal to all men, and I feel special affection for those to whom God has most intimately joined me. And whether I am alone or in the sight of others, in all my doings I am in the sight of God, who must judge them and to whom I have devoted them all. These are my feelings. And all the days of my life I bless my Redeemer, who implanted them in me and who made a man full of weakness, wretchedness, concupiscence, pride and ambition into one free from all these evils, by the power of his grace, to which all glory for this is due, since nothing but wretchedness and error come from me.”...more
Fifteen-year-old Emma, with no father figure, and a mother often gone to work at morally dubious jobsWar can be a convenient scapegoat for mistakes.
Fifteen-year-old Emma, with no father figure, and a mother often gone to work at morally dubious jobs to scratch a living, played more the role of parent than sister to the much younger Julia. Nevertheless, being still a child herself, she had not yet learned the adult trick of self-deceit in blaming Nazi Germany for her irrevocable choices. She can never forgive herself, therefore, for leaving her sister alone in their London flat on that dreadful night of the Blitz. Of course, while she was pursuing a rare opportunity to design beautiful gowns for a living, her dream job, she could not have known that bombers were that moment heading straight toward the center of her universe.
Only after senseless decades of loss, pain and hard-fought wisdom would she see through the years into the real secret of a charmed life: there can be no secrets. By facing fully the guilt, the ghosts, the messiness of life and its myriad complexities, and by accepting what can and cannot be changed, might she be able to find that gem of hope in the dark. Susan Meissner’s World War II tale is a lovely reminder of what is important in life, and an impassioned plea to seek out that which has been lost. ...more
Vianne and Isabelle, sisters living in a quaint rural French village in the late 1930s, respond very differently to the dangers of occupation by the NVianne and Isabelle, sisters living in a quaint rural French village in the late 1930s, respond very differently to the dangers of occupation by the Nazi Germany. Vianne, a young wife and mother, must say goodbye to her husband soldier for an indeterminate time, and must transform herself into the strong backbone of her fledgling family. Isabelle, single, flirty and impetuous, must rapidly face the consequences of her irresponsible behavior and grow up within months rather than the years she had taken for granted. Both face challenges never dreamed of in order to survive, as well as to rebuild their fragile relationship with each other and their estranged father. The war reveals uncomfortable and unlooked-for truths within themselves, humbling each one to the deepest depths while also allowing hope for new growth. Gods are made and unmade in the trenches of life’s darkest battles....more
For those who wish to prove, or perhaps disprove, once and for all the claims of this famous Jesus fellow, The Case for Christ for Kids, by Lee StrobeFor those who wish to prove, or perhaps disprove, once and for all the claims of this famous Jesus fellow, The Case for Christ for Kids, by Lee Strobel and Rob Suggs, presents a, erm, body of evidence for those who wish to put their faith or the faith of others to the test. Looking at historical documents, witnesses, hoax theories, they use standard court evidence procedures to weigh disparities in perspective and consistency, as well as delve into theories of hoaxes, conspiracy, and hallucinations. After all, lots of megalomaniacs have claimed to be God over the millennia, and we have called them all nutcases except for this one. What makes this guy believable, and why has he had such a large impact on humanity? Wonderfully conversational, it can be read aloud as a devotional to your family or youth group, or even just to yourself, as a means to solve this mystery of a Savior on a cross....more