Category Archives: Book reviews

In which I blatantly borrow my own Amazon review of Erwin McManus’ “The Last Arrow” and post it here.

Three years ago, when I was 47 and contemplating the horizon of my fifth decade on the planet, I had an introspective fit–the kind that proves that encroaching mortality starts to get in your head. Yet, I’m not sure that … Continue reading

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Overview: The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom

I have to admit.  I’ll never be a film maker with the chops that allowed Spielberg to channel Lincoln, but if I was, this book would be the first adaptation I would make.  And with fear and trembling I would … Continue reading

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VLOG: My weekly harangue of Cal’s Books is complete!

Somehow, making this trip commensurate with what I’m actually reading at the moment gives me a certain . . . um . . . continuity.

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Overview: The Terrible Speed of Mercy. A Spiritual Biography of Flannery O’Connor

When my friend Steve managed to cajole me into reading Flannery O’Connor, I had no idea I was going to become as fascinated with her work as I have. I certainly never realized that a body of work as stark … Continue reading

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Books found while on the lam in Boise

It literally becomes incumbent upon me to try to slither I to a used bookstore in any twin I happen to be in other than my own. Boise Idaho was no different. And I found two. I also managed to … Continue reading

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Reading: The Terrible Speed of Mercy. A spiritual biography of Flannery O’Connor

I’m just going to have to admit that this woman is easily as fascinating as her work. I’m barely into the third chapter, and it becomes obvious that her awareness of the human condition was extraordinary. But the way she … Continue reading

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Flannery O’Connor and the inevitable need for a Palette cleanser 

In October of 1992, a long-haired, erstwhile rock star boarded a cruise ship and sailed towards the Virgin Islands. That would-be guitar god was me. An unrefined and generally self-absorbed bit of stock I was. Part of the way my … Continue reading

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