Amy Carmichael

Amy Carmichael was one of the most famous Christian missionaries in history, serving 55 years in India. Raised in Belfast in Northern Ireland, Amy studied music, singing and painting and found the Savior while in boarding school. Following her conversion she had a longing to learn how to live a holy life, pleasing to God. […]

A Passion For God

“A Passion For God” by Lyle Dorsett is a biography of A. W. Tozer. Tozer, a Christian and Missionary Alliance pastor, is probably best know for writing the classic book “The Pursuit of God” calling Christians to a more closer intimacy with God. Tozer was born in Western Pennsylvania in poverty and moved to Akron, […]

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is a Christmas carol based on the 1863 poem “Christmas Bells” written by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Written during the Civil War it tells of the narrator hearing Christmas bells but despairing that “hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to […]

Christmas 1972

I was recently reflecting on my most memorable Christmas at 13 years old, from a standpoint of the gifts I received, almost a half century ago now. My folks were fairly frugal and Christmas was my greatest opportunity for games/toys for the year. Mom would generally get me two or three “fun” gifts I could […]

Florida State Guard

On December 2 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he was proposing allotting 3.5 million dollars to reestablish the Florida State Guard, a 200 man volunteer militia controlled by the State alone. He pitched the idea as a way to further support the Florida National Guard during emergencies. The notable difference between a State Guard […]

Our Thanksgiving Harvest Festival

“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,  ‘Speak to the people of Israel, saying, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month and for seven days is the Feast of Booths to the Lord. On the first day shall be a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work.  For seven days you shall present food offerings to the Lord. On the eighth […]

Franco

“Franco” by Stanley Payne and Jesus Palacios is a biography of Francisco Franco the dictator of Spain from 1939 to 1975. Although a right-wing dictator who supported Hitler in his war against Communism, Franco survived World War II in power and, after a long reign, bequeathed Spain an increasingly prosperous society that would transform into […]

Avoid Disqualification

“Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God. […]

Insanely simple

Insanely Simple is a book written by Ken Segall on the obsessive simplicity of Apple Corporation. It makes the case that one of the keys of Apple’s success is its drive to simplify its products and processes and not let complexity creep in. This was a principle Steve Jobs believed in strongly and insisted his […]

Put on christ

“But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that […]

Our Imperishable Body

“But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, […]

The Debased mind

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’ Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? […]

Bound By the spirit

“And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I […]

The Coming Inflation

With the trillions in spending recently passed by Congress and another 3.5 trillion proposed by the Democrats the country is bracing for a reemergence of inflation. Being almost 30 trillion in debt at this point and running a large annual budget deficit the United States can only print money to pay the increasing debt and […]

Lion of Liberty

“Lion of Liberty” is a book on the life of one of America’s chief Founding Fathers, Patrick Henry, written by Harlow Giles Unger. Henry was a very successful self-taught back-country lawyer and one of the first and chief instigators of the American Revolution and the resulting secession of the colonies from Britain. He was one […]

Schulz and Peanuts

“Schulz and Peanuts” is a book about Charles Schulz, written by David Michaelis. Beginning in 1950 through his death in 2000, Charles Schulz transformed the newspaper comic strip with his “Peanuts” children characters. His strip differed from many others, which centered around gags and action, having its characters register emotions such as anxiety, depression, yearning […]

Presumptuous Sins

“But the person who does anything with a high hand, whether he is native or a sojourner, reviles the Lord, and that person shall be cut off from among his people.” Numbers 15:30 “Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion […]

Nimrod

Nimrod is an interesting character mentioned in the Bible. We know from the Bible that he was the grandson of Noah and son of Ham whose people settled primarily in Africa. He built the cities of Babel (later known as Babylon), Erech, and Accad in Shinar and then went on to build Nineveh and Caluah […]

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine was one of the Founding Fathers of the American Revolution. A philosopher, political theorist and revolutionary Paine authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the Revolution, “Common Sense” and “The American Crisis”. His ideals reflected Enlightenment-era Humanistic ideals including believing in the ability of people to govern themselves. A total […]

Desperate Sons

“Desperate Sons” is a book by Les Standiford that tells the story of the “Sons of Liberty”, the band of anarchists who led the American Colonies to war and seceding from Britain and establishing America. Never a popular revolution, at no time did a majority support the American Revolution and around a third of the […]

Strat-O-Matic Fanatics

“Strat-O-Matic Fanatics” by Glenn Guzzo is the true story behind the creation of America’s most popular sports board game, Strat-O-Matic. The book traces the game’s roots from 11-year-old Hal Richman’s bedroom, his first rudimentary attempts at developing a baseball game when he was not satisfied with the statistical accuracy of games on the market, down […]

Beautiful Exile

“Beautiful Exile” by Carl Rollyson is a biography of legendary author and journalist Martha Gellhorn. Gellhorn wrote novels, travel and other books but is primarily remembered for her wartime reporting and reporting on various human rights abuses. Being one of the first and most widely read female war correspondents, her reporting spanned the Depression, the […]

Finding Dorothy

“Finding Dorothy” by Elizabeth Letts is a historical novel primarily about the life of Maude Gauge Baum, the wife of L. Frank Baum who wrote the original Wizard of Oz books. The book bounces back and forth between her early life and the 1939 making of “The Wizard of Oz” movie in Hollywood where she […]