Analyzing life philosophically, the art of learning how to think beyond what we see, is a dying art these days. Combined with a solid Biblical worldview, I believe good literature can and does provide the primary antedote to the world's lamentable condition in this area.
As the snow or rain falls softly on the dewy ground and Christmas draws nearer, there's nothing like a little bit of audible and readable art to bolster the advent message. Just as monumental as Christmas is the absence of Christ's incarnation before the manger—or for that matter, the absence of any direct sign from God in those 400 years between the Old Testament and the New.
If there's anything I enjoy besides talking about everything I love, it's hearing others share in what and whom I love best. Podcasts, I believe, do that in perhaps the best manner possible in our modern age, spreading counsel, knowledge, and beauty to everyone who has ears to hear—for free! As such, when I'm not… Continue reading Five Favorite Podcasts
Hello, everyone— Hawthorne* is one of my all-time favorite American authors. Cultivated in the midst of unbelievable growth in our nation's literature (this era known as the Romantic period), inspired by the Christian heritage of his Puritan ancestors, Nathaniel Hawthorne rose to fame as the author of The Scarlet Letter and as the greatest spokesman against transcendentalism… Continue reading My Favorite Hawthorne Short Stories
If you were to visit while I was blogging and ask what I was listening to, ninety percent of the time, I'd slip off my headphones and say, "Patrick Doyle." Whether inspired by Christie or Austen, Shakespeare or Shelley, Doyle's music never fails to match the gem-like quality of classic literature. Fellow blogger Emily Hayse… Continue reading Writing Music Collection: The Best of Patrick Doyle
"I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose,—words in their best order; poetry,—the best words in their best order." ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge (sourced here) All throughout my life, I've never been able to resist the pull of a good poem. As much as I do… Continue reading Favorite Poetry: A Collection
"My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning?" ~Psalm 22:1, NKJV One of the most valuable things in this world is suffering. Though it seems as if suffering is anything but, the greatest moments in the Christian life are… Continue reading Songs of Solace: A Collection
If I am not reading classic fiction, chances are I am reading Christian nonfiction. I gobble up apologetics, theology, and any other genre that offers worthwhile insight into the greatest Book. But the best Christian nonfiction, let me add, does not lie in the self-help section of your local Barnes & Noble. If you want… Continue reading Three Favorite Masterpieces of Christian Nonfiction
Hello, everyone— To me, Christmas brings memories of childlike excitement; warm, golden pancakes stacked on my breakfast plate; family merrily chatting around the glittering tree. Yet throughout each celebration of Christ's incarnation, nothing has weaved its way so entirely well as music. Michael W. Smith's "Christmastime" album and Amy Grant's "Tennessee Christmas" literally embodies the… Continue reading Celebration: A Christmas Collection
Hello, everyone— Last Saturday I had the tremendous honor of meeting Eric Metaxas. A brilliant Greek thinker and writer, Metaxas is among my greatest heroes--both because of his pen and because of his faith. As Forbes contributor Jerry Bowyer once wrote (in this article): "If you haven’t heard of Eric Metaxas… just wait. Part Dick Cavett… Continue reading The Best of Eric Metaxas