good golly, i’ve got some books to throw out there for you today… and a busy day otherwise, so let’s get cracking now shall we…

THE WAY YOU LOOK

now playing: Noticed – Mute Math

The Noticer by Andy Andrews

This book is yet another example of how my life is constantly interrupted by the subtle whispers of someone wiser… i’ve mentioned before that the media that i engage in often speaks directly into the situations that surround my life and The Noticer proves this once again… of course, in this particular instance, the book speaks directly to a much larger audience than just me…

we are currently living in what i call a “chicken little era”… everywhere i turn, i’m faced with one more thing that should cause me concern… one more thing that i can easily invest my time worrying about… one more person claiming that the very foundations of the world have been shaken to their very core… the sky is indeed falling for many of us in the world today…

enter Jones… or Garcia… or Chen… the old man and prominent character of Andy Andrews latest book offers what we all need right now more than just about anything else… perspective… The Noticer shares the journey of this angelic man and all the lives he manages to touch – and change – by simply listening and offering guidance… much of the advice that he offers is relevant to the circumstances many find themselves in currently…

i’m highly recommending this book simply for the nuggets of wisdom that can be found throughout the narrative, but it really helps that it’s engrossing as well as an extremely quick read…

SAVE YOU SAVE ME

now playing: Save – The Rocket Summer

Lord Save Us from Your Followers by Dan Merchant
shifting gears just a little bit, the next book explores the disconnect that exists between what we as Christians say that we believe and the way that we live our lives… the book is actually a by-product of a documentary that Merchant put together exploring this well-known dilemma…

The book consists mainly of Merchant’s explanation of his findings, perppered with tales of his own journey and numerous interview transcripts… It’s a compelling read, if not entirely engaging, and one of the few books that approaches this topic from just about every possible angle imaginable… Merchant addresses arguments from both sides of the issue and his journalistic approach allows the reader to draw their own conclusions alongside of those presented within the text…

Perhaps more important than remaining fair and balanced, however, Merchant incorporates the necessary element of love that helps to shatter stereotypes and misconceptions that often keep us from bridging the gap… i can certainly appreciate that…

TRY TO SAVE YOURSELF

now playing: In the Valley of the Dying Sun – House of Heroes

HOUSE by Frank Peretti & Ted DeKker

well, i addressed this one in the latest issue of theTRu.print (hint, hint), but i’ll revisit it quickly here as well…

it seemed like the pages were flying by as i found myself completely caught up in the story of four individuals as they face their greatest fears and innermost secrets… it’s something of a white-knuckled adventure that keeps you guessing and re-evaluating your previous guesses as the tale unfolds…

It is interesting to consider how these two giants managed to collaborate to create this storyline… there are certain parts that clearly ring of either Peretti or DeKker, but there are also some moments that seeem to have their own voice entirely… i do have to mention that the book veers off kind of randomly towards the end and it was somewhat disappointing for me, but my overall impression was still positive…

WHERE LEGENDS ARE GROWN

now playing: My Hometown – Bruce Springsteen

Hometown Legend by Jerry Jenkins

and last but not least for today is perhaps the oldest of the batch… there’s a movie made for this book and i actually watched the movie a long time ago and have wanted to read the source material for years… i’m glad that i finally took the time, since the movie is just a distant memory…

Hometown Legend tells the story of a family, team, school, and town on the decline, with nothing but hope and prayer to hold them all together… and hold together they do, in some rather unexpected ways…

anyway, the book is a rather easy read, and one that keeps you interested despite a certain level of predictability… though i had only vague recollections of the movie, i had pretty much formed the ending in my head fairly early on in the narrative… that said, it was an enjoyable piece of writing that was inspiring and heartwarming…

AND BEYOND…

well that’s enough for now, am i right?… i do have a few more books that i’m working through, most notably Same Kind of Different As Me (about 100 pages left) and The Fine Line, which i think will be one that i engage in greater detail right here on the blog… also stay tuned for my discussion of the Heroes season finale, which aired tonight and i’ll probably watch tomorrow, an audio Bible that’s for the kid in all of us and so much more…

peace… love… bdg…