A La Carte (February 7)

Today’s Kindle deals include three books that are worth checking out. I especially recommend the first two.

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(Yesterday on the blog: The Scariest Book I’ve Ever Read)

Berlin Wall — Now Down For as Long as It Once Stood

“It almost seems unfathomable that precisely 10,315 days have passed since the Berlin Wall came down. Just as many days as the Wall, constructed in 1961, once separated a city, a nation and somehow the entire world. In my mind, the duration of the Wall’s existence seems to have been so much longer.”

Why I Thank God For My Painful Mid-Life Crisis

This could be good reading for you if you’re in or approaching that mid-life stage. “The disorientation of midlife is the result of the collision of a powerful personal awareness and a powerful personal interpretation… Suddenly we see things about ourselves that have been developing for years but went by unnoticed.”

 

It Wasn’t My Body, But It Was My Baby

Garrett Kell writes with transparency. “While the woman’s body is her body, it is not just her baby. It is their baby. Regardless of whether they planned to have a child together or not, it is their baby. Regardless of whether the father desires to be responsible for his choices or not, it is their baby.”

Don’t Let Your Children Choose Your Church

“Could it be that parents are capitulating on a serious minded approach to the faith and a serious minded approach to the local church because they want to make their children happy? Why is this a dangerous idea? Why should parents refrain from allowing their children to make the decision regarding the family’s church membership?”

Love Must Be Tender

Melissa writes, “I suppose I always imagined myself as a tough wife. As one who wouldn’t put up with this or that. When I was much younger I had a list of things in my mind that would make me walk out. Non-negotiables. Love must be tough, says one Christian psychologist. And I know it must be true. Sometimes we have to dig in and fight for our marriages. Sometimes we have to take action and say I cannot tolerate this any longer. I know this because I have seen the deeply set beating heart of so many marriages in Chad’s office, when couples come in with issues so big that it seems hopeless, when lines must be drawn and plans must be made: change or watch your life together whither and fade.”

Hudson Taylor’s Unwavering Obedience Despite Peril

“Hudson Taylor was twenty-one years old when he first sailed as a missionary to China. His mother Amelia came to see him off at the dock at Liverpool, England, on Monday, September 19, 1853. Neither mother nor son were at all sure they would see each other again in this life.” Please read this short, moving account of his departure.

Human Touch Heals and Connects, Even Through Alzheimer’s

This is a sweet article by a grieving (yet rejoicing) husband.

Flashback: Against Yous, Yous Only Have I Sinned

If I want to display love for others, I need to grow up, I need to be mature, I need to pursue holiness, I need to kill sin.

Grace means God moving heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves. —J.I. Packer