Health, Wealth & Happiness: Has the Prosperity Gospel Overshadowed the Gospel of Christ?, by D.W. Jones & R. S. Woodbridge

My Copy: 9780825429309 (image from bn.com) It's not a long read. Not at all. And the title pretty much speaks for itself regarding what the book is about: answering the question of the prosperity gospel as compared to the Bible's teachings. It's not an exhaustive bit of research (A Different Gospel started that one about … Continue reading Health, Wealth & Happiness: Has the Prosperity Gospel Overshadowed the Gospel of Christ?, by D.W. Jones & R. S. Woodbridge

Why I stopped believing that suicide is always a selfish act: reflections & a true story.

Some of you, dear readers, who have read previous posts about me, my family, and what I was up to, may have guessed at a few truths I wasn't ready to reveal. However, I will also say that this true story was not the reason I suddenly changed my mind about suicide and the idea … Continue reading Why I stopped believing that suicide is always a selfish act: reflections & a true story.

I forgot what it was like to argue with a Trump supporter… til tonight.

I suppose it's a natural consequence of not wanting to talk on the phone so late (and trying to relax after getting bitten by dozens of mosquitoes while working outside). I just lost my cool and all the issues that've been coming up lately--the abortion-bans, creationist rhetoric, etc.--burst out of me. My dad's friend called … Continue reading I forgot what it was like to argue with a Trump supporter… til tonight.

Bipolar 1 Disorder: How to Survive and Thrive, by Molly McHugh

My Copy: 9780692504512 (image from bn.com) This book is an interesting mix of information, largely good, but I just had difficulty with some of the presentation. It's part autobiography, part informative. You certainly get a good grasp of what the author went through in good and bad times, especially as being bipolar wasn't well known … Continue reading Bipolar 1 Disorder: How to Survive and Thrive, by Molly McHugh

I Was Told to Skip the Old Testament & Start With The New… You Can’t Say That To a Historian!

This came out of the Ether when I remembered the first time I tried to truly study the Bible on my own. I'm almost done with my illustrated children's Bible (might as well start with the cliffs notes version) and then I'm going to compare and contrast the wording in my original KJV Bible and … Continue reading I Was Told to Skip the Old Testament & Start With The New… You Can’t Say That To a Historian!

#088–Bibliophile Baffled By Billions of Bibles on B&N Bookshelves to Buy; or, Why Are There So Many Types of Christian Bibles to Choose From?

I'm tired and bored enough to have tried to say that three times fast. And yet it feels true. I high-tailed it from work last night in the icky fog and rain to get to the nearest bookstore (well over 20 miles away from work, about 40 from home). I kept thinking about how much … Continue reading #088–Bibliophile Baffled By Billions of Bibles on B&N Bookshelves to Buy; or, Why Are There So Many Types of Christian Bibles to Choose From?

No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One, by Carla Fine

My Copy: 9780385485517 (image from amazon.com) I'm not sure what exactly I expected to get from this book, but I did find it immensely helpful in a lot of ways. I think the title sums up what might be the overarching, lingering thing about dealing with suicide--most of the time, there's no time to say … Continue reading No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One, by Carla Fine

The Lost Art of Listening: How learning to listen can improve relationships, by Michael P. Nichols, PhD.

My copy: 9781593859862 (image from amazon.com) I think this is a book everybody needs to read and keep in mind, because the more I got into it, the more I realized we're NOT very good listeners for the most part. At least, I know I certainly am not, and neither are a lot of the … Continue reading The Lost Art of Listening: How learning to listen can improve relationships, by Michael P. Nichols, PhD.

#073–What Would Mister Rogers Say (or Do) If He Were Here Today?

(image from The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust) I first started thinking about this a few days ago when in the midst of my very-long depression article, because I probably watched the trailer for the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? four or five times that morning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhwktRDG_aQ It's not playing in my neck of the woods … Continue reading #073–What Would Mister Rogers Say (or Do) If He Were Here Today?