You have to plow through for the good books, you see. It’s understandable that the classics go fast. But there are piles of other books you can’t even give away; they end up going to the recycling bin. What can be learned from these books that are called “life changing,” “must reads,” and “instant classics” that are then quickly forgotten and good for nothing but scrap?
Karen Swallow Prior (who joined us on the podcast a while back) offers a solid answer here.
I loved reading this, particularly because I’ve been able to see how God’s been at work in the years since it was first written.
Rain, we tend to think, is about life. It’s about growth. It’s about prosperity. It’s about plenty. And most of us live in a state of rain, for we indeed have plenty. And perhaps that is part of the problem. At the first sign of adversity, we might tend to throw our hands up in frustration, gaze at the sky longingly, and wonder whether our faith has been misplaced. When we stop feeling wet, there is a panic moment. In terms of the illustration above, we tend to turn brown. And as we do, we look to the circumstances around us as the problem.
David George Moore:
It’s humbling to acknowledge that the unseemly disagreements that are standard fare on cable-news networks are also common in the church. Many Christians tell me they can’t talk about political differences with their best friends. What hope then is there to engage a new acquaintance on a substantial issue of disagreement?
I believe we can do much better, not only because we should as Christians, but also because we have some unique tools at our disposal. Here are four things to consider.