Jason C. Stanley

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Book Review: No Place to Pray

nptp-frontcoverNo Place to Pray, James Carpenter, Twisted Roads Publications, 2016. 

Perhaps sparked by the tensions in our country over the last several years regarding race relations, Carpenter’s novel is timely and compelling.

Synopsis

Two young men, one bi-racial and the other white, meet in an overnight lockup, thus beginning a shared twenty-year downward spiral into alcoholism and homelessness. LeRoy and Harmon work together, drink together, and brawl together. As Harmon suffers from his final illness, they both bed Edna, a wealthy widow who — out of pity, curiosity, and loneliness — takes them into her vacation home by the river.

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Book Review: The Faith of a Mockingbird

cover65933-mediumThe Faith of a Mockingbird: A Small Group Study Connecting Christ and Culture, Matt Rawle, Abingdon Press, 2015.

I remember the first time I read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Still impressionable, the character of Atticus Fitch beckoned to me. When I “grew up” I wanted to be Atticus Fitch. I knew then, just as I do now, that being a lawyer was not in the works for me. It was more what Atticus represented. Courage. Boldness. Compassion. Sense of Justice.

I think Harper Lee knew what we all, sooner or later figure out, being Atticus Fitch is not easy. But it is something we all strive towards.

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The Christian season of Lent is a forty-day period, excluding Sundays, in which Christ followers join Jesus on his forty-day fast, spiritually walking in his footsteps.  Lent is a season of repentance and spiritual self-examination.  It is a time to draw near to Christ, and a time when we recall our brokenness and mortality.  This allows us to appreciate the blessings that come on Good Friday and Easter, when Christ dies for us and then is raised to life. (Adam Hamilton, The Way)

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