Finding Faithfulness: A Year of Reading and Reflecting on God’s Word

I'm thrilled to announce the impending launch of my 12th published book, which has been decades in the making. Regularly reading through the Bible each year as well as my research and writing have led to this reflective Bible reading plan--just in time for implementation in 2023! Finding Faithfulness: A Year of Reading and Reflecting … Continue reading Finding Faithfulness: A Year of Reading and Reflecting on God’s Word


Heartbreak and Hope: On Schizophrenia

Book review by Glenda Faye Mathes Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them: Schizophrenia through a Mother’s Eyes by Simonetta Carr; published by P&R Publishing, Phillipsburg, New Jersey, 256 pages; © 2019 In Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them, Simonetta Carr transparently shares the heartbreak and confusion of losing a son to schizophrenia, … Continue reading Heartbreak and Hope: On Schizophrenia

Pulitzer Prize Good News

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded last Thursday to Kazuo Ishiguro, which is good news. Ishiguro writes literary novels that defy genre boundaries and garner popular appeal. Here's the New York Times online story about the award. And here's a Times 2015 interview with Ishiguro that explores his reading opinions and related reflections. … Continue reading Pulitzer Prize Good News

Reading Recommendations

After a recent speaking engagement, I was asked for some book recommendations. Having expended a great deal of mental energy into the talks I'd just given, I felt a little brain dead and came up with only a few favorites. I did recall and mention, however, this earlier post that includes a variety of nonfiction … Continue reading Reading Recommendations

Written in the Stars, Book review

Book Review: The Story in the Stars by Yvonne Anderson Risen Books, paperback; 281 pages; © 2011 Reviewed by Glenda Mathes   Yvonne Anderson treads new ground, or better, flies through uncharted space in The Story in the Stars, the first novel of her “Gateway to Gannah” series. Labeled speculative fiction for its fantasy elements … Continue reading Written in the Stars, Book review

The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller, book review

Prodigious Love (a book review by Glenda Mathes) The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Timothy Keller; © 2008 by Timothy Keller; Dutton: New York, NY, 139 pp.   Every Christian should read this book. Beginning a book review like that may be bad form, but every Christian—backslidden or backboned, infant … Continue reading The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller, book review

Redeeming YA fiction

Janie B. Cheaney and Emily A. Whitten write discerningly about Young Adult literature over at their Redeemed Reader website. Yesterday's intriguing post by Janie piques my interest in the "Use and Abuse of Youth Literature." The two recently interviewed Meghan Cox Gurdon who wrote in June for the Wall Street Journal a controversy generating review about the "Darkness … Continue reading Redeeming YA fiction