Have you picked up a book, settled into your favorite comfy spot, and started to read--only to find yourself less able to focus and more easily distracted than you used to be? You're not alone. Many adults are discovering a problem with their reading abilities. It's a problem Leland Ryken and I explore in Recovering … Continue reading Recovering the Lost Art of Reading
My book-boy, Matthew Vos, loves being a Cadet and longs more than anything to attend the Cadet International Camporee. Now the Cadets website offers the three books in my "Matthew in the Middle" series. Check it out here!
The week of June 11 was one of those times when I wished I could be cloned so I could be in two places at the same time. Actually, it would have been nice to be in four places at the same time. The United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA) and the Orthodox Presbyterian … Continue reading Oh, to be cloned, times two
One of the best things about Facebook is reconnecting with old friends, and I recently had an interesting exchange with a few far-flung friends from my school days. We talked about the word God is leading us to choose for 2018. We may all view this word a little differently, but essentially it captures an … Continue reading HOPE in 2018
My collaborative memoir with Uriah Courtney about his wrongful conviction, incarceration, and subsequent exoneration is now available. Such a thrill to finally hold the physical copy of the book in my hand this week! What if America's judicial system, designed to protect the innocent, convicts the wrong man and sends him to prison? Uriah Courtney … Continue reading Exoneree available!
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
It’s November, the between month. Between leaves tumbling in sun-warmed colors and snowflakes feathering from a slate sky. Between roaring combines churning dust clouds and dazzling white blanketing latent fields. November. Cold, gray. I was born in a dreary November more than 80 years ago. In the same old farmhouse that cradles my weary bones … Continue reading November
This morning, two of my favorite Scripture texts became real to me as never before. You probably love these passages as well. The first is Isaiah 40:28–31. Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding … Continue reading Renewed Strength
Since last March, I've been writing biographical sketches about Puritans. These will appear in Puritan Heroes, which I'm writing with Dr. Joel Beeke for Reformation Heritage Books. Puritan Heroes will be formatted similarly to RHB's popular Reformation Heroes. Marketed for all ages, it will be written to appeal to twelve-year-old readers. This is a big project that I was reluctant … Continue reading Puritan project
William Boekestein, pastor of Immanuel Fellowship Church in Kalamazoo, MI, was recently appointed as the social media coordinator for Reformed Fellowship, publisher of the The Outlook. In his continuing task to help Reformed Fellowship build an online presence and engage meaningful internet discussion, he posted yesterday (October 20, 2016) a link to my article on Fiction's … Continue reading The Delight and Truth of Fiction