“Walking in Daniel’s Shoes” by Tom Mauser

To round out my reading of the Columbine massacre a bit, I wrote to Mr. Mauser in July requesting a copy of his book, which he self-published so he could have the freedom to tell his story his way.  He signed a copy […]

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“Far From the Tree” by Andrew Solomon

Solomon’s meticulous and impeccable detail is a bit arduous at times, but it is this detail that conjures such vivid pictures of the lives of the parents and children he discusses.  He intersperses the personal stories he spent ten years gathering in interviews […]

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“No Easy Answers” by Brooks Brown

While I take a break between my old series on popular phrases and the new one I’m hoping to start in the next few weeks, I’m going to catch up on some reviews of books I’ve been reading lately – in part […]

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Grief – What Not To Say

Original request (received 9/16/14): I know you’ve written on grieving before, but what do you think about “Christian platitudes” concerning grieving a loved one’s passing, specifically “They wouldn’t want you to cry” or “They’re in a better place now.” This has happened to […]

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Clash of the Couples, aka, I’m going to be in a book!

Now, before you think Clash of the Couples is about sex, let me explain.  A few months ago, I saw a call for submissions on the website of Blue Lobster Book Co., asking for stories about your funniest spats or most absurd fights.  The […]

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“Seize the Day”

To wrap up my “phrases” series, which I began back in April thinking it would only last a few weeks, I’m going to end with one I’m ambivalent about.  We each only get one life and each day is the only one […]

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“Prepare the Way of the Lord”

“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice of one crying […]

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“It is Better to Give Than to Receive”

It’s a sweet-sounding tribute to altruism, a tip of the hat to selflessness, a declaration of an other-centered  life: it is better to give than to receive.  It seems almost too obvious to state that the opposite – it is better to […]

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“Weep With Those Who Weep”

I’m not skipping the first half of the verse (Romans 12:15) – “rejoice with those who rejoice” – because I think it’s unimportant to do so.  Rejoicing with those who rejoice is just as vital to healthy relationships as weeping with those […]

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