Archive | December, 2019

The Nutcracker

In the words of Maurice Sendak, “Who in the world needs another Nutcracker?” And you certainly don’t need me to review this timeless story by E.T.A. Hoffmann. But in the spirit of the season, I want to honor the brilliant artist Maurice Sendak’s rendition of this classic tale. This isn’t a book review, but just […]

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Books That Build Community

For over a hundred years, Mel Trotter Ministries—a Christian-based ministry and shelter in West Michigan—has grown their mission to end homelessness one life at a time. As part of their numerous outreach programs they also host ninety-day devotional studies and provide books to those attending programs at Mel Trotter Ministries or seeking needed services and […]

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Life Code

“Negative and exploitive people are obstacles to your success, happiness, security, and peace of mind.” So true. This statement comes at the beginning of Dr. Phil McGraw’s guide to helping us navigate this crazy journey we call life. His book, Life Code, is packed with direct and honest truths about how we fool ourselves into […]

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Discipline Equals Freedom

If you’re a person who struggles with discipline, like I do, then this book is for you. Talk about putting things in perspective. Here’s the narrative of a former Navy Seal who relied on discipline as the foundation of survival. Think about it. His dedication to honing discipline was the force behind becoming part of […]

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