2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – Unashamed

I got two main takeaways from Lecrae’s autobiography Unashamed: 1) Lecrae is way more into theology than I expect any Christian rapper to be. Maybe my expectations are too low, but I never went looking for serious hermeneutics in the work of D.C. Talk. Lecrae has challenged my assumptions about that, because the dude is all up in the theology books. 2) In More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – When Helping Hurts

Have you ever been part of a conversation among a group of people, and then somewhere in the middle of it your mind drifted away for a minute? Maybe you were thinking about whether s’mores or brown sugar cinnamon is the best Pop-Tart flavor, or why guys have all started wearing light brown shoes with dark suits all of a More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown! – The April Review: Vomit!

And here’s where we get an idea of the true nature of our reading competition: The month of April saw Rachel and both of our kids laid low with a pretty nasty case of stomach flu. Miraculously, I was left unafflicted and healthy all month while Rachel spent the better part of a week either hugging a plastic bucket or motionless More …

Happy Mother’s Day!

I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of great mothers in my life (including “biological,” “-in-law,” and “of my children). They are a blessing. I hope all the great moms out there have a great day.

What Happens to My Brain When I’m Out with My Kids?

All the Facebook-link-clicking, blog-reading fellow dads out there, tell me if you have this same problem: I like to think I’m a fairly smart guy. I read books, often books with very few pictures, and even some that aren’t about plucky outcast teens in futuristic dystopias. I can explain the separation of powers and the infield fly rule. I remember to More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown! – The March Review, with an Assist from Little Women

Last month, it looked like this thing might be turning into an early blowout, but just one month later I’ve managed to claw my way back into it: Jason Read: Rachel Read: The Last Battle Unashamed Shepherding a Child’s Heart A Man Called Ove Flowers for Algernon When Helping Hurts  Unashamed This highly unlikely result is mostly thanks to the fact More …

My Day at The Masters – A Tour of the Finest Public Bathrooms in Augusta, GA

You have to enter a lottery to even get a chance to buy tickets to the Masters. My Dad has entered every year for the last twenty years and never hit. Until this year, when a woman wearing a sundress and white gloves, cradling a manicured toy poodle in one arm, reached into an upturned homburg hat and pulled out More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – Flowers for Algernon

This is one of those books that’s prominent enough in the world of books that everybody kind of knows what it’s about even if he hasn’t read it. More …

News Commentary from a Guy Who’s Just Barely Paying Attention – Obamacare Repeal Fail

The story of this past week has been the failure of the Republicans in Congress to pass the American Health Care Act, otherwise known as the Obamacare “repeal and replace” bill. Mainstream media outlets varied in their description of the severity of this failure, from “career-ending debacle for Paul Ryan” to “cataclysmic event the earth has not seen since a More …

You Can Judge a Book by Its Cover

Douglas Wilson hits on one of my most peevish pet peeves: the nonsense of the cliche “you can’t judge a book by it’s cover.” But the way we dress is communication. What we are doing is communicating, and then insulting as a bigot anybody who is stupid enough to believe what we just said.

The Last Mr. Anderson

When I was a kid, I never would’ve dreamed of calling my parents’ friends by their first names. Everyone who looked older than a high school senior was “Mr.” this or “Miss” that. First names were only used when accompanied by an honorific like “Uncle” or “Nanny.” (You’ve never heard someone call his grandmother something like “Nanny June” or “Nanny Dee”? Well, More …

Tim Keller Makes Sense

Here’s Tim Keller absolutely killing it in a talk for Google entitled, “Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical“:

Christians Are Not Required to be Wimps

I typically like to comment on the articles I link to, but my only comment on this one would be, “I agree with all of this“: I have long observed that an alarming swath of public evangelicals seems to be driven by a consuming desire to be liked by the world. … To their minds, they are trying to be More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – Shepherding a Child’s Heart

Knowing what I know about reviews of things on the internet and the people who take the trouble to write them, it was these reviews that made me think that this was probably my kind of book. More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – American Gods

 I wanted to read something from Neil Gaiman oeuvre because my wife had read and enjoyed his The Graveyard Book, and because he wrote stories in a neighborhood that interests me: where the real world bumps up against the fantastical. So, basically at random (and/or because it was on sale), I picked out American Gods. And as a result, I don’t More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – A Whole Bunch of Narnia Books

Most of the time I plan on reviewing books individually, but in this case they kind of demanded to be grouped together. These books – Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, and The Last Battle — are the last four books in C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series. I read these particular books from the series because, More …

The Realest Realist

“First thing’s first, I’m the realest.”
— Early 21st century poet and philosopher Iggy Azalea

A while back, I was having a discussion with my spiritual adviser and brother-in-law Jeremy about the similarities between the Christian church and Apple Computers. More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown! – The (Way Too Late) February Review

Let me first say that the lateness of this review has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that Rachel took a two-book lead on me. So, anyway, here’s the February split: Jason Read: Rachel Read: Prince Caspian Small Great Things The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Shepherding a Child’s Heart The Silver Chair Home: A Memoir of My Early Years More …

The Dumbest Thing I’ll Do Today – Asking the DeVos Question

Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve always said, “Never get involved in an argument on Facebook.” Actually, what I said when I was a little boy was, “Never drop a frog down the pants of the town crier,” but the principle is the same. So, I feel like this is a mistake before I do it. But, so More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown! – January Review

The first month is down in my contest with my wife to see who can read the most books this year, and I am, amazingly, tied for the lead. This is probably the last month I’ll be able to say that, because while Rachel is just going at her normal reading pace, I’m going balls-to-the-wall, literarily speaking. There’s not much chance More …