Why I Hate “Beach Reads”

A day off and a sunny afternoon. Sitting on my deck, plus 20 degree weather, a yummy berry smoothie. It occurred to me that Gabriel Garcia Marquez' News of a Kidnapping was kind of a dark read on such a beautiful day. Not that anyone should be surprised that a true story of kidnappings in… Continue reading Why I Hate “Beach Reads”

30 Banned Books You Should Read

In honour of Banned Book Week (September 30 – October 6) I’ve compiled this list of banned books that I think you should read. These are books banned for various reasons in various parts of the world. Today I'm fortunate enough to live in a society where I can walk into a bookstore and purchase… Continue reading 30 Banned Books You Should Read

“One holy, catholic, and apostolic Church”

The above title is quoted from the Nicene Creed, a statement of belief I learnt as a child in the Anglican church. Here's a true story: I repeated this creed in church long before I ever knew what it really meant. When we got to this line, I wouldn't say it. I thought it meant… Continue reading “One holy, catholic, and apostolic Church”

Book Review – Every Man Dies Alone

Hans Fallada might not be a name many people know. Even less likely know the name Rudolf Wilhelm Adolf Ditzen. Fallada (the nom de plume of Ditzen) died in Berlin in 1947, shortly after he finished writing his final novel, Every Man Dies Alone. The book was published after his death. It was not translated… Continue reading Book Review – Every Man Dies Alone

Art and Christianity – some book recommendations

Following my last post, I thought I'd mention some books that I like that deal with spirituality/faith in a real manner. Some of them are Christian authors, some are definitely not. I don't necessarily agree with the opinions put forth in all of these novels but I think each one is well-written and honest. Les… Continue reading Art and Christianity – some book recommendations

The Controversy of Christian Art

Converge Magazine, a Vancouver-based Christian magazine, currently has a series about Christian art. I find this fascinating as it brings up numerous questions - about art, about faith, and about myself. I'm a writer. I'm a Christian. When I tell people I'm a writer they often ask what I write about. If I say that… Continue reading The Controversy of Christian Art

Why I Went to University

"We've bought into the idea that education is about training and 'success', defined monetarily, rather than learning to think critically and to challenge. We should not forget that the true purpose of education is to make minds, not careers. A culture that does not grasp the vital interplay between morality and power, which mistakes management… Continue reading Why I Went to University

Book Review – Egg on Mao by Denise Chong

"Of a generation who remembers Tiananmen Square, 1989, I considered how some excuse - the lack of, or slow progress on, human rights in China because 'times have changed', or because other concerns, including making money, come first, or because rights, freedom, and democracy are somehow different issues there than in the West."  Denise Chong… Continue reading Book Review – Egg on Mao by Denise Chong