Matt Haig's "The Midnight Library" is a delightful piece of science fiction-- think Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" crossed with string theory and a clinical psychology manual.
My favorite image from this book is of God willing to be overruled by his children: "My sons have defeated me, my sons have defeated me." When we see injustice in the world, even at the hands of a church, we should seek to confront it and make it better.
This morning, I read a compelling analogy used by Elder Renlund and his wife in an address to seminar and institute teachers entitled "Doubt not, but be believing." They use this analogy to address the concepts of doubt and faith in young students. Pardon the extended quote, but I think it worth including in full:... Continue Reading →
These past few months, I have been trying to read a book simultaneously with various friends, and this is the second thus far (my previous co-read was "The Spiritual Roots of Human Relations" which I read with my dad). "The Existentialist Cafe" was next on my list, which I read in conjunction with my friend... Continue Reading →
I stumbled upon this book while scrolling through my WordPress reader. On a blog I am following called 'On Being', there was an article by Eugene Peterson titled "On Congruence: The Beauty of Uniting Who We are and How We Act." In it, the author recalled attending a lecture by the author, Paul Tournier. He... Continue Reading →
I remember reading Ecclesiastes in high school, and being utterly baffled: how is this scripture? It seems the opposite of what the gospel message was! "Vanity, vanity, all is vanity!" Everything is useless? Nothing I do matters? I can't have hope? It even seems to deny an afterlife completely! I just couldn't work out what... Continue Reading →