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New York Times on ‘My Bright Abyss,’ by Christian Wiman

‘My Bright Abyss,’ by Christian Wiman reviewed at the NYT:

This is a daring and urgent book, written after the author learned he had a rare, incurable and unpredictable cancer. But it is not a conventional memoir of illness and treatment. Beyond informing us that he received his dire news in a “curt voice mail message,” Christian Wiman says very little about his experience of the medical world. He is after bigger game. More than any other contemporary book I know, “My Bright Abyss” reveals what it can mean to experience St. Benedict’s admonition to keep death daily before your eyes.

New York Times on ‘My Bright Abyss,’ by Christian Wiman

‘My Bright Abyss,’ by Christian Wiman reviewed at the NYT:

This is a daring and urgent book, written after the author learned he had a rare, incurable and unpredictable cancer. But it is not a conventional memoir of illness and treatment. Beyond informing us that he received his dire news in a “curt voice mail message,” Christian Wiman says very little about his experience of the medical world. He is after bigger game. More than any other contemporary book I know, “My Bright Abyss” reveals what it can mean to experience St. Benedict’s admonition to keep death daily before your eyes.

Noah's Ark – Heinz Janisch (Adapter), Lisbeth Zwerger (Illustrator)

As long time readers know, I am a big fan of Lizbeth Zwerger and have been collecting her books at library sale and used book stores for a while now.  This weekend I got lucky again and found Noah’s Ark for $1.  Rather than a “review” I thought I would post a gallery that gives you some idea of the art the book contains.  Not surprisingly I found it to be a wonderfully evocative presentation of this classic story.

Kicking at the Darkness: Bruce Cockburn and the Christian Imagination by Brian J. Walsh

I have been a fan of Bruce Cockburn‘s music since I was in high school. I have dozens of his albums and generally buy each new release.  Granted, our politics don’t exactly line up perfectly but I have always appreciated his depth and insight – the poetry and wisdom of his lyrics and the beauty of his music.

So when I stumbled upon Kicking at the Darkness: Bruce Cockburn and the Christian Imagination by Brian J. Walsh I was immediately intrigued.  It turned out to be a thoughtful, insightful and engaging work.  It is not light reading by any means and have a post-modern bent, but longtime fans of Cockburn will want to dive into this book.

More after the jump.

Are Christians Too Modern?

A thought I had today …

Evangelical Christians are too “Modern.”

They fail to see the intellectual baggage modernity brings with it and they falsely assume that pre and post-modern thought somehow rejects the concept of truth or absolutes.

Post-modern thinking is more than just relativism and Christians should not fear it but wrestle with it and use it to think more clearly about their world and their faith.

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