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A few good books for Christmas 04

A few good reads for giving or getting


Many of you know that I eat books and write book reviews. I thought that I would share some of them that would make good gifts and/or that you would like to read.

Holding on to Hope by Nancy Gutherie. The story of a couple facing the loss of one child and then years later to the loss of a 2nd child. How do they keep going and how do they decide not to abort the latter child though they know the child will not make the first birthday. The short answer is Jesus but the book shows how that works in the hurt pain loss and fear.

Come Thirsty by Max Lucado. Tired of drinking from the swamp. Wonder what fresh water would taste like. Are you seeking living water or do you few up with religion need to be reminded what matters. Max in his original metaphors tells it so even I understand it.

Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss. The English lady has hit a home run. It was suppose to be a low-key assault on the misuse of Punctuation: but it got across the pond and is a best seller. I hope to read it a half dozen times this next year. Witty and good usage, I hope I am learning from her efforts. Note it is in English and not American

Born Fighting By James Webb How the Scots- Irish shaped America. If you voted red or held your nose to vote for the Up east man this will explain a whole lot of why. This book gave me reasons for so many things about the folks that the New England types would no allow to settle among them. Now the New Englanders look down their noses at us and in their minds see us as inferior.

Beyond Words by Frederick Buechner as usual Buechner rattles my cage. It is good to read a devotional by one whose orientation is both of the New England and yet wildly Celtic at times. It is a daily devotional

The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning any thing this ex-priest writes is worth reading. He describes himself as an angel with an incredible capacity for beer. Want a good word in clear English sentences about a God who extend grace that scares hell out of many churchmen/

The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani This lady is a wonderful storyteller and her focus in this book is an emigrant community in Pennsylvania . Her Big Stone Gap trilogy is really worth the time and this year she has a cookbook on Italian Cooking. If you believe in community you will enjoy any of her stories. She reminds me that we are all more alike than different. She writes with passion and joy.

Jim Huston writes Clancy types of books with both the high tech and a perusal of constitutional law issues. Jim is a former Top Gun, intelligence officer and U. Va. Law grad. In a lot of ways better than Clancy. He is Christian but this is not a book written for the ghetto.

Wendell Berry who is an English teacher at UK and who lives on a farm on the Ohio river writes about community and how our modern progress is impacting or tearing up the things that should matter most

Last The Message translation of the whole Bible by Eugene Peterson. Simply awesome. I read it through this last year and it was joy not a duty. I have thought he blew a passage and then check another version and guess what it is true to the standard translations but in a language that I cannot escape or in language so bright with hope that it causes me to stop and praise the Lord.

I hope that these may give you some ideas, Others are The biography of Washington, Hamilton, Stonewall Jackson etc etc.

I would love to hear from you on books you have read. Try to give more books and less of the stuff that no one needs or wants. Franklin said," The man who empties his purse into his mind is never poor."

John Acuff

country lawyer acuffsbxr@blomand.net





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