Whatever Is True

Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines A tale of two incredibly addicting shows. First, there was Flip or Flop, where husband and wife made flipping houses on the southern west coast appear as if any ole bozo could do it with ease. Then, there was Fixer Upper, where a different husband and wife flipped Waco homesContinue reading “Whatever Is True”

To a Place with Golden Streets

Heaven by Randy Alcorn As recently as just hours ago at the time of this writing, I was reminded of some of the greatest wisdom I have received in my lifetime: Life’s Hard. Then, you die. It seems morbid, I admit. But it rings quite true, even for citizens of a first-world, free country. WeContinue reading “To a Place with Golden Streets”

Sam I Am

There and Back Again: An Actor’s Tale by Sean Astin Sean Astin brings a short but impressive outline of experience to the table; nearly everyone knows him, and I’ll prove it. If you recognize any of the following, you know Sean Astin: “Goonies never say die” “Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!” “Samwise the Brave” I can’t sayContinue reading “Sam I Am”

You Will Soar

Soar! by T.D. Jakes Without prior expectation, Greater by Steven Furtick became an immediate favorite of mine, and with this newfound catalyst into a pursuit of greatness came a slight obsession with all things Furtick. If you’ve seen Pastor Furtick preach live, you know he is one who brings you to your feet. Repeatedly. HeContinue reading “You Will Soar”

What Did I Just Read?

Against the Gods by Peter L. Bernstein The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist… to name a few ravers. It comes as no surprise. Friends and associates of Bernstein urged him for years to write this book. It appears those friends and associates missed the meeting in which Bernstein settled upon aContinue reading “What Did I Just Read?”

A Statistical Observation Markedly Different

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell There is a puzzle in this book. I could not solve it. Supposedly, most people cannot, but there are men and women in this world who have astronomical Intelligence Quotients and who would have almost no trouble tackling it. And many of them are clerks or grocery baggers for the remainderContinue reading “A Statistical Observation Markedly Different”

A Voice

Radical by David Platt With every bit of honestly and authenticity I can muster, I humbly admit that I desire the reach that Platt has, though not by any means with the same method. I wanted to know what Mr. Faucett thought of this concept when we met in Rainbow City, and, of course, hisContinue reading “A Voice”

A Rendition

LeMorte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas MaloryA rendition in modern idiom by Keith Baines The Old French translation of the title would be The Death of Arthur. I’m a fan of Arthurian legend, which is precisely what urged me to give this book a shot. Apparently, the original was more than double the size of thisContinue reading “A Rendition”

Is it Wise?

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke Episode 2 of a podcast that I thought would be way easier to do than it actually is, accompanied by none other than longtime friend, Mark Bethea, who horribly misdiagnosed my phone-carrying methods. Of course, you already know that because you have already listened toContinue reading “Is it Wise?”