Shadows & Dust, Vol. I, Issue 9

This month, I’ve re-read one book and started another on the recommendation of a friend. The first is one of the most unique and challenging books I’ve read over the last several years. The other doesn’t compare to the first on a literary level, but its subject matter is close to my heart:

  • Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion by Sara Miles The author of this food-and-faith tale grew up an atheist, but became a follower of Jesus after she walked into a church one day and took communion. (If you have sensitive theological antennae that last sentence might have caused you some static. If it did,buckle your seat belt because I haven’t even gotten to the most controversial part of the book yet.) This well written and entertaining memoir is like all the best stories — it has some bite. Some parts of the author’s bio might make it hard for some readers to swallow this story, but as a faith journey it is pretty compelling stuff. I won’t give any more away in case you read it.
  • Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron This is a fictional faith memoir/mid-life crisis along the lines of Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christian, but as the title suggests it covers some different ground. Having already gone through a mid-life-sort-of-crisis of my own, I recognize in Chasing Francis a little of my own journey. Maybe you’ll recognize a little of yours in it, as well.
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