Shadows & Dust, Vol. IV, Issue 4

Somehow when spring is on the horizon, I have more of a desire to read and research — maybe it’s the longer days or the flowers blooming (probably too soon, as March snowstorms are an inevitable part of life in Colorado), I don’t know. Here’s a few seasonal selections you might be interested in:

  • Meal from Below: A Five Course Feast with Jesus by Kris Rocke & Scott Dewey — Local authors tackle the all-encompassing sacrament of Eucharist, with it’s “five-course meal” as “taken, blessed, broken, given and spoken.” The closer Easter gets, the more important Eucharist seems to me.
  • Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland — A timely title for a political year already charged with disagreements among professing Christians.
  • The Book of Psalms — There’s no better “book” at encompassing human emotion and devotion amidst the vagaries of life.
  • Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri Nouwen — This is one of my all-time favorite Nouwen books, and it’s especially timely as it relates to the lectionary reading for this week.
  • “Cartel Land” — This documentary was nominated for an Oscar (although it didn’t win), but it shows just how difficult it can sometimes be to discern the good guys from the bad guys, especially when both sides believe in the myth of redemptive violence.
  • What else to watch? — Our family of six has really enjoyed watching Heartland, a drama about a ranch family in Alberta (lots of horses and amazing shots of the Canadian Rockies), Impractical Jokers, a laugh-out-loud series starring four childhood friends who take turns trying to embarrass each other (definitely a show for grown-ups), Unbroken, a motion picture based on the true WWII-era story of Louis Zamperini, and Race, a recent release about the life of Jesse Owens.
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