Wednesday, July 5, 2017

3 books

*Book # 1: "The Question That Never Goes Away" (which is: where is God when it hurts?)
One of my all-time favorite bloggers, Jana Riess (over at "Flunking Sainthood") interviewed author Philip Yancey about one of his books, "The Question That Never Goes Away."

He talked about three events feeding his writing:
* it was the one-year anniversary of the Japanese tsunami where 20,000 people died,
* the war in Sarajevo, caused by "human brutality" where 10,000 had suffered and died,
* the massacre of twenty innocent little children in Newton, CT.

This book is available through Amazon.

*Book # 2: "A Love Letter to the Planet" is written by Vietnamese zen Buddhist monk and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh.

The few books I have read by Mr. Hanh all have a common theme of mindfulness that leads to peace, kindness, and love. This book follows these themes as they apply to Mother Earth. They show how we can better love our planet and preserve her, thereby helping us to heal our greed, conflicts, and exploits.

This book is also available through Amazon.

*Book # 3 is John Gustav-Wrathall's "Why Theology Can't Save Us and Other Essays on Being Gay and Mormon", found through Amazon's Kindle.

John is an amazing man and is also a personal friend of mine, a wonderful gift that dropped out of the Heavens through blogging. He loves the Savior with the purest of hearts. His insights and understanding of gospel principles are great and unparalleled.

Any lay-member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, upon reading or hearing John's words, would surely believe, because of his great love for the Church, that he is a church leader, i.e., a Stake President, an Area 70, or young Apostle in waiting. To (perhaps) their surprise, they would find John to be an excommunicated member of the Church and gay.

This says it all

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas to all

I am so grateful for our Savior, Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate soon. His earthly life was short, yet his impact has been and is infinite. He has touched and saved my life with his love- I am humbled by the grace and the mercy he gives me.

Thank the heavens for the birth of that sweet, dear baby all those years ago.

Wishing you each the merriest of Christmases and joy in the new year.

 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Epilogue to "weird behavior by leader"

As I wrote in my last post, I sent a letter to the Presidency of the Seventies about Dave's bizarre behavior. I recently heard back from them.

They thanked me for sharing my experience with Dave and for my efforts in expressing my feelings. They then wrote: "Please know that we will ensure that the proper steps are taken to counsel (Dave)."

That was all I needed, to know that someone heard me and would do something about the situation. Thank you, Elder CCC of the Presidency of the Seventies.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Podcasts

There are some amazing podcasts out on the Internet. I would like to highlight four of them and hope you will sincerely consider listening to them. I promise, your time will be well spent: