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.