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What were your books of the year? My runner’s up for book of the year honors are: Tribes by Seth Godin; and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Pete Scazzero.

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Book of the Year

Gary Mayes —  December 30, 2008 — 2 Comments

At the end of the day we thought our Christian life would be more than this—-somehow larger, more significant, more vivid, more glorious. But driving to church on Sunday often feels a bit like the movie, Ground Hog Day,

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I grew up in a Christian culture that functionally reduced following Jesus to a list of obligations and daily duties. Here is a profoundly different look at discipleship. One that is freeing and enticing.

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Kite Runner

Gary Mayes —  March 12, 2008 — Leave a comment

Kite Runner (Book Cover)

Beautifully painful. Harsh. Irresistable. Honest. A rare look into the complexity and tensions of hope and suffering. And, simultaneously, a frank reminder that the results of many choices can never be undone. I found myself moved by the images of sacrifice by parents for their children. I am moved by the work ethic of immigrant families who do everything within their power to build a life. In the anesthetic world of suburban comfort and western affluence Kite Runner is a compelling reminder of what real life tastes like for the two-thirds world.