What is Pat Reading?

Winnie the Pooh. A.A. Milne (started 2019.08.01)

Recommendation: I think I just might make a visit to the “Hundred Aker Wood” in the summer of 2020!

Making Sense of God – Finding God in the Modern World. Timothy Keller (started 2019.06.18) 

Recommendation: A good book for those who are skeptical, and those Christians who walk alongside them.

Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069. William Strauss & Neil Howe (2019.06.17)

Recommendation: The book is excellent at historical perspectives (read it for this). Because it was published in 1991, it does not take into account the rise of smart technology, 9/11, the economic crisis of 2008, or the 2016 election, all of which are dramatic secular crises. It leaves me asking questions ; Did the Boomers let us down, have the 13ers (Xers) ever stepped up, and are the Millenials forcing a fundamentalist “religion” on us? Just the random thoughts of a practical minded 13er!

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (completed 2019.05.19)

Recommendation: Pretty good little book. Lots of imagery, illusions, and direct references to Scripture, but make no mistake; this is not a Christian book. The reflections on the relationship between shepherd and sheep are fun to ponder. A nice book about journeying in life, as the author puts it; seeking one’s “personal legend.”

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry (Reread 2019.06.01)

Recommendation: What can I say? I read it again. The thing that jumps out in this first person narrative is how the landscape changes over life. It also documents well how our society has changed from a self-sufficient, productive, community centered, simple agrarian culture to a reliant, consumeristic, self-absorbed, complex culture. Lastly, there is a faith component as the main character fulfills his call to ministry not as a preacher but as a town barber.

Surprised By Hope by N.T. Wright (completed 2019.04.21)

Recommendation: This is an important book to challenge your views on life, death, resurrection. And Wright is Biblically very sound.