Books, Blogs, & Bargains

I want to be more intentional about sharing with you what I’ve been reading, both in print and online. That being said, here are some books, blogs and bargains.

Books:

17234575Recently I watched The Giver. This lead me to reread The Giver and subsequently to discover that there are in fact three more books that follow The Giver. If you haven’t already, I would recommend reading these books. I know that they considered kids books, but there’s a lot packed into these fairly short books. They offer up some interesting commentary on society when you compare the stories to the in which world we live. They’re quick reads, but I bet that you won’t be disappointed. Continue reading

What the church can learn from The Giver

the-giver-novelJonas wasn’t interested, just then, in wisdom. It was the colors that fascinated him. “Why can’t everyone see them? Why did colors disappear?”

The Giver shrugged. “Our people made that choice, the choice to go to Sameness. Before my time, before the previous time, back and back and back. We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with differences.” He thought for a moment. “We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.” [1]

A long time ago as a kid, I read The Giver. I read it for school and as an adult most of what I could remember was that there was a community that lived life in black and white, then there was a kid who could see red, he met with an old man and then he escaped from the community. Recently, we watched the movie and so I was intrigued enough to go back and read the book. When I read it, I realized how much of the book I had forgotten or probably never even really understood when I read it the first time. While I was reading it, I was reading Scot McKnight’s A Fellowship of Differents at the same time. I don’t know if was the combination of those two books or just a sudden realization that The Giver has a lot to teach the church. Continue reading