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REVIEW | Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again

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Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall I enjoyed this book. As a person in full-time ministry and a Bible nerd, it's rare for a book written on a popular level to keep my attention and interest. Many popular level books are great for the lay person, the average church goer, or the new Christian. With Rachel Held Evans' latest, she hits all the right notes for me.

Her style is imaginative and informative. She takes liberties while also trying to stay true to the text. I found her creative retellings of the stories compelling. Evans will definitely go against the grain of traditional, fundamental, and literalist readings of Scripture - but in my opinion, that's a good thing. We often try to make the Bible do and say things it was never meant to do or say.

I've been following RHE on Twitter for a while now, and while she was in the process of writing this book she talked about the importan…

Review: The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships

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The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships by Suzanne Stabile
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been following the work of Suzanne Stabile and Ian Cron for a couple of years now. I've read The Road Back to You, and I was an avid listener of their podcast by the same name. I've continued to follow Ian's podcast, Typology, but I've kind of lost touch with Suzanne.

Until this book.

Suzanne Stabile has a way of understanding relationship dynamics better than the vast majority of people. This book, The Path Between Us, is going to be a helpful reference guide for years to come. The Enneagram is abundant in wisdom not just for discovering more about ourselves but understanding who we are in relation to other people. Why is it hard for Sevens and Fours to experience lasting, fruitful relationships? Why do Fives and Ones butt heads all the time? How can Threes seem so outgoing but be so inwardly lonely?

This is not a book for Enneagram novices. This is no…

Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hank Green's appropriately named debut novel "An Absolutely Remarkable Thing" is a marvel of our time. The book is at once a fun, thrilling sci-fi story about aliens making first contact. At the same time it gives a stark look at the realities of the modern world. It seems like an attempt to answer many questions, chief of which are 1) What could legitimately happen in the world if a sentient alien race made first contact with us on planet earth? and 2) What does it actually do to a person to be suddenly thrust into the spotlight of fame and fortune in the age of the internet? I can think of no person better equipped to answer these questions than Hank Green.

The story is well-paced, being told in an after-the-fact first-person account by the main character, April. HG's character development is every bit on par with his brother's (John Green). April and her friends Andy, Maya, Miranda, and Robin…