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J Walking

For some blessed reason book publishers sometimes send me books. Books for free… imagine. Some of them are stunningly good. Here are three books I can’t recommend highly enough… more highly?… high ? You get the picture. Blogging is destroying my already limited grammatical capacity… capacity, grammatical?… capacity for grammering?
In February comes N.T. Wright’s Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church.
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This book challenges the last 200 years of individualism-based Christianity and the entirely non-Biblical views of heaven, of salvation, of Jesus’ ascension, of purgatory, the church, and the cheeseburger. Ok, not the cheeseburger but everything else. It may well be one of the most important books written in a very long time.
In March – Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana.
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It is one of the best novels I have ever read. It is an extraordinary work of literature and it is a staggeringly insightful look at Jesus’ life from a woman who has – through years and years of study – become a Bible scholar in her own right.
In April – Trish Ryan’s He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: A Memoir of Finding Faith, Hope, and Happily Ever After.
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Trish’s book is the story of a successful, beautiful, 30-something who decided – after many a broken heart – to see who this Jesus guy was. It is a funny, engaging, moving, and brutally honest story of losing heart, finding faith, and finding love.

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