Category Archives: Books

Wow! Look at the Traffic!


Looks like today has been a busy day on this lil’ ol’ blog!  Maybe not quite like the photo accompanying this (probably more like Main Street in Kooskia, Idaho where I graduated from high school).  But thanks to all who have dropped by!

I hope that life will get to the point that I can post here more often, but that might just be wishful thinking.  Currently, I am in the middle of reading Rosaria Champlain Butterfield’s latest book Openness Unhindered:  Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ.   Maybe I will have the time and work up the courage to write an actual review of the book, once I’ve read it.  Who knows?  It could happen.

If you are not familiar with Butterfield’s story, I recommend her first book, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. It’s an amazing story of Christ’s redemptive power in justification and sanctification!  I think you will find Butterfield’s writing easy to read–she is a masterful story teller!

So, check back here over the next few weeks.  You might just find something new.

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Jamie’s Top 15 Favorite Fiction Books (Read Since 2010)

Since 2010 I have kept track of every book I have read, and thanks to Goodreads this has become an easier task.  One of the best things about Goodreads is that I can look back and see what I rated the books (on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, with 5 being the best).  So here is my list of my favorite works of fiction read since 2010.  I have put them in order by author’s last name.


1.  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

ready player one

2.  Still Alice by Lisa Genova

still alice

3.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

the curious incident of the dog in the night time

4.  Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz

curse of the spellmans

5.  Revenge of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz

revenge of the spellmans

6.  The Spellmans Strike Again by Lisa Lutz

spellmans strike again

7.  One Day by David Nichols

one day

8.  Attachments by Rainbow Rowell


9.  Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

eleanor and park

10.  Landline by Rainbow Rowell


11.  Redshirts by John Scalzi


12.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows


13.  The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

rosie project

14.  The Help by Kathryn Stockett

the help

15.  This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

this is where I leave you

Book Recommendations on Corporate Worship

Since I have been busy with traveling for work, I haven’t been able to post much here, so I thought I would post a list of the books I have read over the past couple of years on corporate worship/the Lord’s day/practical theology.  As I read more, I will add more.

Here is the list in the order I have read them:

1.  A Better Way:  Rediscovering the Drama of Christ-Centered Worship by Michael Horton

Better way

2.  The Lord’s Day by Joseph A. Pipa Jr.

The Lord's Day

3.  Revealed to Babes:  Children in the Worship of God by Richard Bacon

revealed to babes

4.  With Reverence and Awe:  Returning to the Basics of Reformed Worship by D.G. Hart and John R. Muether

with reverence and awe

5.  Singing the Songs of Jesus:  Revisiting the Psalms by Michael Lefebvre

singing songs of jesus

6.  Gospel Worship by Jeremiah Burroughs

Gospel Worship

The following were added 6/23/15:

7.  The Day of Worship:  Reassessing the Christian Life in Light of the Sabbath by Ryan M. McGraw


8.  Welcome to a Reformed Church:  A Guide for Pilgrims by Daniel R. Hyde


9.  Recovering the Reformed Confession:  Our Theology, Piety, and Practice by R. Scott Clark


10.  Worshipping with Calvin:  Recovering the Historic Ministry and Worship of Reformed Protestantism by Terry L. Johnson


And finally, Ligon Duncan has done a wonderful blog series on Gathered Worship.


Book Recommendations on Christianity and SSA

Over the last few months, I have had several requests for a few book recommendations on this topic.  I thought this would be a good place to start putting together a list for anyone who might be interested.  As I read more, I will add more.  I hope you find them as helpful as I did. So, here they are in the order I have read them:

1.  The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert:  An English Professor’s Journey into the Christian Faith by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield.

secret thoughts

2.  The Gospel and Sexual Orientation by The Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, Michael Lefebvre (Editor)

Gospel Sexual Orientation

3.  Is God Anti-Gay?:  And Other Questions about Homosexuality, the Bible and Same-Sex Attraction by Sam Allberry

God antigay

4.  Love Into Light:  The Gospel, The Homosexual and The Church by Peter Hubbard

Love LIght

The following were added in a 6/23/15 revision to this post:

5.  Washed and Waiting:  Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality by Wesley Hill


6.  Compassion without Compromise:  How the Gospel Frees Us to Love Our Gay Friends Without Losing the Truth by Adam T. Barr and Ron Citlau


7.  The Bible and Homosexual Practice:  Texts and Hermeneutics by Robert A. J. Gagnon


8.  The Plausibility Problem:  The Church and Same-Sex Attraction by Ed Shaw


9.  What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung


And though not a book, a great website full of resources and articles is Living Out.  Their welcome page description:  “We’re a group of Christians who experience same-sex attraction, and we want to share our stories, answer your questions, and recommend resources about Christianity and same-sex attraction.”