Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Go Set A Watchman


When people ask me what’s my favorite—food, movie, song, actor, singer, dessert—almost anything, I have a hard time thinking of an answer. I have a lot of favorites. I’ll say that one of my favorites is …

That’s not true with books. My favorite book is TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. No contest. I’ve read it to my children. I’ve read it many times, and I look forward to reading it again.

It makes me smile. It touches my heart. It takes my breath away.

It is a beautiful story of family, ethics, faith, questions, doubts, fears, so much.

When I heard that another book by Harper Lee was coming out, a sequel to my favorite, I was overjoyed. I couldn’t wait.

Then the questions started, the uncertainty, the doubts.

Did Harper Lee really want this book to be published? Was it just a rough draft? Maybe even a rough draft for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD?

My daughter told me she’s heard some people refuse to read it for these reasons.

I read it. I’ll read it again. I recommend that anyone who is interested read it.

Due to Harper Lee’s health, maybe we will never know if she intended that it be read. With that in mind, I believe it is still honoring her as an author to read the book.

I have only positive things to say about the story. It is a story about Scout approximately twenty years after to KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. I’m not going to say anything more about the story, except to say that the strong voice of Harper Lee is there. It’s fun, sharp, breath-taking. It caught my attention. I didn’t want to put it down.

My recommendation is to read it, and to give Harper Lee all the honor she deserves.

Isaiah 21: 6: For thus the Lord said to me: “Go, set a watchman, let him announce what he sees.”

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Times Of Refreshing

Times of refreshing. That phrase made me smile when I read it the other day. Like a cool mist on a sunny, 90 degree day.

God is not a harsh overseer, counting up all the bad that we do so that he can punish us. He wants to bless us by taking away all the sin, forgiving us, and starting us on a new, fresher life. He knows what hurts us, and he wants to wipe that out. He wants to give us a better way. What a loving father.

Acts 3:19 and 26:” Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”