As fall begins to creep in; shorter days, cooler nights, I like to curl up with a good book. There are several I offer to you.
Ugly: My Memoir, by Robert Hoge. This is a great story of courage and love. Robert was born with a large tumor on his forehead, severely distorted facial features and legs twisted and useless. In spite of the odds, his life is filled with struggle, sacrifice, joy and brave faith. Good read for those times in our own life when we think we have a problem or two to solve.
Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J. D. Vance. Another great personal story. This one hit home for me as it tells the story of Scott-Irish immigrants to our county who migrated through the hills of Appalachia. His story is one of fierce family loyalty, serious family dysfunction, and with determination how J. D.’s life moved from the hills, to the Marine Corps, Yale Law and now as a writer. Interesting read particularly in light of our present political circus, I mean crisis, no, no, election!
Last, don’t let the title turn you away, The End of White Christian America, by Robert Jones. Written by an astute observer and full participant of the Christian life, Robert Jones is CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute. This is a sweeping historical review of the Christian Faith and its influence upon our country. He then turns his attention on the realities of the changing nature of our country, the Church, and how this can lead us to discover a new path for Christians in the years ahead. Read the book from our bedrock affirmation of faith of death and resurrection. This truth-filled account can lead us to discover a new way of life for the Church and faith in our times.