Best Books

Lucky to Live in Alabama

November 25, 2017

Best Books Looking for a great gift idea for the young one in your life? Check out author Kate B. Jerome’s new interactive children’s books series Lucky to Live in… which is recommended as a “give your personal best” selection in Parents Magazine’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. Designed for children ages 4 to 7, Lucky …

HGTV’s Chip Gaines Pens Capital Gaines

November 25, 2017

Best Books Three years ago, I remodeled my house. I started in the attic and worked my way down through two levels, room by room. I started on Memorial Day and ended around Labor Day. Tackling unfamiliar tasks and watching each room change into something new and fresh was a great adventure. It was hard …

The Daniel Dilemma by Chris Hodges

October 26, 2017

Best Books  We are living in ungodly days. By every assessment, our nation has experienced significant spiritual decline, exemplified by a fall in church attendance, unacceptable behavior, and moral decay. I suppose ungodliness has always been with us – but our celebration of ungodliness is new indeed. We are now a post-Christian nation, and those …

Strangers Next Door

September 22, 2017

Best Books  When I was a child, the neighborhoods around me were either white or black. I remember only one Asian student, and she spoke with an Alabama accent, so I’m not sure that counts. The only Spanish I heard was in Spanish class, and most of that was unintelligible. The demographic composition began to …

All in All from Birmingham Author Sophie Hudson

August 24, 2017

Best Books Sophie Hudson may not think of herself as a preacher, but I’m pretty sure God thinks of her as one. I’ve never met her, never heard her speak, and have no idea if she believes women should stand behind the pulpit. But a preacher she is. I know this because I recently read …

Best Books: Rev. Michael Spurlock & Jeanette Windle

July 25, 2017

All Saints Rev. Michael Spurlock’s first assignment as a new pastor was about as bad as it gets. All Saints Episcopal Church was down to 25 members and in financial stress. Debt. Division. Despair. These are toxic words for a church, and All Saints was dying. Then, nine months later, three travelers from the east …

English Lessons from Andrea Lucado

June 27, 2017

Best Books My church recently observed Pentecost Sunday, a day which celebrates the death of aristocratic spirituality. The Spirit was unleashed upon all flesh, baptizing all ages, classes, ethnicities and genders. In the new order, unlearned fishermen and poor servant girls may speak the words of God. Old men dream of God’s kingdom, young men …

Best Books: Mark Batterson

May 25, 2017

It’s Time to Man Up On February 23, AD 155, the elderly bishop of Smyrna was taken to the city’s arena to be executed. Charged with the crime of being a Christian, he was allowed one more chance to renounce Christ. When he declined to deny his faith, the crowd shouted for his death. Polycarp …

Best Books: Susanna Aughtmon

April 28, 2017

Risk More. Dream Bigger. Fear Less. In his letter to the Christians of Rome, the Apostle Paul prayed that the God of hope would fill them with joy and peace, and that they would abound in hope. To abound in hope means to have more than enough, to have overflowing, over the top, audacious, beyond …

Best Books: Trailon Johnson

March 24, 2017

Hear the Word behind the words… Christianity isn’t a science. There are no secret formulas for spiritual success, no laws which drive predictable patterns of spiritual formation, no axioms upon which spiritual maturity can be assured. Even the Scriptures defy our impulses to turn it into a textbook. Our faith is perplexing and mysterious, much …