It was late, almost midnight – years ago. My friend Michael called me after a long bike ride where he was praying for what was next in his life. He had recently lost his father. He had some major life changes happening and I knew he was ready for change himself. But, when he told me he was walking into work to quit the next morning – I knew he was serious and he knew he was on the right path. I’m so thankful for a friend who listens when God is telling him to do something crazy, because Mike has been changing the world ever since.
Mike’s story is amazing and inspiring. Check out this video on the release of his new book, The Ability To Endure.
Michael Chitwood heads up Team World Vision for the World Vision organization. Here is what Richard Stearns, president of World Vision US and author of Unfinished and The Hole in Our Gospel , had to say about Mike’s new book:
“Heartbreaking. Encouraging. Passionate. Look out. This book may bring you to tears. It may inspire you to run a marathon or change the world. Michael Chitwood has that effect on people, and this book will show you why.”
Get Mike’s book here.
Depression is not a matter to take lightly. I am listing here a quote from one of my favorite authors again, Nietzsche, from the book Daybreak, Book 1 #. What if we sacrificed something instead of just looking at what bad must be eliminated. We don’t like to think about this. This is the paradox of Christ, life in death. Remember the context here. Nietzsche is picking apart Christian morality. Still, it’s true, sacrifice requires the death of something good – not just a simple putting off of it.
” Cure for the depressed – Paul himself was of the opinion that a sacrifice was needed if God’s profound displeasure at the commission of sins was to be removed: and since then Christians have never ceased to discharge their dissatisfaction with themselves on to a sacrifice – whether this sacrifice be the ‘world’ or ‘history’ or ‘reason’ or the joy or peace of other people – Something good has to die for their sin”
Quote from one of my favorite authors:
“At the deathbed of Christianity – Really active people are now inwardly without Christianity, and the more moderate and reflective people of the intellectual middle class now possess only an adapted, that is to say marvellously simplified Christianity. A god who in his love arranges everything in a manner that will in the end be best for us; a god who gives to us and takes from us our virtue and our happiness, so that as a whole all is meet and feet and there is no reason for us to take life sadly, let alone to exclaim against it; in short, resignation and modest demands elevated to godhead – that is the best and most vital thing that still remains of Christianity.”
Daybreak ; Book 1 #92
Nietzsche (attacking morality)
A friend and former professor that I am huge fan of, Dr. Craig Keen, posted a response to the challenge below. It was on his facebook, but I don’t think he would mind me posting.
I think I will try to get through these books at some point, all accept the Grapes Of Wrath. I might skip that one.
So Many Books, So Little Time (The Random 15)
Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.
1. Soren Kierkegaard, *Concluding Unscientific Postscript*
2. Soren Kierkegaard, *Works of Love*
3. Karl Barth, *Epistle to the Romans*
4. Rudolf Bultmann, *Faith and Understanding*
5. Sarah Coakley, *Powers and Submissions*
6. Stanley Hauerwas, *After Christendom*
7. Catherine Mowry LaCugna, *God For Us*
8. Fyodor Dostoevsky, *The Brothers Karamazov*
9. Milan Kundera, *The Unbearable Lightness of Being*
10. John Steinbeck, *The Grapes of Wrath*
11. Herman Hesse, *Narcissus and Goldmund*
12. Jurgen Moltmann, *The Crucified God*
13. Wolfhart Pannenberg, *Jesus–God and Man*
14. Jonathan Safran Foer, *Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close*
15. Michael Pollan, *The Omnivore’s Dilemma*