“To live the life of daily faith in the Son of God, and to be daily drawing out of His fullness the promised grace and strength which He has laid up for His people–this is the grand secret of progressive sanctification.” — J.C. Ryle I’m reading Holiness, by the Anglican J.C. Ryle. It’s an old book […]


Valentine’s Day has never been a big deal for me. I didn’t mourn as Valentine’s Day came around each year and I still didn’t have a special someone; in fact, I scarcely noticed it–perhaps because my parents never really celebrated it. But this Valentine’s Day is oh-so-sweet, because two years ago I spent it walking […]


The first book about history (other than single biographies) that I decided to read for my 2017 reading challenge was The Warmth of Other Suns. Isabel Wilkerson’s prizewinning tour de force, Other Suns recounts the African American migration from South to North during the first half of the twentieth century. As Ms. Wilkerson puts it, “Over the course […]


Looking at these photos really made me miss Honduras. Those last two of Lago de Yojoa I took through the window of a bus, on my way from Tegucigalpa all the way to San Pedro Sula. I don’t miss that particular big smelly bus, but rather the conversations in halting Spanish (I’d only been in Honduras […]


Amen! “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” –Jesus (Mt. 24:35)


“The redeemed have all from the grace of God. It was of mere grace that God gave us his only-begotten Son. The grace is great in proportion to the excellency of what is given. The gift was infinitely precious, because it was of a person infinitely worthy, a person of infinite glory; and also because […]


Sarah Edwards is, along with Susanna Wesley, a woman whom I greatly respect as a godly mother and wife. I have to admit to being overwhelmed when I read about her strength of character and consistency with her children. But I know if I never aim for high standards, I will never reach them. Noel Piper’s biographical […]


‘Joshua then said to them, “Do not fear or be dismayed! Be strong and courageous, for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies with whom you fight.” ‘Joshua 10:25, NASB Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into […]

Last year, while I did quite a bit of reading, most of my reading was online (articles about the Middle East, etc.). The best and most difficult book I read was Eric Metaxis’s biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I would love to be more focused in my reading this year. A friend of mine from NY, […]


As the New Year begins, many of us (especially the bookworms!) are thinking about what we will be reading over the next months. And some of us are looking at a book budget of about $30. For the year, not the month. So here are some free ebooks! The following list of missionary biographies comes from […]