About a Book I Recently Finished: “Letters to a Young Poet”

“Letters to a Young Poet” is authored by Rainer Maria Rilke (bio).  They were inspired by correspondence with Franz Xaver Kappus, an admirer and aspiring poet.  The 10 letters are Rilke’s replies to Kappus’ inquiries and writings.  As a whole, the letters are philosophical, initially revealing Rilke’s approach to writing, later his embrace of a life of “aloneness”.  Rilke is extraordinarily appreciative of Kappus’ and … Continue reading About a Book I Recently Finished: “Letters to a Young Poet”

Book Review: “Everywhere Babies”

As a pastor, I read for a living.  It may come as a surprise that I’m not a naturally avid reader.  I’ve always been slow and easily bored as a reader.  But as a dad, I like reading to my daughter.  Her books are poetic and inspiring.  They are simple but profound.  One of my new favorites is Everywhere Babies, by Susan Meyers.  There are … Continue reading Book Review: “Everywhere Babies”

Reading for Lent

Lent has turned into a time of reading.  I know many pastors are avid readers…I’m not.  I’m slow, tedious and hard to please.  I have started many-a-book that I never finished, including books I was enjoying.  My favorite book of all time, A Prayer for Owen Meany, I began 3 times before completing.  I guess I have a shorter attention span and/or I crave immediacy, … Continue reading Reading for Lent