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September 19, 2018

Giving Voice

The sad reality is that often certain groups of people in society have been silenced or muffled. What they have to say has been sidelined because they came from a certain place, looked a certain way, grew up in a certain culture, did a certain kind of work, or just didn't have enough money.

Kathy Khang's raise your voice.jpgbook, Raise Your Voice, affirms that we all need insights and perspectives from every part of society and the church so we can all be whole. All have a voice, a voice shaped by our specific culture, language, ethnicity, gender, history, and circumstances. That fact and that diversity is something to celebrate because that is how God made and shaped us.

Khang begins by addressing the overt and indirect ways her voice has been hushed, sometimes by others and sometimes by her own inner struggles. She augments her own experiences with those of others while also weaving in and out of the stories of Queen Esther and of Moses.

The second half of the book includes excellent practical advice on how to speak up with friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and in public forums. She shows how to balance grace and truth in our personal relationships as well as on social media.

Here is a book for those who have not felt the freedom to voice themselves or not known how. It is also a book that should remind us that whatever voice we do gain is to be used on behalf of those who still are not heard. As Proverbs 31:8-9 tells us:

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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September 11, 2018

An American Ideal, An American Myth

Ken Wytsma was talking with a young man running his own landscaping firm who was proud of how he'd started from zero and succeeded by virtue of hard work, with no benefit from privilege. So Ken asked where he got most of his business (the suburbs) and where they worked on jobs (in backyards) and when (during the day) and how he got business (putting flyers on doors and knocking at houses).

Then Ken asked, "If you were a young black man proposing to work in the backyards of those suburbanites during the day when they're not home, is it possible some of your client might show a degree of suspicion or bias? If you were Hispanic, talked with an accent, or looked like you were from a culture unfamiliar to the suburban communities where people can afford backyard ponds and fountains, do you think it might--even if ever so slightly--affect how successful you are when you knock on doors?" The white friend understood.

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September 5, 2018

Being Human in Difficult Circumstances

What would you do if you were unjustly sentenced to house arrest in a hotel for the rest of your life? Would you be angry, bitter, depressed? Would you plot revenge on your enemies?

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August 23, 2018

Bad Religion

Heresy has always been with us, and, as New York Times columnist Ross Douthat tells us in Bad Religion, that has not necessarily been a bad thing. Heresy can stimulate orthodoxy to clarify itself and perhaps help correct an imbalance in the church. What is different now is that heresy is no longer at the margins of an orthodox center. Today the situation is reversed.

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August 14, 2018

Mindset and Writer's Block

I was talking with my son Dave, an athletic director at a high school in Tucson, about sports psychology. How do you help athletes move beyond a loss or bad performance? How do you help them focus on the next match or game without being dragged down by the past?

It suddenly occurred to me that this could have parallels to writer's block. Writers often get stuck. Something went wrong, and now they can't seem to move forward. So I asked, "What are the best books or resources on the topic?"

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July 17, 2018

History More Interesting Than the Myths

Napoleon and Wellington are historically joined at the hip because of their epic encounter at Waterloo. Yet other apparent similarities are striking: both were born in the same year (1769), both were born of prominent fathers who died when the boys were in early adolescence, both had four brothers and three sisters, both spoke French as their second language, both were self-taught in military matters, both led their nations (Wellington as prime minister from 1828-30), they even shared two mistresses (though perhaps less remarkably Wellington picked them up after Napoleon's defeat), and one of Wellington's brothers even married the sister-in-law of the ex-wife of one of Napoleon's brothers.

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