Monday, January 20, 2014

The Upward Fall Book Review

In his first book, The Upward Fall: Our Pilgrim Journey through Groaning to Glory, brand-new author Brian Myers writes about a disciple’s ever twisting path of sanctification and the final destination—glory with Christ Jesus. This is not a formal review, but an informal opportunity to share with you a book I enjoyed, and support a new author who used to pastor my home church when I was a kid. Although new to the publishing world, Brian is the son of Ruth Myers, who authored 31 Days of Praise (aff link). One look at the richly printed hardcover of this book and it’s clear Brian has a fresh kind of reading experience in mind for his audience.

From cover to cover, beginning with Rembrandt’s Storm on the Sea of Galilee, to Caravaggio’s The Conversion of St. Paul, to some family portraits and a CD with a message and music, the book is a rich experience. More than that, Brian is a wordsmith. His writing is more like poetry than prose although the book uses a narrative and explanatory approach. When I began to read his book the style reminded me of C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters. Had Lewis ever written a similar book, but with advice from one angel to another instead of one demon to another, I think it would sound a little like The Upward Fall. But due to the nature of his writing style, Brian’s work also requires complete attention, which is why on several occasions he urges, “But first, take a break…”  I should have listened because I got lost a few times due to the poetic nature of the prose. This book’s writing style is not for everyone, but it is for those who are willing to listen and experience “soul formation” through the message Brian has to give. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Luke 2:27-32 The Blessing of God

For my last year of high school I commuted to a Community College. Three times a week my brother and I woke up at 7:00am. The commute was about an hour so we left early to get to class by 9:00am. My Dad was gracious enough to get up with us and fix us breakfast. He usually made us eggs and maybe some toast or oatmeal. Before he sent us on our way he often reminded us of something. He prayed for us and reminded us to be a blessing to those around us. He encouraged us to be a blessing to those we came in contact with that day.