Sedler: Wisdom With or Without Words

Michael D. Sedler. 2003. When to Speak Up & When to Shut Up: Principles for Conversations You Won’t Regret. Minneapolis: Baker Publishing Company (Chosen). Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Years ago I made a promise to myself not to give up on life for lack of courage. Courage involves things like trying something different to […]

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21. Prayers of a Life in Tension by Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father, You are the alpha and the omega, the beginning and end, the one outside of time that created all things. We praise you for providing the bread of life and well-spring of everlasting life which is your son, Jesus Christ—our redeemer, the author of our faith, and our only true friend. We thank you for simple […]

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The Detour

The Detour By Stephen W. Hiemstra When the pickup slowed and the driver looked over at me, I saw only the gun rack. He pulled over ahead of me, got out, and waved me over. I slowed my bicycle and stopped behind the pickup, leaning on one foot—300 hundred miles from home, off my route, […]

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The Gauntlet

How do you get through your day? Too often we want to hide from our mornings seeing them as simply another challenge of running the gauntlet—running between lines of vicious people anxious to strike us with whips or sticks as we run, walk, or crawl between them.[1] Too often we want to pull the covers […]

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Iwanicki Visits Baghdad and Survives to Tell the Tale

Hugh Iwanicki and Dave Bailey. 2012. Shock and Alarm: What It Was Really Like at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. North Charleston: CreateSpace. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Initiated in deception, executed with precision, mortgaged on our grandchildren’s future, terminated in quiet shame, the second gulf war symbolizes a divorce of secular America from engagement […]

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Joy Riding

“Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!” (Ps 25:7 ESV) My scoutmaster used to say that God has a special place in his heart for drunks and foolish kids. Usually, he accompanied this expression with a story of […]

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Wilbers Offers Writing Tips to Remember

Stephen Wilbers. 2014. Mastering the Craft of Writing: How to Write with Clarity, Emphasis, and Style. Blue Ash: F&W Media. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Gutsy. Stephen Wilbers begins Mastering the Craft of Writing with a challenge—read this book twice. In a world where few people read, even fewer read with any depth, and most […]

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