A Book Review of Blasphemy by Asia Bibi

A ruined prison cell. Almost half of the walls don't have paint on them, and the floor is just dirt. There is a bed frame, but it is leaning up against a wall. There is a toilet in the corner, with no way to flush it.

Blasphemy, by Asia Bibi, is the memoir of a Catholic woman who was sentenced to death over a cup of water. It tells the story of a simple, illiterate farmer's daughter who was accused of blaspheming against Mohammed and the religion of Islam. This book records what led up to her imprisonment, the first two years of her terrible treatment, and attempts to free her.

A Book Review of Humble Orthodoxy by Joshua Harris

An image of Jesus sitting at the Last Supper with His disciples. John is resting at His side. The painting is interesting because the supper has not started yet. The bread has not been broken, and the juice is still in its goblet.

Sometimes it is necessary to be rebuked in order to see our faults. This correction can help us move toward change that results in us being more like Christ. As I reflect on Humble Orthodoxy by Joshua Harris, that is the concept that comes to mind. Despite its small size, it can make an impressive impact on the reader. In some ways it did for me.

A Book Review of Daily Life at the time of Jesus by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh

Two young boys in Israel weaving in front of their home. There is a pole in the middle of the image with one of the boys leaning up against it. Another boy on the left is sitting down and working.

Daily Life at the time of Jesus by Miriam Vamosh presents a rich overview of the culture and circumstances in which the Lord walked the earth. It discusses many aspects of Jewish life in the first century and features a large number of images and illustrations. It does an excellent job of presenting a brief overview of many things that would have been second nature to Jesus' hearers, but are foreign to us.

A Lesson About Scorn Through Jesus’ Conversation With the Samaritan Woman at the Well

A couple of weeks ago I read Final Words From the Cross by Adam Hamilton. One of the strongest points he makes is where he describes Jesus' interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well. After reading it, I was stunned, and actually stopped reading the book for a few moments before rereading the section again. I knew that I had to write a post about his thoughts.