Books in 2007

In 2006, I read 25 books. Those books ranged from the first 6 books in the Harry Potter series to excellent nonfiction tomes like The Tipping Point to books about my industry like Designing With Web Standards.

I enjoyed most of the books, but I haven’t read nearly as many this year. I don’t know what it’s been, but I’ve still read plenty…I just haven’t posted many reviews. I read several books when we were in Europe and never got around to reviewing any of them officially.

  • Skinny Dip by Carl Hiassen
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Textpattern Solutions by Kevin Potts, Nathan Smith, etc.
  • Songbook by Nick Hornby
  • The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  • others that for some reason I can’t think of

I just finished reading Stormie Omartian’s book, The Power of the Praying Husband. Omartian has written several The Power of a Praying… books and Alli really loved The Power of the Praying Wife. It’s taken me quite a while to get through it completely, but I really thought it was a great read.

As someone who has a strong belief in the power of prayer, I really liked how Omartian wrote 20 different chapters about things to pray about for the most important woman in my life. There’s stuff in there that I would never really think of, but after reading through it, it made a lot of sense. Alli and I have started giving these two books to new married couples and I would highly recommend them to any married person. I really thought the book was great. Wherever you might be in your life, I think there’s a Power of Praying… book for you.

Out of Practice

It’s been almost 8 years since I graduated college with an English degree.

I spent the first year or so out of college as a writer, but as the company I worked for grew, my role changed and morphed and in time, I became a graphic designer. I didn’t do it on purpose, it just kind of happened.

I enjoyed it for a long time because it made me feel creative, but over time, the doubts creeped into my mind because I wasn’t trained as a designer…I was trained as a writer. I have confidence in my abilities with the tools — I’m a proficient user of Photoshop, InDesign and the whole suite of Adobe products that designers hang their hats on, but I often doubted my ability to actually design.

I eventually (and maybe only recently) overcame that belief that I just wasn’t a good enough graphic designer. I know now that there were negative forces who caused me to feel that way and I’m fortunate that those forces no longer hold any power in my life.

However, as I’ve embraced my role as graphic designer, I’ve lost touch with my writing background. That’s what this blog has always been about, really &mdash an outlet for me to tap my fingers to the keyboard and see what comes out. And while I thoroughly enjoy the blogging process, I’m finding that in my new job, I’m being called upon more and more to develop content (which is business-speak for “write”). I still can write perfectly servicable copy, but I am struggling to regain my voice as a writer. It’s as if I’ve gone hoarse &mdash the words are there, they just aren’t emerging with a lot of clarity.

Lately, I’ve been working diligently on a couple of projects that are very important to me. Neither are work projects and both are requiring to write a considerable amount of content. I’m finding myself grossly inadequate right now of accomplishing that writing and it’s really frustrating.

If this post doesn’t make any sense, it only proves its point.

The Da Vinci Code Controversy

Every day I drive to work North on K-7 Highway through Olathe and I pass a sign that is essentially an advertisement for a church that is titled “The Da Vinci Debacle” and encourages those who are curious to inquire within the church for more information.

Living in the Bible Belt of America, these types of signs are extremely common around town. Everyone seems to be in such an uproar about the movie (which opens on Friday). What’s interesting about the controversy is that there was not nearly as much surrounding the release of the book. It wasn’t until the book began to claim notoriety before the rebuttal books came. Now, churches are instructing their parishoners on how to refute the claims made in the book and now the movie.

What I find most interesting about this is that people seem to completely ignore that not only the movie, but also the book are FICTION. Sure, some of the information presented in the book is based on fact, but the truth is that you would not be able to find The Da Vinci Code listed under non-fiction titles. So keeping that in mind, I don’t really see what all the fuss is about. The major plot point of the book is based on another book (the one I am currently reading – Holy Blood, Holy Grail), which really is nothing more than supposition and assumption.

People are really getting upset about this, saying that it is attacking their faith and spreading falsehood about the divinity of Jesus. What is fascinating to me is that people are so insecure in their faith that they have to attack a work of fiction and a HOLLYWOOD MOVIE to feel more secure.

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Congregational Retreat

Our congregational retreat was this weekend at our campgrounds outside Lawrence…it was a great weekend, one that I really enjoyed once I got there. Brad and Alli both have overviews of what happened.

They covered most of it. Great discussions about the future and what it means to our congregation. Fun times interacting with people that we worship with, but don’t often get to fellowship with. I was too long for the bunk beds…they are built for kids, not 6’3″ large men.

Great weekend, though. Refreshing and important.