Monday, July 28, 2008

Soul Cravings...


One of the best things i have time for in the summer is reading books, and before Hey Nostradamus! I had an opportunity to read Erwin McManus's Soul Cravings. It is another wonderful book reflecting our desires, cravings and life's searches for meaning and purpose. Erwin himself comes from background of philosophy, turned spiritual seeker, Buddhist, theist and eventually follower of Jesus and a pastor. I really appreciated Erwin's writing about his personal search. Amazon review put it this way: "We are all on the same quest," he writes. "And our soul craving is to find something we can believe in." McManus wants readers to come to know themselves and meet God on the journey.

Here are some snippets/quotes from the book:

"I meet many people who are running from God, angry with God, and yet at the same time desperately searching for him. If God is love, it is maddening when we are running from God and yet searching for love."

"We have to believe in tomorrow to function well today. It will never be enough for us simply to exist, and if all we have is now, our souls will starve from lack of nourishment. Without a future there is no hope, and hope is essential for our souls to thrive. Hope exists only in the future, and if the future does not exist, there is no hope."

His reasoning is that our souls crave three things: intimacy, destiny and meaning. The fact that all human beings have these cravings is evidence for the existence of God. In our search we are directed and pulled to find God even though we often meet those cravings/desires with other desires, always falling short of the true purposes we were made for.

I highly enjoyed this book if someone wants to borrow it, its in my office.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Hey Nostradamus!

Ever since I first read Douglas Coupland's Life after God, I knew that there probably wouldn't be to many books that he wrote that I wouldn't like. And Hey Nostradamus!, does not disappoint. This internationl bestseller and a book which was nominanated for the commonwealth writers prize for best book in Canada and the Caribbean was a fenominal read. Set with in Couplands hometown of Vancouver this book is about a high-school shooting massacre, this novel follows the lives of four people highly effected by the shooting. The novel takes you on an emotional ride of anger, sadness, joy, spirituality, pity and contemplation. Coupland takles doubt, hate, spirituality, riligion and much more. I like Coupland's honest look at soul searching not hiding behind walls of preconcived or expected religious cliches, Coupland openly and honestly questions morality, religion, justice, terror, and the human condition through his fictional characters in this novel. His philosophical look at the ability of humans to do so much good and so much evil within short time and by the same person leaves your mind wresteling. The characters struggles, sufferings, joys and mandane, kept me addicted, and my own desires of hope and goodness kept me on the edge as Coupland kept the characters alarmingly real and their life all to often doubtful and painful as they they trotted in the seas of highs and lows.

A great reflective novel, if some one is interested in borrowing it I have a copy in my office...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Holidays...

Been away on holidays at the cabin which is always sweet... so yeah not much to report...here's some pictures:



Tuesday, July 01, 2008

July 2nd, 9 Awesome Years!!!

I cant believe it has been 9 years! We were way to young, naive and unsure but we were in love. 9 years later I can positively say I am more in love with Jessica then I have ever been, I love her more today then I ever did! She is my best friend, she is my wife, the mother of my boys, and the love of my life. No one knows me better then she does, and no one puts up with me more then she does! Thank you Jessica for the wonderful 9 years!! You are amazing! I love growing old with you!