Archive | Recommendations and Reviews

What I’m Into – Mar/Apr 2016

This is a late, double-bill edition of What I’m Into – the Mysterious SuperVirus ME Relapse edition. Which means LOTS of recommendations – including Addie Zierman, Carolyn Custis James, Carolyn Weber, LB Hathaway, Helen Dunmore, Joshua Ferris – plus birthday photos and #FrontdoorSunbathing

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Announcing Soul Bare (Coming August 2016)

I contributed a chapter to a wonderful project called Soul Bare – ed. Cara Sexton, and I’m delighted to announce that it’s being published by IVP in Aug 2016.

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What I’m Into (Feb 2016)

February was all writing for two weeks, then all people slots for two weeks because of Jon’s Significant Birthday. (So probably makes sense that March involved so much resting – hence why this What I’m Into February is so late… More on Immobile March soon!)

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What I’m Into (January 2016)

I took my lead from the wise and brave Abby Norman, and declared it ‘gentle January’. (I discovered that if you make it into a hashtag, then it becomes a ‘thing’). Here are the latest book and music recommendations plus ideas for Lent

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What I’m Into (December 2015)

On Christmas Day itself I couldn’t really interact, but I was well enough to witness, and as one friend pointed out to me, that’s mainly what Christmas Day is about, anyway – watching the youngest member of the family rip open gifts in excitement.

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The top 10 posts at Thorns and Gold 2015

These were my most popular blog posts for 2015. I’ve done two lists – the first is according to number of retweets, and therefore includes pieces I’ve done elsewhere; the second is the most popular blog posts according to number of reads on this site.

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Best Fiction of 2015

My top five favourite fiction books of 2015 – it’s all about quality, not quantity. Why All the Light You Cannot See really is worth the hype, plus more amazing books by Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto

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Best Christian Books of 2015

For my ‘Best Christian books of 2015’, I have to add a huge caveat: I was particularly looking for books on the particular topics I cover on the blog: the spirituality of suffering, doubt, relating to God in hard times, chronic illness, social justice and others.

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