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July 2012 Holiday Reading Shortlist

Posted by Mark Tubbs
In News & Notes
Tagged Summer Reading
June 13, 2012 @ 11:52 AM

It seems many bloggers are posting their planned or recommended reading for this summer, so for once I will follow the trend. Here is a shortlist for the first week in July, which we will be spending at a cabin on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast.

Bible study: God's Wisdom in Proverbs by Dan Phillips (Kress Biblical Resources, 2011)

Introducing Blue Fish Digest

Posted by Mark Tubbs
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Tagged Jess MacCallum
March 26, 2012 @ 8:53 PM

Over the past few years I have enjoyed the lighthearted but pointed writings of Jess MacCallum, author of two delightful little books: I Married Wonder Woman...Now What? and Put the Seat Down, both from Standard Publishing.

Happy Feast Day of St. Patrick

Posted by Mark Tubbs
In News & Notes
Tagged Bob Kellemen
March 17, 2012 @ 1:02 PM

To read a short description of this missionary saint from Church history who often suffers from a mild case of mistaken identity, read Bob Kellemen's post. To investigate how St. Patrick's methods can inform our own missional living in the 21st century, read George Hunter's updated and revised book, The Celtic Way of Evangelism.

2012 Releases...and so it begins

Posted by Mark Tubbs
In News & Notes
December 23, 2011 @ 1:26 AM

Just a note to say I've begun to update the Upcoming Releases page with notable forthcoming releases from Christian publishers. January is coming along, with Crossway Books, P&R Publishing, and Cruciform Press represented. My goal is to input the upcoming releases of three publishers per day, which should take me until the end of 2011.

Merry Eve of Christmas Eve!

"The Church" - a Bonhoeffer poem

Posted by Mark Tubbs
In News & Notes
Tagged Dietrich Bonhoeffer
December 07, 2011 @ 9:55 PM

"The Church"

No human being builds the church;
only Christ alone.
Anyone who wants to build the church
is already engaged in a work of destruction.
Such a person will build a temple for idols,
unintentionally and in ignorance.
We shall bear witness - he will build.
We shall preach - he will build.
We shall pray to him - he will build.
Christ gives his church
a great comfort:
You - confess, preach and bear witness about me.
I - will alone build it as it pleases me.

Upcoming Releases Updated

Posted by Mark Tubbs
In Book Announcements, News & Notes
June 23, 2011 @ 10:04 PM

It's been far, far, far too long, but the Upcoming Releases section has been partially updated for June/July 2011. Thus far the publishers represented include Tyndale House, Cruciform Press, Crossway Books, Revell, Baker Books, Brazos Press, Bethany House, Baker Academic, Banner of Truth, Eerdmans, P&R, Chosen, and IVP UK.

5 Memorable Reading Moments

Posted by Mark Tubbs
In News & Notes
June 22, 2011 @ 9:17 PM

Here are five memorable moments from my reading life.

1. During a short cottage vacation on Keats Island I began to read John Piper's Desiring God for the first time. My mistake was beginning it at bedtime. I was a bleary-eyed Christian hedonist by the next day.

The Meyer Gap Is Now Filled

Posted by Mark Tubbs
In New Reviews, News & Notes
Tagged Joyce Meyers
March 30, 2011 @ 9:16 PM

Since this site was launched, thousands of visitors have clicked a link  intending to read our "review" of Joyce Meyers' 2006 book, Look Great, Feel Great: 12 Keys to Enjoying a Healthy Life Now. Up until now, they have been greeted with a disappointing blank white space.

My So-Called Online Life

Posted by Mark Tubbs
In News & Notes
February 22, 2011 @ 4:04 PM

I fell off the wagon - in more ways than one. Firstly, on doctor's orders I tapered off my medication to the second-lowest possible daily dosage. This is a good thing if it works. What wasn't so good was the withdrawal I began to experience, which was manageable, and the resurfacing of my underlying condition (Eosinophilic Pneumonia) evidenced by a continuous cough. Secondly, without the energy to keep up with this site, I fell off the blogging wagon.

People Think I Like Books...

Posted by Mark Tubbs
In News & Notes
Tagged books, what else?
January 25, 2011 @ 8:41 PM

...just because I write for Discerning Reader. And I do like books. Not any old book though.

When I did a stint as a Christmas rush clerk at Coles, the little brother of the Canadian Barnes & Noble equivalent, Chapters, I lost track of the amount of folks who assumed I felt like I had died and gone to heaven. Not so much, and not only because I knew where to get the books I wanted at prices cheaper than Coles, even after my employee discount.