The Broken Way

Ann Voskamp's style is hard for some people to take. Her books are prose poetry, and those who are interested in a strictly academic systematic theology will be disappointed. I find that her writing style is the most common criticism by people who don't like her books. I, however, love the way she writes. It's like an amalgam of T.S. Eliot and Bonhoeffer.

Another criticism I've heard of Voskamp is that her theology is heretical mysticism that perverts the gospel. I read one "discernment" blogger saying that she could hear the whispering of the serpent through Ann Voskamp's writing. I honestly don't get this one at all. I didn't find any trace of bad doctrine in this book at all. Maybe she emphasizes things in a different way than I would, maybe she uses non-standard theological vocabulary, but what she is presenting here is a pretty solid theology of suffering such as Martin Luther would have undoubtedly approved. She's also probably more well…

Christmas Playlist

Well, Advent is in full swing and that means preparations for Christmas are at the forefront of everyones' minds. And, of course, when you're doing all that wrapping, making, boxing and baking, you need something to listen to. So here's my playlist of the things I've been listening to the most this holiday season.

1. Downe in Yon Forrest by Kemper Crabb

My new favorite Christmas album

2. The Nutcracker Suite by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra

Tchaikovsky gets the Ellington Treatment. Simply fantastic!

3. 40 Essential Carols by The Queen's College Choir, Cambridge

This one has almost all of my favorite carols in one place.

4. A Charlie Brown Christmas by The Vince Guaraldi Trio

Classic Christmas jazz and nostalgia.

5. The Messiah by Handel (conducted by Christopher Hogwood)

This recording by the Academy of Ancient Music conducted by Christopher Hogwood is regarded as the best recording of The Messiah. And Handel's Messiah, in my opinion, is the greatest piece of musical art ever created.

Runners up:

Christmas by Alabama
City on a Hill: It's Christmastime