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…

More Music for Grading

One thing I've learned over my years as a teacher is that having some mighty good music playing makes grading exams and papers remarkably easier. Last year I shared the music I was listening to for grading purposes. I thought I'd share my playlist for final exam grading this year as well.

1. Gillian Welch, Revival

2. Elvis Costello, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane

3. Freelance Whales, Weathervanes

4. Johnny Cash, Songs of Our Soil

5. Feist, The Reminder