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 2

Last year I shared a playlist of Christmas music I was listening to at the time. I'm still enjoying all of that music (especially Downe in Yon Forrest which is officially my favorite Christmas album ever), but there is also another sort of Christmas album to consider. These are the albums you listen to, not when you're sitting and enjoying a peaceful meal or sitting in front of your lit tree, but when you're in the hustle and bustle, wrapping, laughing, decorating, cooking. The fun, bouncy music that sets the mood for the season. This year, I'm posting a list of the fun, bouncy holiday music for the boisterous parts of the season.

1. Barenaked for the Holidays
I've been a Barenaked Ladies fan for a long time, and they never do things by halves. Their Holiday album is no exception. It is jam packed with fun, happy renditions of favorite Christmas songs, and a few of their own thrown in. This is one of our family's favorites at Christmas time (or Hannukah time for that matter).

2. A Very She & Him Christmas
This is the most low-key of the selections on this list, but when She & Him sing classic pop Christmas songs, they often do them better than the original. Their gender-swapped version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is hilarious.

3. Christmas with the Chipmunks
A true Christmas classic. I remember that even ALF listened to this for Christmas. (And if you're too young to remember ALF, I feel sorry for you.)

4. Veggie Tales Holiday Pack
Okay, so I'm cheating here. I like so many songs from both of the Veggie Tales Christmas albums, that I decided to choose both. "The Incredible Singing Christmas Tree" and "A Very Veggie Christmas" are staples in the Davis house.

5. Boogie Woogie Christmas
This is new to us this year, but I predict that Brian Setzer's  swing/blues renditions of Christmas songs are going to be with us for a long time. Our kids especially love his version of Jingle Bells.