Idols of the Heart By Elyse Fitzpatrick

The subtitle of this book is learning to long for God alone. When I think of idols I personally think of all the beautiful temples in SE Asia. People flock to these for comfort and reassurance but also they are teeming with tourists such as me at the time. I never thought I had a problem with idols as this is what I thought they were, stone or metal images. How misguided we can be. Elyse opens up many different areas we can love ‘with all our heart and mind’ but also brings us back to what is real and true and also important. We may only think of God in a box on one side of our lives and the rest in another but that is not how it is to be. The last chapter is titled ‘delighting in God’ which is hard at various stages of our lives but to quote a very wise prophet ‘how now shall we live?’ We are to have a worldview that encompasses all. This is a very easy to read book but sometimes not so easy to digest. Recommended with many stars or thumbs up, whatever your preference.

Mumford

Enjoyable little movie made about 10 years ago. A civil servant, who is sick of the rat race, bails on his entire life and winds up in Mumford, hence the title. His choice of vocation/employment is as a psychologist. He figures people have always liked talking to him and he is a great listener. It works. Suddenly he is very popular in town but you can guess the formula and how things are going to turn out. The ride is fun and sometimes a little predictability is relaxing. Some stellar performances from the peripheral roles make this even more likeable.

What Color is your Parachute? 2009 edition by Richard N. Bolles

I know this is an oldie but he does update every year. I read through this yesterday and found it quite helpful. The main thing I came away with…do what you are passionate about! Wow – what a concept. I tell my kids this all the time. You can make it work financially especially if you are genuinely content. Have I taken my own advice? We shall see about that but it has given me very different food for thought. In today’s weird market, which he addresses, we have lay-offs as well as daily changes in technology. Are we prepared? Do we need to change direction? Definitely a good place to either start or to add to your own personal continuing education.

The Honk and Holler Opening Soon By Billie Letts

My oh my, this has to be one of the sweetest books I have ever read. Characters you can really sink your teeth into and fall in love with. Set in a small town in Oklahoma, a Vietnam veteran runs the Honk and Holler which is a café serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. As you would expect there are various locals of different flavours who go to the café for food but especially company. They are greeted with coffee and conversation. There is the usual gossip mongering but also everyone just keeping up on the news of their town and its residents. Maybe clichéd but the characters include the runaway girl, the widower looking for love and the group of old men, World War II vets, who meet daily for something to do. There are several different people who converge on this little restaurant and their stories are maybe somewhat melodramatic but this is fiction and by golly coincidences do happen. Staged over a period from Christmas of one year to the next there is drama, love and sadness. What more do you want? Obviously I liked this book which was very easy to read and no problem to recommend.