Turning Down Corners: Books on the Nightstand

urning down page corners, and a bit of me turns too, a leaf turning, a heart turning, a turning to see I don’t walk alone.




The Scent of Water: Grace for Every Kind of Broken

Naomi Zacharias (Zondervan)

{Daughter of Ravi Zacharias, Naomi can tell a story like her father. She writes of broken around the world, in her own life — and how Jesus is a grace for every kind of broken. A book I’m finding hard to put down…}

Page Corner Turned:

“People say there are things in life that can’t be explained or fully described, that you will just know when you see it and when you experience it.

They say that love is one of those things.

And I know that grace is another.

When it was help open to me in pure form, it broke something that lived deep within, something unpredictable and raw that was seemingly fastened like a tumor to my heart, responding with an uprising when provoked or lying quietly in wait, but always present.

Grace shattered the fastenings and transformed the fragments into something like freedom.

And I experienced a faintly familiar and distant feeling of holding my head up, as though God Himself was gently lifting my chin to look toward Him. It was powerful.

And it accomplished an infinitely greater transformation and restoration in me than the rebukes, criticism, the indifference, and the loaded acceptance that seemed to sentence me to an eternity of being the lesser person.”


King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus

Timothy Keller (Dutton: Redeemer Imprint)

{Simply a five star book. I’m going to be reading everything Keller’s written… }

Page Corner Turned:

“When Jesus says, “I am the Lord of the Sabbath, I can give you rest,” Jesus means that He is the Sabbath.

He is the source of the deep rest we need.

He has come to completely change the way we rest.

The one-day-a-week rest we take is just a taste of the deep divine rest we need — and Jesus is its source.”


The Pursuit of the Holy

Simon Ponsonby (David C. Cook)

{New author to me — but Mark Buchanan wrote the forward. Yes, enough said. I stopped half way through this book and began again. So much I didn’t want to miss, but really understand about the complete and utter Holiness of God.}

Page Corner Turned:

“Any form of holiness that leads to someone looking like they just drank a gallon of vinegar is not Biblical holiness; it is more likely Pharisaism.

The church has lost something of this notion of holiness as happiness. We need to look at the Jews celebrating Sabbath, their holiest of times. Men gather in the streets, linking arms and dancing. Home is turned into a place of wonder and glory as families welcome the Sabbath.

How much more should the church now celebrate holiness joyfully, knowing that the Messiah Jesus has come and, in one day, by his death for us at Golgatha, taken away all our sin?

Jesus himself said that he wanted our joy to be complete and that this completion would come through obedience to his commandments (John 15:9-11 ESV).”



One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow

Scot McKnight (Zondervan)

{This book is foundational: What does it mean to really be a Christian? What does it look like to really and truly follow Christ? Deeply Biblical, very compelling. This one is a birthday gift for a young man in our house…. about to embark on his one life, and I heard him say to a younger brother yesterday: “Only one life, will soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last. Live for Jesus.”}

Page Corner Turned:

Jesus has entered into your suffering and into your disgraces and into your depressions and into your shames and into your pains.

The cross is not just a redemptive place for the follower of Jesus. The cross is also the solidarity place where God joined us in our deepest death…

At the cross Jesus enters into our pain, into our tragedies, into our justices, and into the systemic evil we have created and into the sins we have ourselves committed. But His solidarity with us is also an act of redemption…

His Golgotha morphs into our Golgotha, and and His Grace morphs into our Grace.


And in the quiet turning of pages in the fringe hours…

I turn and find myself a bit more found.