My life’s passion has been to connect the love of learning and the love of God and I have focused my work in the arena of higher education. I’m a voracious reader and love sharing the insights I draw from that reading via reviews and other posts on this blog as well as in the teaching that I do. I read widely in areas of history, biography, literary and science fiction, science writing, mysteries, and even a book or two on baseball! And I read deeply in the area of theology as part of my work in collegiate ministry. Late in life, I’ve discovered an artist inside (not necessarily a great one!) who expresses himself in writing, photography, singing with with Capriccio Columbus, and participating in the Worthington Area Art League with my wife, a painter. I grew up in Youngstown, Ohio and have been posting a series on Saturdays on “Growing Up In Working Class Youngstown.”
While I am a person of faith as a follower of Christ, I hope the blog will be a meeting place for anyone who cares about good literature, who loves books and reading, and wants to talk about ideas that matter. We live in an amazingly diverse mosaic of peoples and ideas which can either be the source of endless conflict or the opportunity for rich engagement with one another across our differences in pursuing together goodness, truth, and beauty in our world. My hope is that this blog will contribute to the latter.
A note for those who would like me to review their book: First, I suggest reading my post, “How I Choose Books to Review.” At any given time, I have several books I’ve committed to review and a good number of others I’ve acquired because of my interests. Therefore, I say “no” to almost all requests for reviews, unless it is something I happen to be immediately interested in. It’s not about your book, it is just a case of too many books, too little time!
Finally, although this is probably self-evident, the views on this blog are my own (or those of the books, authors, and interviewees I feature on this blog) and do not represent the views of any organization with which I am affiliated including the collegiate ministry with which I am employed.