“The Ironsmith,” by Nicholas Guild: An outstanding historical novel

This new novel from Nicholas Guild is a damned good read -- at once a deeply intriguing historical novel and a keep-the-pages-turning tale of intrigue and suspense. The novel is set in the area of Galilee, Capernaum and Jerusalem in the days just before the New Testament documents came to be. The protagonist is Noah, … Continue reading “The Ironsmith,” by Nicholas Guild: An outstanding historical novel

A new poem coming up, and an interview with the author …

You can check out the table of contents for the May edition of Every Day Poets right here. I'm on there twice (OK, three times, but one is a mistake). My poem, A Buddha's Walk, will appear May 6. Later in May, EDP will publish an interview with yours truly. Apparently, a lot of people … Continue reading A new poem coming up, and an interview with the author …

Review: “The Language of God” by Francis S. Collins

I ran across this at the library a couple of weeks ago, and snatched it up. I had read brief interviews with Dr. Francis S. Collins, leader of the Human Genome Project, and I had seen snippets from essays he'd written. He's a world-renowned scientist who is unabashedly Christian, so I figured he would have … Continue reading Review: “The Language of God” by Francis S. Collins

Review of “Nothing Special: Living Zen”

"Nothing Special: Living Zen" by Charlotte Joko Beck This book has been around for years, but I only got around to reading it recently. "Nothing Special" is decidedly Western in approach. It is designed in short segments, each relating to a specific idea and all pointed toward applying zen in a practical way to your … Continue reading Review of “Nothing Special: Living Zen”