Book Talk: Thriving on a Teacher’s Salary, Etc.

I don’t usually promote the Crosstalk Show here, but Monday’s topic and guest may be of interest to readers.

Danny Kofke, author of How to Survive (and Perhaps Thrive) on a Teacher’s Salary, will be the guest that day at 2pm. He’s been on CNN, Fox and Friends, MSNBC Live and a host of others talking about how to make it possible to live on one income. The book has a lot of money saving tips and ideas on getting out of debt while still enjoying life’s blessings. You can listen live at 2pm Central at the website or to the archived show later. The mp3 is usually posted at the website by 5pm. Here is his website which has article and interview links in the right hand column. In these times of belt tightening, everyone can benefit from the information he shares from his own experience.

Here’s a short annotated bibliography of some of the books I am reading or preparing to read both for Crosstalk and for pleasure.

Domesticated Jesus by Harry L. Kraus, Jr. – This book outlines how we recreate Jesus into an image that suits the life we want and the thinking of the age. The irreverent and sometimes blasphemous treatment of Jesus Christ by Christians is fruit of this attempt to recast the Son of God in our own image. The chapters take readers through the various ways we try to “domesticate” the Lord of the Universe. Chapter titles include Domesticating Jesus by my Own Immature Faith, Domesticating Jesus by Acting Christian, Domesticating Jesus by Underestimating the Power of the Gospel, and Domesticating Jesus by Underestimating His Power. Those are just a few samples. The author will be with us soon on the radio show to talk about his book.

Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal by T. David Gordon – Dr. Gordon looks at changes in worship from the fresh viewpoint of a Media Ecology perspective. Changes in music have changed the way we think, and the way we worship – or are even able to worship. The musical culture we are immersed in has altered our ability to understand other genres of music – so much so that we find them strangely unhelpful. This means that worship has become a conflict area, rather than a source of unity. Dr. Gordon not only shows the problems, he also provides solutions – it’s important, because how we sing affects how we live. Dr. Gordon teaches at Grove City College. He’ll be with me next Wednesday, the 23rd.

Windswept by Mary Ellen Chase – Windswept is a novel set on the coast of Maine, a place that the author knew well. She owned a home there by the same name and it provided the inspiration for this book. It was published back in 1941. The author’s prose is so beautiful. The descriptions of people and the home called “Windswept” is pure art. I found myself wanting to find the place she described in its wild beauty, and meet one character in particular, Jan, an immigrant from Europe who plays a part throughout the story. The sheer decency, hard work and soul of the man made me think of him as a sort of archetype for what manhood was intended to be. Jan worked wonders with his rough hands even though his heart always held a yearning for his homeland that he had left. He was my favorite character in the story. A restful book.

Other interesting new titles I have received that I haven’t had time to read yet are Forged in Faith: How Faith Shaped the Birth of the Nation 1607-1776 by Rod Gragg (a beautiful hardcover), In God We Trust: Why Biblical Authority Matters for Every Believer by Steve Ham, The Faithful Parent: A Biblical Guide to Raising a Family by Martha Peace and Stuart W. Scott and God’s Lyrics: Rediscovering Worship Through Old Testament Songs by Douglas Sean O’Donnell. I have several more coming, including one on the relationship between adult children and their parents that looks really good.

So if you’re looking for some reading ideas this summer, there are some recommendations!

8 thoughts on “Book Talk: Thriving on a Teacher’s Salary, Etc.

  1. Jimetta says:

    I have read Windswept, too, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Keep us posted on the book regarding adult children and their relationship with their parents. I have passed into the receiving end of that phase of life and hope it gets better.

  2. Kris W. says:

    I don’t know if I can catch this program but I’ll try. Thanks
    for the list of books. They all sound like great reads in
    there own way. I love sitting outside after 5:30 to read or
    just sit. Enjoy the day…Kris

  3. FreyaP says:

    Oh you mentioned one of my favorite authors – Mary Ellen Chase. I discovered her books while recuperating from a broken leg when my husband brought home some librarian recommended books. I also love “A Goodly Heritage” and “This England”. She wrote essays as well but haven’t read those yet. Thank you for the suggestions. The new books out sound really good.

  4. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    Jimetta, I just found the title for the book you were interested in. It’s brand new, coming out this week, and I’ll get a copy in the next few days. I’m definitely interviewing on this topic as I think many struggle with some of the difficulties in this area.

    You Never Stop Being a Parent: Thriving in Relationship With Your Adult Children by Jim Newheiser and Elyse Fitzpatrick.

    It’s published by P and R books, http://www.prpbooks.com. They have so many wonderful books out lately.

  5. Lisa K says:

    Ingrid I looked up Mary Ellen Chase and see she wrote several books. Are her novels part of a series or are they stand alone books? I always like to start with an author’s earliest book if possible. Have you read any of her other books?

  6. Paulab says:

    Any ideas on books for preteen girls who love action and adventure would be much appreciated. Everything right now revolves around vampires = very disturbing. Thanks for the great ideas!

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