Oct 21, 2013

For the Love of Books: A Prayer for Owen Meany

Here at The High Calling, we are word people. We love books and we love to hear about books you love. On Monday mornings in October, we've asked a few of our readers to share about a book that has influenced their life in some way. Today we welcome writer...Read more +
Oct 10, 2013

Rediscover the Quiet Joy of Patience and Baseball

For my husband’s fiftieth birthday we travel three hours to watch his favorite Major League Baseball team play an afternoon game. We have needed a getaway for some time—each slipping into a flurry of busy, slipping away from each other. I sit in the passenger seat, slide my arm around...Read more +
Oct 3, 2013

Books on Culture: Life After Art, Pt. 5

In the final chapter of Life after Art: What You Forgot about Life and Faith Since You Left the Art Room , Matt Appling tells the story of a mission trip he took to Mexico one summer. The group’s guide explained to them the three types of houses in rural...Read more +
Aug 19, 2013

Books on Family: The Secrets of Happy Families, Part three

My wife Maile and I looked at each other. She laughed nervously. “Is now a good time?” I asked. “As good a time as ever,” she said. “You look a little anxious,” I said, smiling. She laughed again. I walked to the stairs and called down to our older two...Read more +
Aug 5, 2013

Books on Family: The Secrets of Happy Families, Part one

“What would you boys think if we started having family meetings every Sunday night?” I venture in casually, trying to keep my voice light as I pass the green beans around the table. Two pairs of teen-age-boy eyes regard me suspiciously, aware that their father is out for the evening...Read more +
Jul 22, 2013

Books on Faith: The Sabbath World, Week Four

Eighteen years ago, my wife and I courted over a distance of 1700 miles. Though our courtship consisted mainly of lengthy phone calls and heartfelt letters, it was in those moments when I made myself still—to sit down and read a card she had sent or re-read a hand-written letter—that...Read more +
Jul 11, 2013

Rooted: Loyalty to a Way of Life

My mother’s father was a coal miner —a hard-drinking man with rough hands who laughed easily and loved children. Mining was hard work, and sometimes dangerous, but it paid a fair wage. That was something a man with little education and a growing family in rural West Virginia could appreciate...Read more +
Jul 3, 2013

Books on Faith: The Sabbath World by Judith Shulevitz

In the introduction to her book The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time , Judith Shulevitz says of the Conservative synagogue in San Juan she attended as a child, “…The building, a ruined mansion starting to crumble, smelled of wood rot. It had termites. The specks of...Read more +
Jun 6, 2013

Books on Work: Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath, Part One

On Mondays in June we’ll be discussing Chip and Dan Heath’s latest book Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work . This week we cover the introduction through chapter four. Chip and Dan Heath want to help us make better decisions. It is not enough, they say,...Read more +
May 6, 2013

Books on Culture: The Life of the Body

“Being made one with Christ, we are made one with all who belong to Christ, united with the church in every time and place. One people…one body…” The pastor stands in front of the communion table and says these words, and I feel the power of truth course through me—enlarging...Read more +