Stuff that Inspires Me

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014
  1. OKAY FOR NOW

    I am one of the many adults who loves to read YA (Young Adult) books.  The good ones are good literature, but tend to be one step more direct than their fully adult counterparts.  One of my favorite YA novelists is Gary Schmidt.  You know he is a favorite because I recommend him even though he is a prof at Calvin College (in Grand Rapids, MI), the rival of my alma mater, Hope College.  But I digress.

    OKAY FOR NOW is a novel that will inspire you on many levels (and maybe cause you to shed a tear) — including his exploration of the power of art on the soul of a young, lonely kid.

  2. ASHER LEV

    Something I am attempting to do on my website is give insight into the mind of an artist.  If you want that sort of glimpse in the form of a compelling novel, read My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok.  Of added interest to me is how this book explores the intersection of faith and art (in this case in the world of Orthodox Judaism).