Book List 2015

Here’s a list of all the books I read in 2015. (r) indicates a repeat reading. (*) indicates a book that had an especial impact on me. A lot of my reading last year was prompted by my trip through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Truyen Kieu, Vietnam’s national...

God (and Love) and Family, Part 5

(This is the final part of my essay “God (and Love) and Family”: you can find the first four parts here.) My theological studies only lasted a year: in the years since, I’ve often regretted that false start. Now, I’m taking units in Biblical...

God (and Love) and Family, Parts 1-4

My parents couldn’t agree on where to have me christened. Neither one of them was especially religious but, like circumcision, baptism was one of those forms that parents in the 80s felt they had to honour. Mum was raised Methodist – had even been a Sunday...

Some Thoughts on ‘Breaking Bad’

I watched the final season of Breaking Bad over the weekend – all sixteen episodes in the space of two days. I found it gripping and funny, but also quite shallow for a show that’s mentioned in the same breath as The Sopranos and The Wire. The Sopranos is the...

God (and Love) and Family, Part 4

There’s a scene in the movie Higher Ground where Vera Farmiga – playing a woman on a Christian commune – stands in front of her bathroom mirror, willing the Holy Spirit to manifest itself in her. “Come on, Holy Spirit, come on,” she croons, breathing...