What I Am Reading

Those of you who know me or have been following the Provocative Christian Blog for awhile know that I am a voracious reader. I am one of those people who walked into a bookstore or library on a regular basis and literally sighs, “so many books, so little time”. My Amazon wish list for books is about a hundred long! The topics can be a varied as psychology, history, economics, scfi-fi fantasy and of course all things religious. I hope you will be inspired to pick up one or two of the books that will show up on this page and look forward to a dialogue with you on what we learn together.


  1. Beth Impson says:

    Dan, I’ve enjoyed browsing your excellent meditations. I found this weblog through Sue Bohlin at Facebook, and will join your network there. God bless your ministry. — Beth Impson

  2. Kitty Morse says:

    Hello, Dan:

    Being new to Facebook, I followed the link of a foodie website, and reached you. How interesting! Since you are perhaps interested in food, as well, I wanted to make you aware of my newly re-released cookbook, A Biblical Feast (slightly provocative, but not too!) I am the author/ publisher this time around, so don’t hesitate to get a hold of me if you have questions. All the best,

    Kitty Morse


    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Kitty Morse
    e-mail: kitty@kittymorse.com
    Contact Kitty for quantity discounts

    A Biblical Feast: Ancient Mediterranean Flavors for Today’s Table (second edition. Updated with all new color food photography. Originally published as A Biblical Feast: Foods from the Holy Land for Today.
    by Kitty Morse. $18.95 paper with flaps
    8 x 8 inches. Index, Biblical Menus
    Publication date: July 2009

    A land of wheat, and barley, and vines,
    and fig trees, and pomegranates;
    a land of oil olive and honey.

    In A BIBLICAL FEAST, Morse presents a fascinating overview of what the people of Scripture ate and why.
    Herb-coated goat cheese, pungent garlic and leeks, succulent lamb, fresh sardines, tender fava beans, honey sweet dates, crunchy pistachios and almonds…Although we usually think of the ancient Hebrews and early Christians eating only “manna from heaven” and the oft quoted “loaves and fishes,” the Bible tells us that a cornucopia of delicious foods sustained the inhabitants of the Jordan River Valley. Most foodstuffs are still prominent on today’s Mediterranean table, yet, we know little about their rich legacy.
    In A Biblical Feast: Ancient Mediterranean Flavors for Today’s Table, Kitty Morse describes the foods of this ancient Mediterranean diet. She includes detailed descriptions of the 84 primary foods mentioned in the Bible. Many of these ancient ingredients, such as lentils, leeks, garlic, almonds, figs, olives and honey remain staples of contemporary Mediterranean kitchens. She offers nearly fifty kitchen-tested recipes for dishes the people of the Holy Land might have prepared, based on the foodstuffs mentioned. Biblical quotes are paired with each recipe, and Morse explains the foods’ culinary, historical and spiritual links. She reminds us that the people of the Holy Land were simple folk—farmers, fishermen and carpenters—who ate uncomplicated yet wholesome food that never goes out of style.
    Since the time of Moses, it has been customary to seal almost every pact and celebrate every occasion, whether secular or religious, with a communal meal. Food, drink, and shared meals were not only essential to physical life, but the authors of Scripture also employed them in symbolic ways to convey spirituality. A Biblical Feast provides new ways to enjoy these rituals and find greater meaning in these ancient Mediterranean foods.
    Sample dishes include:
    Cumin-Laced Garbanzo Bean Spread
    Sesame-Almond-Nigella Mix
    Lentil Salad with Watercress and Goat Cheese
    Leeks with Olive Oil, Vinegar, and Mustard Seed

    Main meals
    Jacob’s Pottage of Lentils,
    Barley, Mustard Greens, and Mint
    Saffroned Millet with Raisins and Walnuts

    The recipes work!

  3. Dear Dan,

    I came across your page as I searched for an appropriate verse for our Thanksgiving special edition publication. I was searching for the Bible verse of give thanks in all things.

    I like your article and copied it for the publication and gave you credit as well.
    Our publication East Texas Review is a free regional weekly community newspaper that features a Gospel Spotlight instead of religion. Please feel free to contribute to our publication at anytime so both Christians and non-Christians can learn.

    Thanks for all that you do.

    Blessings always


  4. Donna says:

    I just pulled out my back last week and dealing with the numerous visits to my Chiropractor and staying on ice! Making joke of my situation, on my Facebook Wall, I offered up my unfortunate to anyone else’s use for humor and such…It made me think of something I have been saying lately, especially when I am driving and deal with people that aren’t being the most considerate about- slap me on the right, then slap me on the left…I wasn’t 100% sure of the exact qoute and where in the bible I read it, so I went to http://www.ask.com and put in my version to see what comes up and whala…your site! I was overjoyed that I was able to copy and paste to my facebook the exact quote and that I read in Matthew! Now I’m a Fan on Facebook and look forward to sharing this site with others and my “new” outlook in Faith lately…With thanks to one of my daughters who found a relationship with Christ, she opened my eyes to the TRUTH and deeping my relationship and knowing Christ died for our salvation once and for all! All these years of rituals, now are behind me and I won’t say that you don’t need to read the Bible to hear the Good News!
    “But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also” Matthew 5:39

  5. Ali B says:

    This is a great blog and resource! I think you’ve effectively summed up my faith. Thank you for having such a great spirit and I hope the Lord continues to prosper your work.


  6. This is a very creative idea and not only is it creative, but true. I like your idea of the provocative Christian. I don’t have wordpress, I am on blogspot. But I most certainly will be checking in on your post. I read some of the others and they are all inspiring and well written.

    God Bless.

  7. Joyce Glass says:

    You came up on the fastest growing blog list. I see we share some same thoughts on our living the Christian life. I just moved my blog from Tumblr, and love Word Press. So, not too much on my blog yet, but you can feel free to check it out. I am subscribing to your blog as well. May uou continue to be radical in your walk with Christ!


  8. Helen says:

    I was trying to explain ‘turn the other cheek ‘ to a non Christian!! Thank you!!

  9. Stefanie says:

    I am no longer certain where you are getting your info,
    however good topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or working
    out more. Thank you for great info I used to be looking for this info for my

  10. JESUS (May he be blessed forever) IN CHRISTIANITY: The second member of the Triune God, the Son of the first part of the Triune God, and at the same time “fully” God in every respect.
    JESUS (May he be blessed forever) IN ISLAM: A very elect and highly esteemed messenger of God. No Muslim is a Muslim if he does not believe this.

    Al Quran: Surah/Chapter 005 – Al-Mâ’idah. Verse 75.
    The Messiah, son of Mary (Jesus), was no other than a messenger, messengers (the like of whom) had passed away before him. And his mother (Mary) was a saintly woman. And they both used to eat (earthly) food. See how we make the revelations clear for them, and see how they are turned away!

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