Monday Update #85 – October 13, 2014

[alert-note] Note: Every Monday I will be posting about what I have been reading, listening, writing, and doing in my life. Hopefully it gives a little insight into my life. Enjoy! [/alert-note]

What I Enjoyed This Past Week

Norah Mae was Born! Last Monday we welcomed Norah Mae Schmidt to the world. Born on 6:11 pm, she was 7 lb, 7 oz and 21 inches long. Since then she has been a delight to her mother and I; while we are still working on the sleep-at-night thing, she has taught us a new meaning of love.

What I’m Reading (Books)

I am currently reading:

Last week I finished Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi. This is a great memoir of Nabeel’s journey, from growing up in a very conservative Muslim family, to researching the historicity of Christianity, to finally seeing Jesus as Lord and Savior. I really enjoyed this book, not just for his conversion story, but for also how reverently he portrays his former Muslim culture.

Last week I also finished Dangerous Calling:Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry by Paul David Tripp. A very helpful book that I really needed.

What I’m Reading (Articles)



  • I Survived a Weekend with the Cult of Oprah

    I’m determined to meet her. It feels like my destiny: to come to this House of Oprah and not find her physical form would be the ultimate failure. I have eight hours plus a press pass and am very sneaky. I will find Oprah. For moms everywhere, I will find Oprah at this Oprah weekend.


  • A Christian Apologist and an Atheist Thrive in an Improbable Bond

    The true paradox of “True Paradox” is that the volume might not have existed at all, or certainly would not exist in its present shape and voice, without the secular scientist as its midwife. And that odd reality is testament to a rare brand of mutual civility in the culture wars, with their countervailing trends of religious fundamentalism and dogmatic atheism.

Brandon Schmidt

I am Brandon Schmidt: writer, husband, father, brother, reader, and laugher.

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