Author Archives: Mark LaGrone

About Mark LaGrone

Discipleship and Assimilation Pastor at Collierville First Baptist Church outside of Memphis, TN.

From Broken to a Work of Art

In our minds we always have these aspirations of how we want our lives to turn out. For most of us the end product is nothing like we thought it would be when we were young. Sure; some things have … Continue reading

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Why You Should Read Fiction

I just need to vent a little today. Seems like every few weeks I see a post or a blog that suggests reading fiction is a waste of time or at the very least not beneficial. Some of this I see … Continue reading

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What Happened In My Year of Reading 100 Books

A couple of people have asked me how my goal of reading 100 books in a year went. I found it to be an interesting experiment. Let go ahead and give you a spoiler alert – I did not reach … Continue reading

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One of the Things You Dread Most In Life

Sitting in my chair reflecting back over the last two weeks. My father, who has Alzheimer’s, has taken a turn for the worse. For the last two weeks he has not know who any of us are. It is a … Continue reading

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This past week I had the honor to perform a funeral service for a brother of a friend. As a minister it is always a privilege when someone invites you into the intimate moments of their lives such as a … Continue reading

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The Theft of Memory by Jonathan Kozol

This is the first book I have read by Jonathan Kozol. I found his style to be easy to read and yet he seemed to use a wider range of vocabulary than most writer these days.  What drew me to … Continue reading

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Unusual Blessings In An Unusual Place

In my day job I make hospital visits on a regular basis and many times I visit people in hospice. One of the hospice places that I visit is the Baptist Reynolds Hospice House. This place is amazing and the … Continue reading

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In Love……

Reading throughout the book of Ephesians I was stopped in my tracks by these two simple words the other day. Ephesians 1:4-5 says that “In Love” God chose me and adopted me. People have children for all sorts of reasons. … Continue reading

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“The Fold” by Peter Clines

I have not read many science fiction books and I am not sure why. I was looking for something different to read and this came across my radar. This is the first book by this author I have read, but … Continue reading

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“The Porcelain Thief” by Hun Hsu

This is a different book than I normally review, but I was intrigued by the description. I am glad I was given a chance to read the book. I loved the book and the story behind it. Not only did … Continue reading

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