First published in the noughties, Making Sense, Travel Mercies, and Thinking on the Run have recently been reissued by Graceworks, and updated with new Prefaces by Soo-Inn Tan. These three volumes contain reflections on life and death, music and movies, friendships, work, and more.
Making Sense is a collection of essays that struggles to apply a Christian mindset to the realities of daily life. They stem from the conviction that if God is real, then He and His Word must be relevant to the struggles that we face in the world. If God is real He must be real in all areas of life. Any division of life into “sacred” and “secular” compartments is an approach to faith and spirituality that will not hold.
Travel Mercies provides good company and is a good guide through the disappointments, frustrations, and grief of our mortality. Yet the central message of this honest and indeed transparent book is that by God’s grace, in whatsoever state we’re in, there are lessons to learn that “godliness with contentment is great gain”. “When we speak from our lives personally, we share far more than we realise would ever be appreciated by others. Indeed, when I apologize “this is most intimately Me”, it turns out to be “most universally You!” I hope you will find this is true of Travel Mercies, as I have found it to be for myself.”
“In Thinking on the Run, the honesty, the pithiness, and the fun combine. This is the Pacific Century, we are told, so it is appropriate that a writer on the tip of the Pacific Rim should bless so many people through the internet. Soo-Inn not only runs the race but also thinks on the run. Here his thoughts are preserved to be explored at leisure. So taste them, savour them, ponder them.”
From the Foreword of Thinking on the Run, by Dr Miriam Adeney