“O Lord, make this Lenten season different from the other ones. Let me find you again. Amen.” —Henri Nouwen

On the Shelf for July 2022


by Jan Baker

Do you have an old camera stashed somewhere from long ago? Do you have a box full of old pictures or a bunch of old albums that you like to look at from way back? We do. Sometimes when you look at these old pictures you will see something you never noticed before, maybe in the background or in a facial expression.

The Camera Never LiesThis month’s book is entitled, The Camera Never Lies by David Rawlings. This is a story about Daniel, a young husband and father who inherits an old camera from his grandfather, an Olympus HS-10 Infinity. He has wanted to get his hands on this his whole life. He starts to take a lot of pictures, but when he gets them developed the pictures aren’t exactly what he took or what he thought he took. The more he takes the more confused he becomes. He starts to blame other folks for using his camera. What is happening and why? He deliberately starts checking every picture he takes, but still the pictures show him something else altogether. What is happening? Can the pictures actually be telling the real picture? I wonder?

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