About the author

This is me in my sweet spot.

Mike Freeman aka Pastor Topol, Caddy Pastor, Wordmonger, Mr. Fu, “Pastor-Doctor-Candyman-Mike”and other names less complimentary…I have pretty much had a lifelong love affair with books and reading and Word…I extend a simple plea: read more judge less love much

I live, eat, breathe, sleep, sweat words – and so what a huge blessing when I was asked to oversee Vineyard Boise’s bookstore (affectionately known as the BookCellar) back in August of 2006. I’m still pinching myself. If I needed additional evidence that there is, in fact, a God, I would need look no further than where I am.

Take. Read. Think. Live.

That’s the four word motto that sums up what I believe the BookCellar is all about. It’s a ministry serving the local body of Christ and beyond by getting good books into their hands and thereby, hopefully, getting good words into their mouths and into their minds and ultimately bearing the fruit of faith and hope and love in their lives. Of course, in picking up any book with a human author’s name on it, not every word is necessarily good and right and correct -which is why we need to learn discernment as we read. I have a simple standard in the books I carry in this store: if a book causes someone to think and thereby drives them to God, the Holy Spirit and Holy Writ to seek out the truth and to “prove all things” as Paul enjoins us, then it is a good book indeed. Francis Bacon said it well: “Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe or take for granted, but to weigh and consider.”

That’s my plea to everyone who passes through the BookCellar gates or that reads this page.

Come join me in my sweet spot.

Read more.
Judge less.
Love much.

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7 Responses to About the author

  1. Ron Bengtson says:

    Mike, I just found your wordpress blog. I was browsing the new Vineyard website and clicked on the Book Cellar link. What a great resource. I appreciate your book reviews. Thanks!

  2. Philip S. says:

    Hi Mike. I feel funny asking this of a guy with such a love of books, but Mike Morrell and I really appreciate your blog, and think you’d be an excellent candidate for our Speakeasy Blogger Network. Do you like to review off-the-beaten path faith, spirituality, and culture books? Speakeasy puts interesting books in your hands at no charge to you. You only get books when you request them, and it’s free to join. Sign up here, if you’d like: http://thespeakeasy.info

    You’re not on any contact lists, I promise; if you don’t respond, that’s it, and the invitation is open as long as you’re actively blogging. Hope you join us!

  3. Owen Egerton says:

    Mike-
    Really enjoy your blog. Always good to see passion in words and for words.
    Keep up the excellent work.

    Owen

  4. Hello, Mike! Mike Morrell asked me to contact you because he really appreciates your blog and thinks you’d be an excellent candidate for his Speakeasy Blogger Network. Do you like to review off-the-beaten path faith, spirituality, and culture books? Speakeasy puts interesting books in your hands at no charge to you. You only get books when you request them, and it’s free to join. Sign up here, if you’d like: http://thespeakeasy.info

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