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First, a question:

What are you reading? I ask because I love books, and am always on the lookout for new reads. So keep that question in mind for the comments, ok?

Now, since I’ve let you go first, allow me to make some recommendations for books that will knock your socks off:

In the category of “Best book about Jesus I’ve ever read” is:

John Eldredge’s Beautiful Outlaw. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Once you read it your view of Jesus will never be the same. Promise.

As a free plug, and if you’re at all interested in a closer walk with Jesus, I highly recommend you check out some of the resources on the Ransomed Heart webstore. Lifechanging.

In the “Best New Book About Sports and Jesus” category, we have:


My My Internet Name Rival’s new book, Love Thy Rival, about what sports’ greatest rivalries teach us about Jesus’ command to love our enemies.

Coincident with the release of this book, Chad has partnered with Samaritan’s Purse to build a clinic in Haiti. Check out the campaign, and support your team against its rival.


Last, but not least, in the category of “Best Book About Jesus and Zombies,” is Clay Morgan’s new book, Undead: Revived, Resuscitated, and Reborn. Professor Morgan has his finger firmly on the pulse of pop culture (well, technically zombies don’t have a pulse, and will eat you if you try to take it. But I digress), while being firmly rooted in history, and scripture. Don’t miss this book!

So there are three books I’m reading (expect full reviews in the coming days) right now. Again: what are you reading? Share in the comments.

Here is a list of random bullet(point)s for your Friday:

•Recently, in trying to explain to my son what an estate sale was–how surviving family members try sell off a departed loved one’s assets, he completely misunderstood that last word there. (Perhaps they’re working those off trying to move the merch? Or maybe I need to reassess these dialogues?)

Alton Brown and I had a bit of a playful spat on Twitter this past Wednesday. I asked him to help me prank Kevin Haggerty. He participated alright–just not as I’d hoped. I guess I’d call it a backhanded compliment. Maybe he was mad that I called him
“Mr. Brown?” Regardless, by now, A.B. has surely forgotten about me. It’s ok, I still love you, man! (You, too, Kevin). Now bring back Good Eats!

•Hands down the best thing I saw on the Internet this week was Amanda Bast’s ‘Mystery Project. It’s video with contributions from throughout the blogosphere that she cleverly edited together in celebration of her boyfriend, Joseph’s, birthday. Why Ricky “Mr.” Anderson was asked to participate, and I was not, is still a mystery to me. (It’s probably because he’s younger, smarter, and better looking! Darnit!)

•For more “Internet Awesome,” look over to the right, and down just bit, at my blogroll. Like eggrolls, but awesomer, and like for your mind, and stuff. (Speaking of awesome, Knox McCoy, I’m still waiting for my invite. What gives?) 😉

•I leave you with this picture Andi Cumbo posted on Facebook:


Peace out, peeps! Make a great weekend!

Been busy today. So instead of a regular post, thought I’d drop some odds and ends on you:


After buying it two years ago, I’m finally reading Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. It’s a fun, easy read, and its author, Seth Grahame-Smith, does a good job of tying the vampire story to the times. If there’s weakness, it’s that structurally the story harks back to the epistolary novels of yore, and thus errs more on the “tell,” than the “show,” side. But still it’s fun.

I give it two random thumbs up.



On an entirely unrelated note, Kevin Haggerty breaks it down today about how, like Lady Gaga, he’s caught in a bad bromance. Call him “Kevin Haggerty, Bromance Killer.” Or something. Anyway, I’ve read his post, and isn’t it ironic that the author of “The I Love Man Dot Net” Internet site is weirded out by dude love?

The more I think about it, the more I believe that what Kevin is really telling us is that he relaxes to the soothing strains of Kenny G while in his bubble baths. That’s subtext, people.

Anyway, it would be really awesome if those of who are reading would do two things:

1) Head to Kevin’s site, and drop an “I love you, man” on him in the comments; and/or,
2) If you’re a dude, and you’re on Twitter, tweet @kevinrhaggerty “I love you, man”

This should be all kinds of awesome! Let the games begin!

(Kevin, if you read this: it’s all in fun. I only razz dudes I respect. It’s in guys handbook of life. In other words, “I love you, man!”)

How about you? Have you read Grahame-Smith’s book? (Or read anything else recently?) Do you know Kevin, and love him? Share in the comments.

If you ever said to yourself “Self, I wonder what that RandomlyChad sounds like, you know, in real life.”

Well, wonder more:

YouTube Video

For those that have been asking (you know who you are), that was my first ever vlog! I know it’s not an “accent” piece, per se–but it was fun. And yes, I know the front-facing camera on the iPhone pretty much sucks. Deal with it. 😉

Do you have any questions for me, anything you’d like to know, or any other voices you’d like to hear? Let me, and maybe there’ll be a sequel someday.

Peace out, and God bless,


Over the weekend, I gave my twelve year-old son some fatherly advice about self-deprecation; I told him to stop.

This is advice I need to heed myself. I told him that if he was constantly putting himself down, others would pick up on that vibe, and follow suit.

Well guess what I did this morning?

Here’s a hint from my Twitter feed:

Yep, there it is in black, white, and bondi blue: me being a douche to myself.

My wife has accused me of much frumpery lately–and she’s right: I’ve been a frump.

And being an introvert, this is altogether too easy to do, this wilting inward like a sun-scorched flower. Life just feels like too much right now.

There are reasons for this, but generally when my sleep issues (apnea) are worse, I’m a negative nelly, and morose. I find it harder and harder to be positive. The sunny side just isn’t.

(I get mad at God–like it’s His fault I don’t sleep at night. “That’s fine,” I tell Him. “You wanna spend time with me? I’ll give you the 15-20 minutes of my morning commute, and a couple chapters during lunch. The rest is mine until You start blessing me with decent rest at night.”

Yes, I really am that immature and passive-aggressive with God).

Of course my whole family picks up on this vibe. And who wants to be around that?

Heck, sometimes I don’t even wanna be me!

But God didn’t leave that one up to me, now did He?

Thankfully, I’ve got a wonderful wife in MissLisaMJ–a woman who loves me enough to give me a swift kick when I need it! Two great kids, who love me more than life. And some great online friends who don’t let me get away with my self-douchery:

“No more talking like that.” Thanks, Mrs. Lunardo, I’ll take that to heart!

What do you to break out of your funks? Who do you have in your life that you let speak into it?

PS: If you’re not following any of the people mentioned in the post above, you totally need to, ok? to recap, there’s @misslisamj, @sharideth, @tylertarver, & @tamaraoutloud