Ice Cream as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe

Ice Cream as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe, by Billy Sprague, Harvest House, 2000.

My pastor, Worth Carson, gave me this book for my birthday last week.  I know some of Billy Sprague’s folk Christian Contemporary music from my CCM days in college . . . he was a close friend of Rich Mullins.  I didn’t know Sprague wrote books.

Anyway, this one reminds me of Don Miller, but much older and more realistic.  The writing is mostly reflections and stories on different topics, with the purpose  and meaning bringing them all together in a few short paragraphs at the end of each chapter.  However, much of the content of his stories fit with a much older audience than Miller.  Sprague grew up in the 60s and he talks a lot about the Andy Griffith Show and Leave it to Beaver.  He is ahead of his time.  Unfortunately, those who don’t remember “nostalgia TV” before Nick-at-Nite (young people) might have difficulty identifying with his content.  And most who do will have trouble with his Ecclesiastes-oriented, life-is-pain struggles.

Sprague sprinkles his own poetry liberally, and reflects on life in a postmodern way, using a presuppositional apologetic.

Excellent book.  Highly recommended.  Thanks, Worth

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