Some New Books to Explore

If this were an ideal world and I had all the time in the universe to do everything I would like, I'd be reading all sorts of books — and writing lengthy reviews of many of them on this blog. But, alas, ours is not an ideal world, and so like everyone else I have to make do. And so, in that spirit of making do, here are a few brief comments about some interesting books that have come to my attention lately. Some of them are new and some have been around for a while, but I think they are all w … [Read more...]

Falling Upward

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life By Richard Rohr San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011Richard Rohr's newest book unpacks a simple, and yet profoundly important, idea: that the goals and purpose of the spiritual life evolve over the lifespan; in other words, what is important and necessary in the first half of life might actually impede our spiritual calling in the second half. While even a cursory knowledge of developmental psychology can make this idea seem like mere … [Read more...]

Why Narnia fans should give the Dawn Treader movie a second chance

Okay — my "revised" review of the Voyage of the Dawn Treader movie has been published at the Huffington Post. Hint: I compare the book and movie versions to two of the gospels.Check it out:Spiritual Lessons from the 'Voyage of the Dawn Treader' Movie … [Read more...]

Byron Borger reviews my Dawn Treader Book

The first review of The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader (or, at least, the first review to come to my attention) is in!It's by Byron Borger and was written for the blog of the Hearts & Minds Bookstore in Dallastown, PA. It's part of a long post he wrote called: C. S. Lewis: educational DVDs, books, devotional, Bible and other recent resources. As the title suggests, the post lists a gracious plenty of new and recent resources about the renowned apologist and Narnia-maker. Follow the … [Read more...]

The Dawn Treader Movie: Lots of Excitement, But No Star Song

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Okay, here is my initial response to the movie adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which I saw Friday evening. Spoilers abound. Read on at your own risk. … [Read more...]

Into the Silent Land

Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation By Martin Laird Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006 Review by Carl McColmanHere is one of the loveliest, most poetic, and most useful books on the practice of mature Christian prayer that I have ever read.First of all, what this book is not. It is not a comprehensive guide to Christian spirituality, or even to Christian prayer. The author does not bother discussing the sacramental or liturgical life of the church, or … [Read more...]

Julian of Norwich: A Contemplative Biography

Julian of Norwich: A Contemplative Biography By Amy Frykholm Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2010 Review by Carl McColmanStories are important. Spirituality is a field that can easily get lost in the most arcane types of discourse: philosophy, theology, psychology, scholarly prose. Such writing, no matter how well done, always seems to have a quality of abstract otherness that fails to fully engage the reader. By contrast, a heartfelt story: someone's autobiography, a parable, or even a … [Read more...]


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