The Source of Sanctification: Human or Divine?

Review of The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett By ALEXIS NEAL Mistress Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells And marigolds all in a row! So goes the nursery rhyme taunt sung to the central character in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s novel, The Secret Garden. And [Read More...]

Madam Bovary

Review of Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert By PAUL D. MILLER [Spoilers] Emma Bovary is an idiotic, listless romantic who pines for love and meaning. She tries to find it in novels, marriage, motherhood, two adulterous affairs, Catholic religion, and opulent living. Crushed by debt, she commits suicide. The end. Despite its perfunctory plot, Madame Bovary is [Read More...]

Riders of the Purple Sage

Review of Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey By ALEXIS NEAL Young, beautiful Jane Withersteen seems to have it made.  She owns several thousand head of cattle, a powerful lot of land, the fastest, most beautiful pair of black racehorses in the state, and the only spring for miles around.  But trouble is looking for [Read More...]

The Philosophy of Murder

Review of Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky By PAUL D. MILLER Crime and Punishment may be the most theologically explicit and ambitious novel ever written.  It attempts nothing less than the conviction of nihilism and postmodernism for the sins latent within them, and the conversion of their adherents to Christianity.  The books follows a [Read More...]

The Age of Innocence

Review of The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton By PAUL D. MILLER Why does Newland Archer walk away? That is the parting question of this powerful story. This novel is a fascinating and minute observation of broken relationships, the power of convention, and the tempting pull of vain dreams. It is almost mournful and [Read More...]

Huck Finn – When Great Books Were Fun

Review of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain By PAUL D. MILLER Great books are great because of their depth and because of how they teach great truths about human life.  But because most great books are very old, they require the reader to do some heavy lifting to get to the good [Read More...]

Epic Men

Review of The Song of Roland By PAUL D. MILLER The Song of Roland is the medieval French Catholic Crusader abridged version of the Iliad.  It tells the story of the rearguard of Charlemagne’s army, led by the eponymous Roland, fighting against overwhelming numbers at the Battle of Roncesvalles in 778. Imagine the armies of [Read More...]

Wuthering Heights

Review of Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë By PAUL D. MILLER Wuthering Heights was voted Britain’s favorite love story in 2007, according to the Guardian—which is what I hated so intensely about the book. Wuthering Heights is not primarily a love story. The love story is the pretext for a story about addiction, slavery, and revenge. [Read More...]

Robinson Crusoe

Review of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe By PAUL D. MILLER I love this book. The practical parts were fun. I loved seeing Crusoe’s inventiveness and industry. I would certainly have perished. After the part about Crusoe domesticating the goats and getting milk, butter, and cheese out of them, I asked Google how to make [Read More...]

David Copperfield

Review of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens By PAUL D. MILLER “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anyone else, these pages must show.” I immediately liked the tenor of the book from the first sentence. Dickens is very funny—I loved [Read More...]


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