Gates Unhinged

Review of Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M. Gates According to the rules of an old Washington parlor game, there is only one thing to do upon the release of a memoir by a former high-profile official: search the text for the most salacious, damning, or quotable put-downs of other officials and [Read More...]

‘Death at the Movies’ is a lively read

How this book can help Christians evangelize Buddhists [Read more...]

The Boys in the Boat

Showing up the Nazis in a rowboat. [Read more...]

Eyes of the Heart in Photography

Review of Eyes of the Heart by Christine Valters Paintner By JENNY BOSAK Eyes of the Heart, by Christine Valters Paintner, is about using photography to see images with the heart, rather than just “seeing” them in a technical sense.  As a professional photographer, I was very interested in reading how I could both better [Read More...]

An Absentee Father’s Legacy to His Movie Critic Son

Review of Try to Tell the Story by David Thomson By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER The worldview of most well-known movie critics is anything but Christian. While that doesn’t invalidate their opinions about how art works, it raises the question about the presuppositions those critics bring to their analysis of films and filmmakers. David Thomson has written [Read More...]

Introverts, Extroverts, and the Gospel: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Shut My Cake Hole

Review of Quiet by Susan Cain By COYLE NEAL Do you prefer your own company to that of others? Do you prefer a quiet evening at home to a drunken kegger? Do you wish that in addition to blocking sight the walls of your office blocked sound and other evidences of human existence? If so, [Read More...]

Reforming Hollywood: The Ups and Downs of Protestant Film Engagement

Review of Reforming Hollywood: How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies by William D. Romanowski By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER As religious film criticism has carved out a niche in the broader world of the arts the past two decades, so has the literature on Christian film criticism and involvement. One of the better writers on [Read More...]

Finding Your Soul-Mate

Review of The Sacred Search: What If It’s Not About Who You Marry, but Why?, by Gary Thomas By ALEXIS NEAL I’ve read a lot of marriage books. Not all of them, mind you, or even most of them. But as someone who tends to believe that there is no obstacle you can’t study your [Read More...]

When Religion Goes Bad, Turn to Paul

Review of Bad Religion by Ross Douthat By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER Yes, that’s the Apostle Paul referred to in the title. I can already hear the objections. “No! When religion goes ‘bad,’ turn to Jesus!” “Turn to God!” or even “Turn to the Bible!” There’s nothing wrong with any of those approaches, except that none of [Read More...]


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