Dreamsnake: A Review of a Review

Review of Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre  By COYLE NEAL Despite winning both the Hugo (1979) and Nebula (1978) awards, despite the fact that it’s incredibly well-written with a fast-paced plot set in a deeply imaginative world, and despite the fact that it is one of the most thoughtful expositions of second-wave feminism ever turned into [Read More...]

Slain in the Spirit: An Author’s Journey and a Pentecostal Promise

A reflection on Mark Richard’s House of Prayer No. 2 By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER Here at Schaeffer’s Ghost, we’re all about “watching books, reading films.” Mark Richard’s House of Prayer No. 2 walks the line: It’s a book about a writer who’s authored a screenplay (2008’s war drama, Stop-Loss, which I reviewed here). But it’s much [Read More...]

Patience is a Virtue

Review of All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriot By ALEXIS NEAL First things first: If you have never read this book, read it. I’m not kidding. You can watch the television series, if you like—it’s quite good—but please read it as well. I’m sure they have copies at your local library, and at [Read More...]

Deconstructing Bilbo Baggins

Review of The Christian World of the Hobbit by Devin Brown  By COYLE NEAL  Based on my limited experience, there seem to be two kinds of Tolkien scholars. The first sort are those who truly love and delight in his works and want to know more—they want to plumb the depths of Middle Earth and [Read More...]

A Dark and Stormy Night…

Review of Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child By COYLE NEAL A series of murders haunts the New York Museum of Natural History’s “Superstition” exhibition before it even opens. A primeval Amazonian terror stalks the labyrinthine corridors of the ancient edifice, and it’s up to an unlikely cast of characters to find the beast [Read More...]

Intentional Christian Community: Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing (Pt 2)

Review of The Intentional Christian Community Handbook: For Idealists, Hypocrites, and Wannabe Disciples of Jesus, by David Janzen and a Community of Friends (Part 2 of 2) By ALEXIS NEAL And now for my biggest issue with this book. I said in Part 1 that I think Janzen’s idea of community lacks a solid gospel [Read More...]

Intentional Christian Community: Vocation, Community, and the Local Church (Pt 1)

Review of The Intentional Christian Community Handbook: For Idealists, Hypocrites, and Wannabe Disciples of Jesus, by David Janzen and a Community of Friends (Part 1 of 2) By ALEXIS NEAL The Christian church has ceased to be a body and has become instead a disconnected assortment of individuals. We no longer care for one another, [Read More...]

Joy and Sin in the Christian Life

Review of Holy Nomad: The Rugged Road to Joy by Matt Litton By COYLE NEAL In many ways, this book is the epitome of modern American Christianity: it is the result of a guy sitting alone in his basement thinking about himself and Jesus (see Chapter 1: “A Nomad in the Basement”). What is the [Read More...]

There and Back Again

Review of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Reviewed by PAUL D. MILLER I first visited Middle Earth when I was in middle school. I owned a thick, dark yellow copy of The Hobbit (1937). It smelled musty and old, which is just right for a book like this. Like many a ten-year-old, I fell under the spell [Read More...]

Building Heaven in China

Review of The Great Chinese Revolution: 1800-1985 by John King Fairbank By KENDRICK KUO  Studying China is less about studying a country, and more about studying a civilization, with all the complexities hidden within a supposedly unified edifice. China has a long history of integrating state, society, and culture, under the emperor who was himself [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X