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...]

Angels Among Us?

Review of Ghost Brother Angel by Grant Schnarr By COYLE NEAL Ghost Brother Angel by Grant Schnarr is utterly without redeeming spiritual value. (And no, that’s not a phrase I throw around very often. In fact, to the best of my knowledge, I’ve only used it once.) To be fair, never in the book does [Read More...]

City at the End of Time

Review of City at the End of Time by Greg Bear By COYLE NEAL  “For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” –Hebrews 11:10 What does this verse mean to a non-Christian? That’s the question engaged by Greg Bear in City at the End of Time. Basically, [Read More...]

What Lincoln Can Teach the Tea Party

Review of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner By PAUL D. MILLER Abraham Lincoln was a racist who believed Africans were intellectually inferior to whites and should not have equal political rights with their racial superiors. He opposed immediate abolition and favored only gradual emancipation, coupled with compensation for slave owners deprived [Read More...]

Real Marriage

Review of Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll By COYLE NEAL First, the basics: this is a book about marriage. Real Marriage, not that fake stuff you see on TV. And, apparently, not that fake stuff you read about in most Christian books either. At least, so the back of the book claims. “This is not”, [Read More...]

Vocational Stewardship for Fashionable Christians

A Review of Kingdom Calling:  Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good by Amy Sherman Reviewed by Paul D. Miller There is so much to admire about Amy Sherman’s Kingdom Calling:  Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good that its flaws, omissions, and oversights were grating. Sherman’s basic argument, extending the line of thought covered by Andy Crouch [Read More...]

True Grit, Old School

Review of True Grit by Charles Portis By ALEXIS NEAL Mattie Ross is no ordinary fourteen-year-old. She has a head for figures, good business sense, excellent bargaining skills, and a stubborn streak a mile wide. Oh, and she’s looking for the guy who shot her pa.  See, her dad was gunned down in cold blood [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...]

Free of Charge

Review of Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace by Miroslav Volf By JUSTIN HAWKINS The greatest cause for joy in the life of the Christian is the fact that God has forgiven the presumably indelible stain of his depravity. It follows, then, that the Christian’s forgiveness of others ought [Read More...]


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