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...]

A Panegyric for Keynes

Review of Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed By PAUL D. MILLER It seems an odd time to write a history book in praise of John Maynard Keynes.  We live in an economic world largely shaped, for the last seventy years, by his ideas.  It isn’t doing too well at the moment. Nonetheless, that is [Read More...]

Untangling God and Caesar

Review of Raised Right: How I Untangled My Faith from Politics and Learned to Start Living the Gospel by Alisa Harris. By COYLE NEAL I am always pleasantly surprised to be reminded that there is such a thing as the “evangelical left.” Not that I’m much of a lefty myself (as anyone who’s read more [Read More...]

This is the way the world ends…

Review of Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter Miller By COYLE NEAL The unthinkable has happened. Civilization has been eliminated by nuclear war. Following the war, the survivors blamed the disaster on intellectuals, and in the “great simplification,” books were burned and the well-educated were lynched. Only in the monasteries did reading and writing live on—and [Read More...]

A Great Biography for a Great Life

Review of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris By KENDRICK KUO Teddy Roosevelt has been in the news recently. Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed discussing the persistent failure of Teddy to win the Nationals’ presidents race that occurs every baseball game. There was a public outcry. Even Edmund Morris contributed [Read More...]


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