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...]

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...]

Tehanu

Review of Tehanu by Ursula Le Guin By COYLE NEAL I think that Ursula Le Guin must be a desperately unhappy person. Not only is she one of the few female science fiction/fantasy writers out there (I want to say she was the only one when she started, but that might be a lie), but [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...]

Night Watch

Review of Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko By ALEXIS NEAL Years before emotionally stunted vampires first sparkled in idyllic mountain meadows, bloodthirsty creatures of the night stalked the streets of Moscow in search of human prey—and they are not the only ones.  To the vampires, shape shifters, and dark sorcerers of the world, humans are [Read More...]


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