Epic Men

Review of The Song of Roland By PAUL D. MILLER The Song of Roland is the medieval French Catholic Crusader abridged version of the Iliad.  It tells the story of the rearguard of Charlemagne’s army, led by the eponymous Roland, fighting against overwhelming numbers at the Battle of Roncesvalles in 778. Imagine the armies of [Read More...]

Velvet Elvis

Review of Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith by Rob Bell By ALEXIS NEAL Allow me to start by saying that I have a low tolerance for vaguely deep-sounding statements that don’t actually mean anything.  The word ‘journey’ gives me hives.  I get queasy when I read sentences like ‘Somewhere in you is the you whom [Read More...]

The Banality of Angst

Review of Faith and Other Flat Tires by Andrea Palpant Dilley By COYLE NEAL Another entry into the ever-growing “memoir” category, Andrea Palpant Dilley’s Faith and Other Flat Tires chronicles her journey from being a missionary kid to being a sort-of agnostic back to being some kind of theist. Using Pilgrim’s Progress as a (very) [Read More...]

Wuthering Heights

Review of Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë By PAUL D. MILLER Wuthering Heights was voted Britain’s favorite love story in 2007, according to the Guardian—which is what I hated so intensely about the book. Wuthering Heights is not primarily a love story. The love story is the pretext for a story about addiction, slavery, and revenge. [Read More...]

Good News for Anxious Christians: 10 Practical things You Don’t Have to Do

Review of Good News for Anxious Christians by Phillip Cary By COYLE NEAL There are at least two reasons to read Phillip Cary’s Good News for Anxious Christians: to help you think about what being “guided” by the Holy Spirit means, and to think about the problem of pain in greater depth. Written for his [Read More...]

Robinson Crusoe

Review of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe By PAUL D. MILLER I love this book. The practical parts were fun. I loved seeing Crusoe’s inventiveness and industry. I would certainly have perished. After the part about Crusoe domesticating the goats and getting milk, butter, and cheese out of them, I asked Google how to make [Read More...]

What does power reveal? Caro answers.

Review of The Years of Lyndon Johnson (Vol. 1, 2, 3) by Robert A. Caro NOTE: The fourth volume will be reviewed in a future post. By KENDRICK KUO When The Passage of Power hit the shelves in May this year, every major literary magazine, political blog, and newspaper with an opinion column, felt obligated [Read More...]

Inferno

Review of Inferno by  Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle By COYLE NEAL In my college Epic Poetry class, I was given the assignment of writing a new Canto to Dante’s Inferno. I had two ideas that seemed equally appealing, so I stuck them both into my own three-page masterpiece of undergraduate prosy. First, being the [Read More...]

David Copperfield

Review of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens By PAUL D. MILLER “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anyone else, these pages must show.” I immediately liked the tenor of the book from the first sentence. Dickens is very funny—I loved [Read More...]

The Imitation of Christ

Review of The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis By ALEXIS NEAL A devotional classic, dating from the 1400s, this book has been published into almost every language, and some argue that it is the most widely read devotional work next to the bible.  The author (generally accepted to be Thomas à Kempis, a 15th Century German monk), [Read More...]


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