‘Bound Together’ in Suffering…and Salvation

Review of Bound Together: How We Are Tied to Others in Good and Bad Choices by Chris Brauns As Americans, we love our independence. I am my own man (or woman), I make my own destiny, I am autonomous, don’t tread on me. But for all our cowboy sentiment, there is a union, communion, and solidarity [Read More...]

Republocrat: The Pitfalls of American Politics

Review of Republocrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative by Carl Trueman Imagine that an evangelical Brit decides to make running commentary on American politics–what would he say? Add to that the fact that this particular Brit has lived in the United States for almost two decades; then add the dash of cheekiness that we have [Read More...]

George F. Kennan: Biography of a Bureaucrat

Review of George F. Kennan:  An American Life, by John Lewis Gaddis Magisterial, thousand-page, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies are usually reserved for presidents, emperors, generals, and saints.  With John Lewis Gaddis’ definitive  George F. Kennan:  An American Life, the epic treatment is given to a 20th Century American bureaucrat.  Who was George Kennan, and why does [Read More...]

My Beef With a Delicious Read

A Review of Recipe for Joy, by Robin Davis By Jennilee Miller I like personal interest stories and I love to cook.  And eat.  So it wasn’t a tough sell for me to pick up “Recipe for Joy” when my husband encouraged me to check it out. “It’s a memoir about a woman’s journey of [Read More...]

Killing the Green-Eyed Monster

Review of The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World by Melissa B. Kruger By ALEXIS NEAL Covetousness is a mother sin. […I]t is a breach of all the ten commandments.  ~Thomas Watson Have you ever considered that the Ten Commandments begin and end with virtually the same commandment—‘You shall have no other gods [Read More...]

The Genealogy of Evangelicalism

Review of The Evangelical Heritage by Bernard Ramm Bernard Ramm’s short book The Evangelical Heritage, traces the development of evangelical thought from the origins of Christianity to the present day.  He reviews major theological developments and arguments in the history of Christianity and discusses what relevance they have for the evangelical today, what positions evangelical theology typically [Read More...]

More or Less: A Generous Orthopraxis

Review of More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity by Jeff Shinabarger Is your closet overflowing? Do the contents of your storage area threaten to overwhelm anyone unwise enough to peek inside? Does your junk drawer need a junk drawer? If so, Jeff Shinabarger’s More or Less might be the book for you. Shinabarger [Read More...]

Swamplandia! Should Remain a Short Story

Review of Swamplandia! by Karen Russell Although Swamplandia! somehow stole one of the three finalist positions for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, the book lacks the strength to compete at that level. It is a simple exile-and-return story of a family.  The only element that might keep readers interested would be Karen Russell’s ingenuity [Read More...]

Rambling Through a Classic Western

Review of Warlock by Oakley Hall The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron. (Deut. 28:23) For a Western, Warlock is a ridiculously complicated book. In one sense, it is a novelization of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and the Lincoln County War. In another sense, it is the story of Marshall Clay Blaisdell in his quest to keep [Read More...]

The Sense of an Ending: Meditations on Memory and Self-Deception

Review of The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending is a novella by Julian Barnes that explores the limits of memory and how memory affects defines us. Published in 2011, it won the Man Booker Prize in October of that year. Often, The Sense of an Ending reads more [Read More...]


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