Kafka’s World Without Grace

Review of The Trial, by Franz Kafka By PAUL D. MILLER A hundred years ago, a German-speaking Czech insurance salesman—and a secular Jew—wrote three incomplete novels and a handful of short stories and died young. His reputation soared among literati, who speak of this man—Franz Kafka—in the hushed, awed tones reserved for the great and [Read More...]

Smart Christians

Review of Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind by Mark Noll By PAUL D. MILLER I previously blogged sympathetically about Mark Noll’s indictment of evangelical stupidity in his book The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. That post spurred a bit of debate (see my friend Owen Strachan’s response, and Carson Clark’s response to Owen).  [Read More...]

Reforming Hollywood: The Ups and Downs of Protestant Film Engagement

Review of Reforming Hollywood: How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies by William D. Romanowski By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER As religious film criticism has carved out a niche in the broader world of the arts the past two decades, so has the literature on Christian film criticism and involvement. One of the better writers on [Read More...]

Finding Your Soul-Mate

Review of The Sacred Search: What If It’s Not About Who You Marry, but Why?, by Gary Thomas By ALEXIS NEAL I’ve read a lot of marriage books. Not all of them, mind you, or even most of them. But as someone who tends to believe that there is no obstacle you can’t study your [Read More...]

Stupid Christians

Review of The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark Noll By PAUL D. MILLER Have you ever noticed the prominence of Catholics among American public intellectuals? George Weigel, Peggy Noonan, Robert P. George, Richard John Neuhaus, Ramesh Ponnuru, William F. Buckley, Jr., Russell Kirk, Hadley Arkes, Michael Novak, and others make up a growing body [Read More...]

Pride and Prejudice and Blitzkrieg: Tolstoy’s War and Peace

Review of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy By PAUL D. MILLER War and Peace is five hundred and sixty thousand words long. It is more than twice as long as Moby Dick, almost triple the length of Jane Eyre, more than quadruple Augustine’s Confessions. It is one great pulsating mass of text, a grey rising [Read More...]

Alexis’s Top Reads of 2012

By ALEXIS NEAL This would be me jumping on Ye Olde Bandwagon (Bookwagon?), if you will. As Coyle and Kendrick have done before me, I include only books I read this year, not books that were necessarily published this year—and no re-reads, either. Only books with which I had my very first encounter in 2012. [Read More...]

Coyle’s Best of 2012

By COYLE NEAL I can’t claim that these are the best books of 2012, but they are the ones that I read that stand out the most from my Goodreads list. Fiction The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak: This young adult novel explores the power of words through a compelling plot narrated by Death himself. [Read More...]

Kendrick’s Best of 2012

By KENDRICK KUO Since it is the thing to do on blogs such as ours, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite books that I read in 2012. This does not mean these are books were published this year, but that I read them sometime over the past 12 months. How do I decide what’s [Read More...]

Shakespeare’s Enchanting Dream

A Review of Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare By PAUL D. MILLER I played a bit part in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in my sixth-grade English class (I was Peter Quince). My freshman year of high school I saw a full production—the first live Shakespeare play I ever saw—and fell completely in love with [Read More...]


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