Mere Lewis

Review of C.S. Lewis: A Life by Alister McGrathBy COYLE NEALWriting biographies is hard work. Sometimes, there just isn't a lot of information about an individual—even if that individual is a very important historical figure. Sometimes there's so much information that sifting through everything to discover what is important can seem to be more trouble than it's worth (or can result in an interminably long series of books). Add to that the difficulty of transforming the events and facts o … [Read more...]

Screwtape Redux

Review of Operation Screwtape by Andrew FarleyBy COYLE NEALThis book probably needs no summarization. If you are any kind of literate Christian, you’ve probably been at least indirectly exposed to C.S. Lewis’ masterpiece The Screwtape Letters. Andrew Farley has updated Lewis’ work to meet the needs of the 21st century by providing this “translation” of a demon’s how-to manual. Broken into three broad categories (“Steal,” “Kill,” “Destroy”), the instructions walk through the ways in which … [Read more...]


Review of Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony ReinkeBy ALEXIS NEALFact: I love to read.  I like books.  I even like books about books.  So when I heard that there was a new book on the market, a Christian book about books and reading, I was pretty stoked.  And when, upon further inquiry, I learned that the author, Tony Reinke, had worked as a research assistant for C.J. Mahaney (of Sovereign Grace) and now works for Desiring God (John Piper’s ministry), my little Refor … [Read more...]